Kevin Jakiela


Bachelor of Science (Hons.) • Chemistry with Thesis and Environmental Science with Co-op Option • Wilfrid Laurier University


Kevin Graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) from the Department of Chemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University. He majored in chemistry and environmental science with a co-op option. In his final year he completed research in the field of environmental physical chemistry for his undergraduate thesis. He specialized in atmospheric chemistry, analyzing atmospheric aerosols by studying their effects and interactions with iron and other metals in the environment. His work contributed to atmospheric chemistry and environmental climate research by providing insight on how iron reacts in different environmental conditions. He was also an active member and mentor of the Co-op Student Council and Academic Partnership Program for first year students.

As an undergraduate, Kevin completed two co-op terms for Oxford County Board of Health. There, he analyzed recreational water by testing for E.Coli in recreational swimming water as a part of the quality control protocol and constructed mosquito traps to capture insects that potentially carried the dangerous West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus. Before beginning his Master’s degree, Kevin worked for an organization called Elephant Thoughts, where he taught high school math and science to First Nations Cree children in northern Quebec, as a part of the worldwide educational outreach program.  Kevin subsequently enrolled in the MScSM Program, where his research interests focus on sustainable food security.  Recently, Kevin presented his preliminary research findings at the Arctic Frontiers Emerging Leaders and Student Research Forum 2016 in Tromso, Norway, and discussed his Master’s research on sustainable food security in the Canadian North through quantitative and qualitative parameter analysis in Geodesic Greenhouses. 

Kevin is very interested in learning more about new, innovative options in food security and different food cultivation technologies including hydroponics, aquaponic and aeroponics.  After completion of his first year of his Master’s degree, he acquired a co-op work placement at Modular Farms as a Plant Health Specialist. His role was to be the company’s Master Farmer of an indoor controlled growing environment facility that uses vertical hydroponic towers to grow different plants and crops.

In the future, Kevin hopes to further his understanding of sustainability issues with regards to food security and climate change by gaining new skills through work experience and building off of existing skills already acquired through his education. 

Kevin's MScSM Internship: Modular Farms

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