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Department of Geography
McGill University

Health Lab: Burnside Hall Room 322
Telephone: (514) 398-1592
Fax (514) 398-7437
Email: dan.crouse@mail.mcgill.ca

Dan Crouse

PhD Candidate
Department of Geography
McGill University

I am currently a doctoral candidate in Health Geography.  My research is supported by a Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) Canada Graduate Scholarship.
My supervisors are Prof. Nancy Ross (Geography) and Prof. Mark Goldberg (Medicine).
Background & Research Interests

I completed both my Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree and my Master’s of Environmental Studies degree in Planning at the University of Waterloo.  My Master’s thesis examined the spatial coincidence of selected risks to population well-being within an urban district of Lima, Peru.  Prior to starting my doctoral studies, I worked as a research assistant in the Geography Department at McMaster University and then as a project manager in the Geography Department here at McGill.  

My general research interests are in Health Geography, Environmental Epidemiology, and methods of spatial analysis related to these.  The overarching goal of my thesis is to add to the body of knowledge that demonstrates how socioeconomic and physical characteristics of neighbourhoods influence health outcomes. 

Specifically, my thesis research involves three main activities:
1) Collecting samples of ambient air pollution concentrations across Montreal and developing spatial surfaces in a GIS to describe both spatial and seasonal patterns of pollution concentrations.
2) Exploring associations between air pollution exposures and neighbourhood socio-economic conditions.  My research seeks to identify which population groups are at greater risk of exposure to higher levels of ambient air pollution in Montreal, and explores the social justice implications associated with the combined influence of socioeconomic and environmental risks to health.
3) Examining whether the incidence of breast cancer is associated with exposure to local levels of air pollution and socioeconomic characteristics of neighbourhoods, after accounting for individual-level risk factors.  This will be explored with a case-control study based upon the hypothesis that neighbourhood environments influence the incidence of breast cancer onset above and beyond individual risk factors.

Please email me if you have any questions about my research or if you'd like a copy of my CV. 


  Adventures in Air Pollution Sampling (2005-2006)

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Contact Information

Department of Geography, 805 Sherbrooke Street West

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2K6

phone: (514) 398-4111 fax: (514) 398-7437



Last updated 19/09/2007