People

Lab Director

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Kirsten Zickfeld

Associate Professor, Department of Geography

Education

  • Ph.D., Physics, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany (2004)
  • M.Sc., Physics, Free University Berlin, Berlin, Germany (1998)

Research Interests

My research focuses on the effects of anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols on climate on multi-centennial timescales. The goal is to better understand the response of the climate system to forcing and the interactions between climate system components (the atmosphere, ocean, land surface, biosphere and cryosphere) in order to improve predictions for the future. To achieve this objective, I use climate models of different complexity, from simple conceptual models to complex Earth System models.

Current Graduate Students

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Nesha Wright

M.Sc. Candidate

Education

  • B.Sc., Honors Environmental Science, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada (2017)

Research Project

With climate change projected to increase global surface temperature further, particularly at northern high latitudes, it is important we understand how northern Earth systems will respond to these changing conditions. My research seeks to understand the effect of different emission pathways and levels of warming on the extent of permafrost in the circumpolar north.

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Margaret Valerio

M.Sc. Candidate

Education

  • B.A., Geology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA (2015)

Research Project

Role of Southern Ocean circulation in carbon dioxide sequestration during the Last Glacial Maximum.

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Claude-Michel Nzotungicimpaye

Ph.D. Candidate

Education

  • M.Sc., Environmental and Geographical Science, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2014)

Research Project

My doctoral research focuses on the modelling of wetland methane emissions, particularly from northern permafrost regions. The principal objective of this research is to investigate the permafrost carbon feedback and its implications on the global climate.

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Mehdi Aminipouri

Ph.D. Candidate

Education

  • M.Sc., Environmental Modelling, and Management, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 2009
  • B.Sc., Statistics, Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran, 2005

Research Project

Using 3D solar radiation and urban microclimate models, my research aims to assess the effectiveness of urban greening and reflective surfaces in reducing human exposure to extreme heat in Vancouver’s urban neighborhoods. The significance of this research relies on the quantification of human thermal exposure in mid-latitude neighborhoods in a coastal city of Vancouver. Overall, the solution-oriented approach of my research will facilitate the integration of microscale climate knowledge into transferable urban design and planning practices for Vancouver.

Previous Graduate Students 

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Xinru Li

M.Sc. (2015-2017)

Education

  • M.Sc., Geography, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, Canada (2015-2017)

Thesis

Exploring the reversibility of marine climate change impacts under carbon dioxide removal.

 

Current Position

Ph.D. candidate, University of British Columbia

 

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Dana Ehlert

Ph.D. (2012-2017)

Education

  • Ph.D., Climate Modelling, SFU, Burnaby, Canada (2017)
  • M.Sc. Geophysics, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (2012)
  • Vordiplom in Earth Sciences (B.Sc. equivalent), University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany (2008)

Thesis 

Modeling the climate response to anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions: time-dependent processes, commitment, and reversibility.

 

Current Position

Post-doc, GEOMAR - Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Link to current website: https://www.geomar.de/~dehlert-e

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Katarzyna (Kasia) Tokarska

M.Sc. (2012-2014)

Education

  • Ph.D. (School of Earth and Ocean Sciences), University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C., Canada (2017)
  • M.Sc. (Department of Geography, Faculty of Environment), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C, Canada (2014)
  • B.Sc. (Physics), Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, B.C, Canada (2012)

Thesis 

The role of negative carbon dioxide emissions in climate system reversibility.

 

Current Position

Post-doc, University of Edinburgh

Personal website link: https://kasiatokarska.weebly.com/

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Tyler Herrington

M.Sc. (2011-2013)

Education

  • M.Sc., Geography, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, (2014)
  • B.Sc., Physical Geography Co-op with Distinction, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, (2011)

Thesis

Dependence of Regional Climate Change on Greenhouse Emission Pathway.

 

Current Position

Ph.D. candidate, University of Waterloo

Research Assistants 

  • Rachel Chimuka, B.Sc. candidate, Environmental Science, SFU, 2018
  • Alireza Mogharrab, B.Sc. candidate, Interactive Arts and Technology, SFU, 2018
  • Jessie Girling, B.Sc., Environmental Science, SFU, 2016
  • Kate Bujnowicz, B.Sc., Environmental Science, SFU, 2016
  • Deven Azevedo, B.A., Economics, SFU, 2015-2017
  • William Morgenstern, B.Sc., Geographic Information, SFU, 2015
  • Xiaofeng (Charles) Wang, B.Sc., Environmental Science, SFU, 2014
  • Michael Wong, B.Sc., Environmental Science, SFU,  2014
  • Wei Tao (Nick) Rong, B.Sc., Environmental Science, SFU, 2013