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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.

Stacey O’Sullivan

Stacey O’Sullivan joined PCIC in February 2021 to support the User Engagement and Training Specialist in stakeholder engagement surrounding climate data and climate adaptation. Stacey completed her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo in 2013 and spent six years working as an environmental technician in industry, consulting, and government contexts. She recently returned to Waterloo to complete a Master of Climate Change program, and is excited to apply her learnings in climate adaptation to her role with PCIC.

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.

Nigus D Melaku

Dr. Nigus Demelash Melaku joined PCIC in 2020 as a post-doctoral research hydrologist working within the 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.

Md. Shahabul Alam

Dr. Md. Shahabul Alam is a post-doctoral research hydrologist with PCIC working within the 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.

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.

Qiaohong Sun

Qiaohong Sun is a Post-Doctoral Scientist with PCIC. She is conducting research on the physical processes affecting precipitation extremes for short (sub‐daily) accumulation periods and their possible changes. Qiaohong’s research interests include the uncertainty of climate observations, the detection and attribution of hydrologic and climatic extremes, and the influences of air-sea interactions.
Qiaohong gained her PhD (2018) and MSc (2015) from Beijing Normal University. In 2016, She visited University of California, Irvine as a joint PhD. student.

Kai Tsuruta

Dr. Kai Tsuruta joined the Hydrologic Impacts group at PCIC after completing his PhD in forestry from the University of British Columbia. Kai's doctoral research focused on the development of a large-scale sediment transport model to study the potential impacts of a changing climate on the sediment dynamics of the Fraser River Basin in British Columbia. At PCIC he is engaged in the development and application of fully-coupled landcover-hydrological models to inform future water and landuse-related decision making.

Lee Zeman

Lee Zeman is a Programmer/Analyst with the Computational Support Group at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium. His main focus is developing web tools to enable exploration and analysis of climate data. Lee has an A.Arts. in New Media with a specialization in Computer Animation and a B.Sc. in Computer Science. Prior to joining PCIC, Lee worked as a consultant developing scientific visualizations, and was previously Lab Manager of the Scientific Database Lab at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.

Matthew Benstead

Matthew Benstead is a System Administrator at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium within the Computational Support Group. His main focus is to support and maintain the compute, storage and network infrastructure used at PCIC. Matthew has a B.Eng in Computer Systems and many years of professional experience as a system administrator, as well as hardware and software support. Prior to joining PCIC Matthew worked for a multinational computer technology company on a long term project in the health-care space, and at two universities in various capacities.

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