Post Docs and Visiting Researchers

The HGIS lab welcomes visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows. Contact the lab director for more information.

Dr. Mathew Hatvany Visiting Scholar


Dr. Brenda Macdougall visiting Scholar


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Dr. Josh MacFayden POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW

Josh MacFadyen served as a Postdoctoral Fellow for the lab’s Sustainable Farm Systems Project September 2014 – August 2015. He is now a Senior Sustainability Scholar at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and Assistant Professor, School of Sustainability at Arizona State University. In addition to his new position at ASU, Josh will continue to work on the SFS team, applying the new methods of socio-ecological metabolism and particularly the Energy Return on Investment (EROI) models developed by the SFS team.


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Dr. Elizabeth Scott POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW

Dr. Elizabeth A. Scott held the University of Saskatchewan Interdisciplinary Centre for Culture and Creativity’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in the HGIS Lab in 2015 where she worked with Dr. Jim Clifford on the London Ghost Acres, 1850-1919 project. Her research focused broadly on the history of commodity extraction and the role of the Royal Botanical Gardens in British Ceylon in the late nineteenth century. Dr. Scott has now joined the Department of History at the University of Prince Edward Island as a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Chilton. The two-year research appointment will forge long-range historical connections between medical inspection, poverty, and socio-political anxiety in Britain and Canada.


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Dr. Andrew Watson POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW

Andrew Watson is a Canadian Environmental Historian and member of the Sustainable Farm Systems Project. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the HGIS lab from 2015 to 2017. His work with the Great Plains team uses socio-ecological metabolism methods to trace the changing energy flows of agriculture in Kansas during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. By reconstructing these flows at the county, township, and farm level, Andrew’s work will offer an comparative analysis at various scales over time. Andrew is also a collaborator with Jim Clifford on London’s Ghost Acres Project, which uses digital methods, such as text-mining and HGIS, to trace global commodity flows during the nineteenth century. His own current research examines the economic and environmental history of coal production and consumption in Canada during the first half of the twentieth century.