Simon Fraser University
REM

Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) Laboratory

Overview

The Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments (COPE) Laboratory is part of the graduate program in the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) at Simon Fraser University (SFU), located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.  The overall objective for our lab is to understand changes in the earth system on geological and historical time scales.  Our goal is to relate these changes to regionally important impacts, ranging from carbon cycling to extreme weather events and regional ecosystem responses.  Our interdisciplinary group integrates ideas from climatology, meteorology, paleo-oceanography, paleo-ecology, Earth System Science and modeling, and geochemistry.  The lab is led by Dr. Karen E. Kohfeld. We meet weekly on Tuesdays (2:30-3:30pm) to discuss our research and relevant scientific literature.

Graduate Research

Graduate students in REM can obtain Master’s or Ph.D. degrees.  In our lab, student research is focused on climate change, the carbon cycle, or regional impacts of climate change. All students take a series of interdisciplinary courses in the natural and social sciences, including earth system science and global change for environmental managers, ecology, resource policy, and resource economics, along with electives that suit their particular interests such as statistics, chemical oceanography, and climatology, within or outside of REM. They conduct a master’s project or a Ph.D. thesis.

My General Guidelines for Graduate Student/Supervisor Relationship Expectations can be found here.

COPE News

3 July 2014: Shout out to Brian Bylhouwer MRM ‘12 who was quoted in an LA Times article about coastal winds and climate change. Brian’s  masters work was described in the last 3 paragraphs, with a link to our paper  (Brian’s work concluded that the story isn’t so clear-cut along the Pacific Coast: interannual variability in winds makes it very difficult to detect trends in wind behavior over the last 60 years).

24 June 2014: A heartfelt welcome to Stephen Chastain, who joins REM and the COPE lab from the University of Pittsburgh.  Although not yet decided, Stephen is interested in researching a project relating paleoclimate research to regional conservation.

24 June 2014: Congratulations to Ben Cross, the 2014 recipient of the Dean’s Convocation Medal at this year’s graduation ceremony! More detailed descriptions can be found here and here.

30 May 2014: Karen Kohfeld was quoted in this article on Coastal Ocean Acidification for DeSmog Canada.

26 May 2014: Congratulations to Christie Spry, whose paper entitled “Characterizing Pineapple Express Storms in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland Using Meteorological, Streamflow and Stable Isotope Data”  was just accepted for publication in Canadian Water Resources Journal. Co-authors include Karen Kohfeld, Diana Allen (Earth Sciences), Ken Lertzman (REM), and Dave Dunkley (Metro Vancouver).

23 April 2014: Congratulations to LA Stavroff for the successful completion of her thesis requirements for a Masters of Science in Environment & Management in the School of Environment & Sustainability at Royal Roads University!  LA completed her masters work, entitled “Effects of Ocean Acidification Combined with Multiple Stressors on Early Life Stages of the Pacific Purple Sea Urchin,”  in the COPE laboratory.  Well done, LA!

24 February 2014: Congratulations to Ben Cross for winning an Outstanding Student Presentation Award at the American Geophysical Union conference in San Francisco this December (2013)! There are 22,000 attendees at this conference, and only 3-5% of students attending receive an award.  Well done, Ben!

Ben Cross’s Defense Date: 19 November 2013, 3:30pm, REM SEMINAR ROOM The Impacts of Wind Speed Trends and Long-term Variability in Relation to Hydroelectric Reservoir Inflows on Wind Power in the Pacific Northwest.”

19 November 2013: Congratulations Carolyn Duckham, whose research on ocean acidification was highlighted in the SFU’s November addition of The Peak.

29 October 2013: Congratulations to Ben Cross who has won TWO Best Student Poster Awards, one at Clean Energy BC’s 11th Annual Conference (27-29 October, Vancouver, BC), and the second at the Pacific Northwest Climate Conference (September, Portland, OR, USA).  His poster was entitled: “The Impacts of Wind Speed Trends and Long-term Variability in Relation to Hydroelectric Reservoir Inflows on Wind Power in the Pacific Northwest.” SFU co-authors include fellow student Joe Bailey and REM Associate Professors Andy Cooper and Karen Kohfeld. Well done!

4 September 2013: Congratulations to Christie Spry who successfully defended her masters project entitled: “Understanding extreme precipitation behavior in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland using historical and proxy record.” Congratulations also on producing two manuscripts of publishable quality, one of which is already submitted!

3 September 2013: Welcome back REMMers, I’m back from my sabbatical!  Looking forward to a great fall term together.

24 July 2013: Congratulations to Carolyn Duckham who successfully defended her masters project entitled: “Impacts of ocean acidification and mitigative hydrated lime addition on Pacific oyster larvae: implications for shellfish aquaculture.” Good luck with your future endeavors as a doctoral candidate at University of British Columbia, Carolyn!

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(Header Images courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory)