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At the time of his death, Dr. V. Chris Lakhan (July 8, 1951 - June 12, 2018) was a Professor Emeritus at the University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. He retired as a Full Professor on December 31, 2016 after a 32 year career in academics. He was a Life Fellow of the International Biographical Association, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, a Certified Geographical Information Systems Professional, a Certified Environmental Inspector, a Certified Environmental Specialist, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Indo Caribbean Research. He held certificates from the Bloomsbury Educational Board, London, Ministry of Education, Guyana, and the University of London, England. His degrees are from the University of Guyana, University of Windsor (1975), and the University of Toronto (1982). To pursue his studies, he obtained a Canadian Government Commonwealth Scholarship, a University of Windsor scholarship, and Open Fellowships from the University of Toronto for four consecutive years. He has won numerous awards for academic distinction including the John Bartholomew of Scotland Geography Prize, and the Guyana Independence Award for Academic Excellence.

Dr. Lakhan is a former Professor in the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department at the University of Windsor. During his long academic career he specialized in the development of computer simulation models, and the use of geographical information systems (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) techniques to study and predict the dynamics at work in coastal and other natural environmental systems. Most of his models and techniques (GIS and RS) were applied to the study and management of environmental and natural resources.

Professor Lakhan taught courses in resources management, environmental impact assessment, geographical information systems, and remote sensing. As a Professor, he won numerous Teaching Merit Awards. He won teaching awards from both the Faculty of Social Science and the Faculty of Science. During his teaching career, he supervised, co-read and examined more than 100 undergraduate and graduate theses.

Dr. Lakhan has an extensive publication record in books, and national and international journals. He authored several monographs and books, with three for Elsevier Science Publishers, The Netherlands. He has also published more than 60 conference and refereed papers; many in international journals, among them Computers and Geosciences, Journal of Statistical Computation and Simulation, Mathematical Geology, Environmental Software, Environmental Geology, Coastal Management, Ocean and Coastal Management, Journal of Coastal Research, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, Geografiska Annaler, Environmental Management, Journal of Great Lakes Research, Journal of the Waterway, Port, Coastal and Ocean Division, Coastal Engineering, and the International Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination. In addition to his books and journal publications, he contributed numerous presentations to newspapers, and to international conferences. He also contributed articles to the Encyclopedia of Coastal Science.

Dr. Lakhan served his profession as a member of several international societies among them the Coastal Education Research Foundation, the Environmental Assessment Association, Royal Geographical Society, the International Institute of Informatics and Systemics, Ontario Association of Remote Sensing, and the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association. He was also a Director and Certified Environmental Consultant to businesses and organizations on environmental sustainability, computer simulation and technological applications. He also served on the Editorial Advisory Board of Open Ocean Engineering Journal.

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