Dr. Derek T. Robinson


I conduct research and teach in the fields of geographical information science and land-use science. I couple representations of natural and human systems, using agent-based approaches, to estimate the impacts of land-use change, land management, and policy on ecosystem function, human well-being, and sustainable livelihoods. I find land-use research extremely interesting because of the ties it has to global climate change, not solely because land-use and land-cover change represents 30% of historical anthropogenic efflux of carbon to the atmosphere, but because what drives land-use and land-cover change are local complexities and feedbacks in human behavior that, when aggregated, can have global consequences (e.g. climate change).

If you’re interested in working together to obtain a Master’s or PhD in Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo then send an email stating why you are interested in working together, relevant background information, and funding availability.

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