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Dr. Schuurman is a geographic information science (GIS) and health informatics specialist. Her Ph.D. was in theoretical GIS. In the past decade, she has focused on GIS and health with emphasis on creating new GIS tools for population health and health services research. She runs a CFI-funded GIS and health informatics lab. In 2004, she published a textbook entitled: GIS: A short introduction.

There are several key areas to her GIS and health research including links between health and the built environment; injury prevention; access to definitive trauma care as well as primary health services; and location of palliative and maternity services.

Dr. Crooks is a health geographer. Her Ph.D. was conducted at McMaster University and focused on chronically ill women’s experiences of health care and socio-spatial life. She was awarded the Jacques May Thesis Prize by the Medical Geography Specialty Group in recognition of the contribution of this work to health geography. Dr. Crooks has more recently developed a significant focus on health services in her research. She specializes in using qualitative methods to explore social aspects of health service provision. Much of her work is collaborative, some of which employs a mixed-method design.

Much of Dr. Crooks’ present funded research is focused on three areas: primary health care (including family medicine and palliative care), medical tourism, and chronic illness.

Dr. Knudby specializes in environmental remote sensing. His recent research includes satellite-based mapping of urban thermal environments, with a focus on the micro-scale distribution of air temperature during extreme heat events and its influence on population heat-health. This project includes mapping of population vulnerability to extreme heat, as well as an applied focus on long-term extreme heat mitigation measures in the context of urban planning.