backResearcher Profile

Frank Simpson

Job Title: Professor of Geology
Employer: University of Windsor
Place of Birth: Gatley, Cheshire, UK
Public School attended: Victoria Road Junior School, Northwich, Cheshire, U.K.
High School attended: Sir John Deane's Grammar School, Northwich, Cheshire, U.K.
Further Education: University of Edinburgh, Scotland (B.Sc.), Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Saskatchewan, Ontario, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Poland, Ukraine

simpsonBrief synopsis of current research:
In regions of land degradation, the management of water resources, conservation of soil, and restoration of a vegetation cover are complementary sets of activities. Each is essential to the effectiveness of the others and action is required on the scale of an entire watershed. In general, appropriate technologies are small in scale, cheap, easily replicated, and compatible with local knowledge systems. These views are substantiated by recent, IDRC-funded research on: conjunctive use of water resources in a dryland area of Maharashtra State, India; control and prevention of gully erosion in southeastern Nigeria; and arrest of river bank erosion along the Dnipro River, near Kaniv, Ukraine. Technology transfer to parts of Canada is likely to be of increasing importance, in view of growing public concern about global climatic change.

Mailing address:
University of Windsor Earth Sciences, 401 Sunset Ave., Windsor, ON, Canada N9B 3P4
Phone: (519)253-4232 ext. 2487; Fax: (519)973-7081


Recent Publications:

Hudec, P.P., Simpson, F., Akpokodje, E., Umenweke, M., and Ondrasik, M., 1998. Gully Erosion of Coastal Plain Sediments of Nigeria. In: Moore, D., and Hungr, O. (Editors), Proceedings of Eighth International Congress, International Association for Engineering Geology and the Environment, 21-25 September, 1998, Vancouver, Canada, Rotterdam, A.A. Balkema, pp. 1835-1841.

Simpson, F., and Sohani, G.G., in press. Prelude to Participatory Management and Evaluation of Project on Conjunctive Water Use. In: Hazeltine, B., and Bull, C. (Editors), Field Guide to Appropriate Technology. San Diego, Academic Press.

Simpson, F., and Sohani, G.G., in press. Water Harvesting and Spreading for Conjunctive Use of Water Resources. In: Hazeltine, B., and Bull, C. (Editors), Field Guide to Appropriate Technology. San Diego, Academic Press.

Simpson, F., and Sohani, G.G., in press. Benefits to Villagers in Maharashtra, India, from Conjunctive Use of Water Resources. In: Jeffery, R. (Editor), Co-operation and Conflict in Natural Resources Management: Lessons from Case Studies. London, Macmillan, and New York, St. Martin's Press.

Simpson, F., and Sohani, G.G., 1998. Conjunctive Use of Water Resources in Deccan Trap/India. In: U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Sustainable Development Success Stories. Presented to U.N. Commission for Sustainable Development, Sixth Session, April 20 - May 1, 1998. New York, United Nations, pp. 76-78.

In the Twenty-first Century, the dynamics of international relations in many parts of the world will be driven by issues in water-resource management. Current flashpoints in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East give indications of things to come. Multidisciplinary interactions, involving combinations of disciplines that were seldom seen in the past, will take on major importance. Clearly, the aquatic sciences will feature prominently in these interactions. As well, Canada's ongoing role in conflict resolution abroad is likely to be significantly expanded.