Field work at Chephren Lake,
Banff National Park - March 1993



































































































B.E.S., University of Waterloo, 1980.
M.Sc., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1982.
Ph.D., University of British Columbia, 1987.
Professor, Department of Geography
††††††††††††††††††† Department of Earth Sciences
Principal, Woodsworth College



































































Research Activities/Interests

My special interests are the influence of climate change and human disturbance on geomorphic processes and landform change with an emphasis on river floodplains and sediment yield in glacierized landscapes. Contemporary and Holocene glacier fluctuations have been reconstructed using terrestrial and high-resolution glaciolacustrine and glaciomarine sedimentary archives. I have conducted research mainly in large glacier-fed lakes of the western Canadian Cordillera and, in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Copenhagen, deep fiords of western Greenland. More recent work has focussed on late Quaternary and Holocene fluvial environments of southern Ontario with particular emphasis on decoupling the influence of humans disturbance on erosion from that associated with climate-induced changes. Geophysical, geochronology and geoarchaeology methods have been used extensively to develop and interpret the sedimentary record.






































































































  • Graduate
    GGR 1202 - Sedimentation and Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Undergraduate
    GGR 201S - Introduction to Geomorphology
    GGR 390F - Field Camp
    GGR 301S - Fluvial Geomorphology (every other year)
































































Selected Publications

Gilbert, R. and Desloges J.R. 2012 Late glacial and Holocene environmental change inferred from sedimentation patterns at Quesnel Lake, B.C.The Holocene, (accepted).
Harvey, J.E., Smith, D.J., Laxton, S., Desloges, J.R. and Allen, S. 2012. Mid-Holocene glacier expansion between 7500 and 4000 cal. yr BP in the British Columbia Coast Mountains, Canada. The Holocene 22 (9), 973 - 983. doi:10.1177/0959683612437868.
Thornbush, M.J. and Desloges, J.R. 2011. Site reconstruction at an oxbow lake situated at the lower Nottawasaga River in southern Ontario, Canada. Environmental Archaeology 16, 1-15.
Thornbush, M.J. and Desloges, J.R. 2011. Environmental change and evidence for Archaic and Woodland floodplain occupation along the lower Nottawasaga River, southern Ontario, Canada. In: Brown, A.G., Basell, L.S., and Butzer, K.W. (eds), Geoarchaeology, Climate Change, Sustainability, Geological Society of America Special Paper 476, p. 105-116, doi:10.1130/2011.2476(09).
Dirszowsky, R.W. and Desloges, J.R. 2010. Testing lake sediment and dendrogeomorphic proxies for Little Ice Age environmental change in the upper Fraser River area, British Columbia, Canada. Geografiska Annaler: Series A, Physical Geography, 92 (3), pg. 393-410.
Chakraborty, K., Finkelstein, S.A., Desloges, J.R. and Chow, N.A. 2010. Holocene paleoenvironmental changes inferred from diatom assemblages in sediments of Kusawa Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada. Canada. Quaternary Research. 74, 15-22.
Hodder, K., Gilbert, R. and Desloges, J.R. 2007. Assessment of varved glaciolacustrine sedimentary records as hydroclimatic proxy. Journal of Paleolimnology, 38, 365-394.
Hodder, K., Desloges, J.R. and Gilbert, R. 2006. Pattern and timing of sediment infill at glacier-fed Mud Lake: Implications for Late-Glacial and Holocene Environments in the Monashee Mountain Region of British Columbia, Canada. The Holocene, 16(5), 1-12.
Rasch, M., Nielsen, N., Christiansen, C., BalstrÝm, T., Gilbert, R. and Desloges, J.R. 2003. Role of landscape parameters in riverine runoff, and sediment and organic matter yield on Disko Island, West Greenland. Geografisk Tidsskrift, Danish Journal of Geography, 103(2), 1-12.
Desloges,J.R., Gilbert, R., Nielsen, N., Christiansen, C., Rasch, M., ōhlenschlager, R. 2002. "Holocene glacimarine sedimentary environments in fiords of Disko Bugt, West Greenland", Quaternary Science Reviews and Research 21 (4).





















































Recent Funding

Ontario Heritage Trust - Bruce Trail Conservancy (Cheltenham Badlands)
Urban Imapcts on Stream Erosion in the Greater Toronto Area (NSERC-Strategic Grant Project)
Paleogeomorphology and Paleohydrology from High-Resolution Laminated Sediments (NSERC- Discovery Grant)























































Important Associations for Geomorphology

Canadian Association of Geographers
Canadian Geomorphology Research Group
Canadian Geophysical Union
Canadian Quaternary Association - CANQUA
Geological Association of Canada
American Association of Geographers
American Geophysical Union
International Association of Geomorphologists





Geomorphology Internet Links

British Society for Geomorphology (BSG)
The Canadian Geomorphology Research Group (CGRG)
Canadian Landscapes - Terrain Sciences CGS
Canada Topography - Toporama
Geological Association of Canada
Geological Society of America
Geological Survey of Canada
International Union of Geological Sciences (IUGS)
United States Geological Survey (USGS)























































Contact Information

Phone: 416-978-5782
Fax: 416-978-3281
Rm 205, 119 St. George
Woodsworth College
University of Toronto
, ON
M5S 1A9
45 St. George St.
Rm 208, Phone: 416-978-5234

































Current Students




























Mr. Roger Phillips


Mr. James Thayer (recently graduated)

Ms. Jennifer Henshaw




































































Links of Interest

University of Toronto
U of T Faculty of Arts and Science
U of T Dept. of Geography
U of T Libraries















































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