DR. nicolas D. Brunet

Assistant Professor
(Latornell Professor in Environmental Stewardship) 

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development at the University of Guelph, where I hold the Latornell Professorship in Environmental Stewardship.  I grew up outside of Montreal spending my summers sailing and camping and winters cross country skiing. I now have three children who all enjoy being outdoors and connecting with the natural world around them. I live in Cambridge, Ontario.

I have an active research program in the community-based conservation field coupled with large scale social-ecological mixed method studies at international and national scales. My research primarily focuses upon natural resource governance and the tools, such as Indigenous community based monitoring and community science, used to measure the impacts of resource extraction, such as mining, in boreal and Arctic terrestrial ecosystems.


  • RPD6220: Planning and Development Policy Analysis
  • RPD6380: Quantitative Techniques
  • RPD6310: Environmental Impact Assessment

Membership & Committees

  • Chair of Northern Studies Committee
  • Member of University Senate
  • Member of Ontario Professional Planners Institute
  • Member of Canadian Institute of Planners
  • Latornell Steering Committee member
  • Latornell Endowment Committee member
  • YCP advisory committee member

Major Grants


2020Guelph Institute for Environmental Research (30K- Co-PI)
2018-2022SSHRC Insight Grant (Federal-C) (300K- Principal Investigator)
2018-2019Ducks Unlimited Canada Inc. (Private-C) (42K – Principal Investigator)
2018-2019Environment and Climate Change Canada (Federal-C) (15K – Co-Principal Investigator)
2018-2019RBC field resource program (Private-C) (34K- Principal Investigator)
2017-2019SSHRC Insight Development Grant (Federal-C) (75K- Principal Investigator)
2017-2019Latornell Endowment Committee (Private-C) (5K)
2017-2019Government of Alberta, Environment and Parks (Provincial) (400K)