Geosciences

Welcome

The Geosciences Department at John Abbott College brings together the two disciplines of Geography and Geology (Earth Sciences).

Geography is the science that seeks to understand human and natural phenomena of the Earth. Geographers interpret and explain variations in space and places at all scales from the  global to the local. At John Abbott College, Geography is a discpline offering optional program-specific courses in the Social Science and Liberal Arts programs, as well as Complementary courses to students in other programs.

Geology is the science that studies the Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they are produced and changed. It explains the natural history of the Earth and provides useful tools for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration as well as for understanding natural hazards and environmental issues such as climate change. At John Abbott College, Geology is a discipline offering Science Option courses to second-year students in the Natural Sciences program as well as Complementary courses to students in other programs.

Members of the Department

Naomi Barshi :

Naomi Barshi


514-457-6610
HS-607
naomi.barshi@johnabbott.qc.ca

Naomi Barshi joined the department in 2016 after finishing her Master's of Science degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences at McGill University.  She received her Bachelors (honours) degree in Geosciences from Smith College, Massachusetts, USA.  Her research interests include investigating how the interactions between earthquakes and landscapes can help us understand fault histories and deformation in Earth's crust.  She also enjoys science curriculum development and learning about learning.


Stephen Bryce : Chair

Stephen Bryce

Chair
514-457-6610 ext. 5973
P-218
stephen.bryce@johnabbott.qc.ca

Stephen joined the Geosciences Department in 1991 and has been Department Chair since 2013. He has a DEC in Social Science from John Abbott College, a Bachelor degree (Honours) in Geography and a Masters of Arts degree in Geography from McGill University. His teaching and research interests include the development of suburban landscapes, the political geography of Québec nationalism, the political ecology of global warming and the geography of sports. He is a member of the Social Science Program Committee, the Academic Programs Coordination Committee, and Academic Council, and has served on the Board of Governors and the Executive of the John Abbott College Faculty Association.


Stephen Bryce :

Stephen Bryce


514-457-6610 ext. 5973
P-218 - Geosciences
stephen.bryce@johnabbott.qc.ca

Stephen joined the Geosciences Department in 1991 and has been Department Chair since 2013. He has a DEC in Social Science from John Abbott College, a Bachelor degree (Honours) in Geography and a Masters of Arts degree in Geography from McGill University. His teaching and research interests include the development of suburban landscapes, the political geography of Québec nationalism, the political ecology of global warming and the geography of sports. He is a member of the Social Science Program Committee, the Academic Programs Coordination Committee, and Academic Council, and has served on the Board of Governors and the Executive of the John Abbott College Faculty Association.


Jessica Burpee : Coordinator, Environmental Studies Certificate

Jessica Burpee

Coordinator, Environmental Studies Certificate
514-457-6610 ext. 5059
HO-306
jessica.burpee@johnabbott.qc.ca

Jessica joined the Geosciences Department in 1999. She has a Bachelor degree in Geography from Mount Allison University and a Masters degree in Geography and Public Policy from Concordia University. Jessica is also Coordinator of the Environmental Studies Certificate at John Abbott College and has been an active member of the College Sustainability Committee. She led a STARS Sustainability assessment of the College campus.


John Buskard :

John Buskard


514-457-6610 ext. 5975
P-214A
jbuskard@johnabbott.qc.ca

John joined the Geosciences Department in 1992. He has a Bachelor degree in Geography from Carleton University, a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa and a Masters degree in Geography and Public Policy from Concordia University. He is currently co-Chair of the Geosciences Department at John Abbott and is its representative on the Social Science Program Committee. He served as coordinator of John Abbott College's Pathways programs for 11 years. His research and teaching interests include population, development and environmental geography.


Richard Léveillé :

Richard Léveillé


514-457-6610 ext. 5949
HO-306
richard.leveille@johnabbott.qc.ca

Richard joined the Geosciences Department in 2014. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology-Ecology from Concordia University and a PhD in Geology from the University of Western Ontario. Richard held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre GEOTOP-UQAM-McGill and also worked as a planetary scientist at the Canadian Space Agency. He is one of 30 Participating Scientists selected for NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. His current research is on deciphering the geology of Mars using the laser-firing ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity Rover.


Maria Pastor Mollà : On Leave 2015-2016

Maria Pastor Mollà

On Leave 2015-2016
514-457-6610 ext. 5939
HS-607
maria.pastor@johnabbott.qc.ca

Maria joined the Geosciences Department in 2013. She has a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and a PhD in Physical Oceanography from the Institut de Ciències del Mar in Barcelona. Her research interests include how ocean circulation brings nutrients to fertilize the rich marine life of the northeast Atlantic and looking for signs of recent climate change in the North and equatorial Atlantic.


Julie Podmore :

Julie Podmore


514-457-6610 ext. 5496
P-218
julie.podmore@johnabbott.qc.ca

Julie joined the Geosciences Department in 1997. She has a Bachelor degree in Geography from the University of British Columbia and a Master's and PhD degrees in Geography from McGill University. She also spent one year as a post-doctoral researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal in Urban Studies She served as chair of the Geosciences Department at John Abbott from 2006 to 2013. She has also served on the College's Sexual Harassment Committee, the Social Science Program Committee and the Research and Development Committee. Her research and teaching interests are in urban, social and cultural geography.


Laura Shillington :

Laura Shillington


514-457-6610 ext. 5592
HO-334
laura.shillington@johnabbott.qc.ca

Laura joined the Geosciences Department in 2013. She has a BSc in Geography from the University of Victoria, an MSc in Forestry from Virginia Polytechnical Institute and State University, and a PhD in Geography from York University. Her research interests are in gender, political ecology and urban social-environmental justice with a regional focus on Central America.


Heather Short : Co-Chair

Heather Short

Co-Chair
514-457-6610 ext. 5844
HS-607
heather.short@johnabbott.qc.ca

Heather joined the Geosciences Department in 2007. She has a BA (Honors) degree in Geology from Skidmore College, an MSc in Geology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a PhD from the University of Maine, Orono. She represents Geology on the Natural Sciences Program Committee and also sits on the Complementary Committee. Her research interests include the development of small-scale and microstructures in large-scale shear zones, and their use as strain and vorticity gauges.


 

Courses

The following courses are offered:

Geography:

  • Introduction to Geography
  • Geography of Tourism
  • The Middle East Regional Geography
  • Geography of the World Economy
  • Cities and Urbanization
  • A Global Crisis?
  • Environmental Geography
  • People, Places, Nations
  • The Geography of Sports

Geology:

  • Understanding Planet Earth
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Introduction to Oceanography

Interdisciplinary Complementary 

  • Climate Change

For a complete listing and description of the courses offered by the Geosciences department, please visit the appropriate sections of the Course Calendar:

For Geology courses, click here

For Geography courses, click here

For Complementary courses click here (go to Domain 2 and Domain 3)

Supplemental Information