Antoni Lewkowicz

Professor, Department of Geography

Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Office: Simard 021
Telephone: 613-562-5800, ext. 1067
E-mail: alewkowi@uOttawa.ca

University degrees

1981 – PhD, Geography, University of Ottawa
1978 – MA, Geography, University of Ottawa
1976 – BSc (1st class Hons.), Geography, University of Southampton

Fields of interest

  • Permafrost geomorphology and hydrology
  • Effect of global change on arctic regions
  • Mountain permafrost

Research

Current projects (graduate student name in parentheses)

  1. Thermal State of Permafrost in Canada (International Polar Year Project) (Megan James, MSc and Jenny Throop, MSc)
  2. Testing and refinement of the Basal Temperature of Snow (BTS) method to model permafrost distribution in complex mountainous terrain, central and southern Yukon (Phil Bonnaventure, PhD, Marian Kremer, MSc, Amaris Page, MSc).
  3. Air temperature inversions and their influence on permafrost in mountain basins, Yukon Territory (Emily Schultz, MSc, Angeline Lovatt, MSc).
  4. Rates and causes of active-layer detachments, Ellesmere Island (Pauline Favero, MSc)
  5. Aggradation and degradation of permafrost mounds, Wolf Creek, Yukon Territory.

Projects foreseen for the next few years

  1. Thermokarst processes and active layer detachments, central Alaska (suitable for an M.Sc.. student project).
  2. Using the Basal Temperature of Snow method to model permafrost distribution in northern British Columbia (suitable for an M.S. or Ph.D. student)
  3. Characteristics of discontinuous permafrost using DC resistivity methods (suitable for an M.Sc. student)

Career

Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa (1999-present)

Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Arts, University of Ottawa (2001-2005)

Chairperson, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa (1994-2000, except during sabbatical July-December 1997)

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Ottawa (1994-1999)

Associate Chair, Department of Geography, University of Toronto (1991-1994)

Associate Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto (1987-1994)

Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Toronto (1982-1987)

Project Terrain Scientist, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., Calgary (1980-1982)

Professional activities (last 5 years)

2008-present
Vice-President, International Permafrost Association

2008-present   
Member, Quality Assurance Transition/Implementation Task Force, OCGS Review, Council of Ontario Universities

2007-present   
Member, Communications Committee, Partnership Group for Science and Engineering

2006-present
Editor, Permafrost and Periglacial Processes (Wiley-Blackwell)

2004-present
Academic Colleague for the University of Ottawa, Council of Ontario Universities (Co-Chair of Academic Colleagues from 2007)

2006-present   
Visiting Professor, University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway

2006-2008      
Member, Canadian Advisory Committee for the International Polar Year

2005-2007      
Vice-President, Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies

2005-2008      
Chair, International Advisory Committee, International Permafrost Association

Selected publications

Lewkowicz, A.G. (2008). Evaluation of miniature temperature-loggers to monitor snowpack evolution at mountain permafrost sites, northwestern Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 19, 323-331.

Bonnaventure, P.P.  and Lewkowicz, A.G. (2008). Mountain permafrost probability mapping using the BTS method in two climatically dissimilar locations, northwest Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45, 443-455.

Lewkowicz, A.G. and Bonnaventure, P.P. (2008). Interchangeability of local mountain permafrost probability models, northwest Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 19, 49-62, 2008.

Lewkowicz, A.G. (2007). Dynamics of active-layer detachment failures, Fosheim Peninsula, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 18, 89-103.

Atkinson, D.E., Brown, R., Alt, B., Agnew, T., Bourgeois, J., Burgess, M., Duguay, C., Henry, G., Jeffers, S., Koerner, R., Lewkowicz, A.G., McCourt, S., Melling, H., Sharp, M., Smith, S., Walker, A., Wilson, K., Wolfe, S., Woo, M.-K., Young, K.L. (2006). Canadian cryospheric response to an anomalous warm summer: a synthesis of the Climate Change Action Fund project “The state of the Arctic cryosphere during the extreme warm summer of 1998”. Atmosphere-Ocean, 44(4), 347-375.

Kinnard, C. and Lewkowicz, A.G. (2006). Frontal advance of turf-banked solifluction lobes, Kluane Range, Yukon Territory.  Geomorphology, 73(3-4), 261-276.

Lewkowicz, A.G. and Harris, C. (2005). Morphology and geotechnique of active-layer detachment failures in discontinuous and continuous permafrost, northern Canada. Geomorphology, 69, 275-297.

Kinnard, C. and Lewkowicz, A.G. (2005). Movement, moisture and thermal conditions at a turf-banked solifluction lobe, Kluane Range, Yukon Territory, Canada Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 16(3), 261-275.

Lewkowicz, A.G. and Harris, C. (2005). Frequency and magnitude of active-layer detachment failures in discontinuous and continuous permafrost, northern Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 16(1), 115-130.

Guglielmin, M., Cannone, N., Strini, A. and Lewkowicz, A.G. (2005). Biotic and abiotic processes on granite weathering landforms in a cryotic environment, Northern Victoria Land, Antarctica. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 16(1), 69-85.

Lewkowicz, A.G. and Ednie, M. (2004). Probability mapping of mountain permafrost using the BTS method, Wolf Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 15(1), 67-80.

Lewkowicz, A.G. and Coultish, T. (2004). Beaver damming and palsa dynamics in a subarctic mountainous environment, Wolf Creek, Yukon Territory, Canada. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 36(2), 208-218.

Thesis supervision

    • Phil Bonnaventure (PhD)
    • Pauline Favero (MSc)
    • Angeline Lovatt (MSc)
    • Emily Schultz (MSc)
    • Amaris Page (MSc)
    • Marian Kremer (MSc)
    • Jenny Throop (MSc)
    • Megan James (MSc)
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