I obtained my undergraduate degree in Geography at the University of Western Ontario (B.Sc. Hon. 1996), and I pursued additional undergraduate studies as a part time student in Geology at the University of Ottawa in 1997.


I conducted my graduate studies in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta (Ph.D. 2003). This research was part of an interdisciplinary study investigating the reasons for the high concentrations of OCs in the fish at Bow Lake, Alberta . My project investigated and compared the controls on the transport of organochlorine contaminants in glacial and non-glacial alpine catchments.


I joined the Department of Geography at Queen's in July 2004. My research examines the controls of climate variability and anthropogenic activities on the hydrology, water quality, and biogeochemical processes of glacial and permafrost watersheds.



I am accepting graduate students (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) for the fall of 2015. If you are a graduate or fourth year undergraduate student interested in field and laboratory based research relating to environmental change impacts on arctic watershed processes and water quality, contact me. My research program and Queen's Geography offer a dynamic and collaborative research environment, with unique laboratory and field facilities for graduate research in the Canadian Arctic. For more information on my research program see the pages in this site, the Queen's Geography web site, as well as the CBAWO web site.



Melissa Lafreniere

Associate Professor
Dept. of Geography, Queen's University, D201 Mackintosh-Corry Hall
Kingston, ON, CA, K7L 3N6
Phone: 613.533.6000 Office: ext.78720 Lab: ext. 78809

Fax: 613.533.6122