Graduate Students


Current Graduate Students​​

Obumneme Achunike

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, January 2018 - present
BSc Geology & Mining, Enugu State University of Science & Technology, Enugu, Nigera, 1998

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin
Thesis Topic: Social/community dimensions of environmental assessment and remediation of contaminated sites in the Niger Delta
Email: achunike@unbc.ca


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Tsatia Adzich

MA Interdisciplinary Studies (IDIS) student, September 2017 - present
MA Indigenous Governance (non-thesis), University of Victoria, 2017
BA Communications and First Nations Studies (Honours), SFU, 2016

Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl
Thesis topic: Negotiating Indigenous Women’s Urban Identities in Siberia
Email: adzich@unbc.ca


Talaat Bakri

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies candidate, 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
Website: 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: Tahoe on Trial: 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


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: Indigenous women land defenders in Guatemala
Email: rferris@unbc.ca


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
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/adam-hawkins-86575ba6

Bridget Kinsley

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) student, September 2017-present,
BS Animal Science, Rutgers University, 2005

Supervisor: Dr. Zoe Meletis
Thesis Topic: Social, climate science, and other influences on the BC ban of the grizzly bear trophy hunt
E-mail: bkinsley@unbc.ca



Shannon MacKay

MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) 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: shannon.mackay@unbc.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: Dr. Peter Jackson and Dr. Brian Menounos
Dissertation Topic: Atmospheric Modelling / Downscaling of Glacier Mass Balance
Email: mortezapour@unbc.ca


Sean O'Rourke

MA Interdisciplinary Studies student, September 2017-present
RMA (Masters of Arts in Research), Mount St. Vincent University, 2017; BASc (Anthropology [BA] & Psychology [BSc]), University of Lethbridge, 2015

Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl
Thesis topic: Place, Identity, and Meaning: The Positive Psychology of Evenki Land Use
Email: orourke@unbc.ca


Nicolas Parlato

MA Interdisciplinary Studies student, September 2017-present
BA Oberlin College, 2012

Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl
Thesis topic: Indigenous Land Tenure, Political Centralization, and the Post-Soviet Legal Landscape in the Sakha Republic
Email: parlato@unbc.ca


Ben Pelto

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) candidate, 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​
LinkedIn: 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


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

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis Topic: Community Development Issues in Aboriginal Communities
Email: sherpa@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

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2017-2018

Kirk Walker

MA Interdisciplinary Studies '18
Diploma - Broadcast Communications (Television) '04 - BCIT, BA Anthropology '12 - UNBC

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin
Thesis: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Landscape and Collective Memory in Post-Conflict Ayacucho, Peru:  Narratives and Photography of Survivors
Email: kirk.walker@unbc.ca

Christopher Turner

PhD Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (GEOG/POLS), 2017
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: Dr. Gail Fondahl and Dr. Michael Murphy
Dissertation: A Geography of Reconciliation: An Effective and Lawful Framework for Achieving Clarity of First Nations Territorial Jurisdiction in British Columbia
Email: cturner0@unbc.ca


Kristy Rasmus

MSc in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies '17

Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew
Thesis: Seasonal Movement of Marine-Derived Nutrients in the Surface Bed Sediment and Floodplain Hyporheic Zone”
Email: rasmus@unbc.ca


Jake Duros

MSc in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies '17
BSc Biology (University of Wisconsin-Whitewater) '11

Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew
Thesis: The Movement of Marine-Derived Nutrients from a Salmon Spawning River to a Nursery Lake
Email: duros@unbc.ca


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: Dr. Ellen Petticrew and Dr. 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: 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


Som Pun

MNRES (Geography)

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: The Opportunities and Limitations of First Nations’ Forest Tenures in British Columbia: The Key Issues, Challenges and Future Recommendations for Community Management of Forests in Tl’azt’en Nation
Email: puns@unbc.ca


JP Laplante

MA NRES (Geography)

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin
Thesis: La Voz del Pueblo: Maya Consultas and the Challenge of Self-Determination for Socially Responsible Investment in the Mining Sector
Email: jplaplant@gmail.com


Titilope (Titi) Kunkel

PhD NRES (Geography)

