Current team

Sophia Carodenuto

I am Assistant Professor at the University of Victoria's (UVic) Department of Geography. With a PhD in Environment and Natural Resources Sciences from Freiburg University, my research covers climate change, global supply chains, forest governance, and public policy outcomes in diverse settings, from the tropical rainforests of Cameroon to the coastal rainforests in British Columbia, Canada.

I consider myself an engaged scholar, defined by my constant strive for integrating teaching, research, and service. Before moving to Victoria in 2018, I worked for over a decade as a sustainability practitioner operationalizing public policy in collaboration with communities, policy makers, business, and development organizations. I have first-hand experience in facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues, conducting analytical work to inform policy and sustainability programming, and creating community-based knowledge for improved forest management. My background includes working on Indigenous sovereignty issues, for example through my support for Cameroon's FPIC guidelines for REDD+.

I have an MSc in Environmental Governance from Freiburg University and a BA in international relations from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

For more detailed information, my CV is available here.

I'm incredibly grateful to work and learn with a number of highly motivated and engaged individuals.


Marshall Adams

Postdoctoral researcher

Marshall Alhassan Adams, PhD, is a practice-based scholar with over 10 years’ experience in sustainable forest management practices, forest governance, policy evaluation and impact monitoring in Ghana and United States of America. He started his professional career as a forest manager with the Forestry Commission of Ghana, providing technical support to several cross-cutting national programs and projects such as FLEGT VPA process and REDD+. As a US Government Exchange Scholar of Forest and Wildlife Crimes with the US Forest Service International Program, he worked to provide inclusive answers on critical policy-engaged and practical-relevant global issues that require a capacity from the experience of an expert from the Global South. He graduated from the Antioch University New England, USA, with MSc and PhD in Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies. He also holds a MSc degree in Environmental Resources Management from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana, with a special focus on intersection of natural resource policy and governance.



Kikila Perrin

Graduate Research Assistant

Kikila is a settler of primarily western European descent (Germanic & Continental Celtic), who grew up in Osheaga (Montreal, on traditional Kanienʼkehá꞉ka territories) before moving to Ku-sing-ay-las (so-called Victoria, BC) on the unceded territories of the W̱SÁNEĆ and L’kwungen peoples in 2015. Kikila is currently working on his PhD at the University of Victoria, exploring how the call of place can encourage a transformation of extractivist settler worldviews towards a more kincentric and relational way of being that supports Indigenous resurgence on Vancouver Island, and within occupied Hawai'i.

Kayla Klym

Research Assistant

I recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a BSc in Geography and a minor in Economics. Throughout my degree I focussed on environmental assessment, resource management, sustainability, and urban economics. I have been a west coast resident for my entire life and have grown up exploring all the natural beauty and bountiful resources the province has to offer. My appreciation for the environment has led me to an interest in resource management and policy that works towards creating long-term sustainability and innovations in climate change mitigation. I am currently taking a year off between my undergrad and potential graduate studies where I am building my resume and working with Dr. Carodenuto doing research on watershed co-management in Sooke. I plan to pursue a MSc in resource management or urban planning.

Marcelyn (Myra) Buluran

Research Assistant

I recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a dual degree BSc in Geography and Environmental Studies. I recently attended the Tanzania Field School, where I got to learn and create ideas alongside professors, students, and the Enguserosambu Forest Trust on conservation, land management, ecotourism, community planning, natural resource governance, and development in predominantly rural environments. This experience inspired me to focus my research on sustainability in Africa which provided a great foundation into my current work with Dr. Sophia Carodenuto. We are currently researching corporate action plans for supply chain sustainability; in particular, zero-deforestation cocoa commitments with the Cocoa & Forest Initiative focused in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. In the future, I plan on pursuing an MSc to respectfully integrate local indigenous knowledge and western science into sustainability, conservation, and natural resource management. My main motivation is to increase the resilience of the flora, fauna, and cultural diversity around the world.

Shayla Brewer

Honors student

I am a 5th year BA undergraduate student studying Geography and Environmental Studies. I am very grateful to be learning on Lekwungen territory, as well as throughout my degree learning on W̱SÁNEĆ and Lummi territory. I am currently completing a co-op term working at the Legacy Art Galleries as a Visitor Engagement and Public Programs summer student. I am passionate about exploring different forms of communication to convey thoughts, ideas, and experiences to a diverse group of people. This has led me to focus on community development during my degree. This school year I am working on an Honours Thesis with Dr. Sophia Carodenuto. Through an archival analysis, the honours research is examining the decade-long decision process that produced the October 2002 Sooke Lake Reservoir Management Agreement to support healthy salmon populations while addressing the growing urban demand for water. This project is looking into how the multi-actor agreement came to fruition with a focus on understanding the arrangement of power-sharing.