Vanessa Foord is March 2021's Agrologist of the Month!
What are your areas of practice? What is your expertise?
Natural Resource and Forests Management. Climatology.
Why did you choose the career in which you are currently?
I have been interested in science since I was a little kid. First paleontology, then astronomy, then meteorology and physical geography. My undergraduate degree in Environmental Science combined with my graduate degree in Earth Science, allowed me to explore those last two interests and translate them into a career in Research Climatology. I apply my main field of climatology to environmental systems to understand the impact of climate change to forests and natural resources in northern BC.
Why did you decide to become a member of BCIA?
My degrees and my job position are very interdisciplinary, as is the BCIA and its members. We are often tasked with solving complex environmental problems as Professional Agrologists, which I believe benefit from using knowledge from many disciplines to address.
What do you do in a typical work day or week?
That depends on the season. In the non-winter months, you’ll find me at a weather station downloading data or fixing a piece of equipment, an essential task of a research climatologist. In winter months, I analyze data, write reports, give presentations, and beg for money to do it all over again when the snow melts.
Please share some interesting bonus "perks" and experiences of your previous or current work.
My job is awesome because it takes me all over northern BC which is a beautiful place to work. I know many of us work in the field and it should be appreciated as long as the bugs aren’t too bad, it isn’t too cold or wet, and there aren’t too many wild animals wanting to eat us. Being out in the environment as much as possible makes us much better at addressing issues on the land (or water) we are faced with. And I’m a data nerd, so I do love the winter analysis period too.