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MREM Intern Candidates

Master of Resource and Environmental Management students are available for a 12 to 16-week internship between May 1 and August 31 (dates are flexible).  For additional information, please contact the MREM Internship Coordinator, Brenda Smart, at 902-494-1344 or bsmart@dal.ca.
 

Olubukola Adebambo is a Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) student at Dalhousie University. She holds a Bachelors’ degree in Microbiology and a Masters ‘degree in Environmental pollution and protection.

Her interests are in industrial sustainability, renewable energy, climate change, environmental assessment and resource efficiency. In addition to her academic interests, she has valuable work experience from a food and beverage manufacturing industry, with over 1,500 employees as a certified safety professional. She was able to implement a sustainable Safety Management System (SMS) that led to a culture change within the workplace. She received awards/recognition in and outside the industry for her performance. She has NEBOSH (National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health, UK) international diploma and has undergone other safety trainings/certifications.

She is result oriented and believes in driving initiatives that involves people engagement. She is excellent at organising and can communicate effectively. She is self-motivated and can work within any team. Her work experience has helped to develop adequate management and leadership skills required to promote sustainable development in any organisation.

She is interested in gaining practical experience in environmental management and sustainability within the private or public sector. She enjoys travelling, spending time with family and watching movies.

Gregory Bowser is a first year Masters of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) candidate at Dalhousie University. He is a graduate from the Faculty of Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Dalhousie University, 2014. Gregory's prior work experience was in the oil and gas industry, working primarily in the oil sands in Alberta with some experience working in the drilling industry in Houston, TX. He is currently employed as a teaching assistant with the Faculty of Engineering, Process Engineering, at Dalhousie University.

Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Gregory determined that he wished to have a better understanding of engineering principals with regards to the environment and sustainable development which led him to the MREM program. His passion thrives from understanding how companies innovate areas of environmental remediation and renewable energy, and, successfully are able to 'make a mark' on current industrial standards. Gregory is keen on working in the environmental industry, contributing to environmental assessments, remediation, project planning and implementation. Future goals and aspirations include attending law school with the intention of practicing corporate environmental law at both the Canadian and International levels.

In addition to being passionate about the environment and corresponding regulatory policy, Gregory actively strives to 'give back' to the communities that he has been a part of. His passion thrives in the areas of poverty alleviation, access to education, and environmental activism. His extra-curricular pursuits have helped shape the direction he will pursue professionally and personally.

 

Rachael Cadman is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University. She completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of King’s College with combined honours in Contemporary Studies and Classics in 2013. Her interdisciplinary education broadened her understanding of the ways humans use and value the natural environment.

After graduating, Rachael moved to South Korea to teach English. Upon returning to Canada, Rachael volunteered for multiple environmental organizations, including Bird Studies Canada, where she participated in scientific surveying and created ArcGIS maps for research projects, and Nature Conservancy of Canada, where she wrote research reports on marine affairs and performed data input. While doing this work, Rachael was struck by the passion and engagement she saw in local community conservation programs, and was inspired to pursue her interests through the MREM program.

Most recently, Rachael worked at an immigration law firm. As a clerk, she managed complex casework within strict regulatory and legal frameworks while dealing with both government offices and corporate clients.

Rachael is passionate about conservation, and particularly how policy is designed and implemented on a local or community level. She wishes to explore methods of engagement and outreach between scientists, communities, and decision makers to improve policy-making. She hopes to someday use her work experience and education to engage her community and promote better stewardship of the natural world.

Roan Corbett P.Eng is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University. Her interest in this area began while studying for her undergraduate degree in mining engineering at the University of Alberta.

After graduating in 2008, Roan took a field-based role as a Mine Planner at Shell Canada.  In addition to ensuring that production targets were safely met, she took on many initiatives such as developing strategies to reduce freshwater usage in the tailings process. In 2010 she was invited to join a newly formed group at Shell’s Canada head office looking at 10-yr budgets, and applying project management principles to determine cost and feasibility of pipeline and infrastructure projects.  In 2012, she took on a role as Sr. Mine Engineer at Total E&P Canada.  Her main responsibility was developing costing and equipment guidelines and policies, as well as strategies for project evaluation. She also got to be involved in Closure and Reclamation design, an area she has always been passionate about.

