Avery Marie Deboer-Smith
Avery grew up playing in the awe-inspiring lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands and watersheds of the Kootenays, in British Columbia. This deep connection to water and nature is what led Avery to work, play and volunteer her life in the environmental sector.
Her focus has been in the world of water, working with NGO’s of all sizes, all levels of government, Indigenous Nations, Industry and various public and private organizations on policy, stewardship and collaborative change-making. Avery’s professional experience has been complemented by an education in International Relations with a minor in Women’s Studies (BA, 2012), Integrated Environmental Planning (Diploma, 2015) and Environmental Management (Masters, current). Avery’s graduate research is focused on the influence that nature-based awe has on water professionals from BC and Ontario. Avery’s research is supported by funding from SSHRC’s Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Masters Scholarship (2019-2022) and the Canadian Federation of University Women’s Centennial Scholarship (2019-2021). In her spare time, Avery can be found playing on her skis, mountain bike, canoe or running shoes deep in the natural world.
In 2009, Misty graduated from the Trent University’s German Studies program. She then completed a certificate in teaching English as a Second Language at George Brown College. In the summer of 2010, she travelled to Chongqing, China to teach English before moving to Dortmund, Germany for two years.
After returning to Canada, she taught English and German as a freelance teacher. Once again drawn to German and higher education, Misty completed her joint MA in Intercultural German Studies (University of Waterloo/Universität Mannheim) in 2016. Her thesis focused on Albert Camus' concept of the Absurd in German climate fiction. After a short break from graduate school, she is now pursuing a PhD at the University of Waterloo’s School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability. Her research focuses on the role that climate fiction novels can play in our cultural understanding of climate change. When not reading books, you can find Misty out running in the woods or hunting for mushrooms.
Hanna C. Ross
Hanna is a researcher for the SEE Lab and the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University. She holds a Master of Environmental Studies (2017), Bachelor of Environmental Studies with Honours (2015), Diploma in Environmental Assessment (2015) and Diploma in Ecological Restoration and Rehabilitation (2015) from the University of Waterloo. Hanna also has experience delivering environmental presentations on various topics to the public, designing and implementing water/wastewater education and outreach programs, and coordinating wastewater infrastructure projects.
Hanna’s passion for helping people – herself included – make better decisions about the environment inspired her undergraduate and graduate research interests. Her research focussed on exploring emotional responses (e.g., fear, anxiety) to existential threats and how these responses influence water decisions. Specifically, she explored how large water infrastructure projects and residential water end-uses could be hero projects (i.e., projects that will endure beyond our biological existence), and how these hero projects may persist in response to mortality reminders. Hanna is currently involved in two SEE Lab projects: (1) she is leading a study that is identifying embedded emotions and mortality reminders in urban water efficiency campaigns, and (2) she is collaborating on a Terror Management Theory (TMT) and environmental behaviour systematic scoping review. Hanna will be further researching the intersection of conversion theory, cultural worldviews, and their potential transformation to encourage pro-environmental behaviours in her upcoming doctoral studies.
Hanna resided on Vancouver Island with her husband and spends her free time hiking, camping, surfing, power lifting, and making macramé. She cares for a (neglected) pet sourdough-started named “Fernando” and a growing collection of houseplants.
Wolfe is an Associate Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability, University of Waterloo and a Visiting Professor at the School of Resources and Sustainability, Royal Roads University. As a shamelessly interdisciplinary and pragmatic scholar, Wolfe’s research program draws insights from social and environmental psychology, sociology, cognitive-affective sciences, communications studies, and water and environmental governance. Her research is focused on the affective (emotional) drivers of:
- climate change and water behaviours, ranging from the household to governance dynamics;
- water, wastewater, and climate communications; and
- interdisciplinary environmental education, knowledge retention and behavioural intent (new 2021).
In particular, she’s interested in how individuals’ emotional responses to their circumstances, because those responses—expressed through beliefs, values, norms, and powerful worldviews—are inextricably linked to behaviour. Earlier projects explored aspects of gender, mentorship, and equity issues in water research and policy communities, but her primary focus has been on the global crises and local opportunities associated with water. An emerging research program will investigate how affect influences post-secondary environmental education.
Wolfe’s research program, and graduate students’ ongoing work through the SEE Lab, has been primarily funded by SSHRC. New projects on the affective drivers within post-secondary education, linking researchers at the University of Waterloo, University of Victoria and Royal Roads University, has been funded by a three-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant (2021). Other current research relates to awe and water as funded through a two-year SSHRC Insight Development grant (2019) while ongoing mortality fear and water decisions is supported by a four-year SSHRC Insight grant (2018). Previous ‘water cognition’ research was funded by a SSHRC Insight Development grant (2012) and then a SSHRC Connection (2014) grant. Earlier research on gender and water careers is supported by a SSHRC Standard Research (2011) grant. Doctoral research (Guelph, 2017) was supported by SSHRC (three-year) doctoral fellowship and the International Development Research Centre (two-year) Window on International Development awards.
Wolfe actively publishes in the academic, industry and general press with colleagues and student co-authors. For more details, please refer to her cv and professional profiles at the University of Waterloo, ResearchGate and on Academia.edu.