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Francis Zwiers

Dr. Francis Zwiers is director of the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium (PCIC) at the University of Victoria. His former roles include chief of the Canadian Centre for Climate Modelling and Analysis and director of the Climate Research Division, both at Environment and Climate Change Canada. As a research scientist, his expertise is in the application of statistical methods to the analysis of observed and simulated climate variability and change. Dr.

Travis Tai

Travis joined PCIC in September 2020 to work on salmon population risk assessments as part of the BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund. He will be working on integrating hydrological models and developing a climate change risk assessment framework  for salmon species across BC.

Jessie Booker

Jessie is a fourth year Civil Engineering student at the University of Victoria. Her academic and career interests include green buildings, transportation engineering, urban planning, and how a changing climate affects infrastructure and its users. At PCIC, Jessie is assisting with user engagement related to the use of future adjusted weather files in the building and transportation sectors.

Sangwon Lim

Sangwon is a 4th-year Geomatics (Geography/Computer Science) student with a background in civil engineering and land surveying. His current academic interests include computer vision and remote-sensing image processing for land-cover classification using satellite images. At PCIC, Sangwon is helping to develop a web-based analysis tool that will support fisheries planning, habitat restoration and management. Sangwon is supported by the BC Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund.

Nigus D Melaku

Dr. Nigus Demelash Melaku joined PCIC in 2020 as a post-doctoral research hydrologist working on Hydrologic Impacts theme at the University of Victoria. He is working on hydrologic modelling and related research to quantify future climate-driven changes in river discharge and temperature throughout a region spanning all Pacific-draining watersheds in BC.

Shayna Thompson

Shayna joined PCIC in February, 2020, to provide support to the Director and Lead Planning and Operations while Shelley Ma is on maternity leave. Prior to joining PCIC, she graduated from UVic in August 2018, and has since worked in administrative positions both for the provincial government, and in the private sector.

Md. Shahabul Alam

Dr. Md. Shahabul Alam is a post-doctoral research hydrologist with PCIC working on Hydrologic Impacts theme. He is working on a project that will focus on large-scale hydrological modelling to study the impacts of climate change on the salmonid habitats of coastal regions in British Columbia.

Nicolaas Annau

Nic Annau is a Scientific Software Developer with a BSc in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Victoria. His experience in astrophysics helped him hone his skills as a data scientist and passionate science communicator. He strongly believes in the power of science and data to influence cultural change and highlight our obligation to protect and cherish our only home.

Kari Tyler

Kari Tyler joined PCIC in December 2018 in a new role focussed on user engagement and training.

She brings 8 years of experience working in climate change adaptation and resilience building. She has worked in adaptation policy for the Alberta and British Columbia provincial governments, and has experience as a consultant working in North America and internationally.

Charlotte Ballantyne

Charlotte is a climate data analyst in the Climate Analysis and Monitoring theme at PCIC. She is working on improving current and future PRISM maps and assimilating climate records into the Provincial Climate Data Set (PCDS).

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