I am a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University, in the Earth to Oceans Group, working with the Salmon Watersheds Lab. I am both an ecologist and geomorphologist interested in landscape changes, watershed science and Pacific salmon. It remains a challenge to understand how river systems, consisting of interconnected people, landscapes, and fish respond to current and future climate change. This uncertainty of climate impacts challenges policy makers, decision-makers, and communities that are involved with salmon conservation. With my research, I hope to provide some insight into these topics.
I have been conducting fieldwork in the Skeena Watershed, northwest British Columbia. Previously to starting my PhD, I worked in various positions with First Nation communities, BC Ministry Staff, and NGOs. I completed a MSc at the University of Victoria in Physical Geography with a focus on climate and glaciers.
Want to get in touch? Email me: karapitman[at]gmail.com
May, 2020: New coverage by Salmon-net of our Glacier retreat and salmon habitat paper, published in BioScience!
May, 2020: New paper led by Will Atlas, Landscape and biophysical controls of lake productivity to inform evalutaion of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) populations in data-limited regions, was published in Limnology and Oceanography! See here.
March, 2020: Our new paper was published in Bioscience, that synthesizes the effects glacier retreat will have on salmon and their habitat. Exciting!
March 11, 2020: "Retreating ice has huge implications for salmon - including the need to proactively protect emerging salmon habitat." Wild Salmon Center wrote up a great piece covering our recent paper. See here.
March 10, 2020: "Glacier retreat good news and bad news for Pacific salmon species". Our recent paper was covered in the Vancouver Sun. See here.
Apr 17, 2019: "When the glaciers disappear, those species will go extinct". Our work (and others) was written about in a beautiful photo essay by the New York Times! See here.