While Working at Shell, Roan was appointed Chair of its 2010 United Way campaign. She was able to raise $750,000 which was more than double the previous year’s donation, and was also able to increase employee participation by over 50%.  She was recognized by Wood Buffalo United Way with the Cornerstone award.  Roan had always been a bit uncomfortable speaking in public, so in 2013 she joined Toastmasters and served as vice president education and then president of her club.

Although Roan enjoyed the challenging nature of her job, she was interested in a more multi-disciplinary approach to resource management. There are many areas of the environmental sector that appeal to Roan, but she is most passionate about the field of environmental assessment.

Monica Del Aguila Feijoo left her home in Perú and currently is pursuing a master's degree in Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University. She graduated from Agraria La Molina National University with a Bachelor of Forestry Science in 2007.

Monica is an energetic and determined person who brings enthusiasm to every project she undertakes. She strongly believes that it is possible to develop a sustainable industry which is responsible with the environment. She enjoys working outdoors, in the field, in contact with nature and people as well as in an office setting, and is looking forward to developing her knowledge and professional skills in the field of environmental management and industrial sustainability.

After graduating from university, she worked in the Peruvian Oil Company as a supervisor in the Safety and Environmental Protection area where she helped the company in the implementation of its Health, Safety and Environmental Management System, achieving the ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification. Moving out from the oil company, Mónica became a Safety and Environmental supervisor at Rio Tinto Mining in Peru, a role that combined fieldwork, environmental monitoring, safety and training. She led hazard assessments and completed incident investigations, delivered safety training, conducted internal safety and environmental audits and implemented environmental and safety campaigns. She also was the administrator of the Rio Tinto´s Corporate Portal of Critical Risks, focusing on reducing injuries and achieving zero harm.

Mónica enjoys travelling, meeting new people and learning about new cultures. She believes that travelling benefits personal growth and develops in people values such as respect, tolerance, compassion and solidarity.

Daniel DeLong is a first year master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) candidate at Dalhousie University. He graduated from Mount Allison University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Geography and a minor in English.

His current research interests are based around urban sustainability, community development, and environmental management. He is currently engaged with the development of a regional nature park in his home community of Riverview, New Brunswick, and is the recipient of the 2011 New Brunswick Environmental Leadership Award for his contribution to the project. He has also been involved with the Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance and other environment-based organizations on a variety of projects and has a joint-authored case study published in the Journal of New Brunswick Studies titled Small Communities and Public Participation in the Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment Process: The Case of Little Bouctouche River, New Brunswick, related to research he conducted in his undergraduate degree.

Throughout the summer of 2013 Daniel worked with Parks Canada at Fundy National Park in New Brunswick, gaining valuable insight into Parks Canada’s operations, as well as park design and management strategies. In the summer of 2014 Daniel interned at the Moncton Planning Commission and assisted senior planners with research, site inspections, developer meetings, council presentations, and other office duties.

Daniel has a passion for hiking, urban exploration, and park development. He hopes to find an internship in the Halifax area where he can contribute his well-developed research, planning, and presentation skills to a government department or environmental agency and gain new, in-field experience.

Shauna Doll obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Environment, Sustainability and Society, and English from Dalhousie University in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM).

During her undergraduate tenure at Dalhousie, Shauna focused on community engagement, environmental education, and behaviour analysis. Through her capstone project she contributed to the development of an environmental education curriculum which is now employed in schools throughout Nova Scotia. She also engaged in a number of environmentally-focused research projects involving qualitative data collection and extensive literature review. For example, through a PhotoVoice project she explored the attitudes of Dalhousie students toward sustainability on campus.

