Thomas Bury

On July 20, 2017 By

Thomas Bury is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Chris Bauch. Previously, he completed the Mathematical Tripos at the University Cambridge with first class honours, specialising in applications to biological and theoretical physics. His desire to work in mathematical modelling came about during […]

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Robert Gooding-Townsend is a master’s student in
mathematical biology working under the supervision of Chris Bauch and Madhur Anand. Prior to his graduate work, he completed concurrent Bachelors’ of Knowledge Integration and Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo. His primary research area is
forest dynamics and models of land cover change. […]

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Kathyrn R. Fair

On November 2, 2016 By

Kathyrn R Fair is a PhD candidate in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, supervised by Dr. Chris T Bauch and Dr. Madhur Anand. Prior to entering graduate school, she completed a B.Sc. (Hons) in Physical Science with Distinction at the University of Guelph. The overarching theme of her research is modelling disturbances […]

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Katharine Zywert

On July 23, 2016 By

Katharine is a PhD student in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, where she studies medicine in the Anthropocene. Her research investigates health and care practices (some long-standing, others newly emerging) that could offer alternative trajectories for health systems coming to terms with the ecological and social […]

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Yu Huang

On June 1, 2016 By

Yu Huang is currently completing her PhD degree in Urban Planning at the School of Planning, University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the complex interactions within the urban housing market system and the emergent urban patterns and market dynamics. Specifically, based on a home buyer and seller survey, she will explore the heterogeneous location […]

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Robert Babin

On May 7, 2015 By

Robert Babin is working towards an MA in the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning. After completing a BES in Planning, he continued at the school to work on a large agent-based modeling project to simulate development in Waterloo Region. Within this project he is using spatial econometric techniques to estimate heterogeneous home buyer […]

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Marisa Beck

On September 27, 2013 By

Marisa Beck is a PhD student in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (BSIA), University of Waterloo, specializing in Global Environmental Governance. Her research focuses on the interactions between three types of complex systems—the Earth’s climate, the global economy and social value and belief systems. Specifically, she […]

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Teresa Branch-Smith approaches complexity from a background in biochemistry and as a result is particularly interested in discussions about emergence that involve biology based examples. This can range from the study of protein interaction to the swarming behaviour of bees. Most recently she has looked at instances of emergence in near-living architecture. Near-living architecture […]

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Virginia Capmourteres

On November 30, 2015 By

Virginia Capmourteres is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph, working under the supervision of Dr. Madhur Anand. She works on the development of indicators and models to assess ecosystem integrity and potential under the scope of complex systems. More specifically, her interest is to develop quantitative methods to evaluate ecosystem […]

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Clayton Dasilva

On October 29, 2011 By

Clay Dasilva is currently a PhD student in Global Governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, having also obtained his Master of Arts there in 2012. His research broadly focuses on the interactions between society, technology and ecology, in particular the governance of innovations that permit the decoupling of […]

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Yue Dou

On October 23, 2015 By

Yue Dou is completing her PhD degree in the department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. She is working with Dr. Peter Deadman on the project “Sociocultural Adaptation of Caboclos Communities to Extreme Tidal Events in the Amazon Estuary of Brazil” funded by International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Quite […]

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Milton Friesen

On September 6, 2011 By

Milton Friesen’s work includes serving on the executive team of Cardus, a public policy think tank, in addition to pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning. He has had diverse leadership and research experience that includes local and national non-profit contexts, elected municipal service, corporate communications work, undergraduate […]

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Sami Houry

On October 20, 2012 By

Sami Houry is a senior research officer and project manager with the Office of Institutional Studies at Athabasca University. He holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Toronto (1997), an MBA from Memorial University of Newfoundland (2000), and a Certified Marketing Research Professional designation from the Marketing Research and […]

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Chantal Hutchison

On October 8, 2015 By

Chantal Lana Hutchison is a PhD student in Dr. Catherine Potvin’s Neotropical Ecology Lab at McGill University. Her background is in Theoretical Physics with a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a MSc from the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute. She currently holds a scholarship from the NSERC CREATE scholarship program […]

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Fatemeh Jahanmiri

On June 16, 2014 By

Fatemeh Jahanmiri is currently completing her PhD in Urban Planning at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Dawn Parker. Given her background in architecture and her interest in nature-inspired design, she followed her research in the field of complexity exploring the origin of fractal patterns in cities.

