Undergraduate Research Opportunities

If you are an undergraduate student and interested in learning more about research, there are several potential opportunities that we offer.  You can conduct an independent research project under Dr. Wagner-Riddle’s supervision as part of the requirements for courses ENVS*3410, ENVS*3420, ENVS*3430, ENVS*4410, ENVS*4420, ENVS*4430, ENVS*4510, ENVS*4520 or ENVS*4530, depending on your level and number of credits required (find Course Forms).

We also hire students for summer research assistantships either through the NSERC-USRA program or other funding, with co-op opportunities also available.  Contact us if you are interested in these (usually early January for USRA but up to April for other opportunities).   


ENVS*2030 Meteorology and Climatology (co-taught with Jon Warland)
This course examines solar and terrestrial radiation; pressure systems and winds; atmospheric stability and vertical motions; air masses and fronts; clouds and precipitation; selected topics in applied meteorology including air pollution. The laboratory emphasizes the analysis and use of atmospheric data for solving environmental problems.

ENVS*2030 Course outline Fall 2017

ENVS*3050 Microclimatology
This course examines natural and intentionally-modified microclimates near the earth’s surface; energy budgets; transport of mass and heat. Familiarization with some instruments for microclimatic measurements will be required.

ENVS*3050 Course outline Winter 2017

ENVS*6000 Physical Environment of Crops and Forests (offered in even years; NOT offered in 2016 Fall)
Energy, mass and momentum are exchanged between vegetated surfaces and the atmosphere. The status of meteorological variables and surface characteristics determine the rate of exchange. In this course, principles of micrometeorology will be used to understand the physical environment of crops and forests. Recent literature on radiation exchange, energy balance, momentum exchange, dry deposition, evapotranspiration and photosynthesis of plant communities will be discussed. Effects of the rate of exchange on profiles of temperature, humidity, radiation, wind, gases and particles in crop and forest environments also will be discussed.

ENVS*6000 Course outline – Fall 2014