"I chose SFU to challenge my understanding of science. The REM program emphasizes how important it is to consider how humans factor into protecting our natural world, which is a novel concept in mainstream research."

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Student Profile: Katherine Andy

February 11, 2022
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Resource and Environmental Management master's student in the Faculty of Environment

I am a first year masters student in Resource and Environmental Management working with Dr. Chelsea Little studying how wildlife move through various landscapes.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose SFU to challenge my understanding of science. The REM program emphasizes how important it is to consider how humans factor into protecting our natural world, which is a novel concept in mainstream research.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

I am using camera traps to capture pictures of wildlife in order to study how they use their natural habitat when humans are not around. My research focuses specifically on how wildlife might use streams as connector habitat to navigate through human-developed areas. Findings from my research will help city planners develop more environmentally responsible urban areas.

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

I have really enjoyed the conversations I have had with colleagues, professors, and professionals. Everyone is eager to learn from each other and the collaboration is unrivaled anywhere else.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

The REM program forces you to take a look inwards at your own position before studying the natural world. We read literature and take courses from a variety of viewpoints and disciplines, all in hopes of expanding your understanding of science and protecting the environment.

 

Contact : kea27@sfu.ca