Below are the 2022/2023 ERSA Executives introductions. Feel free to contact us with ideas or questions either in person, through our Facebook or Instagram page @er_student_association. We would love to hear about how you would like to contribute to our association!
ERSA EXECUTIVE TEAM
CHAIR: Joesph Cormier (he/him)
Hi! My name is Joseph. I am from Montreal, Quebec. I did my undergrad at McGill University in environmental biology with a specialization in wildlife biology and a minor in computer science. During my summers, I worked in an outdoor science camp in one of Quebec’s National Parks. I would go on hikes with the kids in my group during which I would teach them all about the local flora and fauna. For my ARP, I will be studying the fish diversity and distribution in the Port Moody Arm. This is all very new to me so I know I am going to learn a lot! When I am not studying, I love playing board games, going birding, and watching TV. I am looking forward to being this year’s ERSA chair! I want to make this a year to remember! I hope to see you all soon! If you ever need to talk, don’t hesitate to come see me or send me a message!
TREASURER: Bridget MacGillivary (she/her)
I’m originally from Erin, Ontario, but I just can’t get enough of the Canadian coastline. I completed my B.Sc. in biology with a minor in environmental studies from Dalhousie University in 2018. While I loved living in Halifax, I moved back to Ontario to work in animal care for a couple of years. In between feeding giraffes and herding ostriches, I found lots of time to participate in my favourite hobbies like hiking, birding, or playing board games and D&D. However, I wanted to find a better way to combine my passion for animals with my love of the outdoors. That’s why I eventually made the move to BC to learn about ecological restoration and experience the West Coast lifestyle!
SECRETARY: Louis Gooding (he/they)
Hi! My name is Louis and I’m from a beautiful tropical country filled with mountains, islands, beaches and seas of multiple shades and colors, that’s right! I’m from St. Vincent and the Grenadines! Growing up I thought I wanted to be a vet, until I scuba dived for the first time…. I’m not sure if it was hearing the sea, or maybe seeing those three giant spotted eagle rays swimming up to me, but it was then I knew I wanted to work in or around the sea. As you can imagine, I spent weekends island hopping, snorkeling, hiking and the occasional weekends spent with a glass of wine or rum in my hand. The time came for me to begin my journey as a marine biologist, and I completed a degree at the University of West Indies, St. Augustine campus where I pursued a bachelor’s in biology with specialization in marine biology and ecology & environmental biology. Now as you know I’m pursing graduate studies in Ecological restoration, with an advanced research project on white mangroves and Indian almond, where I am looking at the growth response of white mangroves and invasive Indian almond to different salinity ranges! I’m not sure what’s next, but I do know I want to keep researching, maybe looking at the successional pathways of coral in the Caribbean, who knows!?!
ECOLOGICAL CO-DIRECTORS: Daniel Cretu (he/him) & Kelly Scott (she/her)
Hey there 🙂 I’m Daniel, but you can also call me Dan, and I’m from Montreal, Quebec. This Fall semester, I’m really looking forward to co-organize our cohort events with Kelly!! A bit about me: I love connecting with people, initiating community-based projects, and learning more about the intersections of ecological restoration and regenerative agriculture. For my undergrad, I followed my passions and interests and ended with a degree in Biology, a specialization in Ecology, and minors in Education, and in Sustainability Studies. Out of school and work, I enjoy training, rockclimbing, cooking, dancing, painting and going on adventures!! Funny enough, what got me interested in this program is actually 2 key documentaries! Geoff Lawton’s “Greening the desert”, and John D Liu’s “Regreening the desert” were pivotal pieces in my life. The idea that we can take planned action towards restoring even severely degraded ecosystems struck a deep cord in me. It didn’t take long for that seed to germinate and for me to enroll into this program! I’m excited to get to know you all this coming year, as you start your own journey. And looking forward to hearing your stories and what got you interested in this program!
