Faculty of Environment

The Faculty of Environment is one of only a handful of interdisciplinary environmental faculties in Canada – and the only one in Western Canada focused on sustainability and sustainable development.

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Featured Graduate Student

  • Myfannwy is exploring how First Nation government can address housing need for those who are off-reserve. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Samara is an Ecological Restoration Master's student in the Faculty of Environment studying the ways in which we can increase and improve critical habitat for at-risk raptors in the Lower Mainland by taking advantage of anthropogenic features (namely, the Vancouver Landfill). (John Halliday McCrae Graduate Scholarship)

  • Spencer Greening has a gift for balancing traditional Indigenous knowledge, research, language and culture with Western scholarship, politics and activism.

  • Alexandra is an Archaeology master's student examining archaeological animal bones to understand how people in the past lived and interacted with the land. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship & SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Rob is an Archaeology Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment interested in finding evidence of a coastal migration route related to the peopling of the Americas on the Pacific coast of North America that may have existed prior to 12,000 BP. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Erin is a recent doctoral graduate from the Department of Archaeology.

  • Dr. Spake completed her Archaeology PhD from the Faculty of Environment.

  • Brea is fascinated by people, cultures, and the extremes of the human experience.

  • Alexandra is archeology master's student who is working with archaeological collections of fish bones from Atl'ka7tsem/Howe Sound, BC. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Simon is creating a framework for a systematic survey of Jamaica for early sites and mapping the most ideal ecological locations that people would have chosen to settle 1500 years ago. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Jen is studying stone projectile points, that is arrowheads and spear points, in the southwestern boreal forest. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Dr. Letham examines shoreline changes in the Northwest Coast of North America.

  • Lauren is an Archaeology Master's student in the Faculty of Environment studying how ancestors of the Xwisten band in interior British Columbia may have changed how they hunted deer during a time of subsistence stress around 1300 years ago by using ancient DNA. (Graduate Fellowship, Dr. Jack Nance Memorial Scholarship and the Canadian Pacific/Teck Resources Award)

  • Yuka is an Archaeology Doctoral student in the Faculty of Science reconstructing past fishing activities as well as environmental changes by tracing ancient fish DNA. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Valentina is an Archaeology Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research aims to investigate ancient subadult diet and potential stigmas in sociocultural practices of postnatal care and assist throughout the Neolithic in Croatia using stable isotope analysis. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Melissa is an Archaeology Master's student in the Faculty of Environment conducting an ethnoarchaeological study of beer production in Tigrai, Northern Ethiopia. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Kristin is an Archaeology Master's student in the Faculty of Environment researching on what species were present in the waterbodies in and around K'ómoks Estuary on Vancouver Island in order to contribute better information to peoples and organizations that are trying to conserve what is left of the populations. (BC Graduate Scholarship & SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Marianna is investigating how stress caused by marginalization impacts the development of the skeleton in childhood and the eventual shape of the adult skeleton. (SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship)

  • Christine is researching to help cultivate functional conservation strategies for the endangered and at risk species of Curaçao. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Deanna is an Archaeology master’s student researching age estimation methods for forensic and human rights investigations. (Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Dr. Royle completed his Archaeology PhD from the Faculty of Environment.

  • Friederike is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography, Faculty of Environment.

  • David from the Faculty of Environment uncovered ways that new biometric technologies could intensify and extend surveillance.

  • Adrienne researches the spatial distribution of carbon in BC's soils. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Andrew is a PhD student researching how the political and economic aspects of primary care reform shape whether jurisdictions are successful in their efforts to improve the health of communities and limit public health care costs. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Alex is studying glacial landforms to reconstruct how water moved beneath the Cordilleran Ice Sheet. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Matthew is a geography master's student researching the incision rates of the fluvial systems in the Thompson and Nicola Valleys. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Rachel is researching the lack of corporate and government accountability for effective caribou habitat restoration in interior BC. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship and Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Véronique is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose current research examines the labour geographies of 'microwork', the hidden and underpaid 'human intelligence' work behind artificial intelligence algorithms. (SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Morgan is a Geography master's student working to identify locations along the Fraser River that act as potential barriers to spawning salmon at different flow levels based on surface velocity. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship, Simons Foundation Award Environment)

