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Steve Marsh

Steve Marsh, MSc

Associate Professor

Geography and the Environment

Abbotsford campus, A407e

Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4723

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I was born and raised in London, Ontario. During this time, homes owned by my parents were struck by lightning 12 times, hence my interest in climatology and natural hazards! I completed a BA (Honours) in the Geography Department at the University of Western Ontario. I investigated the urban snow hazard under the supervision of Prof. Robert Packer for my Honours Thesis. I then initiated my westward migration, first stopping in Regina.

I completed my MSc under the supervision of Dr. Alec Paul in the Geography Department at the University of Regina. My thesis investigated evidence for climatic change in southern Saskatchewan. I continued my westward migration in 1991 by moving my family to the west coast. I joined the Geography Department at then UCFV in 1992.


  • MSc, University of Regina, 1988
  • BA (Hons), University of Western Ontario, 1982


Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Association of Geographers
  • American Association of Geographers
  • Canadian Water Resources Association
  • American Geophysical Union

Committe Membership

  • City of Abbotsford Environmental Advisory Group
  • Tree and Forest Working Group, EAC, Abbotsford (Chair)
  • Flood Committee, Clayburn Village, Abbotsford

Teaching Interests

  • GEOG 103: The Physical Environment
  • GEOG 105: Natural Hazards and Hollywood
  • GEOG 116: Earth Rocks
  • GEOG 117: Dinosaurs
  • GEOG 201: Climate and People
  • GEOG 307: Climates of Cities
  • GEOG 308: Climate Change and Variability
  • GEOG 318: Water Resources and Management 
  • GEOG 335/BIO 335: Freshwater Ecology
  • GEOG 412: Environmental Geography Practicum
  • Study tours and Adventures in Geography to Washington State (Mt. St. Helens-Channeled Scabland; coastal Washington), Alberta, the American Southwest, and Yellowstone-Glacier.

Research Interests

My research interests lie within community-based initiatives in collaboration with various federal, provincial, municipal, and non-governmental organizations. My interests focus on watershed and airshed issues affecting our local communities. Key to this is the involvement of my students in the research.

I am currently collaborating with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the Woods Hole Research Center to investigate river geochemistry and land-ocean linkages through the sampling of the Fraser River and its Fraser Valley tributaries as part of the Global Rivers Observatory Project.

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