Shauna spent two years following her undergraduate studies travelling and volunteering throughout Europe and Asia, eventually settling in Taiwan where she taught English to school-aged children. Through her travels she developed keen interest in coastal and biodiversity conservation, citizen science, and holistic environmental education strategies, inspiring her to return to academia. Through her Master’s studies, Shauna aspires to build upon her previous academic experience via qualitative data collection and fieldwork.

Through her work and volunteer experience with non-governmental organizations like the Ecology Action Centre, and not-for-profits like Regional Residential Services Society, Shauna has developed strong leadership and communication skills. She is a talented facilitator and team-player, whilst also having the self-motivation to work independently. She is particularly interested in working in coastal conservation, biodiversity protection, and environmental education.

Elias Elhaimer completed his B.Sc. in Biology from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, 16’), and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University.

During his time at UBC, Elias had the opportunity to work in Dr. Eric Taylor’s lab as a Research Assistant. There, he worked on a project that focused on stickleback fish from Enos Lake in Nanaimo B.C. The project included morphological analyses and primary statistical analyses. Other skills he gained in the lab include: DNA extraction, PCR, and Gel Electrophoresis. He is a registered student biologist with the College of Applied Biology. Moreover, Elias was involved with a project with the City of Surrey (BC) that was geared towards influencing its Backyard Beekeeping by-laws. Currently, Elias is a teaching assistant for Foundations of Environmental Science: Ecosphere, Resources & Sustainability (ENVS 1100) at Dalhousie University.

In addition, Elias has worked with youth in various roles. At the Institute for Aboriginal Health and the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, Elias worked with Indigenous youth in a Summer Science Program, introducing them to relevant programs UBC had to offer.

Elias’ main academic interests include biodiversity conservation, environmental impact assessment (EIA) and ecological restoration. Elias believes that EIA can play a pivotal role in minimizing environmental degradation, thereby mitigating negative effects projects related to resource development have on biodiversity.

Outside of academia, Elias is a sports enthusiast, having competed in various leagues in Vancouver. Elias is a natural leader, holding captaincy positions throughout his athletic career. As an athlete, an academic, and a young professional, Elias has developed strong teamwork, interpersonal and public speaking skills.

Elias plans to enter the field of environmental consulting upon completion of the MREM program, focusing on environmental impact assessment. For the internship portion of his degree, Elias is keen on increasing his field-work experience as an employee of a consulting firm.

Colleen Hammond has completed a BSc in Physical Geography from Queen’s University, and a Diploma in Adventure Studies from Thompson Rivers University. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University.

Before deciding to return to complete her Master’s, Colleen spent time working internationally and locally in the adventure tourism and environmental education industry. She was an instructor in the Adventure Tourism and Outdoor Recreation program at Lakeland College, and has spent time working in Hong Kong, China, Australia and Canada as an outdoor educator. Many of her summers over the last ten years have been spent guiding in the northern territories of Canada and Greenland. The North is a constant inspiration for both her professional and academic interests.

Colleen has worked with people of all ages and demographics and enjoys the challenges of working in a fast paced and constantly changing environment. Working in the outdoors is both a motivation and challenge that she embraces.

Recently Colleen has worked for the City of Calgary in Parks in Environmental Education and Initiatives as a volunteer coordinator. Then in Asset Management, and Urban Forestry as an Inventory Technician. She developed skills in GIS data management and, tree and disease identification. Colleen is enjoying the new challenges presented by her return to school.

Ayesha Herian is a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) candidate at Dalhousie University. Ayesha holds a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Alberta, majoring in Business Economics and Business Law. Currently, Ayesha is a research assistant for Dr. Sylvain Charlebois (Dean of Dalhousie Faculty of Management), where she is co-authoring a study on food security and consumer vulnerability in Canada.

