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Student Profile: Kaitlin Thompson
Resource and Environmental Management master's student in the Faculty of Environment
I am a first year REM graduate student working with Dr. Mark Jaccard in the Energy and Materials Research Group. I grew up in Toronto, but have been drawn to the west coast for a long time, and spend my free time here exploring Vancouver and its surroundings. My research interests include energy and decarbonisation policy.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?
I had heard of the School of Resource and Environmental Management for a long time (even from Ontario!) and always thought it seemed like a good fit for me. The REM program has an excellent reputation across the country for producing quality graduates working on diverse environmental issues.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?
Given that Canada has pledged to reach net zero emissions, my research uses energy economy modelling to analyse the effectiveness of alternative policy pathways intended to decarbonise our energy system. My work will explore uncertainties on the path to decarbonisation, including costs of energy alternatives, technology readiness, and political feasibility.
WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?
I’ve greatly enjoyed working with and learning from REM peers and faculty members, all of whom bring with them interesting perspectives and experiences in working on resource management issues. The program is designed to have a balance between coursework and research, which gives students the flexibility and freedom to explore topics of interest to them.
HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.
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