College of Arts and Science
Room 232, 9 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK CANADA S7N 5A5
  Tel: +1 (306) 966-4907
Email: L.Martz@USask.CA

Dr. Lawrence W. Martz, PhD, PGeo
Vice-Dean of Faculty Relations
Professor of Geography and Planning


I was born in Peace River, Alberta and hold a BSc and MSc in Geography from the University of Alberta. I worked at Alberta Energy and Natural Resources and at Alberta Environment before moving to Saskatoon to teach in the Water Science program at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology.  My PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan involved research on the use of Cs-137 fallout measurements and digital terrain analysis methods to map soil erosion. In 1986, I was appointed to a faculty position in the Department of Geography where I taught courses in physical geography, hill-slope and fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, and geographical information systems. My early research focused on soil erosion and sediment transport, but soon shifted to the use of software to analyze digital elevation data for hydrologic and geomorphologic applications. The TOPAZ software, which I developed in collaboration with Jurgen Garbrecht, has been widely used in hydrology for model parameterization and the study of spatial scale effects. My work in automated model parameterization led to a decade-long involvement with the Mackenzie GEWEX Study (MAGS); a Canadian research network contributing to the Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment (GEWEX). While digital terrain analysis has been my main research focus, I have also been involved in other types of projects. I edited the Atlas of Saskatchewan (CD-ROM Edition); the first provincial atlas to be published in digital form in Canada. I also led a project that studied the impacts of climate change on water use in the South Saskatchewan River Basin and co-led a Community-University Research Alliance entitled Otipimsuak: the Free People - Mètis Land and Society in Northwest Saskatchewan. I have published over 200 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers and have supervised some 30 Masters´ and Doctoral students and Post-doctoral Fellows. I have been President of the Canadian Geophysical Union (Hydrology Section), chair of the Scientific Committee of MAGS and of the GEWEX Water Resources Application Project, and a member of the Canadian National Committee for Hydrologic Sciences and of the NSERC Strategic Project Grants selection committee. I began my administrative career in 2002 when I took up the position of Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. I then served as Dean of Graduate Studies and Research from 2008 to 2013 and am now the Vice-Dean for Faculty Relations in the College of Arts and Science.