Test Drive Your University Experience!

November 24, 26, 30 and December 2, 2020

Calling all grade 11 and 12 students! Get ready to test drive your university experience and discover why studying in the Faculty of Environment is more than you think.

Join us for a series of free and informative zoom webinars that will take you on a tour of our offerings.

Each 45 minute webinar features a professor and current students from different majors within the Faculty of Environment. Attend all 4 and experience why the Faculty of Environment really is More Than You Think!

From climate solutions to empowering the marginalized; from developing food security to building social, economic and ecological resilience, the Faculty of Environment is where solutions become clear.

Agenda for Zoom Webinars

Time Activity
4:00-4:10 Your roadmap to Environment: program requirements and how to apply (Teena Frost, Student Recruiter)
4:10 - 4:25 Zipline through a program topic (SFU Professor)
4:25 - 4:40 Personalize your journey: students share journeys that added value through applied learning and gaining real world experience (Student Panel)
4:40 - 4:45 Q&A

Geography Applications to Real World Problems

Tuesday, November 24  4:00 – 4:45PM

Majors: Human, Physical, and Global Environmental Systems

The pandemic has thrown geography into the spotlight - from navigating grocery aisles to finding a corner for a home office; from moving medical supplies from places with surplus, to places with need, to modelling the rapid travel of the virus and more.  

Join professors Eugene McCann and Nadine Schuurman who share how our lives are interwoven with the study of geography.

Current students Bradley, Lauren and Jessy will then share why they chose their majors in geography, what they've learned and what they wish they knew ealier.  


Eugene McCann is an urban geographer researching the political struggles, strategies, practices, and negotiations that characterize urban policy-making. One of his research areas explores the role food provision places in reducing the harms asociated with illicit drug use. In another area he studies 'Vancouverism' as a globally-renowned and globally-mobile set of panning strategies, intended to create more sustainable urban built enviornments.

Nadine Schuurman is a GIScience researcher with a broad range of interests including health informatics, critical GIScience and epistemolog and ontology. She runs multiple projects in areas as diverse as global health and health in the built urban environment. There are three themes to her research: spatial access to health services; health surveillance; volunteered geographic information; and the influence of the enviornment on health events.

Bradley - Human Geography major

Lauren - Physical Geography major and BC Inst. of Agrologists certification

Jessy - Global Environmental Systems major plus GIS certificate

Is Resource and Environmental Management (REM) for you?

Thursday, November 26  4:00 – 4:45PM

Understanding how we manage natural resources like energy and forestry or fostering food security, sustainable urban and rural planning are some of the core areas of study in REM. Join Brett VanPorten, a fisheries scientist who shares how his work can improve the management of recreational fisheries in Canada and around the world.

Students, Zheng and Mairin will then share why they chose their REM major, what they've learned and what they wish they knew earlier.


Brett is a fisheries scientist studying recreational fisheries by merging concepts from commercial fisheries with human dimensions and management science. Prior to joining SFU, he worked for the BC Ministry of Environment as a Senior Aquatic Scientist working on how to manage fisheries as social-ecological systems, how to address invasive species, deciding between setting regulations or improving habitat to prevent overfishing, as well as addressing impacts to proposed and existing hydroelectric dams.

Zheng - REM major

Mairin - REM major plus Certificate in Sustainable Development

Tackling Environmental Problems With Interdisciplinary Science

Monday, November 30

4:00 - 4:45PM

In the Environmental Science program, you will learn how to think critically about how the world works, and use science to address environmental problems. Join Brendan Murphy, a physical watershed scientist, who shares a bit about his research on erosion that occurs after wildfires and his models that show how the increased sediments from this erosion cause impacts to assets such as water supply reservoirs, fish habitat and more further downstream.

Students, Sijen and Helen will then share why they chose an EVSC major, what they've learned and what they wish they knew earlier.


Brendan is a physical watershed scientist, specializing in geomorphology. His research focuses on the physical and ecological dynamics of river systems, and includes studies of climatic controls on landscape evolution, watershed-scale sediment dynamics, and modeling population responses to environmental disturbance. Brendan’s multidisciplinary work involves collaborations with ecologists and engineers, as well as regular engagement with natural resource managers. 

Helen - EVSC major (Applied Biology concentration)

Sijen - EVSC major (Environmental Earth Systems concentration)

Can pandemics from ancient times inform our understanding COVID?

Wednesday, December 2  4:00 - 4:45PM

The Archaeology program will have you exploring human-environment interactions from the Neanderthal past to current issues of First Nations heritage and cultural management.  You will delve into the world of primates, anthropology and forensic science.

Have you wondered lately why pandemics start and end, and how they have changed the demographics and social fabric of past societies? Join Hugo Cardoso, a physical anthropologist,  who shares insight into the co-existence of plagues, epidemics, and humans since ancient times.

Students, Charlotte and India will then share why they chose their ARCH major, what they've learned and what they wish they knew earlier.


Hugo is a physical anthropologist with a specialization in human juvenile osteology. His research is focused on studying the interactions between the juvenile human skeleton and its environment, encompassing all bio-cultural processes and responses in life, death and after death, to better understand and explain past events and change at the individual or population level. This includes clarifying the complex interconnections between, on one hand, culture, identity, nutrition, or socioeconomic status and, on the other, developmental systems, life-history transitions, injury and disease patterns and taphonomic processes inscribed in children’s bones and teeth, recovered from forensic, archaeological or paleontological contexts. Hugo is the Co-Director of SFU's Centre for Forensic Research.

Charlotte - Double Major - Archaeology major/ Criminology Major, Certificate in Forensic Studies

India - Archaeology major, Biology & English minors


I wish to attend the following webinars (select as many as you want):

NOTE: We will circulate the Zoom link to event registrants the day prior to the event.

Any Questions?

Teena Frost - teenab@sfu.ca
Student Recruiter
Faculty of Environment
T. 778-782-6594