|Cassandra Cummings was a master’s student at the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC, in the environmental and natural resources planning stream. She completed her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science with a specialization in Biology, as well as her Master’s of Science in Biology, at Queen’s University. Cassandra’s biology masters thesis examined the effects of climate change on algal communities in freshwater lakes in the Adirondacks, NY, using a technique called paleolimnology. This research furthered her understanding of freshwater ecosystems, and awakened her curiousity and passion for the water planning and management side of the equation. She applied her knowledge and skills to tackle water planning issues in Vancouver through the Water Planning Lab.