Hanna 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 a co-author on a Terror Management Theory (TMT) and environmental behaviour systematic scoping review that is In Press with WIREs Climate Change. This research has been supported by SSHRC’s Insight Grant (Wolfe).

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.