April 12, 2018: IRES Student Symposium
Speakers: Jackie Lerner (PhD Candidate), Sameer Shah (PhD Candidate), Teddy Eyster (MSC Student), Krista English (PhD Candidate)

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

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Jackie Lerner (PhD Candidate) bio: 

Jackie has worked in the environmental consulting industry for more than a decade. She is currently studying under the supervision of Dr. Hadi Dowlatabadi. Her research project comprises an analysis of current and historical development pathways (using spatial and temporal data on resource extraction, transportation, and other types of human infrastructure in British Columbia) with the the aim of producing a more effective methodology for factoring future development scenarios into cumulative effects assessment than current practices.  Jackie has strong opinions on many topics, several of which are informed by actual knowledge. She likes to write, read, run, and eat. She would be genuinely thrilled to hear about your research, especially if there are snacks involved.

 

Sameer Shah (PhD Candidate) bio:

Sameer Shah is a PhD candidate in Resource Management & Environmental Studies under the supervision of Professor Leila Harris. He examines the social, political, and natural dimensions of water governance and its impacts on marginalized agricultural communities in India. He is deeply interested in promoting efforts designed to strengthen community adaptation and rural livelihoods in response to shifts in water access. Through his work, he is involved with the Program on Water Governance and with the EDGES Research Group. In 2012, he graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Honours Co-operative) from the University of Waterloo and earlier this year he completed his Master of Science degree at the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability.

Sameer is also actively involved in water policy planning at UBC, in British Columbia, and across Canada. At UBC, he is currently a lead organizer of Water Ways: Understanding the Past, Navigating the Future, a major interdisciplinary workshop celebrating UBC’s 100th anniversary and bringing together leading water experts to advance a global water research agenda for the coming century. He also holds an 18-month appointment as the Pacific Regional Representative for the Canadian Water Network’s Student and Young Professional Committee of emerging water leaders. In 2014, he was selected as one of about 50 applicants from across Canada to participate in the Waterlution Transformative Leaders of the Future Program. As part of this program, he co-facilitated the first Canada-wide exercise in participatory water policy planning with the aim to inject the public’s creative visions into future water policy. Having travelled to over 20 countries and lived in multiple, Sameer is passionate about nature, cooking, photography, and hiking.

 

Teddy Eyster (MSc student) bio:

Teddy is a second year MSc student in the Ecohydro Lab with an interest in water as a link between humans and natural systems. He works on a wide range of projects from remote sensing in Brazil, to developing open-source DIY water monitoring technology with  decolonizing water, to modeling mountain meadow restoration in the Sierra.

Teddy graduated with a BSE in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University in 2013, with a focus on urban stream restoration.  After graduation, Teddy pursued environmental engineering with an environmental consulting firm in the California Bay Area where he was involved in environmental site assessments, contaminant mapping, and groundwater monitoring.  He went on to join The Center for Watershed Sciences at UC Davis where he researched how hydrology drives montane meadow ecosystems in the Sierra and the amphibians living there.

When he’s not digging wells or monitoring streams, Teddy enjoys trail running, playing banjo, woodworking, or throwing the atlatl.

 

Krista English (PhD Candidate) bio:

I am a PhD Candidate with an interest in topics at the intersection of complex systems, health systems and decision-making, and their general relationship with organizational complexity and public health policy design.

During my research, I have examined organizational complexity theories to understand how research evidence within a public health agency influences policy development and decision-making. I am interested in identifying the qualities of the positive deviants that facilitate knowledge translation within the organization to convey the potential of using systemic levers for strengthening health systems via evidence informed policy. Drs Babak Pourbohloul and Hadi Dowlatabadi co-supervise my work.

I have worked in population and public health research and management for more than a decade and have an MBA (Health Care Management). I am currently a Senior Scientific Researcher in UBCs Complexity Science Lab and Co-Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Complexity Science for Health Systems.

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