  • Adrienne is a Geography Master's student in the Faculty of Environment studying digital soil mapping and spatial distribution of soil carbon. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Hannah is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment researching the under-ice hydrodynamics and biogeochemistry of arctic lakes in the Mackenzie River Delta of the Northwest Territories. (Graduate Entrance Scholarship in Geography)

  • Alex is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses on expanding the modeling of geospatial systems, where interactions between various environments and individuals can be mapped by their locations on Earth and expanding it into three spatial dimensions and through time. (CanPacific/Teck Resources Award, Wayne Goeson Memorial Award)

  • Bright is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research consists of modelling different dynamics of urban growth in diverse regions across the globe and assessing the impacts of urbanization on other connected environmental systems. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Naomi is a Geography student in the Faculty of Environment exploring the relationships between colonial power, the Catholic Church's ownership of land, and current private redevelopment. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Liam is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose work in the field of political ecology asks where people draw that often arbitrary line between "nature" and "culture." (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Vimbikayi is a Geography Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment analyzing how the climate system responds to equal amounts of emissions and removals of CO2, and quantifies the extent to which the land carbon responses to emissions and removals differ. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Babak is a PhD student interested in Digital Soil Mapping, and use soil field and environmental data to generate maps for soil properties. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Tsatia is PhD student bringing the urban Indigenous communities in the Metro Vancouver and Russian into dialogue with each other. (Indigenous Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Daniel is a master's student that is focusing in updating the sediment budget for the lower Fraser River. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Joy is a master’s student researching underexplored history of racism and segregation policies in public swimming spaces in Vancouver. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Tara Limothei in REM studied mercury contamination in mining sites in BC.

  • Ian studies how rivers connect the land and the ocean, and how that link varies from river to river.

  • Tommy is a recent doctoral graduate from the School of Resource + Environmental Management.

  • Maureen is a Resource and Environmental Management master’s student researching equity and justice within large-scale land-use planning for wildlife recovery. (HeliCat Canada Wildlife and Environmental Research Fund, Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship, and SFU Graduate Fellowship)

  • Dr. Burt's research illuminates the drivers of ecosystem transformations occurring as sea otters recover and expand their range on BC's coasts.

  • Victoria’s Master’s of Science research in the Faculty of Environment focused on measuring carbon storage in seagrass ecosystems in BC.

  • Dr. Anderson developed a suite of geosimulation models to represent the dynamics and behaviour of emerald ash borer infestation.

  • Phil is researching ways to improve decision making for water management in BC. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Alexander is a postdoctoral fellow researching wetlands and their process of removing pollutants such as industrial wastes from the water. (Canadian Pacific/Teck Resources Award for Environmental Innovation, Simons Foundation Graduate Award in the Faculty of Environment, three Mitacs Accelerate internships and the Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship award)

  • Bradley is a Master's student who is assessing the impact that climate-motivated policies at various levels government have on greenhouse gas emissions and technology choice. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Nadia is researching bio-plastic packaging in the food service industry. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Anne St. Clair is from the School of Resource and Environmental Management in the Faculty of Environment.

  • Tiffany's research used energy-economy modelling to analyze policy options for Canada to achieve greenhouse gas emission targets.

  • Skye Augustine is passionate about working in the field of marine science and contributing to First Nations communities.

  • Katherine is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses specifically on how wildlife might use streams as connector habitat to navigate through human-developed areas. (School of EVSC Scholarship, GPS Graduate Fellowship)

  • Lal is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment whose project focuses on finding out environmental and ecological changes in the Salish Sea that affect the productivity of wild Pacific Salmon. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Zoe is a Resource and Environmental Management (REM) PhD Student researching how new technologies can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector over time and how policy can ensure that these technologies are compatible with climate change goals. (Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship and a Graduate Fellowship)

  • Cameron is a School of Resource and Environmental Management Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses on community benefit agreements which are often negotiated between impacted communities and resource project developers. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Hannah works with coastal First Nations to investigate how access to important seafood is affected by climate change and the recovery of sea otters. (BC Graduate Scholarship)

  • Viviane is a School of Resource and Environmental Management Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research investigates consumer response to low-carbon transport innovations and car-based mobility, aiming to clarify the transformative potential of such innovations. (BCAA Environmental Studies Award)