After completing a postgraduate internship in the fintech industry on Wall Street in New York City, Ayesha, having realized her passion for the environment and energy development in Alberta, returned to the University of Alberta and completed relevant courses in resource economics and technology. To complement her studies, she participated in the University's Oil Sands Delegation in Northern Alberta. In addition, Ayesha secured funding from Shell Canada to attend the International Conference and Utility Exhibition (ICUE) on Green Energy for Sustainable Development in Pattaya, Thailand, where she learned about emerging global green energy trends and technology

Most recently, Ayesha held managerial positions in marketing and communications in the New York technology startup industry, internationally renowned for its innovative, lean and flat culture. Ayesha's startup experience has allowed her to rapidly hone her professional skills and business acumen. Most recently, Ayesha led the public relations strategy as Senior Communications Manager for ShopKeep, a mature tech startup, also based in New York.

Upon graduating from the MREM program, Ayesha hopes to apply her degree and previous business experience towards her passion of sustainable development in the energy industry.

 

Stuart Johnston Edwards is currently pursuing his Masters of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University. Previously, he graduated from the University of Western Ontario (’15) having completing a BSc in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry. Stuart completed his undergraduate honours project in the RESTORE lab group at Western, looking at how water treatment regimes affected lead speciation in drinking water systems. Stuart has developed academic interests in water security, biogeochemistry and landscape ecology. His current research interests focus on the different aspects of pollution abatement and mitigation, with a focus on the legacy effects on aquatic pollution of industry and methods by which remediation and reclamation can proceed.  

In parallel to his interdisciplinary education, Stuart has 5+ years of experience in the heritage industry, where he led and developed educational outreach programming. Stuart has no fear of public speaking, having delivered tours and programming to groups of various backgrounds on a variety of subjects. From his work in museums, Stuart has developed strong communication and interpersonal skills (both in English and French), which he applies in group projects. Stuart believes that since daily life and the environment are intertwined, history can give us insight into future impacts that human activity will have on the environment.   

Stuart is heavily influenced by his background and experiences; because of the differences between his education and work experience he is highly adaptable to most situations. Stuart has been able to take knowledge and skills from one area of his life and apply them to others, giving him a unique outlook when it comes to tackling problems. In the long term, Stuart wants to draw on his science grounding and personal skills to craft environmental policy. In the short term Stuart is hoping to gain hands on experience in the environmental field.

Samantha Larouche is currently a Master of Resource and Environmental Management student at Dalhousie University. She completed a Bachelor of Arts at Bishop’s University (’16) with a double major in Applied Psychology and Environmental Studies & Geography –science stream concentration.

Sam’s academic interests lie in climate change, conservation/protected areas, and oceanography, as well as human behaviour, mental health, and public relations. Her professional inclinations, specifically for her summer 2017 internship, are with Nova Scotia Environment, Parks Canada, environmental consulting firms, and branches of Provincial Government.

Sam has been involved in large-scale academic and fieldwork projects such as GIS mapping, SPSS statistical analyses, tree core analyses, physical and chemical assessments of rivers, as well as multiple graduate seminars connecting climate change with ocean circulation, ocean ecosystems, and volcanic activity. She is currently evaluating environmental management plans and environmental assessments, as well as working on environmental informatics projects.

Sam is a passionate individual with great communication and interpersonal skills, making her a strong team player with a solid work ethic. She is highly motivated to acquire more field experience, conduct further academic research, and work in an office setting in the hopes of affecting real change in the environmental sector.

Seonaid MacDonell obtained her Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2011. She is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University. 

After the completion of her undergraduate degree she worked, travelled, and volunteered in Europe and Australia. These experiences included working in hospitality and on dairy farms. While volunteering on a mixed farm, she experienced the operation of caring for livestock, harvesting crops and participating in a small beekeeping operation. The positive experience of working with bees influenced her decision to take a beekeeping course at the Dalhousie Agricultural campus. 

Through these experiences she discovered that she wanted to pursue a career related to environmental management that encompasses both field work and office experience. She has a broad spectrum of interests which include conservation, environmental education, as well as sustainability. She is looking to obtain an internship where she can utilize the skills she is acquiring throughout the MREM program.

Courtney Morrison holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Environment, Sustainability & Society and Sociology & Social Anthropology from Dalhousie University. Her undergraduate program was highly collaborative and fostered strong interpersonal and teamwork skills. She excels in communication, coordination and project management. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management. Her academic interests include environmental education, program evaluation, and public engagement.

