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 and Post-docs

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Nadine Mengis

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Education

  •  Dr. rer. Nat., Climate Physics, Christian Albrechts University of Kiel, Kiel, Germany (2016)
  • M.Sc. (GEOMAR Centre for Ocean Research, Meteorology and Statistic Department), Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany (2013)
  • B.Sc. (GEOMAR Centre for Ocean Research, Physical Oceanography Department), Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, Germany (2010)

Research Project

Nadine is currently involved in testing and tuning the newest version of the University of Victoria Earth System Climate Model (UVic ESCM). This model is her main tool to conduct scientific experiments, such as assessing the carbon cycle uncertainty of carbon budgets. While at SFU, Nadine is going to investigate temperature overshoot scenarios and the impact of the associated negative emissions on the Earth system.

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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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Adrien Damseaux

Ph.D. Candidate

Education

  • M.Sc., Geographical Science, Université de Liège, Belgium (2018)
  • B.Sc., Geographical Science, Université de Liège, Belgium (2016)

Research Project

I use a coupled climate model of intermediate complexity and a high complexity ice sheet model to represent the interactions between the Greenland Ice Sheet and the climate. The aim of my research is twofold. First, we are seeking to quantify the level of cumulative CO2 emissions that will cause the ice sheet to completely melt. Then we examine whether this process is reversible and the related consequences for global sea-level rise.

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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.

Previous Graduate Students 

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Mehdi Aminipouri

Ph.D. (2013-2019)

Education

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

Thesis

Evaluating heat vulnerability and the impact of urban street tree planting on radiant heat exposure: examples from Vancouver’s neighborhoods.

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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