Research Supervisors

The supervisor is the key person in a research-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 facult members. Some require commitment of a faculty member as 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 "Supervision".

Name Role Facultysort ascending Academic Unit
Adams, Keith Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Gay, Colin Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Pennell, Matthew Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Xiao, Robert Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
McIver, Jess Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Leitch, Duncan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Peirce, Anthony Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
O'Connor, Mary Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Zhou, Fei Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Auld, Vanessa Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Scoates, James Stewart Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Schoof, Christian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Leander, Brian Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Gordon, Michael Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Salibian-Barrera, Matias Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Oser, Scott Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dake, Gregory Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Stairs, Ingrid Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Folk, Joshua Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Perrin, David Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Rosado Rey, Abel Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Bonn, Douglas Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Trites, Andrew Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
MacDonald, Colin Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Algar, Russ Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Ye, Ziliang Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Dierker, Steve Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowman, William Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science
Hermon, Jonathan Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Johnson, Mark Professor Faculty of Science Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability, Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Withers, Stephen Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry
Scott, Douglas Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Madison, Kirk Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Welch, William Professor Faculty of Science Department of Statistics
Parfrey, Laura Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany, Department of Zoology
Nagata, K Wayne Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Vincent, Amanda Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Thompson, Charles Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Friedlander, Michael Professor Faculty of Science Department of Computer Science, Department of Mathematics
Schulte, Patricia Professor Faculty of Science Department of Zoology
Suttle, Curtis Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Botany, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Heyl, Jeremy Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Kennedy, Lori Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Raussendorf, Robert Associate Professor Faculty of Science Department of Physics & Astronomy
Chen, Jingyi Professor Faculty of Science Department of Mathematics
Haughn, George Professor Faculty of Science Department of Botany
Allen, Susan Professor Faculty of Science Department of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences
Hunt, Brian Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries
Tropini, Carolina Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Borduas-Dedekind, Nadine Assistant Professor Faculty of Science Department of Chemistry

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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.
    Attend an information session

    G+PS regularly provides virtual sessions that focus on admission requirements and procedures and tips how to improve your application.