Tommy Rodengen researches the development of climate change mitigation within Parks Canada, a Canadian federal government conservation agency. Using lake sediments he hopes to contribute a better understanding of the capacity of Parks Canada to implement a mitigation plan and to evaluate the potentially underrepresented contribution of lake systems to the overall carbon budget within national parks.
Tommy is working as manager of the Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) laboratory to process his lake sediments from all over Canada under the supervision of Dr. Karen Kohfeld. He also works with Dr. Marlow Pellatt of SFU and Parks Canada to ensure his results will be brought together with current national park management practices and policy as “usable science” to approach climate change mitigation.
Alongside research, Tommy is an instructor in Environmental Science (EVSC). Tommy will teach EVSC 205: Methods in Environmental Science; this course is focused on community-based learning around the Stoney Creek Watershed, which begins its course atop Burnaby Mountain at SFU.