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Kathy Veldhoen

Kathy Veldhoen is PCIC's Lead, Planning and Operations, bringing strong experience in financial, operational and project management. Prior to joining PCIC, she held various management and executive roles with the University of Victoria’s industry liaison office, with primary responsibility for all financial and operational functions, including management of the University’s patent portfolio and related license agreements. She holds a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Management Accountant designation.

Yaqiong Wang

Yaqiong Wang is a Research Associate at PCIC . She is currently working on producing updated climate design data that accounts for projected changes in various meteorological variables, such as snow, temperature and precipitation. Yaqiong’s research interests include climate variability analysis, climate extremes and resilience. She is also interested in understanding climate-related risks and risk management.

James Hiebert

James Hiebert joined PCIC in October 2009 as team lead for the Computational Support Group. He was previously a Physical Scientist in the Coast Survey Development Lab of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), in Washington, DC. James earned his master's degree in computer science from the University of Oregon, focusing on peer-to-peer networking and Internet routing.

Markus Schnorbus

Markus Schnorbus joined PCIC in April 2009 and became Lead Hydrologist in July 2010. Prior to joining PCIC Markus was a Hydrologic Modelling Scientist and Forecaster with the BC Ministry of Environment, River Forecast Centre, where he was engaged in the analysis of observed climate and hydrometric data and the application of various hydrologic models for flood, drought and seasonal streamflow forecasting.

Stephen Sobie

Stephen is currently working as a PCIC Regional Climate Impacts Analyst, evaluating statistical downscaling techniques and providing an analysis of projected climate impacts on communities in the Pacific and Yukon region using a variety of future climate scenarios. He previously provided software development and meteorological analysis for the University of Victoria school-based weather station network, and studied precipitation trends on Vancouver Island as part of his graduate work.

Faron Anslow

As a PCIC Climatologist and the lead of the Climate Analysis and Monitoring theme Faron Anslow's work focuses on the assimilation of historical climate records from six provincial ministries and two private stakeholders (BCHydro and Rio Tinto/Alcan) into a homogeneous climate dataset called the Provincial Climate Dataset (PCDS). These data have been used to develop high-resolution maps of BC’s climate in a collaborative effort with the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University.

Shelley Ma

Shelley joined PCIC in 2011 and has served as the Administrative Coordinator who provides executive support to the Director and also the Lead Planning and Operations to facilitate day-to-day operations. Prior to joining PCIC, Shelley had 7-years of research and administration experience in university settings both in and out of Canada.

Arelia (Werner) Schoeneberg

Arelia (Werner) Schoeneberg is a hydrologist at the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, where she is investigating the influence of climate change on streamflow for several major watersheds in BC. Her areas of expertise include hydrologic modelling, selecting global climate models, evaluating future projections and statistical downscaling. Arelia started at PCIC in 2006, holds a BSc in Environmental Science from UBC and a MSc in Geography from the Water and Climate Impact Research Centre at UVIC.

Trevor Murdock

Trevor Murdock is a climate scientist with an undergraduate degree in Physics and Astronomy Co-op from the University of Victoria (1995) and a MSc in Earth and Ocean Sciences from the University of Victoria (1997). Trevor currently leads the Regional Climate Impacts Theme at PCIC.

For the past 20 years, he has worked on applications of climate research to assist decision-making and planning. Trevor’s work has focused on climate scenarios and online mapping tools, downscaling to high resolution, analysis of historical climate data and improvement of seasonal climate predictions.

Michael Shumlich

Michael Shumlich serves PCIC as a Scientific Information Specialist, focusing on science communication and media. Michael has a BSc in physics and an MSc in atmospheric science from the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria, where his research focused on the climate impacts of shortwave radiation management geoengineering. Michael also has several years of experience in graphic design and communications.

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