Students and Trainees

Dr.Epule_-e1462299903220Dr. Terrence Epule
Postdoctoral Research Fellow:  Climate Change and Adaptation Research Group, McGill University

Dr. Terrence Epule’s current research at McGill University has the following objectives: 1.Verify the roles of climatic and non-climatic drivers in contributing to the current trends in arable production in Uganda 2. Develop a ‘’driver-policy’’ framework (systematic approach) that will help to guide arable production policies in Uganda 3. Use population perceptions or indigenous knowledge of respondents in North Eastern Uganda to assess the adoption of different adaptation options in the midst of climate change and in the context of small-scale farming and assessing population decisions and resilience establishment and livelihood development options through agroforestry and agroecology etc 4. Assess the vulnerability of maize production systems to droughts in most of East Africa and suggest a framework for the development of climate change adaptations in most of sub-Saharan Africa as evidenced by the existing primary literature. In a nutshell, Dr. Epule’s research interests are at the interface of the interactions between climate change, agriculture and forest area. He uses field based participatory approaches as well as desk studies and socio-ecological systems modeling approaches.
Prior to moving to McGill University, Dr. Epule worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Department of Geography at University of Montreal (May 2014 to April 2016). His research at University of Montreal was based on assessing the extent of adoption and differential effects on yields of agroecology and conventional farming systems in Cameroon and the contributions of organic and inorganic fertilizers on African crop yields. Between September 2010 and April 2014, Dr. Epule studied and obtained a PhD in Environmental Sciences from the University of Quebec in Montreal. His first master was obtained in Environmental Studies and Sustainability Sciences in 2009 from Lund University in Sweden. His second master and bachelors degrees were in Geography from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Dr. Epule is author of two books and 19 peer review papers.



Eranga Galappaththi
(PhD) Supervisor: Dr. James Ford, McGill University

Eranga started his PhD with Dr. James Ford in the winter of 2016. His research interests include: vulnerability and adaptation to climate change, and the theoretical elements of the commons, with an emphasis on community-based management, (adaptive) co-management, complex systems/resilience, and indigenous knowledge. He is also interested in trans-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary research. Before starting his PhD, Eranga graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Master’s in Natural Resource Management, with a focus on community-based shrimp aquaculture in Sri Lanka. Eranga also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Peradeniya, with a focus on cultured prawn supply chains in Sri Lanka. He completed his BSc in Fisheries and Marine Science at Ocean University, Sri Lanka. From shrimp farming to his current research, Eranga has gained knowledge and experience from more than ten years of work in diverse managerial and public administrative positions.


IMG_8995 Anna Manore
(M.Sc.) Supervisor: Dr. Sherilee Harper, University of Guelph

Anna graduated from BSc program in Microbiology at the University of Guelph in 2015. During during her undergraduate degree, a co-op work term at the Public Health Agency of Canada sparked her interest in the effects of climate change on health, specifically in Indigenous populations. In September 2015, Anna began her MSc with the Harper Lab, working to understand the prevalence and sources of foodborne pathogens on retail and country foods in Iqaluit, and how these pathogens affect the burden of acute gastrointestinal illness in Inuit populations.




Kate_website_pic (1)Kaitlin Patterson
(Ph.D) Supervisor: Dr. Sherilee Harper, University of Guelph

Kate is a PhD student in the joint program in Population Medicine and International Development at the University of Guelph. Her Masters in Health Geography from McGill University (Supervisor: Dr. Lea Berrang-Ford) focused on food security among the Indigenous Batwa of Kanungu District, Uganda. The food insecurity reported by the Batwa is among the highest in the published literature. Kate values a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach and incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods into her research. For her PhD Kate is shifting her focus to maternal and infant health among the Batwa, a key priority identified at the local and national levels in Uganda for her PhD. From preliminary scoping trips nutrition and food security were identified as top concerns for expecting mothers. Community partners have met with Kate to identify key next steps for the new project and she will be heading to Uganda in January 2017 to begin data collection.


Sarah-AckerSarah Acker
(M.Sc.) Supervisor: Dr. James Ford, McGill University

Sarah is a first-year MSc student in Geography at McGill University. She completed an undergraduate in 2012 at the University of Waterloo, achieving a BES in International Development. During her undergraduate, she had the opportunity to act as an intern at a grassroots-level environmental organization in Northern Vietnam focusing in part on the impacts of climate change on food security and the aquaculture industry crucial to areas of the Mekong River Delta. Sarah is interested in pursuing research in Canada’s Arctic and the role climate change plays on food security for Indigenous populations, as well as the overall resilience of Arctic ecosystems to climate change. She believes in the importance of traditional knowledge in achieving successful scientific results, and looks forward to the potential of pursuing this ever-emerging approach to her research.



Margot Charette
(M.A.) Supervisor: Dr. Lea Berrang-Ford, McGill University

Project: Climate and health among Indigenous populations in Peru
Margot just finished her last year of Undergraduate studies (BA Honours) in Environment (ecological determinants of health) with a minor in Ecological agriculture, and will be pursuing a Masters degree in Health Geography this coming fall. Margot joined Dr. Berrang Ford’s lab in the fall semester of 2013 to work on a IHACC project evaluating the prevalence and determinants of food security among a sample of Bakiga communities in Uganda. Additionally, she is conducting preliminary research about the methodology behind the WHO’s Disability Adjusted Life Years (DALYs), investigating the feasibility of developing a metric that would integrate human and animal disease burden. Her Masters research will involve looking at climate sensitive health impacts among Indigenous populations in Peru.