EDGES welcomes 3 new summer research assistants

This summer, three new research assistants are joining the EDGES team. Welcome Iesha, Andrew and Jesse!

Yue Wan Zhao Yuan Iesha

Iesha Yue Wan Zhao Yuan is an undergraduate student in Bio-resource/Environmental Engineering at McGill university, studying environmental engineering with a focus on water resources. At McGill, she has worked in a bio-char research and in water-soil quality lab. Currently, she is assisting Dr.Harris’ research team on water governance projects.


Andrew MacKinnon is an undergraduate student, majoring in Environmental Science: Land, Air and Water, accompanied with a minor in Economics at the University of British Columbia. He is currently working with Dr. Leila Harris in the Program on Water Governance. Andrew is the president of the undergraduate environmental science student association and works towards collaborating with like-minded students to propose new ideas for educating communities on the importance of sustainability and resource management. His interests include understanding the interrelationships of socio-economic and environmental hardships felt across the world, specifically in developing countries. His recent academic achievements include an independent study on the diurnal vertical migration of zooplankton in the Pacific Ocean and completion of various environmental and social impact assessments.

Jesse Way Jesse Way

Jesse Way is a recent graduate of the Natural Resources Conservation program within the Faculty of Forestry (BSc, Hons. Co-op). He is now completing a Certificate in Watershed Management though the Faculty of Land and Food Systems as well as the Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture through the Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm. Jesse has experience working in the mining industry, focusing on water monitoring and mine reclamation projects. He has also worked as a research assistant in a Stream & Riparian Ecology Lab, where he worked on investigating human impacts on fresh water ecosystems through forestry, agriculture and Run-of-River hydroelectric dams. He is particularly interested in the relationship between food and water and how human consumption patterns and methods of food production use and impact the natural environment, including water resources and the people that depend on them.

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