  • Sarah is a Resource and Environmental Management (REM) PhD student researching the benefit of climate policies for Indigenous Nations’ own near-term efforts towards reconciliation. (Arthur and Ancie Fouks Graduate Entrance Award in Public Service)

  • Hafsa is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses on how to make healthy food accessible to everyone. (Graduate Fellowship, BC Graduate Scholarship, External Graduate Award - General)

  • Kaitlin is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment working to explore uncertainties on the path to decarbonisation, including costs of energy alternatives, technology readiness, and political feasibility. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship, Graduate Fellowship, GPS Graduate Fellowship)

  • Sarah is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment whose research seeks to inform how Indigenous led management of kelp aquaculture on Vancouver Island can meet the goals and objectives of the Nation we are partnered with. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship, Graduate Fellowship)

  • Anwen is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment planning change adaptation measures for flooding. (Graduate Fellowship)

  • Andrew is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment examining applications of successful Indigenous water governance frameworks and their applicability under the province's Water Sustainability Act, as well as related implications for water sustainability planning under the recently adopted Bill C-41 (Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act). (Graduate Fellowship, GPS Graduate Fellowship)

  • Emma is a Resource and Environmental Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment whose research focuses on national policy pathways to reach net zero emissions in Canada by 2050. (BC Graduate Scholarship & SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Nadia Springle is a Resource Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment researching bioplastic packaging in the foodservice industry. (BC Graduate Scholarship & SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Anne is a Resource and Environmental Management (REM) PhD student researching the effectiveness of avalanche risk communication. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Hannah is studying recreational fisheries as social-ecological systems. (Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship)

  • Thomas is working to advance analytical tools capable of assessing the effectiveness of policies to achieve a transition of our energy systems towards a path of rapid deep decarbonization. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Katherine is studying forensic search and recovery methods in residential schools in Canada.

  • Elena is an Archaeology Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment planning to improve current methods for the estimation of age-at-death in unidentified skeletal remains and make sure they are more inclusive and more robust overall. (CTEF Graduate Fellowship, Jack Nance Memorial Graduate Scholarship)

  • Kendra is a master's student focusing in implementing methods to analysis of the urban environment, of study areas with a high level of development and densification. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Christine is a Geography master’s student working to quantify the potential of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) (NSERC/SFU USRA)

  • Jonathan researches how Indigenous communities engage with resource extraction projects, their impact and legal decision process. (SSHRC CGS Doctoral Scholarship)

  • Dr. Wilson studies the social-ecological diversity and resilience in Canadian fisheries.

  • Mariah is a master's student studying whether society can reduce carbon emissions in large vehicles. (SSHRC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Spencer is a Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research is about telling the story of a sacred watershed in Gitga'at Territory through several lenses. (Graduate Student Support from Dr. Charlotte Loppie, Public Health and Social Policy, CTEF Graduate Fellowship, Graduate Fellowship)

  • Kim-Ly is a School of Resource and Environmental Management Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment whose research seeks to inform community-driven actions and policy supporting Indigenous food sovereignty in the context of a changing climate. (Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship)

  • Sophia is a Master's student in the Faculty of Environment whose research aims to find out basic chemical behaviour of PFOS and help improve its risk assessment. (NSERC CGS Masters Scholarship)

  • Will is a Resource and Environmental Management Doctoral student in the Faculty of Environment interested in the roll that fossil fuels play in entwining energy, environment, and community. (Graduate Fellowship, Graduate Dean Entrance Scholarship, GPS Graduate Fellowship)

Entrance Awards

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Department of Archaeology

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Archaeology MA Regular Thesis
Archaeology PhD Regular Thesis
Heritage Resource Management Certificate Specialty Course Work
Heritage Resource Management MA Specialty Thesis
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Ecological Restoration

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Ecological Restoration MSc Specialty Project
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Department of Geography

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Geography MA Regular Thesis
Geography MSc Regular Thesis
Geography PhD Regular Thesis
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School of Resource and Environmental Management

Program Credential Tuition Completion Pathway
Resource and Environmental Management MRM Regular Thesis; Project
Resource and Environmental Management MRM (Planning) Regular Project
Resource and Environmental Management PhD Regular Thesis
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