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Environmental fieldwork for watershed solutions

Dr. Claire Oswald, PhD, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Ryerson professor Claire Oswald is devoted to understanding how the effects of day-to-day municipal activities in city centres – such as de-icing snowy roads – impact the future of our fresh water.

Oswald, along with a team of master’s students from Ryerson’s Environmental Applied Science and Management and Spatial Analysis programs, as well as Geography and Environmental Studies undergraduate students, is exploring the cumulative effects of land use and climate change on human-dominated watersheds in the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Her aim is to understand how urban development impacts the quantity and quality of our streams, rivers and lakes. Ultimately, the results of her work will identify vulnerable natural resources and help cities and communities adopt better watershed management strategies.

At Ryerson University, we support relevant, hands-on research to inform how we can effect positive environmental change through improved policies.