The BC Institute of Agrologists is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2019 BCIA Scholarship awards. Adrienne Arbor, currently a BCIA Student member is the recipient of the $1500 BCIA Undergraduate Scholarship. Katie McMahen, currently a Professional Agrologist and Ph.D candidate, is the recipient of the $1500 BCIA Graduate Scholarship.
Katie McMahen, P.Ag.
Originally from Williams Lake, BC, Katie has been working in the mining industry doing environmental management and land reclamation since 2011. She is currently a PhD candidate with Dr. Suzanne Simard in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at UBC. Her research tests mine reclamation methods for promoting soil food web recovery and the potential for this to improve plant establishment. Katie loves doing applied research and is also an active member of the Pacific Regional Soil Science Society and the Society for Ecological Restoration. In her spare time, you can usually find her outside playing soccer, working in her garden, skiing or mountain biking.
Adrienne Arbor, student
Although she originally trained as a baker, Adrienne decided to pursue a career change and began taking university courses when her son started kindergarten. Now a fourth-year student in Physical Geography at SFU, she is interested in soil science and spatial information science. She is grateful for the experience in lab- and field-work that she gained as a summer research assistant in Dr. Margaret Schmidt’s soil lab. She enjoys hiking, camping, and occasionally baking.