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Olivia Freeman

Olivia Freeman
Bridge Masters Fellow 2010 - 2012
Thesis: Carbon Credit Methodology for Cookstoves: Tradeoffs for Climate and Health?
Degrees: BSc. Natural Resource Conservation, Honours (2009) University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Hisham Zerriffi
Committee Members:
  • Dr. Michael Brauer, Professor, School of Environmental Health
  • Dr. Robert Bailis, Assistant Professor, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Yale University

Awards & Scholarships

  • NSERC CGS M (2010-2011)
  • College for Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Award (2010-2011)
  • University of British Columbia Bridge Strategic Training Fellowship (2010 -2012)
  • H R MacMillan Scholarship in Forestry (2008)
  • Dean of Forestry Scholarship (2008)
  • Golden Key Inductee Scholarship (2008)
  • Hugh M Brock Education Abroad Scholarship (Twice Received: 2007 and 2008)
  • Ian T Cameron Memorial Bursary (2007)
  • Kapoor Singh Siddo Scholarship in Forestry (2007)
  • Oscar Soderman Memorial Scholarship (Twice Received: 2005 and 2007)


With a background in forest ecology, resource management and development studies, Olivia’s interests lie in combining the fields of natural resource management and international development. For her Masters thesis she looked at tradeoffs between relative climate, health and development benefits associated with different models of improved cookstoves. After completion of her Masters in September 2012, Olivia took an internship with the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya and continued to work with them for the subsequent three years. Her work with ICRAF focused on landscape approaches for integrated resource management and addressing drivers of deforestation and climate change in tropical forest landscapes.



Research and Related Work Experience

Current Research:

With a background in forest ecology, resource management and development studies, my interests lie in combining the fields of resource management and international development. I am interested in how to manage resources sustainably while simultaneously reducing poverty and promoting sustainable development.

My research focuses on the implications that carbon credit certification has on cookstove programs and consequently on climate and health benefits related to improved cookstoves in developing countries.

Research and Employment History:

Dendrochronology Research Assistant (May 2009-Jan 2010)
University of British Columbia: Tree-Ring Lab
- Collected natural fire history data in the field
- Analyzed lab data using cross-dating techniques

Transcriber for Forest Certification Perspectives Project (Jan-Mar 2009)
University of British Columbia: Faculty of Forestry
- Transcribed audio recorded interviews

Undergraduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to ArcGIS (Sept-Dec 2008)
University of British Columbia: Faculty of Forestry
- Marked and developed assignments and exams

Conservation and Rural Development Research (June-July 2008)
Protected Areas and Poverty in Africa (PAPIA): Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- Conducted independent research in the field which involved determining socio-economic impacts on local communities living around Mt. Elgon National Park, Uganda

Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, Lab Assistant (Sept-Dec 2007, Oct-Nov 2008, Jan-Apr 2009)
University of British Columbia: Faculty of Forestry 
- Involved in data collection and lab analysis for multiple conservation genetic projects dealing with common garden and climate change experiments

Geomorphologist Assistant (May-Aug 2007, Oct 2008)
Fluvial Systems Research Inc: White Rock, British Columbia
- Surveyed creek channels, assessed stand structure and woody debris dynamics
- Composed maps of creek channels using Map Publisher and Adobe Illustrator

Conference Coordinator Volunteer Position (Sept 2006-Jan 2007)
University of British Columbia: Student Environment Centre
- Planned and organized a two day environmental conference, Seeds for Change: Local Solutions to Global Issues; Volunteer position

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