Courtney is highly adaptable and has a broad range of professional experience. She’s held many different positions, each with its own unique set of demands. Whether working as a bartender in Halifax’s north end, launching a social enterprise in ecommerce, or planting trees in Northern Ontario, Courtney is constantly challenging herself to develop new skills.

In her current role as a Teaching Assistant, Courtney leads lectures and facilitates tutorials for undergraduate classes. She has also acted as a facilitator for the RBC Sustainability Leadership Certificate, a program designed to build leadership skills in third- and fourth-year students.

Outside of the academic environment, Courtney worked for a Vancouver-based ecommerce company. As the Customer Service Representative, she handled customer support and client relationships. Later her responsibilities expanded to product development, fraud detection, and improving systems efficiencies.

This past summer, Courtney lived and worked outside of Kejimkujik National Park. Here she volunteered with Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute, assisting their field researcher with monitoring loons and scoring old growth forests. Courtney also served as Director of Public Relations for the Anchor City Roller Derby League. In this role, she coordinated the league’s marketing, social media, and website committees.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys camping, playing roller derby, and riding her motorcycle.

Melissa Ristow is currently pursuing a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management at Dalhousie University. She completed her BA from McGill University, majoring in International Development, minoring in Environmental Studies, with exchange semesters in Paris, France and Haida Gwaii, BC. Haida Gwaii provided a unique opportunity to learn about the islands’ history of environmental management from the local community. Classes focused on environmental management on the local level, and a large number of public consultation meetings provided Melissa with experience and a strong interest in stakeholder engagement. Field work in the program exposed Melissa to the use of GIS and the importance of data management, both of which eventually brought her to the East coast to pursue an Advanced Diploma in GIS at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS).

Through volunteer positions, internships and employment, Melissa has expanded upon her classroom knowledge to apply her skills, often in a leadership role. In Toronto, Ontario, she held an internship in urban forestry, where she collected data on street trees and organized datasets for entry into a database. Over four years, she interned at the UN in New York City for the annual ‘Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues’. In her final year, she collected data on the participants of the Forum, creating from this, a number of maps showing participant demographics. In 2015, Melissa worked with Dr. Robert Maher on a geomatics project on the history of the Haida in Gwaii Haanas National Park. Working independently, she gathered and edited data and created an Online Map Journal. Post-graduation, she worked as a Bilingual Call Coordinator and Analyst with Esri Canada, excelling in customer service, learning invaluable problem solving skills, all while working with a team to gather information and improve customer experience. This past summer, she had the opportunity to help lead the development of the human use database for the Protected Areas Branch of Nova Scotia Environment.

Melissa is currently working as a research assistant with Dr. Alice Cohen regarding her research on community-based water management in Canada. Stakeholder engagement, environmental assessment, protected areas, and management of our freshwater systems are some of her key interests at this time as she searches for an internship for the summer of 2017. She is willing to re-locate.

Jessica Romo is currently pursing a Master’s of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University. She graduated with distinction from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and double minor in Mathematics and Psychology.

After completing her degree, Jessica obtained fulltime employment at Maxxam Analytics in Bedford, Nova Scotia, and continues to work there casually during the completion of her degree. It was through her work as an analyst at at the lab that she made the decision to pursue a career in the environmental industry, particularly in the private sector. After exploring multiple options, the MREM program seemed to be the perfect fit for taking that next step towards this goal. Jessica is hoping to obtain an internship at a consulting company. Jessica is currently interested in the environmental assessment process, particularly as they pertain to renewable energy projects; however, she is eager to gain any experience in the consulting industry that she can. Her past work in a fast paced analytical lab combined with her attention to detail, willingness to go the extra mile to produce quality results and strong work ethic, is what Jessica believes will make her a great asset to a consulting firm.

Jessica’s academics combined with her work experience have helped her develop valuable skills in communicating effectively, problem-solving and working great as part of a team that will translate well to a career in the environmental industry.

