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Judith Patterson OWN Bio notes
Written by Diana Thebaud Nicholson // January 25, 2006 // Contributors, Judith Patterson, Order of Wednesday Night (OWN) // Comments Off on Judith Patterson OWN Bio notes
Dr. Judith Patterson, fondly known to Wednesday Night as “Judy Geologist”, is an associate professor in Geology at Concordia University in Montreal.
Her academic training is in the Geological Sciences, with degrees from Queen’s University (B.Sc. Hons.), University of Calgary (M.Sc.), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Ph.D.).
Dr. Patterson’s area of research is modern environments, in particular the impact of fossil fuel combustion on the atmosphere, and specifically from the transportation sector. Areas where she has conducted research include aviation, intermodal substitution, and environmental impact assessment. She has conducted research at several airports in both Canada and France. Her work has been funded by NSERC, and contract research has been conducted for Environment Canada, the Federal Environmental Assessment Review Office (now the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency), Fondation Jacques Cartier (France), Aéroport de Lyon-Satolas, and the American Air Transport Association. Recently, she has been conducting research, with colleague Dr. Anthony Perl of Simon Fraser University, on the impact of oil resource limitations and fuel prices on the aviation industry.
Her work has been published in a variety of journals, including the Annals of Air and Space Law, Journal of Transportation Engineering, Energy Sources, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, and World Transport Policy and Practice. She published a chapter on Aviation and the Environment in the McGraw Hill book “Handbook of Airline Strategy”, and has twice taught a short course on the Airport Emission Inventory for the Air and Waste Management Association in the U.S.A.
Wednesday Night’s authority on many aspects of environmental impact – not to mention the Tar Sands – is an ardent traveller and sportswoman. Judy is an avid curler during the winter months and enjoys the summer at her cottage in the Madawaska Valley in northern Ontario. She is owned by two magnificent German Shepherds and naturally volunteers on the committee of the NDG Dog Run Association.