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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.

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

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).

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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