Jessica has developed a passion for the outdoors, and loves hiking and kayaking.  One of her favorite places to hike are the trails off the Musquodoboit Trailway, where she has been hiking for many years.

Karthikeshwar Sankar completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from Foundation for Liberal and Management Education (FLAME), Pune, India. He then went on to complete an MSc in Environmental Science and Technology from Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK and is currently pursuing a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) degree at Dalhousie University.

Karthik’s current interests are in the areas of Food Security, Environmental Assessment and Environmental Toxicology although he is open to experiment in other areas as well. His prospective field of work would be in consultancies, local or federal government and environment focused companies where he can apply his skills gained from the MREM program.

He has gained research experience by interning at the Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore, where he examined spatial and land use and land classification changes in the Berambadi watershed which is located in the Kabini river basin using ArcGis remote sensing software.

During his tenure at FLAME and Lancaster University, Karthik was highly interested in organic farming and was an active participant in the organic farms in both institutions. Karthik likes to read a wide variety of books, watching movies and listens to relaxing music.

Nameeta Sharma is a current Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) candidate at Dalhousie University. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a concentration in biology from the University of Calgary. Through her undergraduate degree, Nameeta gained a strong foundation on the scientific basis of environmental problems and is now looking to explore real-world solutions to the serious concerns facing society today. She is particularly interested in the role of public policy in decision making as well as resource management for topics like climate change, energy, and conservation.

As a student, Nameeta gained valuable work experience in both the private and public sectors. Working as a summer student for an oil and gas consulting company allowed her to gain valuable insight into the complex environmental problems within extractive industries and directly contribute to environmental reports. She also spent the past summer working with the municipal government in Calgary managing invasive plant species. This involved extensive field and vegetation surveying, GIS mapping and data compilation.

Nameeta also has an avid interest in volunteer work. For the past year, she has been working with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) in developing and delivering water quality, grizzly bear awareness and parks programs to immigrant audiences throughout the city of Calgary. This has allowed her to develop strong communication and presentation skills as well as share her passion for the environment with others.

Through the MREM program, Nameeta hopes to apply her science based background in the world of environmental problem solving. She is confident that her analytical skills and interdisciplinary experiences will translate well into exploring innovative strategies within the political and scientific dimensions of environmental management. Nameeta is looking forward to growing her understanding of this subject matter through coursework and pursuing an internship that will allow her to grow and thrive in the environmental sector.

 

Sarbpreet Singh is currently pursuing his Masters of Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) program at Dalhousie University. He holds a BSc in Agriculture (Hons.) majoring in Economics and MSc in Plant Pathology (Minor: Agricultural Entomology).

In his graduate program, Sarbpreet researched the effects of environmental factors on the progress of wheat disease powdery mildew, its management using agronomic practices as well as agrochemicals and published his findings. He gained experience working in the laboratory, greenhouse and under field conditions including the surveying of disease infected areas. His interest in the environment earned him a fellowship in which he worked in the research trials of a biodegradable product called Amalgerol by Cheminova.

Afterwards, he took employment for Government of India’s agricultural extension program called Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) where he worked with a team of specialized agricultural and allied sector officials, creating and implementing annual action plans for sustainable farming in a rural block comprising of many villages. Through action plans he managed activities like training and capacity building of farmers through field demonstrations, exposure visits, training camps facilitating active communication with the agricultural/allied sector specialists. Besides field experience, he also procured experience working with a team of employees in the office keeping records and making reports of the services rendered.

He already had interest in the environment and this job offered a greater field exposure where he got acquainted with wider range of environmental problems and was highly motivated to pursue a career working for the environmental sector. His areas of interest include resource & environmental management, biodiversity remediation and conservation, environmental assessment and he is open to work in private as well as public sector. He completed courses on environmental informatics, environmental plan evaluations, environmental assessment and social aspects of environmental education.

Kristen Sora completed a BSc in Marine Biology with a double minor in Film Studies and Statistics, and two Certificates, one in Animal Behaviour, and the other in Geographic Information Science, from the University of King’s College. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University.

