Graduate Students


Current Graduate Students​​

Talaat Bakri

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2014 to present, MSc NRES (Geography), UNBC '14
Supervisor: Dr. Peter Jackson

Dissertation Topic: Winds on the Coast of British Columbia

Email: bakri@unbc.ca



Alexandre Bevington

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2016 - present
Co-Supervisors: Drs. Brian Menounos and Marten Geertsema

Dissertation Topic: Paraglacial Effects in the Recently Deglaciated Mountains of Western Canada

Email: bevington@unbc.ca
Internet: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alexandre_Bevington



Marli Bodhi

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Environmental Studies) student, September 2014 - present, BPl Natural Resources, UNBC '14
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Annie Booth and Dr. Zoë Meletis

Thesis Topic: Warming Up to Food Security? Examining Intersections between Municipal-Level Planning for Food Security and Climate Change in Northern British Columbia.

E-mail: mbodhi@unbc.ca



Cherise Chrispen

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2013 - present

Supervisor: Dr. Zoë A. Meletis

Thesis Topic: Thinking Closer to Home: Considering the Consumption-Related Beliefs and Behaviours of North American Sea Turtle Conservation Practitioners

Email: chrispen@unbc.ca

Charlotte Connolly

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2017 - present,  BA Peace, Conflict and Justice Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto '16
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis Topic: Canadian mining in Guatemala

Email: cconnolly@unbc.ca



Tejinder (Tony) Dhaliwal

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2013 - present

Supervisor: Dr. Zoë A. Meletis

Thesis Topic: Thinking Outside of the Blue Box: Considering Sikh Perceptions of and Participation in Recycling, in Abbottsford, BC

Email: dhali04@unbc.ca


Jake Duros

MSc in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, BSc Biology (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) '11
Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew

Thesis Topic: The Dispersal and Movement of Marine Derived Nutrients from a Salmon Spawning River to a Nursery Lake

Email: duros@unbc.ca


Rebecca Ferris

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2017 - present,  BA Political Science, St. Thomas University '16
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: State-sponsored violence in Guatemala and Peru

Email:

Adam Hawkins

PhD Natural Resources Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2015 - present; B.S. Environmental and Engineering Geology, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, 2014.
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos

Dissertation Topic: Holocene Glacier and Climate Change in Northwestern Canada and southern South America

Email: ahawkins@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-5899
Internet: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-hawkins-86575ba6




Shannon MacKay

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies student, September 2014 - present
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Thesis Topic: Elder Burnout and its Effect on the Urban Aboriginal Community in Prince George, BC

Email: mackays@cnc.bc.ca


Marzieh Mortezapour

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2014 - present, Master of Engineering in Environmental Engineering (Specialized in Environmental Protection) from Warsaw University of Technology (WUT), Poland, 2014; Master of Science in Physical Oceanography from Tarbiat Modares University of Tehran (TMU), Iran, 2011

Co-Supervisors: Drs. Peter Jackson & Brian Menounos

Dissertation Topic: Atmospheric Modelling / Downscaling of Glacier Mass Balance

Email: mortezapour@unbc.ca


Ben Pelto

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2014 - present
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos

Dissertation Topic: Glacier Response to Changing Climate in the Columbia Basin

Email: pelto@unbc.ca
Office: 4-246
Phone: 250-960-5898​
Internet: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ben-pelto-9a9b1542


Stacey Pickering

MA Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS) student, September 2016 - present
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis Topic: Syrian refugee settlement in northern British Columbia

Email: stacey.pickering@alumni.unbc.ca


Kristy Rasmus

MSc in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography)
Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew

Thesis Topic: The movement of marine-derived nutrients in the fine bed sediment and floodplain subsurface flow of the Horsefly River

Email: rasmus@unbc.ca


Dominic Reiffarth

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies candidate, January 2011-present, MSc Chemistry ’06, UNBC & BSc Chemistry ’98, UNBC
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Ellen Petticrew and Dr. Phil Owens

Dissertation Topic: The Use of Compound-Specific Stable Isotopes in Fatty Acids as Soil and Sediment Tracers.

