Mariah Smith completed her Bachelor of Environmental Studies in 2019. She is hoping to work as a Water Resource Analyst and consult with the Inuit communit in Nunavut.
What years were you at SERS?
What degree did you complete in SERS?
Bachelor of Environmental Studies (with Co-op) with a Minor in Psychology
What was your favourite thing about your program/time at SERS?
Meeting like minded people who were also passionate about the environment.
What was your favourite course and/or learning experience (and why?) in SERS?
Any of my field courses that I did in the summer of 2016. I loved ERS 283: Ontario Natural History: Species and Patterns, ERS 340: Ecosystem Assessment, and ERS 382: Ecological Monitoring. So awesome to get some hands-on practical experience and meet so many incredible people.
What are you doing now that is meaningful to you?
I will hopefully be working for the Federal government working as a Water Resource Analysist. I get to help do some consultation with the Inuit community in Nunavut and help design the water management strategy in Nunavut. I will also leave this program more informed and work to get involved in tackling different environmental problems.
If applicable, how did what you learned/experienced in SERS assist with what you are doing now?
I will be able to use my interdisciplinary skills to deal with a variety of tasks in the workplace. I am confident in communicating environmental issues to the public and have learned that there are many different perspectives and strategies when trying to complete a task or solve a problem. Also, I have built a network of friends, professors, and colleagues that I can reach out to when I need some advice.