Research Supervisors

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The supervisor is the key person in a thesis-based graduate degree program. The principal role of the supervisor is to help students achieve their scholastic potential and to chair the student’s Supervisory Committee. The Supervisor will provide reasonable commitment, accessibility, professionalism, stimulation, guidance, respect and consistent encouragement to the student. Learn more

Graduate programs have different expectations regarding prospective students contacting faculty members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as thesis supervisor prior to applying while others assign supervisors in the first year. Please review the requirements for each program in the degree listing under the heading "Admission Information & Requirements" in step 3 "Prepare Application" under "Thesis Supervision".

Advice on how to reach out to supervisors

 
Name Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Yada, Rickey Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Krzic, Maja Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology, Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Barichello, Richard Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
von Keyserlingk, Marina Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Carrillo, Juli Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Dee, Derek Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Kontogiorgos, Vasileios Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Lamers, Yvonne Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Noack, Frederik Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Jessri, Mahsa Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Cohen, Tamara Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Xu, Zhaoming Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Weary, Daniel Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Guan, Leluo Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Karakochuk, Crystal Dawn Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Stefanska, Barbara Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Martens, Tabitha Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Jovel Ayala, Eduardo Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Castellarin, Simone Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Gulati, Sumeet Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Yang, Tianxi Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Wittman, Hannah Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health, Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability
Proctor, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food and Resource Economics
Cerri, Ronaldo Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Cornelis, Jean Thomas Assistant Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Applied Biology
Measday, Vivien Associate Professor Faculty of Land and Food Systems Food, Nutrition & Health
Martin, Tara Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Dai, Chunping Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Bull, Gary Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Wang, Guangyu Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Nikolakis, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Hamelin, Richard Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Benson-Amram, Sarah Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences, Department of Zoology
Meitner, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Hagerman, Shannon Marie Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Innes, John Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Sunderland, Terence Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Cranston, Emily Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering
van der Ven, Hamish Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Park, Keun Assistant Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Eskelson, Bianca Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Arcese, Peter Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Carroll, Allan Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Boedhihartono, Agni Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Nelson, Harry William Associate Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest Resources Management
Aitken, Sally Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Smith, Gregory Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science
Mansfield, Shawn Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Wood Science, Department of Botany
Simard, Suzanne Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences
Sayer, Jeffrey Professor Faculty of Forestry Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences

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Reaching Out Tips

Complete these steps before you reach out to a faculty member!

Check requirements
  • Familiarize yourself with program requirements. You want to learn as much as possible from the information available to you before you reach out to a faculty member. Be sure to visit the graduate degree program listing and program-specific websites.
  • Check whether the program requires you to seek commitment from a supervisor prior to submitting an application. For some programs this is an essential step while others match successful applicants with faculty members within the first year of study. This is either indicated in the program profile under "Admission Information & Requirements" - "Prepare Application" - "Supervision" or on the program website.
Focus your search
  • Identify specific faculty members who are conducting research in your specific area of interest.
  • Establish that your research interests align with the faculty member’s research interests.
    • Read up on the faculty members in the program and the research being conducted in the department.
    • Familiarize yourself with their work, read their recent publications and past theses/dissertations that they supervised. Be certain that their research is indeed what you are hoping to study.
Make a good impression
  • Compose an error-free and grammatically correct email addressed to your specifically targeted faculty member, and remember to use their correct titles.
    • Do not send non-specific, mass emails to everyone in the department hoping for a match.
    • Address the faculty members by name. Your contact should be genuine rather than generic.
  • Include a brief outline of your academic background, why you are interested in working with the faculty member, and what experience you could bring to the department. The supervision enquiry form guides you with targeted questions. Ensure to craft compelling answers to these questions.
  • Highlight your achievements and why you are a top student. Faculty members receive dozens of requests from prospective students and you may have less than 30 seconds to pique someone’s interest.
  • Demonstrate that you are familiar with their research:
    • Convey the specific ways you are a good fit for the program.
    • Convey the specific ways the program/lab/faculty member is a good fit for the research you are interested in/already conducting.
  • Be enthusiastic, but don’t overdo it.
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