William Crumplin

William Crumplin

Associate Professor

School of the Environment
Science, Engineering and Architecture
A-250, Arts Building Sudbury Campus


Dr. Crumplin has taught at Laurentian University since 2003 and has been a university professor since 1992 when he began teaching at the Corner Brook campus of Memorial University of Newfoundland (1992-94).  He then moved to Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario (1994-2003) where, in additon to teaching, he also served as Registrar from 1998 to 2001.  He served as the President of the Ontario Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (CAGONT) from 2004 to 2010 and has presented over 30 papers at professional conferences.  He has been a keynote speaker on several occasions presenting links between obesity, urban sprawl and contemporary lifestyles in northern Ontario.  More recently he has investigated the ecological impacts of various cultural activities including selected competitive sports and the western meat based diet.  Another long time interest has been geo-politics.

Since developing and teaching the Diet, Food Choice and the Environment course, he has made advances, with support from his wife, in following a vegan lifestyle.  He continues to play pick-up hockey, is a motorcycle enthusiast and loves animals and nature.  He considers himself a connoisseur of fine beer and has migrated his charcoal barbequing talents from meat to vegetables.  And he is currently in the process of developing the perfect home made grilled veggie burger – a seemingly elusive goal. 

Since June 2014, Dr. Crumplin has hosted a radio show called "Earth Tracks" on Laurentian's radion station CKLU 96.7 or cklu.ca.  This weekly show airs Wednesdays noon to 2 pm and is typically organized around an environmental theme.  Previous themes have included such things as water, forests, climate change, biking, suburbs and solar energy.  He researches and plays songs that fit the theme in addition to playing audio clips or hosting interviews with people who share interests in promoting environmental awareness.  The goal of this show is to increase awareness of environmental challenges at local, regional, national and global scales.


  • B.A. (Hons) Geography, University of Western Ontario 1986
  • M.A. Geography, University of Victoria, 1989
  • Ph.D. Geography, Queen's University at Kingston, 1994
  • M.A. Geography, Waterloo University, 2002

Academic Appointments

 Program Co-ordinator and Academic Advisor (English) for Environmental Studies (BA) programs and modules


Dr Crumplin's research interests focus on the impact of climate change on small island states and territories, the ecological footprints associated with selected cultural activities, preparedness of Canadian cities for effects of climate change, and greening the built environment.


  • 2013 Service to Ontario Geography Award by the Canadian Association of Geographers - Ontario Division (CAGONT) for significant and lasting contribution to scholarship, teaching and broader service to Geography in Ontario
  • Nominee, for 2013 and 2014 "Student's Choice Teaching Award"
  • Certificate of Appreciation from LU Student Success Centre 2013, 2012 & 2010


Dr. Crumplin highly values teaching and learning with undergraduate students and frequently uses everyday events to illustrate theoretical models and/or approaches to make learning relevant for students. Along this line, he uses films, poetry, music, news items, TED Talks, and video clips to enrich classroom presentations and spawn informed discussions.

The courses he currently rotates through his teaching schedule include:

  • ENVI 1507 Intro to Environmental Studies; 
  • ENVI 2506 Cultural Representations of the Environment; 
  • ENVI 2516 Ecological Footprints and Demographic Change; 
  • ENVI 2526 Diet, Food Choice and the Environment; 
  • ENVI 3506 The Living City; 
  • ENVI 3516 Greening the Built Environment; and 
  • ENVI 4746 Reaching Sustainability with Incremental or Massive Change.