Happy International Women’s Day
By Jody Jacob
This year’s United Nation’s theme for International Women’s Day is DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality, which recognizes and celebrates the women and girls who are championing the advancement of transformative technology and digital education.
Today, VAST Resource Solutions Inc. recognizes and celebrates International Women’s Day by introducing you to Dr. Elizabeth Law, Environmental Scientist with VAST Resource Solutions, who applies digital technologies and tools to both communicate and advance science-based management of ecosystems.
“I like what I do because I get to work on interesting social and ecological problems, in interesting places – my prior work took me all around the world (Indonesian Borneo, Argentine Chaco, Norway) and my current work takes me to places all around the region,” said Law. “It’s a great mix of field and office work, and I get to connect with many passionate colleagues and people.”
Law has a Ph.D. in Environmental Science/Applied Economics, a Master of Science in Natural Resource Economics, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology. With a focus on aquatics, Law has more than 20 years of experience in environmental research, specializing in biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services.
She has extensive statistical and modelling skills, including spatial analysis, and has authored more than 40 published research papers. She is an expert in R programming (a programming language and software environment for statistical analysis, graphics representation and reporting), ecological statistics, biodiversity and ecosystem service modelling, and multi-objective landscape planning and optimization.
She grew up mainly in Armidale, a small town in northern New South Wales, Australia, before moving to the city (Brisbane) for university.
“Then I had the opportunity to work remotely from Fernie and loved being in a small mountain town again. Life can be more of a priority here – it’s so much more accessible when the trails start from your backyard,” said Liz.
“Like all mountain town people, I love being out – running, biking, skiing, climbing – especially with my best buddies, human and canine, by my side. I really enjoy the changing seasons, there’s always so much to look forward to. That’s also what I really like about the area – there are so many little micro-climates, there’s always something that’s really great right now!”
VAST female colleagues bring a perspective and approach to VAST that enriches the ingenuity of projects, and we acknowledge the significant, valuable, and essential contributions women have made throughout history to advancing science and technology.
Lead image: Dr. Elizabeth Law, Environmental Scientist, VAST Resource Solutions. Photos submitted