Dr. Matthew Peros

Dr. Matthew Peros
Director of Laboratory

Postdoctoral experience: Laboratory for Paleoclimatology and Climatology, University of Ottawa (2005-2011)
Ph.D.: Geography, University of Toronto
M.Sc.: Geography, York University
B.Sc.: Archaeological Sciences and Geography, University of Toronto

CV Dr. Matthew Peros

I am a broadly trained physical geographer working at the interface between the climatological, ecological, and archaeological sciences. My research seeks to answer fundamental questions within two broad areas: (1) what have been the driving forces behind climate and landscape change during the Late Quaternary? and (2), how has the natural environment constrained/provided opportunities for cultural and biological change? To address questions in these areas, I use a field- and laboratory-based approach, integrating information derived from geological (e.g., sedimentological, geochemical) and paleoecological (e.g., palynological) investigations with archaeological and paleontological data. At present, my regional specializations include eastern Canada and the Caribbean, although I have also worked in high-latitude (northern) environments.


Frank Oliva

Frank Oliva
Ph.D. candidate
University of Ottawa (co-supervised by Dr. André Viau)

My current reasearch involves paleoflood reconstruction through oxbow lake sediments. The study of these past extreme events will lead to a paleoclimatic reconstruction of the Outaouais region. Other research interests include paleoflood hydrology, hydrology, hydroclimatology, paleoclimatology and GIS.

Ma recherche actuelle implique la reconstruction de paléocrues par l'entremise des sédiments de bras morts de rivières à méandres. L'étude de ces événements passés mènera à une reconstruction paléoclimatique de la région de l'Outaouais. Mes autres intérêts de recherches comprennent l'hydrologie de paléocrue, l'hydrologie, l'hydroclimatologie, la paléoclimatologie et les SIG.

http://www.lpc.uottawa.ca/members/oliva/index.html


Felipe Matos Pupo
Ph.D. candidate
University of Ciego de Avila
Research Scientist
Coastal Ecosystem Research Center, Cuba

My research goals regarding climate change are to: (1) seek answers regarding the causes that trigger climate change focusing on the contribution of both anthropogenic and natural phenomena; (2) assess the connection between biological and sociocultural variations and environmental changes in the corresponding historical context, particularly the paleo-aboriginal one; (3) study the relations between climate change and meteorological hazards.

Mis principales proyecciones científicas en la temática del cambio climático radican en: (1) buscar respuestas sobre las causas que lo generan, mayormente centradas en minimizar la incertidumbre del origen de estas causas, relacionada con el peso correspondiente a los aportes antropogénicos versus naturales); (2) estudiar los nexos entre las variaciones experimentadas en las esferas biológico-sociocultural y los cambios ambientales, en el contexto de cada etapa histórica, principalmente la paleo-aborigen; (3) nexos entre cambio climático y riesgos meteorológicos.

Felipe Matos Pupo

Ph.D. candidate,

Research Scientist, Coastal Ecosystem Research Cent

er, Cuba

Auxiliary Professor, University of Ciego de Ávila

B.Sc.: Physics, University of Oriente

My research goals regarding climate change are: (1)

seek answers regarding the causes

that trigger climate change focusing on the contrib

ution of both anthropogenic and

natural phenomena; (2) assess the connection betwee

n biological and sociocultural

variations and environmental changes in the corresp

onding historical context,

particularly the paleo-aboriginal one; (3) the rela

tions between climate change and

meteorological hazards.


Anna Agosta G’meiner

Anna Agosta G’meiner
M.Sc. candidate
McGill University

I received an Honours Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography and Environmental Policy and Practice from the University of Toronto in 2012. I was introduced to paleoclimate reconstructions using various paleoecological indicators (such as pollen and diatoms) in my undergraduate studies which sparked my interest in this field.

My master’s research focuses on investigating climate change impacts in the Caribbean region during the Holocene. This will be done by developing a long term record of vegetation change from a flooded sinkhole on Cayo Coco, Cuba. Analysis of sediment cores from sinkholes has been shown to provide records of vegetation change, climate change, storm impacts, prehistoric human impacts on the environment, and sea level changes. I am using pollen analysis to identify past changes in regional vegetation and to examine to what extent events such as the Little Ice Age, the Medieval Warm Period, and severe droughts recorded in other Caribbean locations are detectable in the pollen record.


Chelsey Paquette

Ashley Parker
B.A. candidate 
Bishop’s University
Honours Student

I am an Environment Studies and Geography student with a concentration in Environmental Studies.

I am interested in doing research in the field of geology and paleoclimate reconstruction. I will be doing my honors thesis on the topic of sedimentary laminations in lacustrine environments. Understanding sediment transport and depositional mechanisms is key component to determining past shifts in climate and hydrology. 


Angela Lanza
Current Lab Technician
B.Sc. Life Sciences & Minor in Environmental Studies
Bishop's University

Angela is the current research lab technician.  She carries out construction, maintenance and operation of laboratory equipment, ensures the lab is well-stocked, and following safety procedures, as well as supporting current research within the lab. 

 


Past Members


Shawn Collins

Shawn Collins
Postdoctoral Fellow
Bishop's University

I am interested in karst topography and the sedimentary sequences recorded in anchialine caves and cenotes. Harsh limnological conditions promote conformable sedimentary records which can be utilized as a proxy for a number of geoscience and archaeological applications. My research has focused on interpreting the ancient sedimentary record by studying the external forcing mechanisms which control sedimentation in these unique environments. I received my Ph.D and M.Sc. degrees from McMaster University.


M.Sc. Theses


Benjamin Marquis

Benjamin Marquis
M.Sc. candidate
Université de Sherbrooke

I am interested in the fundamental question: are species more sensitive to climate change at their distributional range limits than in the “center” of their ranges?  To asses this question I am using dendroecological techniques (tree rings) to determine climate-growth relationships of sugar maple and birch trees along an altitudinal gradient at Mont Mégantic, southern Québec.  I will also test whether tree growth has increased in recent decades as a result of a change in climate. This research project will allow a quantitative test of the hypothesis that species at their distribution range limits are more sensitive to climate.


Honors Projects


Jennifer Ward, 2014-15
B.A., Bishop’s University
Historic Human Impact at the Johnville Peat Bog Inferred from Pollen Data

Jamie Carroll, 2013-14
B.A., Bishop’s University
The Johnville Peat Bog: A Database of Long Term Climatic Change

Andrew Manouk, 2012-13
B.A., Bishop’s University
Tree ring analysis of Picea mariana (black spruce) from the Johnville Peat Bog, Eastern Townships, Quebec


Research Assistants


Chelsey Paquette

Chelsey Paquette
B.Sc. candidate 
Bishop’s University

Chelsey is an undergraduate student in Life Sciences Biology- Ecology and Biodiversity, with an Environmental Studies minor at Bishop’s University.

Kaitlyn Sjonnesen, summer 2014
B.Sc. Biology candidate & NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award 
Bishop’s University

Charles Parent-Moreau, summer 2014
B.A. Envrionmental Studies and Geography
Bishop’s University

Leila Ponsford, summers 2012 & 2013
B.Sc. Chemistry & B.Ed., & NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award 
Bishop’s University

Hayley Roberts, 2012-13
B.Sc. Biology
Bishop’s University

Julien Vachon, summer 2013
B.Sc. Environmental Science 
Bishop’s University

Jamie Carroll, summer 2013
B.A. Environmental Studies and Geography
Bishop’s University

Kathleen Chan, summer 2012
B.Sc. Biology & B.A. Environmental Studies
Bishop’s University

Amelie Genovese, fall 2012
B.A. Environmental Studies
Bishop’s University