Derek Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo. His research interests lie at the center of land use, land management, and the carbon cycle. He uses agent-based modelling as an approach to integrate GIS, ecological, and human decision-making models to evaluate socio-economic contexts and policy scenarios on changes to land use and land cover, ecological function and the provision of ecosystem services, and human well-being. His research projects are typically situated at the urban-rural fringe (i.e. exurban or peri-urban lands), which requires insight into the drivers of farmer decision-making, public land management, and urban, suburban, and exurban growth.