Email: dominic.reiffarth@unbc.ca


Tashi Yang Chung Sherpa

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2014 - present

Thesis Topic: Community Development Issues in Aboriginal Communities

Email: sherpa@unbc.ca



Chris Turner

PhD NRES candidate (Geography/POLS), September 2011 - present, MA NRES (Geography) '11, GIS Tech., BCIT ('97), Applied anthro., school of hard knocks ('98-'04), BGen.Studies, Thompson Rivers University ('09)

PhD Co-supervisors: Drs. Gail Fondahl & Michael Murphy

Dissertation Topic: Overlap: Causes and Implications of Contested Indigenous Claims to Territory in the Context of the BC Treaty Process

Email: cturner0@unbc.ca


Kirk Walker

MA Interdisciplinary Studies student, May 2012 - present, Diploma - Broadcast Communications (Television) '04 - BCIT, BA Anthropology '12 - UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis Topic: Collective Memory in Post-Conflict Peru

Email: kirkaw@gmail.com


Aaron Zwiebel

MSc NRES candidate (Geography), September 2015 - present, BSc Forestry, UBC 2014
Co-supervisors: Drs. Ellen Petticrew & Phil Owens

Thesis Topic: Monitoring the Mt. Polley tailings breach; trace metals bio-availability in surface waters, biofilm, and insects of the Quesnel Basin, BC.

Email: Zwiebel@unbc.ca
Phone: 604-754-6318


Former ​Graduate Students and Theses

2016


Erica Henderson

MA Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS) BA Anthropology '11, UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: Seeking Justice in Guatemala: Dignifying the 'Disappeared' in a Context of Impunity

Email: hender4@unbc.ca


Alex Koiter

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, M.Sc. (Soil Science) University of Manitoba, B.Sc. (Environmental Science) University of Guelph
Co-Supervisors: Dr. Phil Owens and Dr. Ellen Petticrew

Dissertation: It’s Sedimentary, My Dear Watson: Implications of Watershed Processes on the Sediment Fingerprinting Approach

Email: alex.koiter@unbc.ca


2015

Carolyn Emon

MA Interdisciplinary Studies, BA Geography, UNBC '13
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon

Thesis: Human Trafficking: An Examination of Available Services and Support in Prince George, BC

Email: emon@unbc.ca



Leah Vanden Busch

MSc NRES (Environmental Science), BSc (Biology) ’08, University of Wisconsin
Co-supervisors: Drs. Ellen Petticrew and John Rex

Thesis: Hyporheic Nutrient exchanges in salmon bearing interior streams

Email: vandenbl@unbc.ca


Md Abdur Rashid

MA International Studies (International Development stream)
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: Gendered Violence in Gender-Based Development Projects: Conditional Cash Transfer Programs and Women’s ‘Empowerment’ and ‘Development’ in Bangladesh

Email: rashidm@unbc.ca


Malyssa Maurer

MSc NRES (Geography), BSc Geography '09, UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos

Thesis Topic: Late Holocene Glacier Fluctuations in Southernmost Patagonia


2014​​

Jocelyn Joe-Strack

MSc NRES (Geography),
Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew

Thesis: Mercury, Sulfur-Reducing Bacteria and Organic Matter in the Subarctic Lake Sediments of Kusawa Lake, Yukon

Joanna Paterson

MSc Community Health Sciences
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon

Thesis: Students Who Stay: Stories of Northern Medical Program Graduates and Place Integration

Email: paters8@unbc.ca


(Ysler) Giulliana Tamblyn

MA International Studies (International Development Stream), BA Economics, National University of Piura, Peru '96
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Rob Vogt

MSc NRES, BSc in Physics & Math, UNBC ‘10
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos

Thesis: A Model for Holocene Glacial Erosion at Peyto Glacier, Alberta, Canada

Email: rvogt9@gmail.com


2013​

Matthew Beedle

PhD NRES, BSc (Earth Science) Montana State University; MA (Geography) University of Colorado
Co-Supervisors: Drs. Brian Menounos & Roger Wheate

Dissertation: Glacier change in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, Canada (1946-2011)

Website: http://web.unbc.ca/~beedlem

Matt's research is featured in the June/July '09 issue of Northword magazine: http://northword.ca/june-2009/glacial-melts-chilling-implications-for-water-resources



Brooke Eschuck

MA NRES, BA Geography, UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon

Thesis: Come Out and Play!: Exploring the Landscapes of Free-Play in Prince George, British Columbia


Courtney LeBourdais

MA NRES, BA English, UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: Narratives of Negotiation: Marriage Migration in Northern British Columbia



Theo Mlynowski

MSc NRES, BSc Geography, UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos

Thesis: The Influence of Glacier Change on Sediment Yield, Peyto Basin, Alberta, Canada


2012

Dr. Alexander Martin

PhD NRES, BA (Geography), M.A. (Rural Dev.) Brandon University
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Dissertation: Community-Company Relationships in Forest-Dependent Communities in Northern BC: Assessing the Local, Sectoral, and Theoretical Implications


Christina Tennant

MSc NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos

Thesis: "Nine Decades of Glacier Change in the Canadian Rocky Mountains"

