Marnie Branfireun

Limited Term Lecturer

TEL: 778-782-3609


  • B.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Manitoba specializing in aquatic ecology
  • M.Sc. in Physical Geography form McGill University specializing in contaminant biogeochemistry and
    landscape ecology


Marnie brings practical environmental research, monitoring and education experience from academic, government and not-for-profit agencies to her teaching role at SFU. As an ecologist and physical geographer, she has been engaged in environmental science education, conservation, restoration, and monitoring for over 27 years.

Marnie began teaching undergraduate environmental science at the University of Toronto in 2007, and went on to teach in the Environmental Science and Ecosystem Health Programs at the University of Western Ontario, before coming to Simon Fraser University, where she has been teaching EVSC courses since January 2015.

At SFU she had contributed to course and program development for Environmental Science, represented environmental programs at the BC Environmental Articulation Committee and engaged to outreach, recruitment and education programs and events such as the Fraser Valley Regional Science Fair. ‘Science Alive!’, SFU’s Information Evenings and Orientation Days, and cooerdinated Faculty of Environment Earth Day Stewardship events.

Marnie’s goal is for graduates of the Environmental Science program at SFU to have not only the breadth of science knowledge that will enable them to practice in diverse fields, but also the core skills that make them highly valued wherever their careers take them. Her courses foster the critical thinking and communications skills that are increasingly vital to environmental scientists as they face complex challenges at the intersection of human and natural systems.    



This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.