Current Students

Aishwarya Pattanaik

I am a graduate student pursuing Masters of Environment Studies in Sustainability Management (SUSM) at the University of Waterloo, Canada. I have completed my Bachelor’s in Botany and Master’s in Ecology and Environment Studies from India. I have worked on mangrove ecosystems, sacred groves, and community-integrated biodiversity conservation in several research projects. I am currently working with Professor Prateep Nayak on “Mangrove-Dependent Small-Scale Fishery (SSF) Communities in the Indian Sundarbans – From Vulnerability to Viability”. I will be doing an in-depth I-ADApt case study to bridge the gap between SSF and mangroves so as to move them both from vulnerability to viability.

 

Email: apattana@uwaterloo.ca,

aishwaryapattanaik1@gmail.com

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Alyssa Robinson

I am a graduate student pursuing my Masters of Environment Studies in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo. I completed by BSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation at the University of Guelph, over the course of which I completed a thesis project on the impacts of chemical pollutants on aquatic ecosystems, as well as conducted international field work in a diverse range of study systems. I am excited to bridge my background in natural science with my interests in socio-ecological systems and community-based conservation of water resources. Under the supervision of Professor Prateep Nayak, my thesis will focus on socioecological viability in mangrove dependent small-scale fisheries. 

Email: a27robin@uwaterloo.ca 

Astha Priya

Hello all. I recently completed my undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo with a B.Sc in Health Sciences. I am currently pursuing my Masters in Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management, at the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) as a graduate student with Dr. Prateep Nayak. My research will focus on investigating the effect of environmental factors on mental health, and specifically how health policy interventions can be improved to foster strong, sustainable, small-scale fishery communities - thus, reducing health vulnerabilities and increasing viability. I am interested in the public health sector of sustainability management and hope to make adequate health care more accessible and equitable for all, thereby focusing on Sustainable Development Goal 3. I have received numerous scholarships during my undergraduate career and follow my passions by being an avid volunteer for public hospitals and local NGOs. I enjoy learning new languages and cultures, as well as travelling the globe.

Email: a2priya@uwaterloo.ca

Bhabishya Khaniya 

I am a civil and environmental engineer from Nepal pursuing a MES in Sustainability Management (Water) at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of Prof. Prateep Nayak. I have research experience from Sri Lanka and Nepal mainly related to water resource management in perspective of climate variability. My research interest includes study of natural and built environmental systems to enhance social and economic development of regions around the world.

Before joining graduate studies at Waterloo, I worked as laboratory engineer at China National Aero Technology International Engineering Corporation for project based in Nepal.

 

Email: bkhaniya@uwaterloo.ca

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Elham Mohammadi (PhD Candidate)

I am a Ph.D. student in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo. I have completed a Master’s in environmental studies in Canada and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Iran. I have worked on several research projects, including e-waste in the Caribbean and food security in small island developing states. I have used statistical modeling and material flow analysis in my researches. With a background in business, mathematics, and environmental studies, I am interested in applying data analysis and statistical methods to sustainability research. I love to crunch numbers and push the boundaries of conventional thinking.

Email: elham.mohammadi@uwaterloo.ca

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Ella-Kari Muhl  (PhD Candidate)

 

I am a political ecologist from South Africa doing my PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. My research interests include equity, social-ecological systems, knowledge co-production and the sustainable governance of marine resources. My doctoral research aims to support ecosystem-based management through the collaborative development and implementation of evaluative strategies and measurement frameworks associated with governance outcomes and coastal community benefits (e.g., food security, wellbeing).

 

Email: ella-kari.muhl@uwaterloo.ca

Emily Filinska

I am currently a graduate student pursuing my Masters in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. I have completed my Bachelor’s of Environmental Science (Co-op) – Majoring in Ecology at the University of Guelph. Throughout my undergrad I have worked for many organizations, both non-profit and governmental. This has helped me understand the importance for transdisciplinary cooperation. My main drive in life has been to make a positive change on this planet, and my passion is dolphin and whale conservation. With the support of my supervisor, Dr.Prateep Nayak, my research will involve analyzing dolphin and whale interactions with fishermen and how these interactions impact the sustainability of small-scale fisheries. 

Email: efilinska@uwaterloo.ca

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Helena Yeboah

I’m a graduate student pursuing Masters of Environment Studies in Sustainability Management (SUSM) at the University of Waterloo. My interest in working with development agencies and partners specifically in managing and solving of development problems, influenced my decision to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies as my first degree at Valley View University-Ghana. As a development-oriented student, I have come to understand how community needs/problems are identified and developing sustainable interventions to address them. Working with one of the government agencies in my home country as an Environmental Analyst has exposed me to various environmental threats and mitigation measures. My research will focus on small scale fisheries, role of women and the opportunities to improve livelihood.

