Dr. Matt Morison is a Adjunct Professor of Geography at The University of Winnipeg as well as working in the Water Science and Watershed Management Branch of the Government of Manitoba. Dr. Morison holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo (2018) in Geography and Environmental Management, and a BSc from The University of Winnipeg (2012) in Mathematics and Geography.
The world’s freshwater resources face rising pressure from direct human impacts and the effects of climate change on both water quantity and quality. Climate change, winter warming, forest fire, agricultural land use, permafrost thaw, and oil sands development are just a window into the way we impact - and are impacted by - the water which we need to live.
We urgently need to understand both the state of our natural, less-impacted watersheds and freshwater bodies, as well as monitoring of areas of hard and fast disturbance to be able to make conclusive statements about the effects our activities and climate change are having on these regions. Dr. Morison believes these important research problems requires working at a variety of scales from soil grains and single trees all the way up to catchments thousands of kilometers apart, working within a big team with diverse perspectives and experiences.