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Bob Ellis and Dr. Ellen Petticrew
Dissertation: Aboriginal values, sacred landscapes, and resource development in the Cariboo Chilcotin region of BC
Email: kunkel@unbc.ca


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
Research Project: Is Resource Extraction A Curse Or A Bonanza For Local Communities? Mining Case Study: Quiruvilca, Peru
Email: tamblyn@unbc.ca


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: Dr. Brian Menounos and Dr. Roger Wheate
Dissertation: Glacier change in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, Canada (1946-2011)
Website: http://web.unbc.ca/~beedlem
Publication Feature: Northword Magazine June/July 2009


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


Eric Kopetski

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: You Want Me to Grow Trees? The Social Implications of Biomass Crops on the Resilience of Quesnel, 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: Dr. Catherine Nolin and Dr. Fiona MacPhail
Thesis: The Meaning of Reconciliation and Development in Post-Genocide Rwanda


Jamie Pepper

MNRES

Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl
Thesis: From a Different Perspective: A First Nations Approach to Marine Near-Shore Natural Resource Management on Coastal British Columbia


Cristian Silva

MA Interdisciplinary Studies

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin
Thesis: Exhuming Guatemala's Gender-Based Violence: Justice, Truth-Telling, and Rebuilding in a Post-Conflict Society

Handout at Thesis Defence
International Coordinator, Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Foundation, 2011 - present
2009 - 2010 Fieldwork Updates


Courtney Jermyn

MSc NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos
Thesis: An Approach for Remote Landslide Mapping, South Nahanni Watershed, Northwest Territories, Canada


Chris Turner

MA NRES Geography
GIS Tech., BCIT (1997)
Applied anthro., school of hard knocks (1998-2004)
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


Jiwon Slotwinski

MSc Community Health Sciences

Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon
Thesis: 'People Need to Listen to Us': The Role of Empowerment in Positive Prevention Helps People Living with HIV/AIDS t o Improve their Health and Quality of Life.


Christine Creyke

MA NRES, BA Geography '06, UNBC

Co-supervisors: Dr. Gail Fondahl and Dr. 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: Dr. Brian Menounos and Dr. 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
Handout at Thesis Defence
Published News Articles
Spring / Summer 2009 Fieldwork


Chelan (Hoffman) Zirul

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: The Changing Governance of Rural Regional Development: A Case Study of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition
Handout at Thesis Defence


Marc Steynen

MSc NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: The Consequences of Forest-Dependence for the Economic Growth and Socioeconomic Development of Houston, BC
Handout at Thesis Defence


2009

Jennifer Herkes

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: Planning for Resilience: A Case Study of Kimitat, BC
Handout at Thesis Defence


Domenico Santomauro

MNRES

Co-Supervisors: Dr. Gail Fondahl and Dr. Chris Johnson
Thesis: The Distribution of Woodland Caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) and Moose (Alces alces) in the Fort St. James Region of Northern British Columbia, 1800-1950


Dr. John Rex

PhD NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew
Thesis: The Flocculation Feedback Loop: Delivery of Marine Derived Nutrients in Pacific Salmon Streams


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

Rachael Clasby

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon
Thesis: Networks and partnerships in a resource town: A case study of adapting to an aging population in Mackenzie, B.C.


Karen Heikkila

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl
Thesis: Teaching through Toponomy: Using Indigenous Place Names in Outdoor Science Camps


Sarah (Parsons) Quinn

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl
Thesis: Locally based measures of successful forest co-management: A case study of Tl’azt’en Nation and the John Prince Research Forest


Jessica (McGregor) Place

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon
Thesis: Expanding the mine, killing a lake: A case study of First Nations' environmental values, perceptions of risk and health


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: Dr. Gail Fondahl and Dr. 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


Roberta (Bobbi Jo) Lay

MNRES

Supervisor: Dr. Roger Wheate
Thesis: Use of LandSat TM and ETM+ to describe intra-season change in vegetation, with consideration for wildlife management 


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

Jenny Lo

MSc NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: Three Cs for CED: Concepts, case studies, and consequences: Building capacity for community economic development 


2003

Kelly Giesbrecht

MA NRES

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: Public participation in resource management: The Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board


2002

Laura Ryser

MNRES

Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth
Thesis: Institutional barriers to climate responsive design in commercial redevelopment in Prince George, BC


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