During her undergraduate degree, she worked with Dr. Simon Gadbois and volunteer conservation canines, to research the behaviour of the isolated Eastern Ribbon Snake in Kejimkujik National Park based on ecological and environmental factors. In addition to this research, she also worked with Christine Ward-Paige in eOceans to map the abundance and distribution of shark, ray and turtle species off the coast of Thailand. This combined with layers of behaviour, richness, and various policies, determined areas of risk for the implementation of protected areas.

Kristen’s current interests are environmental assessment, with a focus in protected areas and fisheries management in Nova Scotia. She plans to enter consulting, or environmental policy, focusing on the marine sector upon completion of the MREM program. She has a driven personality, and with her interpersonal skills, hopes to apply her knowledge in the resource and environmental management field.

In her personal time, you can find Kristen running half marathons, snowboarding, or planning her worldly travels.

Stephanie Taylor completed a BSc with Honours in Integrated Science and Earth and Environmental Sciences at McMaster University and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University.

Her current interests are species at risk, conservation biology, and remediation efforts in Nova Scotia, as well as across Canada. Her prospective field of work would be to work in protected areas such as wetlands, take part in field surveys, and partake in land remediation to increase ecosystem health.

She has gained research experience from completing multiple research projects within the Integrated Science program on topics ranging from plant and animal interactions, search and rescue biorobotics, to eutrophication effects in Hamilton Harbour. She obtained field experience as a dissertation student leading surveys in the Peruvian Amazon studying river dolphins and caiman. She also completed field courses in northern Ontario and Iceland studying geology, glaciology, and volcanology. Collaborating with her undergraduate classmates, Stephanie also helped plan and run McMasters Synthesis Conference in 2013 and 2014 by reviewing submissions, planning and scheduling events and inviting guest speakers.

Stephanie has developed a passion for the outdoors and loves hiking, biking, and skiing. One of her favourite places to hike is Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick where she spent two summers working as an Environmental Science Instructor.

Nigel Vidler is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MREM) at Dalhousie University. He graduated from Queen’s University with a BAH in Human Geography and a minor in History in 2015. Nigel enjoys that the MREM program helps to enhance practical employment skills while enabling students to follow their interests that are related to resource and environmental management.

Nigel is passionate about sustainable food systems and the role that community participation plays in both planning and policy. While on international exchange in Sweden, he was able to work with the “Greener Lund” initiative which helped educate local youth on organic urban farming and “hands-on” approaches to sustainable food systems. Nigel’s interdisciplinary background has enabled him to develop skills and knowledge in a variety of different fields. His interests also extend to indigenous rights, international development, sustainable community building, and environmental stewardship.

Nigel is a creative and driven individual looking to foster his professional skills and qualifications within the field of environmental management through the MREM program. Currently, Nigel is acting as the External Liaison for Dalhousie’s SRESSS (School of Resources and Environmental Studies Student Society), is volunteering with FEED Nova Scotia, and is enjoying life on the East Coast. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys hiking, camping, travelling, and drumming.

Sanam Zomorodi P.Eng. is a first-year MREM candidate at Dalhousie University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary (’12).

She held various roles within her 5-year career at TransCanada, Canada’s leading energy infrastructure company. She was the lead project engineer for the design of the Prince Rupert Gas Transmission project, a proposed 900 km onshore and offshore natural gas pipeline in British Columbia for Pacific NorthWest LNG. Sanam coordinated with multidisciplinary groups of internal and external stakeholders, such as Community Relations, Aboriginal Relations, Environmental Planning, and technical subject matter experts. Through her interactions with government agencies on this mega pipeline project, her interest in environmental planning and policy was ignited.

Outside of her engineering career, Sanam has a great passion for community involvement. She has helped new Canadians learn English through various nonprofit organizations and has been involved with several animal rescue organizations, such as Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.

She is interested in learning more about the legal and political dimensions of environmental management. In particular, Sanam has an interest in environmental/energy policy development and improvements.

Sanam is looking forward to the year ahead and is excited to apply her coursework and professional work experience to her summer internship.