Supported by WICI, she […]

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Jude graduated from the inaugural Master of Climate Change program at the University of Waterloo and he is now working towards his PhD. For his doctoral research, Jude is seeking to advance the methodological approach for better anticipating hard-to-foresee scenarios for complex social systems. Complex systems have many moving parts, where multiple opportunities exist […]

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John Lang

On December 4, 2012 By

John Lang is currently completing a PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Dr. Hans De Sterck. His work entails studying how mathematical modelling of human interaction and decision making over social networks might provide insight into the development and evolution of social movements […]

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Michael Lawrence

On October 25, 2011 By

Michael Lawrence’s work applies concepts from the complexity science literature to the study of conflict and security. He focuses on the relationship between conflict, insecurity and development, particularly on the ways in which armed violence generates complex patterns of social organization. Michael’s M.A. Thesis used thermodynamics and complex adaptive systems theory to provide […]

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Katherine Laycock

On February 5, 2016 By

Katherine Laycock is currently enrolled in PhD studies at the University of Waterloo, School of Planning. Her research seeks to identify barriers in local information and communication mechanisms to improve environmental planning for climate change adaptation in complex urban areas in the Philippines. More specifically, she is investigating associations and information exchanges between […]

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Jamie Miller

On May 7, 2015 By

Jamie Miller is a Sessional Professor at OCAD University and an Environmental Engineering PhD candidate at the University of Guelph. His research is based on three case studies and the application of the adaptive cycle in understanding transformations in engineering design thinking. At OCAD, Jamie co-teaches three courses on Biomimicry with the Chair of […]

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Corey Pembleton

On December 2, 2015 By

Corey Pembleton is completing an MSc in Geomatics in the Geography Department, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. His research focuses on how urban climate change resilience challenges can be addressed by taking a geospatial approach to urban design (geodesign). As an emerging field in geospatial sciences, geodesign incorporates complexity principles by furthering understanding […]

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Amanda Raffoul

On April 28, 2016 By

Amanda Raffoul is a MSc Candidate in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo, working under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Kirkpatrick. Her research interests involve psychosocial contributors to weight status, such as dieting, body image, and weight bias, and how they influence our overall health. She is currently […]

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Kirsten Robinson

On August 30, 2011 By

Kirsten Robinson is an award-winning systems design engineer and designer. She worked on Governor General Award winning architect Phillip Beesley’s Hylozoic Soil team to create responsive architectures that were shown across Canada and at the Venice Biennial. As an engineer, she has worked in robotics and electrical engineering creating ethanol from waste cellulose, […]

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In her doctoral research, with the Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS), Perin Ruttonsha applies concepts from complex systems, social-ecological resilience, social innovation, and biomimicrymdiscourses, in examining processes and opportunities for the long-term, adaptive transformation of human settlements along sustainability pathways. She is especially interested in relational dynamics, social-eco-technological regime shifts, […]

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Andjela Tatarovic enjoys learning and questionning the essence of things. Philosophy is a natural pass-time while quantifying ideas is more of a challenge, but enjoyed nonetheless. She likes learning the languages of things, and the relation between the abstract and the concrete. Through architecture, she has taken a particular interest in the etymolgogy of […]

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Ola Tjornbo

On August 30, 2011 By

Ola Tjornbo completed his undergraduate degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic history and literature at Peterhouse Cambridge. He then worked in farming and the wine industry before returning to university in 2006 in Stockholm. At Stockholm he continued to explore the relationship between man and nature in his MSci in […]

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Haotian Zhang

On May 7, 2015 By

Haotian Zhang is currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He received the M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo, Canada, in 2012. His research interests are in the areas of network science and design of fault-tolerant algorithms. Specifically, he […]

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