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Silvie Harder

Climate Scientist

Silvie (she/her/hers) joined West Coast Environmental Law in 2020 as the Climate Scientist, after completing her PhD in Global Environmental Change at McGill University.  Silvie works with West Coast’s Climate Change program, helping communities understand the local impacts of climate change and encouraging people to become engaged on issues around the climate crisis. 

During her PhD, Silvie spent several field seasons at an international research station in the Swedish Arctic, researching the impacts of climate change on permafrost environments. Her research focused on how the warming and thawing of these ecosystems affects greenhouse gas exchange, vegetation community assemblage and hydrology. 

Silvie has taught courses at McGill, worked as an expert reviewer for chapters of the IPCC reports, was a science policy analyst for the Canadian Polar Commission and is a policy and politics editor with Science Borealis. She is passionate about science communication and feels that as an environmental scientist, communication of clear information about climate change and environmental issues is of the highest importance. 

While Silvie has spent the last several years in Montreal completing her PhD, she grew up in the forests of small town BC and spent nearly a decade as a tree planter and forestry worker.  She is extremely enthusiastic to be part of the environmental movement in BC. Outside of work, Silvie enjoys riding her bike and making pickles.