Karen is an associate professor and Tier-2 Canada Research Chair in Climate, Resources, and Global Change in the School of Resource and Environmental Management. Her PhD is in paleoceanography from Columbia University (NY, USA). Internationally, Karen is known for her work in Earth Systems science and global carbon cycling.
She has focused on understanding the role of atmospheric dust, ocean productivity, and ocean circulation in long-term global climate change, using global datasets to test climate models. Since joining REM in 2006, Karen formed the Climate, Oceans, and Paleo- Environments (COPE) laboratory where she also focuses on regional changes in climate and the carbon cycle. Through collaborations with Metro Vancouver, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Parks Canada, and BC Hydro, she involves students in projects relating to changes in wind speed and extreme weather behavior, ocean acidification, and climate-related shifts in re frequency and carbon storage in terrestrial ecosystems.
Karen has contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and has been invited to co-convene or serve as keynote speaker at more than 30 international conferences and workshops, including recent invitations by the Royal Society of London and the Leopoldina German Natural Academy of Sciences.
Karen is actively involved in mentoring young scientists. She has been a member of the Earth Science Women’s Network since 2006, mentors students through the Mentor.net program since 2009, and has supervised more than 25 undergraduate and high school students since 2006.