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Greg Crawford



Faculty of Science

As Dean, my main job is to provide leadership and oversight for the Faculty of Science, including its faculty, staff, and programs. My background is primarily in physics and oceanography. I study waves, tides, currents, tsunamis, mixing processes; I also do some work in remote sensing. Although these days my role as Dean keeps me busy, I'm still engaged in some research, mostly using data from ocean observing systems.

Contact information

Science Building - Room 4001
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5

905.721.8668 ext. 3235

Research topics

  • Mixing and transport in lakes, oceans, and estuaries
  • Observing and modeling currents and waves in the coastal and estuarine environment
  • Physical controls on biogeochemical cycling
  • Environmental systems and climate change
  • Development and application of ocean acoustic remote sensing techniques
  • Science for natural resource management


Dr. Greg Crawford is the Dean of Science at the Ontario Tech University (Ontario Tech) in Oshawa, Ontario. He obtained a B.Sc. in Honours Physics (Co-op) and M.Sc. in Physics from the University of Victoria, and a Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of British Columbia. He spent 20 years in the United States, working at an environmental research laboratory of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Oregon State University, and Humboldt State University (HSU; part of the California State University system). He has worked in both basic and applied research, including the development and application of new oceanographic technologies, numerous interdisciplinary projects, and science in support of resource management and public safety.

Dr. Crawford also became interested in higher education management, obtaining a Masters in Public Administration in 2006 from the California State University Dominguez Hills. After taking on a number of leadership roles at HSU, he returned to Canada to become Dean of Science and Technology at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, in late 2009. In 2014, he joined Ontario Tech to take on his current position. He is a staunch advocate of integrated curriculum design and experiential learning. Over the years, he has helped developed partnerships and agreements with a number of universities, government agencies, private companies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).


  • BSc, Physics (Honours Co-op) University of Victoria 1983
  • MSc, Physics University of Victoria 1986
  • PhD, Oceanography UBC 1993
  • MPA CSU Dominguez Hills (California) 2006