About Us

SFU's Environmental Science program started over 25 years ago. To address the growing demand for Environmental Scientists, we became a School in 2019. Training the next generation of scientists to tackle environmental problems, we believe we can shape a better future, and so can you!

Karen Kohfeld, Director

Message from the Director

Wishing you a warm welcome to the School of Environmental Science in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University! I am delighted to be stepping into the role of Director and working with all of you.

The School of Environmental Science aims to train the next generation of environmental scientists so that they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to address our ongoing local and global environmental challenges. Our undergraduate program provides an interdisciplinary education with a solid background in the physical and biological sciences, anchored by core environmental science courses. We are committed to developing diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs that foster a safe and stimulating environment for learning.

As our society continues to face the challenges associated with climatic and environmental change, environmental scientists are in high demand. The School of Environmental science aims to train our graduates so that they can continue to make positive, ongoing contributions to environmental problem-solving. Our graduates go on to work in a range of positions where they apply what they learned at SFU to real-world environmental problem-solving. These positions include environmental consulting, industry, government, and a wide variety of non-governmental organizations.

Each year, I am continually impressed and inspired by what our students, graduates, postdoctoral associates, faculty, and staff are achieving. We are justifiably proud of the work our students and graduates do, and we heartily welcome and encourage you to join us!

Our Statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The SFU School of Environmental Science commits to working toward the creation of a diverse, equitable, inclusive and anti-racist community that is broadly representative of environmental scholars. We pledge to foster and promote a space of learning and scholarship where all forms of inquiry are appreciated, and where all feel safe in sharing their thoughts, ideas and perspectives, as scientists and individuals. We pledge to promote constructive and respectful dialogue about nature, and the human relationship with nature, through our collective science and involvement with community-led efforts and initiatives. We are privileged to pursue our vision while working on the unceded, traditional territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie and Kwikwetlem Nations.