"I heard about the MRM program at SFU from multiple people that praised the program for its interdisciplinary and research-based approach to environmental studies. The variety and quality of research produced by the Quantitative Fisheries Research Group within REM is remarkable, and I was very excited to be given an opportunity to work with this lab."

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Student Profile: Lal Deniz Basok

March 03, 2022
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Resource and Environmental Management master's student in the Faculty of Environment

I am originally from Istanbul, Turkey, and I came to Canada to complete my undergraduate studies, and then decided to stay to pursue a career in Environment. I am a first-year master’s student in the Resource and Environmental Management (REM) program at SFU. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia here in Vancouver, where I studied Environmental Sciences. I have always had a fascination with marine ecosystems and during my studies, I became more and more interested in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries Science which inspired me to continue my education.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I heard about the MRM program at SFU from multiple people that praised the program for its interdisciplinary and research-based approach to environmental studies. Upon further research, I knew that this program was the right match for me. The variety and quality of research produced by the Quantitative Fisheries Research Group within REM is remarkable, and I was very excited to be given an opportunity to work with this lab.

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

My project focuses on finding out environmental and ecological changes in the Salish Sea that affect the productivity of wild Pacific Salmon. I will be searching for patterns and changes that influence population trends and resilience through Quantitative modelling approaches. I am hoping that my research will be a guide to understand how we can manage these natural resources and ecosystems more sustainably.

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

I have been really enjoying taking classes from a range of disciplines such as environmental economics, social sciences, and policy. I think it complements my science background and encourages me to use my critical thinking skills on a daily basis. I also feel very lucky to be part of the REM community which consists of incredible and supportive Faculty members and very passionate set of students.

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.

I received an entrance Graduate Fellowship, and I am very grateful for this award that supported me financially and helped me prepare for my research!

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

Masters in REM students come from a range of disciplines to increase their familiarity and competence in understanding the dynamics of resource and environmental management issues. The accredited planning program that REM offers is also a very reputable and appealing path for anyone that is interested.

 

Contact : lal_basok@sfu.ca

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