Email: hyeboah@uwaterloo.ca

Joyce Baaba Sekyi

I am a Master of Environmental Studies student in Sustainability Management at SEED- University of Waterloo.  My research aims to employ the V2V I-AdapT framework to investigate the “Adaptive responses of small-scale fishers in Akwidaa- Ghana to the vulnerabilities resulting from crude oil extraction”. With the support of my supervisor, Dr. Prateep Nayak, my research will not only provide knowledge on issues of vulnerabilities among fishers but also enhance policy-making decisions and social investments project plans of governments across the world as well as oil and gas companies.

 

Email: jsekyi@uwaterloo.ca

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Kaitlin Murray 

I completed my undergrad at the University of Waterloo in International Development with a specialization in Research, after writing a thesis in India on an act meant to protect forest dwellers from forced migration due to resource competition. After this, I completed a Post Grad in Project Management in International Development at Humber College and have worked since then in community development in Toronto, mainly regarding access to services for refugees and newcomers. I'm interested to learn more about environmental policy protections for people living along coasts, and community rights to govern and protect land (and water).

Email: ksmurray@uwaterloo.ca

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Maria Bernadette Battaglia  (PhD Candidate)

My research focuses on individual and group behavior in the context of small-scale fisheries. In particular, I study how fishers and groups of resource users face changes in the resources they depend upon and the potential for transition from vulnerability to viability in a small island setting. For individual behavior, I focus on tradeoffs between the short-term choices of day-to-day living and the long-term benefits of sustainability, trying to further understand what motivates fishers to protect their resources. An additional research focus examines behavioral change and transition towards viability through the acquisition of information and knowledge between members of different groups. 

 

Email: mbbattaglia@uwaterloo.ca

Natasha Serrao (PhD Candidate)

I am currently doing my PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at University of Waterloo. My prior research has primarily been focused on conservation genetics (bats, fish, humans, mustelids). I will be working with Dr. Prateep Nayak for my PhD, and my research will involve combining fish genetics and fisher knowledge for viable small-scale fisheries. I am looking forward to developing a project that integrates natural and social sciences, and I am excited to think more about human-biodiversity interactions.

E-mail: nr2serrao@uwaterloo.ca

Navya V Nair

I’m a graduate student from India pursuing Master of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo. Under the supervision of Dr. Prateep Nayak, my research will focus on water quality analysis through a livelihood perspective. I also hold a Master of Technology in Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering. Work experience over a year as SRF at ICAR-Indian Institute of Water management and EDF for microbiological filter development and air pollution repository establishment provided exposure to several design and analysis innovative technologies. My research interests broadly include water quality analysis, wastewater treatment, coastal fisheries, microbial fuel cell and bio-energy generation. My drive to integrate and examine the humanistic side of engineering introduced me to social-ecological systems, resilience and well-being.

E-mail: n9nair@uwaterloo.ca

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Rosina Amoah Agyapong

I am currently a graduate student in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) in the University of Waterloo. I completed my undergraduate studies in BSc. Development Studies at Valley View University, Accra-Ghana, which gave me an in-depth knowledge of development problems affecting third world countries ranging from social, economic, political, environmental, cultural and technological issues.

My interest is focussed on the impacts of climate change in small-scale fishery communities in Africa. My research, is to "explore the fishing communities’ perspective on building local resilience to climate change vulnerability" by critically examining the achievement of viability in small-scale fishery communities of Lake Volta, Ghana. I will be using the I-ADAPT case study method to conduct my research.

Email: arosinaa@uwaterloo.ca

Valeria Mendoza De La Luz

I am currently a graduate student in the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) in the University of Waterloo. My research focuses of sustainable tourism planning and cross-sector partnerships, specifically looking into prospects and challenges for viability of SSF in Ría Lagartos, Mexico.

I am currently conducting research based on sustainable and responsible tourism planning as a tool for sustainable development, and the prospects and challenges of small-scale fishing communities. I am exploring promising trends in fisheries management, the new roles of fishermen in the tourism sector according to the Yucatan’s latest tourism and sustainability government plans. I will be conducting research in the municipalities of the Ria Lagartos Biosphere Reserve in Yucatan, Mexico using an I-adapt case study method.

 

Email: vmendoza@uwaterloo.ca

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Vandana Bharti

Besides completing my bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and master’s degree in Environmental Science from India, I chose Master of Environmental Studies in Sustainability Management at UoW for the best exploitation of natural resources and environment for the mankind. I am a sustainable research enthusiast and always try to put my efforts towards the betterment of the world. I acquired professional experience and have interest in achieving SDGs, capacity building trainings, primary research, community mobilization and awareness.

Email: vbharti@uwaterloo.ca

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