Master's Student (IWP1)
Julia Fracassi is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy at Memorial University. Hailing from Toronto, she completed her undergraduate degree in Communications, as well as Environment and Urban Sustainability at Ryerson University. While volunteering for marine conservation NGOs abroad, she was profoundly moved by how combining community input and science-based evidence could influence local laws and the creation of marine protected areas. Her current work at Memorial University combines community-engaged research and knowledge mobilization to take a look at how climate change affects coastal communities who rely on sea ice as infrastructure. Despite living in a landlocked city her whole life, her experiences as a scuba diver have fueled her passion for marine conservation and policy. When she’s not underwater looking at coral, Julia loves camping, snowboarding, and exploring all the amazing, diverse natural environments Canada has to offer.