"I am a coastal ecologist who was raised on the prairies, a third generation settler Canadian, and a proud female scientist. I am an outdoor enthusiast and motivated by my deep love for the ecosystems and people of the coast."

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Student Profile: Hannah Kobluk

Resource and Environmental Management PhD student in the Faculty of Environment

December 09, 2020
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I am a coastal ecologist who was raised on the prairies, a third generation settler Canadian, and a proud female scientist. I am an outdoor enthusiast and motivated by my deep love for the ecosystems and people of the coast.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I originally came to SFU to pursue my Masters in REM. I was so inspired by the research and well supported by my peers and supervisor that I came back to now pursue my PhD.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH.

With the guidance from Indigenous leaders and resource managers, my work explores how implementing Indigenous led management of sea otters and shellfish along the coast of British Columbia could impact kelp forests and First Nations access to important seafoods amid climate change. My work is highly collaborative and I seek to uphold UNDRIP, value multiple ways of knowing and make my research relevant for the management needs of the First Nations I partner with. 

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR RESEARCH AT SFU?

There is a wonderful sense of community in the REM department and I value the friendships and intellectual connections I've made during my studies so far.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

Yes I've been very privileged to receive an NSERC PGS-D, BC Graduate Scholarship and Entrance Fellowship. I'm grateful to these sources of funding that allow me to focus on my research!

Contact Hannah: hkobluk@sfu.ca