Maija Gailis is a Masters student in the Resource and Environmental Management program at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, in the Climate, Oceans, and Paleo-Environments Lab. She also studied Environmental Biology at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario. She will be completing her Master’s studies in April 2019.
Her Master’s project is estimating carbon stocks and accumulation rates (coined ‘blue carbon’) in the salt marsh found at Boundary Bay, Delta, BC. This research will provide a greater understanding of how these ecosystems contribute to enhanced carbon storage, help mitigate climate change, and how blue carbon can be introduced into coastal planning and policy. She has developed an interdisciplinary approach to solving problems related to resource and environmental governance, becoming especially interested in natural conservation and restoration, ensuring science-based factors are incorporated into the decision-making process. This project has led to her collaboration with West Coast Environmental Law to better understand the policy dimensions of the application of blue carbon into coastal planning and managing coastal ecosystems for their ecosystem services.
In her spare time Maija is usually outdoors enjoying and exploring nature either hiking or biking, or in the kitchen cooking up a storm.