New academic appointments

DGES is pleased to welcome new academic appointments

Stephan Gruber – Associate Professor and CRC Tier II Research Chair

GruberStephan Gruber’s research interest concerns the cryosphere and its interactions with climate, geomorphic, ecologic, and human systems. He likes fieldwork and measuring phenomena in order to find out how they function—and to complement this with extensive computer simulation and experimentation. This is necessary, as it is important for studying and anticipating the behavior of complex systems. It also means that most of his research projects interface with other disciplines such as Engineering, Geodesy, or Statistics. In the past, most of Stephan’s research was focused on permafrost in mountain areas but here in Canada this will likely broaden to also include areas with less pronounced topography.

Stephan’s background is in in Physical Geography (University of Giessen, Germany) and his education included one year in northern Finland (Arctic Studies at the University of Lapland/Arctic Centre) and more than one year in the Netherlands (Environmental Systems Monitoring and Analysis at the ITC). During this time he also worked as an intern for a gold mining project in the Solomon Islands and for the natural hazards group of the Munich Reinsurance for some time. During his PhD (permafrost modeling and hyperspectral remote sensing) at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, Stephan spent some time at UNIS on Svalbard and at the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Boulder, Colorado. After one year as a postdoctoral fellow in Cambéry, France and a trip to the maritime Antarctic, Stephan went back to Zurich as a Senior Researcher and Lecturer for more than six years. And now to Carleton and the forested hills of Chelsea, Quebec

Jennifer Ridgley – Assistant Professor

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Jennifer Ridgley completed her PhD in the Department of Geography at the University of Toronto.  From 2010-2012, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics in New York City.  Her current research explores the convergence between the management of migration and the criminal justice system in the United States, focusing on the history of the U.S. Immigration Service.  Her first book manuscript, Cities of Refuge: Citizenship, Legality, and Exception in U.S. Sanctuary Cities, documents the evolution of city sanctuary policies in the United States, highlighting the significance of the city as a site through which to understand the bordering practices of state institutions.

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