Dr. Brent Wolfe has held various research, faculty, and administrative positions at Wilfrid Laurier University since 2002. This includes holding one of six NSERC Northern Research Chairs in Canada from 2002-2012. Prior to taking on the role of Acting Associate Vice-President and Dean of FGPS, he served as Associate Dean of FGPS from 2018-2022. Recognitions include the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (Ontario Ministry of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation; 2003) and the Premier’s Award for Collaboration – Team Category (‘Slave River and Delta Partnership’; Government of the Northwest Territories; 2012).
Brent’s collaborative field- and laboratory-based research program uses contemporary and paleoenvironmental approaches to assess effects of climate change and other stressors on water quantity and quality in northern lake-rich landscapes. His research is supported by federal, provincial and territorial agencies, industry, and other partners. The knowledge gained from his research is used to inform multiple stakeholders. Brent has trained more than 50 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in northern environmental science and has authored more than 110 peer-reviewed publications.
Brent received his BSc (First Class Honours; 1990) and MSc (1993) in Geological Sciences from the University of Manitoba and PhD (1997) in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Wilfrid Laurier University, he held an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Waterloo.