Caelin Palmer

Caelin

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Bachelor of Science, Biology • University of British Columbia 

Bio

Caelin graduated on the Dean’s Honour List from the University of British Columbia in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science, with primary academic interests in sustainability and ecology. Her studies have focused particularly on areas including carbon sequestration and offsetting, leverage points in global consumption, Canadian subsidy and incentive programs, and food system sustainability. While Caelin has enjoyed fieldwork-based courses that provide opportunities to be in the physical environment, she is most passionate about bridging the gap between sustainability solutions and policy change, especially communicating scientific findings in accessible ways to diverse audiences. In her final year, she worked in a team of four to produce a comprehensive fifteen-page report on the pollinator crisis in Canada, covering evidence of the crisis, causality, and proposing multiple strategic solutions for industry and government actors. In addition to producing and presenting her component of the report linking drivers of pollinator decline to scientific findings, she took a lead role in managing team logistics as well as compiling the final report. Caelin’s conviction that the environmental crisis needs to be addressed collectively across all sectors of our society through communication and collaboration led her to the MScSM program, through which she hopes to build pathways for environmentally conscious actors to best make a positive impact.

Having worked as a server and hostess in the financial district of downtown Vancouver, Caelin has extensive customer service experience that has allowed her to forge meaningful connections and network across different industry backgrounds. During her time at UBC, she served as an executive for a social club, responsible for cross-organization contacts and member management. As an alumna, she entered the UBC Sustainability Initiative’s 2030 Contest, where entrants were tasked with ideating what sustainability will look like on campus in the next decade. Her entry was chosen as one of five winners and presented proposals on green buildings, student and community engagement, and education streams and opportunities. Caelin is especially passionate about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and their interconnected approach to sustainability and social issues; some of the social justice concerns especially close to her heart are mental health, gender equality, Indigenous rights, and food security. In her free time, she enjoys reading, recreational sports, baking, and exploring new cities.