Krista grew up in the coastal town of Powell River, and has had a keen interest in marine systems and sustainability since childhood. Her in-depth knowledge of the coastal waters of BC emerged from several years working as a sea kayak guide and instructor. She joined IRES in 2017, supervised by Dr. Stephanie Chang, after completing her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences at UBC in 2016. Her research interests focus on flood protection in coastal communities bordering the Strait of Georgia, and oil spill hazards. She is also a Research Assistant in the Resilient-C Project, focusing on developing indicators for coastal community vulnerability.
In her spare time, she enjoys sea kayaking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, climbing, and slacklining.