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Audrey Irvine-Broque

UBC Sustainability Scholar

Audrey (she/her/hers) is a graduate student in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on the political economic structures that drive biodiversity decline, from provincial policies subsidizing defaunation to international patterns of debt and austerity and their implications for ecosystem loss. At West Coast, and as a part of the Fraser Estuary Research Collaborative at UBC, Audrey is spending the summer evaluating the regulations governing human activities in the Lower Fraser relevant to environmental protection and restoration.

Audrey grew up next to the salt marshes of the San Francisco Estuary in the territory of xučyun (Huichin), the ancestral and unceded land of the Chochenyo speaking Ohlone people; as with the Fraser, the majority of these marshes were diked, drained and converted under colonial development. This led her to focus her graduate research on attempts to revalue coastal ecosystems as climate solutions, with an emphasis on how the benefits of these projects are distributed and what conditions of socio-ecological injustice they seek to repair. She is honored to be joining the many hands working to better understand and live with the Fraser through this project.