Get to Know New Faculty Member Elli Papangelakis
"My academic background is a bit of a mixed bag," says Elli. "For my undergrad, I completed a double major in Physics and Physical Geography at the University of Toronto. From there, I went on to to my MSc in Geography at UBC. I returned to Ontario to complete my PhD at the University of Waterloo in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department through the Water Institute program.
"My research focuses on the geomorphology of urban rivers. In other words, I investigate how urbanization affects the physical process of rivers such as the transport of sediment, erosion and aquatic habitats. I have a strong focus on translating that research into tools that can be used by industry and policy-makers to improve how urban rivers are conserved, restored, and managed.
"I come from a family filled with scientists, and so was exposed to science and research from a young age. Both my parents are scientists in very different fields who encouraged me to ask questions about the world and learn about all types of science.
Outside of work I enjoy outdoor activities like hiking and camping. When at home, I enjoy playing the piano, cooking new recipes, and spending lazy afternoons with my dog, Watson. I am also part of a curling club and love to curl once a week."