Laura completed her BSc in Environmental Science with a concentration in Chemistry at the University of Calgary in 2015 and joined the WaterSMART team as Research and Project Assistant in March 2016.
Throughout her education Laura held several field based positions in northern British Columbia and Alberta, where she gained experience in tailings waste management and vegetation assessment for the resource extraction industry. First-hand exposure to the reality of natural resource development has given Laura an appreciation for the complex ways humans interact with the environment, and has inspired her to pursue work that finds effective, collaborative solutions to today’s multifaceted environmental issues.
Her capstone project in the Environmental Science program involved simple weather modeling to predict future water availability in the Special Areas of Alberta, as a tool for flood and drought resiliency planning in the context of climate change. This project opened her eyes to the extreme importance of water management strategies as climate change, resource development, and population growth continue to increase pressure on our most vital resource.
Laura aims to apply her chemistry background while providing support diagnosing and developing solutions to Alberta’s water issues. With practical experience in administration and bookkeeping Laura also provides accounting and administrative support for WaterSMART projects and operations.
As a long-time resident of Calgary, Laura is thrilled to be contributing to ensuring the health and safety of her local environment and fellow residents.