Website: http://web.unbc.ca/~menounos/www/Grad_Students.html


Jessica Blewett

MA NRES, BA Geography (minor in Women's Studies), UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon

Thesis: Disablement in Prince George, BC: A Qualitative, Holistic and Participatory Exploration


Leana Garraway

MA Interdisciplinary Studies, BA Anthropology, UNBC
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon

Thesis: Knowledge to Action: First Nations Engagement with Research for Community Benefit


Nick Ehlers

MA NRES, BSc (Biology, opt. Marine Biology) Oregon State University
Supervisor: Dr. Zoë Meletis

Thesis: Little Boats and Big Concerns? Seeking a Balance Between Ecotourism and Motorboat Use in Tortuguero, Costa Rica


2011

Hyae-Rim Roncin

MA International Studies (International Development)
Co-supervisors: Drs. Catherine Nolin & Fiona MacPhail

Thesis: The Meaning of Reconciliation and Development in Post-Genocide Rwanda





Chris Turner

MA NRES Geography, GIS Tech., BCIT ('97), Applied anthro., school of hard knocks ('98-'04), BGen.Studies, Thompson Rivers University ('09)

Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl

Thesis: Overlap: Causes and Implications of Contested Indigenous Claims to Territory in the Context of the BC Treaty Process

Email: cturner0@unbc.ca



Christine Creyke

MA NRES, BA Geography '06, UNBC
Co-supervisors: Drs. Gail Fondahl & Greg Halseth

Thesis: The Tahltan Nation and Our Consultation Process with Mining Industry: How a Land Use Plan Might Improve the Process


Alexandra Pedersen

MA International Studies (International Development), BA International Development ’09, U Guelph
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: Amplifying Voices of Development: Insights from Indigenous Maya Leaders of El Quiché, Guatemala (Defence Video: Part I and Part II)
President, UNBC's International Development Society (IDS), 2010-2011


Kara Przeczek

MSc NRES, BSc Ecology '05 (hons.), Earth Sciences (minor), University of Calgary
Co-Supervisors: Drs. Brian Menounos & Stephen Dery

Thesis: Assessment of Optimum Snowmelt Model Complexity, Cariboo Highlands, British Columbia, Canada


2010

Sam Albers

MSc NRES (Biology), BSc (Biology) University of  Victoria
Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew

Thesis: The Salmon Disturbance Regime: The Effects on Biofilm, Sediment and Water

Handout at Thesis Defence


Nathan Einbinder

MA NRES, BSc Environmental Studies '02 Evergreen State College
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: Dams, Displacement, and Perceptions of Development: A Case Study from Rio Negro, Guatemala

Defence Video: Click here
Handout at Thesis Defence
Click HERE for more details and links to Nate's published news articles & HERE for Nate's spring/summer 2009 fieldwork update




2009

Jennifer Herkes

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Thesis: Planning for Resilience: A Case Study of Kimitat, BC

Handout at Thesis Defence




Caroline von Schilling

MNRES
Supervisor: Dr. Darwyn Coxson (NRES Graduate Program)

Thesis: Entropy Debt: A Link to Sustainability?


Anne Hogan

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Thesis: Housing, Health, and Social Inclusion of Older People in Prince George, BC


Kyle Kusch

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Thesis: Historical Migration Patterns in the Upper Fraser Region, British Columbia


2007


Karen Heikkila

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl

Thesis: Teaching through Toponomy: Using Indigenous Place Names in Outdoor Science Camps




Pamela (Prior) Tobin

MA Interdisciplinary Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon

Thesis: The social and cultural experience of food security in the Takla Lake First Nation: Informing Public Health


2006

Arian Spiteri

MNRES
Co-supervisors: Drs. Gail Fondahl &  Sanjay
Nepal (Texas A&M University)

Thesis: Evaluating community incentives for biodiversity conservation in protected areas in Nepal


2005

Melissa Baxter

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl

Thesis: Devolution and post-secondary education: Challenging First Nations geo-legal spatiality


Jennifer Reade

MA Interdisciplinary Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: Mujeres Autorizadas: Women’s empowerment programs as a form of community development in Guatemala


Jacqui Stephens

MA Interdisciplinary Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin

Thesis: Conflicting perspectives: Neoliberal resource development, indigenous communities, and modern Canadian imperialism in Guatemala


2004


2003

Kelly Giesbrecht

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Thesis: Public participation in resource management: The Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board


2002


Lana Sullivan

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Thesis: The geography of community crisis: A case of Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia


2001

Brian Stauffer

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth

Thesis: Resource development patterns of the British Columbia salmon canning industry, 1870-1970


1999

Philip Morris

MA NRES
Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl

Thesis: Negotiating the production of space in Tl'azt'en territory, 1969-1984