Dr. Carly Ziter (she/her)
Assistant Professor, Concordia Biology Dept (Dec 2018 -); University Research Chair in Urban Ecology and Sustainability; Core Faculty Member, CERC Cluster for Smart, Sustainable, and Resilient Communities and Cities
PhD (2014-2018) - University of Wisconsin-Madison
MSc (2011-2013) McGill University
BSc (2007-2011) University of Guelph
Carly grew up in southern Ontario, in a house surrounded by fields (usually corn, sometimes soy) punctuated by small woodlots. In her mind, this mix of farmland, housing, and forest wasn’t an “ecosystem”; it was just where she walked the dog. Now, she realizes that these human-dominated landscapes are hard at work providing a multitude of ecosystem services we rely on, and she's fascinated by how we can manage these areas better. When she's not busy researching the intersection of landscape structure, biodiversity, and ecosystem services, Carly can be found enjoying the great outdoors, knitting, or supervising shifts at her community pottery studio.
Download Carly's CV here: ziter_cv_jan2023.pdf
Dr Riikka Kinnunen (she/her)
Horizon PDF, Concordia Biology
PhD, University of Winnipeg
Riikka is interested in investigating how biodiversity responds to human-caused environmental change, using synthetic analyses and field work to answer her questions. Her research to date has seen her work with many different taxa from bats to ants to squirrels and birds. Her postdoctoral research at Concordia focuses on nature-based solutions. She will use integrated approaches to investigate the role of urban forests in carbon storage and supporting biodiversity. Results from her work will support the development of future research priorities under the Government of Canada’s 2 Billion Trees Program. She is co-advised by Dr. Barbara Frei at Environment and Climate Change Canada.
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MSc Student, Concordia Biology (Fall 2022 - present; Concordia Merit Scholarship, British Council IELTS Prize)
BSc, The University of Hong Kong (2022)
Like many others in Hong Kong, Nicole grew up amidst the hustle and bustle oblivious to the rich biodiversity sharing her city. That all changed after attending her first bioblitz. She is now dedicated to studying biodiversity patterns in urban areas, with an interest in green infrastructure as solutions towards for building ecologically sustainable cities. Nicole works with the DesignLIFES NSERC CREATE.
MSc Student, Concordia Biology (Fall 2022 - present; NSERC CGS-M, Concordia Merit Scholarship, UFOR NSERC Create)
BSc, University of New Brunswick (2022)
Chloe has a deep-rooted passion for all living things and recently joined the ZULE lab team as a Master’s student. Her work will focus on investigating the impact of human recreation (quantified by trail density and trail use) in some of Montreal’s urban parks on bird nesting success. Chloe hopes results from her study can help inform managers and conservationists on how to best plan parks for both breeding birds and city residents. She is co-advised by Dr. Barbara Frei at Environment and Climate Change Canada.
MSc student, Concordia Biology (Fall 2021- present; Concordia Merit Scholarship)
BSc, McGill University (2019)
Michael’s interests might have begun in field biology but, through his work and undergrad experiences, he has developed a keen interest for soil sciences and urban ecology. The marriage of the two, urban soil ecology, manifests itself prominently in his research as he seeks to understand how legacy effects of past land-uses determines present-day soil properties and biodiversity on the Island of Montreal. Michael is a student with the UFOR NSERC CREATE.
PhD student, Concordia University, Biology (Winter 2021 - present; NSERC CGS-D; Concordia University Graduate Fellowship; Merit Scholarship)
MSc, Memorial University (2020)
Bella is interested in the generation and distribution of ecosystem services provided by urban trees. She grew up in Southwestern Ontario, where climbing trees provided her countless hours of childhood entertainment and sparked a passion for urban nature. Her Ph.D. research will focus on determining where and why urban tree ecosystem services exist and are accessed using multi-city and Montréal-specific approaches.
PhD, Concordia Individualized (INDI) program (Summer 2020 - present; Maternity leave 2022)
MA in Urban Design, The University of YAZD (2012)
A trained architect and urban designer, Fatemeh integrates knowledge from design, engineering, and urban ecology to understand how built and green elements of cities can better promote urban "walkability", with a focus on thermal comfort. Her research falls within the Next Generation Cities Institute (co-advised by Concordia colleagues and collaborators Ursula Eicker, Carmela Cucuzzella, with the ideasbe project).
Fatemeh's LinkedIn : http://www.linkedin.com/in/fatemeh-izadi-30b1194a
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PhD, Concordia University, Geography, Planning, and Environment (Fall 2020 - present)
MSc, Beijing Normal University (2019)
Lingshan is studying the effects of vegetation and the built environment on urban microclimate in Montreal, using a combination of remote sensing and field-based approaches. Her research falls within the Next Generation Cities Institute (co-advised by Concordia colleagues and collaborators Ursula Eicker, Angela Kross), as well as the DesignLIFES NSERC CREATE.
PhD student and part-time faculty, Concordia University, Biology (Winter 2022 - present; Concordia University Graduate Fellowship; Merit Scholarship)
MSc, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2009)
Noa is interested in forest entomology, resilience, and management spanning urban and rural areas. For her PhD, she is focusing on Lymantria dispar, and is co-advised with colleague and collaborator Emma Despland. She is a student with the LEADS NSERC CREATE program.
Project Coordinator: Urban Nature-based climate solutions program
MSc, Concordia University (2021)
After completing her MSc in urban forestry, Kayleigh has stayed on in the lab to coordinate a national review of best practices in urban forestry to support nature-based climate solutions as well as migratory birds and species at risk, in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Frei at Environment and Climate Change Canada.
BSc Student, Concordia University, Urban Planning
Niraj is working on a meta-analysis of the cooling effects of green roofs, with the DesignLIFES NSERC CREATE program.