I’m originally from southern California but I fell in love at first site with the pacific northwest. The lush green forests of the rainy coast are my happy place. I love looking for fungi on the forest floor and admiring the wonderful foliage. After receiving my bachelor’s degree from Chico State in northern California I moved to Eastern Oregon to work as a Riparian Botanist. This is where my love for plants blossomed. Following this position, I worked as a habitat restoration technician in the Puget Sound region of Washington. Living and working in the beautiful state of Washington was a dream come true. Our crew did invasive species removal along riparian areas followed by native tree and shrub plantings. This taught me a lot about the native plants in the region and how to use them effectively against invasive species. Investigating natural solutions to the issues that plague our ecosystems is what led me to study fungi’s ability to improve water quality for my ARP. Aside from working with plants and fungi I also enjoy planning events and finding new ways to get people involved with their school and community. In the past I have organized creek cleanups, skill share workshops, and gardening activities for the Sustainability Center at Chico State. I hope to bring some similar activities to the ER program through my role as Co-Ecological Director.
WEB & MEDIA DIRECTOR: Jacob Wright (he/him)
Hi everyone, my name is Jacob! I am originally from Ontario and have always wanted to live close to the ocean and mountains. I did my undergrad degree at Carleton University in Ottawa, where my passion for GIS and ecology grew. I love spending time in nature, hiking all the mountains I can, or skiing down them in the winter! You can also find me reading, camping, cooking, or biking. I currently work with Environment and Climate Change Canada in the Canadian Wildlife Service branch putting restoration plans to the test. My ARP is focusing on Black bear and Black-tailed deer relative abundance and behaviours in heavily disturbed ecosystems using wildlife cameras. This involves lots of hiking in rough terrain environments deploying cameras, changing SD cards and batteries…and did I mention lots of hiking? I hope to put my role to work by using social media to display my cohort’s projects, sharing restoration events, or making fun posts! If you have any questions about anything you see, don’t hesitate to reach out!
SECOND YEAR REPRESENTATIVE: Erica Harvey (she/her)
Hiya! I’m your friendly neighbourhood student rep. I’m here to support and represent the second-year cohort in any and all program related matters. I am an outdoor loving, bread making, vegetable growing dirtbag trying my best to find a meaningful and prolific path through this crazy world. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Marine and Freshwater Biology. Following completion of my degree, I moved to Saint Andrews, NB and worked in aquatic research at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre. After doing that for a while, I decided to hang up my lab coat and do some sole searching. During this time, I fell in love with outdoor recreation, namely whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, and rock climbing. After my career as a raft guide didn’t pan out, I decided that it was time to go back to school. This is when I found the MSc Ecological Restoration program! Through this program I aspire to fulfill my dreams of becoming a field biologist/hydrologist/ecological restorationist (haven’t quite figured that part out yet). My applied research project (ARP) is characterizing the groundwater-surface water interactions in constructed side-channel habitat along the Mamquam River in Squamish, British Columbia. My co-advisors are Shawn Chartrand and Craig Orr and my project partners are the Squamish River Watershed Society, Squamish Nation Rights and Title, and the Department of Fisheries and Ocean Canada. This project is allowing me to develop knowledge and skills in project management and hydrology while climbing in the beautiful fantasia land that is Squamish, and I LOVE IT! If you have any questions about the program &/or you’re looking to complete your ARP on a similar topic, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
FIRST YEAR CO-REPRESENTATIVES: Jenna Watson (she/her) & Camryn Good (she/her)
Hey everyone! My name is Jenna, and I’m from the east coast of Canada (New Brunswick). I did my BSc degree at the University of New Brunswick, studying biology with a concentration in ecology. During my undergrad, I got a chance to work with Parks Canada, doing everything from impact assessment surveys to ecological monitoring. I also worked for the Coastal Marine Ecology lab out of UNB, where I spent countless hours roaming around salt marshes. In any spare moment I have, I try to get outside and into nature. When I’m not in the woods, you can find me either baking, reading, or drawing. For my ARP, I’ll be exploring the potential causes for why some restored wetlands are seeing low waterfowl breeding success in the central interior. Specifically, I’ll be looking at if differences in invertebrates communities are creating poor-quality wetlands. I’m beyond excited to be part of ERSA this year with Cammie and make this year a great one for our cohort!
Hi! I’m Cammie. I’m from Northern California, but I spent summers at Cultus Lake growing up! I did my undergrad at UBC and studied biology with a focus in marine science. Following my undergrad, I spent a year working as a kelp culture technician in the Martone Lab at UBC. I love spending my time outside, mainly hiking and swimming! For my ARP, I am working with The Kelp Rescue Initiative and Tsleil-Waututh Nation to perform kelp restoration in Burrard Inlet. I look forward to representing my cohort with Jenna to provide an inclusive, positive experience for the Class of 2024!