Visiting Professor

Chris Barrington-Leigh is an Associate Professor at McGill University, jointly appointed at the Institute for Health and Social Policy and the School of Environment, and is an associate member in McGill’s Department of Economics.  One strand of Chris’ research is focused on empirical and quantitative assessments of human well-being, and their implications for economic, social, and environmental policy.  He uses large international as well as national surveys, experiments, and economic theoretical modeling to understand individual and aggregate consumption benefits, and their implications for policy, including a broad transition to sustainability. Another current strand of work aims to understand household economic and health effects of Beijing’s rural household heating coal-to-electricity programme. A third interest of Chris’ is the structure of urban road networks, globally, and their implication for development and climate policy.

IRES Visiting Professor term: December 2017 – December 2018

Visiting Professor

Professor Bradley Eyre is a biogeochemist and the foundation Director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry at Southern Cross University, Australia. His publications include topics such as whole ecosystem carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus budgets, net ecosystem metabolism estimates, benthic and pelagic production and respiration, dissolved organic carbon fluxes, carbon stable isotopes (fluxes and assimilation), carbon burial and air-sea GHG flux estimates, benthic denitrification, benthic habitats and seascapes, historical and ecosystem comparisons, ocean acidification, hypoxia, eutrophication, submarine groundwater discharge, permeable sands and carbonate sediment dissolution. Professor Eyre has 157 articles in Scopus listed journals (H-index = 44, Total citations >5000, Google Scholar; H-index = 35, Total citations>3500, Scopus) and has attracted over >$20 million in funding. He has mentored 14 early- and mid-career researchers and supervised 32 PhD students.

IRES Visiting Professor term: December 2017- February 2018

MSc Student

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.

Ph.D. Student

Isaac Jonas is Ph.D. student with the Institute of the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). He started off as a Research Assistant to Dr U. Rashid Sumaila through the FERU/OceanCanada of the IOF. He has been working on an OceanCanada Partnership project that involves designing a Sustainability Fisheries Insurance Fund (SIF) for the small pelagic fluctuating fish stock like the Peruvian anchoveta. Isaac holds a Master of Food and Resource Economics (MFRE) degree from UBC, where he graduated as a valedictorian and a MasterCard Foundation Scholarship holder. He earned his BSc honors degree in Economics from the University of Zimbabwe. On his spare time, he works with Impact Africa Trust, a Not-for Profit Organization (NGO) that he co-founded in 2015. The NGO does work in Zimbabwe to equip young farmers with 21st century skills. A global citizen, Isaac has spoken at various local and international forums, for example, the Skoll World Forum at the Said Business School, Oxford University and the UBC African Business Forum.

PhD Candidate

I joined the Policy and Ecosystem Restoration in Fisheries (PERF) research unit at the UBC Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF) in September 2014. My research intends to understand how cultural differences, settlement history and involvement in fishing 1) affect the values that communities ascribe to marine resources, 2) influence resource sustainability, and 3) impact vulnerability of social-ecological systems to globalization and commoditization. Before starting my PhD, I worked at a not-for-profit private research organization, Dakshin Foundation, India, between 2011 and 2014. While at Dakshin, I co-authored policy briefs concerning the management of apex predator fisheries in India and studied the grouper fishery of the Andaman Islands in India.

PhD Student, Liu Scholar

Rumi is a Ph.D. student in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), focusing on behavioral psychology applied to conservation and natural resource management in tropical landscapes. She is also a Liu Scholar at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and a UBC’s Four Year Doctoral Fellowship recipient. Drawing on insights from cognitive psychology, her doctoral studies will investigate: 1) how land-users perceive conservation challenges differently and make subsequent land-use decisions; and 2) what interventions might facilitate desired behavioral change for sustainability.

Prior to starting her doctoral studies at UBC, Rumi worked with an Indonesia-based consulting firm, Starling Resources, as a senior project manager on a number of projects concerning collaborative land-use planning, forestry policies, reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), ecosystem restoration, sustainable peatland management, agroecology, and community-based economic development. She holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University in New York, with a focus on Environmental Policy Studies for Southeast Asia.

In her spare time, she enjoys training capoeira, traveling, hiking, and pottery.

PhD Candidate

Myriam completed her engineering degree in fisheries and environment at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT) in 2013. Just after her graduation, she joined the Sea Around Us as an intern, working on the catch reconstructions of certain Mediterranean and Arab countries. In 2014 Myriam started her MSc program in Resource Management and Environmental Studies (RMES), specializing in Fisheries, under the supervision of Prof. Daniel Pauly. In 2016, she transferred to the Ph.D. program. She is currently completing her Ph.D., thesis which focuses on the marine ecosystems and fisheries management in data-poor countries, mainly countries of the Southern Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula region.

Robin is an environmental systems scientist with a background in urban water management and a keen interest in farming and soil regeneration. He earned his BSc from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Civil Engineering), MSc from Delft University of Technology (Sanitary Engineering), and PhD from Chalmers University of Technology (Chemical Environmental Science). He currently aims to apply and extend his knowledge to design nutrient recycling from human excreta to food production for long-term soil health.

Robin is employed as international postdoctoral researcher at Chalmers University of Technology through a mobility starting grant for young researchers from the Swedish Research Council Formas. At UBC, he is appointed as honorary postdoctoral fellow at IRES (Egesta Laboratory) and the Faculty of Land and Food Systems (Sustainable Agricultural Landscapes Laboratory).



PhD Student

I am a Peruvian researcher that has been studying the ecological and human dimensions of the Humboldt Current in Peru, with emphasis on fisheries economics and governance. Before joining the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia as a graduate student, I worked  as associate researcher at Centre for Environmental Sustainability of the Cayetano Heredia University in Peru (2010-2015), and at Inteligencia Financiera SAC (2014-2015); as consultant for OCEANA-Peru (2016), the GEF-UNDP Project: “Towards the ecosystem based management of the Humboldt Current Large Marine Ecosystem” (2013-2015), the Peruvian Ministry of Production (2014), the Peruvian Ministry of the Environment (2013), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (2013); and, as fisheries advisor to the Vice-Minister of Fisheries at the Peruvian Ministry of Production (2012).

My research interests include: (i) seafood value chains, (ii) ecological modelling, (iii) marine and fisheries governance, (iv) ecosystem-based fisheries management, (v) economic valuation of ecosystem services, (vi) small-scale fisheries, (vii) fisheries economics, (viii) fisheries law, (ix) reduction fisheries, (x) rights-based management.