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Research Profile: Carolyn Duckham, Resource and Environmental Management

May 03, 2012
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Carolyn Duckham studies the impact of climate change on the marine environment. Specifically, she's investigating the effects of ocean acidification on early larval stages of commercially valuable shellfish. Her project focuses on whether adding lime to sea water can chemically reverse ocean acidification, and therefore reverse its associated negative effects on the ability of larvae to produce shell material.

She says, "I decided that I needed a Master's degree to take me into a career in water resource and fisheries management. I also wanted to focus on climate change since it is a growing threat to the balance of aquatic ecosystems and their current management strategies."

She chose SFU’s graduate program in Resource and Environmental Management because it addresses both her career and research goals. She was particularly attracted to the fact that the program helps students with developing and executing a multi-disciplinary research project.

She is working with Dr. Karen Kohfeld, head of the Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) research group. The primary goal of her research is to find a cost-effective strategy to potentially reverse the ecological and economical damages associated with ocean acidification on the BC coast in the near future.

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