Pacific Institute for Climate Change Fellowship Recipients

September 13, 2011

Three SFU doctoral candidates have received fellowships totalling $54,000 from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS):

Dionne Bunsha (REM), an award-winning writer, photographer and researcher, is developing a monitoring and adaptation plan to help communities better mitigate climate change’s impact on natural resources such as plants and trees. Her research is in partnership with the Central Coast First Nations, an alliance of Aboriginal groups on B.C.’s north and central coast and in Haida Gwaii.

Sabine Jessen (Geography / REM), a veteran advisor to many organizations on resource, coastal zone and environmental management, is helping B.C. and federal marine conservation agencies develop a joint marine protected area (MPA) network. Jessen is examining government options for maximizing marine ecosystems’ adaptability and resilience to climate change under an MPA network.

Mary Ann Middleton (Earth Sciences), a 2006 SFU bachelor of science graduate, is using her knowledge of hydrochemistry in groundwater-fed streams to develop criteria for assessing how climate change is affecting fish and aquatic habitats in sensitive streams.

PICS has also renewed the graduate research fellowships of three 2010 SFU doctoral recipients: Steven Conrad (REM), Cedar Morton (REM) and Vinu Rajus (Interactive Arts and Technology).  Their renewed awards are collectively worth $54,000.

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