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Steve Marsh

Steve Marsh, MSc

Department Head/Associate Professor

Geography and the Environment

Abbotsford campus, A407c

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 (Hons) 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


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

Teaching Interests

Core Courses:

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

and study tours and AIGs 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. For more information on these projects, click here.


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