Andrew Laursen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University. His primary research interests surround the study of ecosystem function, both natural and human made. In particular, Dr. Laursen is interested in how systems respond to disturbances such as storms, land-use change, or biological invasion.
His research runs the gamut from microbial ecology and effects of small scale variations on microbial activities, to whole-ecosystem measurements of biogeochemical processes, allowing a better understanding of ecosystem function across a range of temporal and spatial scales. This is currently directed to better understand how retention ponds built as part of storm water infrastructure are functioning, and how this function may be improved.
His research group is also engaged in watershed-scale modeling to assess how a whole river network might respond to land use and climate change scenarios. Dr. Laursen has supervised 22 Master students and 2 PhD students, published 21 peer reviewed scientific articles and more than 50 conference abstracts. Dr. Laursen is a passionate teacher, and a recent recipient of the Provost’s Innovative Teaching Award and Dean’s Teaching Award.