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Student Profile: Hannah Hunter

Resource Management Master's student in the Faculty of Environment

December 18, 2020
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I’m a first year in the Masters in Resource Management project stream. After studying Ecology in my undergrad, I graduated feeling like I had just barely dipped my toes, there was so much more to understand about our relationship to the natural world. My interest in nature goes way back to childhood – and I’m so lucky that I get to feed that curiosity every day either through my classes or getting outside! I couldn't see myself doing anything else.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I learned about the MRM program, and the fact that it was interdisciplinary was really exciting to me. I didn't want to be limited to a single perspective, and the faculty's diverse areas of research seemed to provide endless possible directions for my learning and research.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AND/OR PROGRAM.

The MRM program takes a deeper look at the decisions we make about natural resources, and the opportunities and challenges for managing them sustainably. For my project, I will study recreational fisheries (anywhere that sport fishing occurs) as social-ecological systems. This means recognizing that ecosystems are affected by human social processes, and researching how these interact instead of considering either separately. Specifically, I’ll ask what kind of information about how many people are fishing and where can help us make the best management decisions.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

The faculty, staff, and students are incredible - even during remote learning, there's a sense of community. I’m also excited to be living and studying in Vancouver, I find that the city’s natural setting brings environmental studies to life!

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR FUNDED AWARDS?

Special Graduate Entrance Scholarship

Contact Hannah: hannah_hunter@sfu.ca

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