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2021 European Geophysical Union Meeting

Ph.D. student Alexander MacIsaac gave a talk at the 2021 European Geophysical Union meeting about new applications for the coupling of the University of Victoria Earth system climate model version 2.10 with FAIR, the atmospheric chemistry module he developed.

PhD. Thesis Defence: Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye

Congratulations to Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye who defended his PhD. thesis on “Investigating the importance of methane for future climate change: wetland methane emissions, the permafrost carbon feedback, and methane mitigation”. Well done, Claude-Michel!

2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting

Lab director, Kirsten Zickfeld, and lab members Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye & Rachel Chimuka presented their research virtually during the 2020 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting.

Canadian Pacific Teck Award for Environmental Innovation

Congratulations to M.Sc. student, Rachel Chimuka, who was recently awarded the Canadian Pacific Teck Award for Environmental Innovation to fund her research on carbon dioxide removal.

New Publication: Nadine Mengis

Former lab member, Nadine Mengis, recently published her article “Evaluation of the University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model version 2.10 (UVic ESCM 2.10)” in the Geoscientific Model Development Journal. You can view the article here.

Alexander MacIsaac joins Climate Research Lab

Welcome to new PhD. student, Alex MacIsaac! Alex’s research will focus on afforestation and reforestation as methods to mitigate climate change.

 

New Publication: Irreversibility of Marine Climate Change Impacts under Carbon Dioxide Removal

Former lab member, Xinru Li, recently published her article “Irreversibility of Marine Climate Change Impacts under Carbon Dioxide Removal” in the Geophysical Research Letters Journal. You can view the article here.

54th Annual Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography Society Congress

MSc. students, Rachel Chimuka and Chloe Papalazarou, presented their research on carbon dioxide removal at the 54th Annual Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography Society Congress.

Kirsten Zickfeld named SFU Distinguished Professor of Climate Science

Congratulations to lab director, Kirsten Zickfeld, who received an SFU Distinguished Professor of Climate Science designation for her exceptional performance and distinguished accomplishments relative to her rank and years of service.

MSc. Thesis Defence: Nesha Wright

Congratulations to Nesha Wright who defended her MSc. thesis on “Projected Changes in Northern Hemisphere Permafrost in Temperature Stabilization and Overshoot Scenarios”. Great job, Nesha!

Jesse Kemp joins Climate Research Lab

Welcome to SFU Environmental and Biological Science undergraduate student, Jesse Kemp, who will join the Climate Research Lab for the summer to work on a project on the carbon cycle response to carbon dioxide removal. To fund her project, Jesse was awarded a VPR Undergraduate Student Research Assistantship.

Sabine Mathesius joins Climate Research Lab

Welcome to new post-doctoral fellow, Sabine Mathesius! Sabine will explore the carbon cycle response in scenarios that temporarily exceed (“overshoot”) a given temperature target.

Chloe Papalazarou joins Climate Research Lab

Welcome to new MSc. student, Chloe Papalazarou! Chloe’s research will focus on the dependence of the effectiveness of carbon dioxide removal on the amount and rate of removal.

2019 Environmental Innovator’s Award

Congratulations to research assistant, Rachel Chimuka, who won the Environmental Innovator’s Award at the 2019 Environmental Manager’s Association of BC Annual Workshop.

CEBC Undergraduate Poster Competition Award

Congratulations to research assistant, Rachel Chimuka, who won the Undergraduate Poster Competition Award at the Clean Energy BC Generate 2018 Conference.

 

IPCC releases Special Report on global warming of 1.5 degrees

On October 8 2018 the Intergovernmental Panel (IPCC) released its Special Report on the Global Warming of 1.5 degrees. Kirsten Zickfeld, a lead author of the report, commented on the report’s finding in numerous interviews. She says the world is at a "critical juncture" if it is to avoid a potentially devastating rise in global mean temperature.

SFU Science Undergraduate Research Poster Prize

Congratulations to research assistant Rachel Chimuka, who won 2nd place at the undergraduate research poster competition organized by the SFU Science Undergraduate Research Journal.

KEY Big Data Scholarship

Congratulations to PhD student Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye, who was awarded a KEY graduate scholarship to incorporate big data approaches, tools, and analysis into his doctoral research.

Mitacs Globalink Research Award

Congratulations to Mehdi Aminipouri who was awarded a Mitacs Globalink Research Award to fund a research stay at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in the fall.

Lead Author Meeting for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Kirsten Zickfeld attended the First Lead Author Meeting for the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Guangzhou, China. Kirsten will work with an international team on the Carbon Cycle chapter of the report.

Prospective students

The Climate Research Lab in the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), led by Dr. Kirsten Zickfeld, is seeking Master’s and Doctoral students interested in pursuing research on climate change using Earth System models