Farshad is a PhD. candidate at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interests include aquatic ecology, limnology and water management. He grew up in the north part of Iran in the vicinity of the Caspian Sea and Hyrcanian Mixed Forests ecoregion. Farshad graduated from Gorgan University of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in natural resources-fisheries. In 2010, he went to Sweden to pursue a master’s degree in Aquatic Ecology. Although the program was primarily course-based with a focus on freshwater systems, towards the end of his program he went to the US to conduct a research project which later served as his master’s thesis. He worked in collaboration with the National Park Service of the United States in Jamaica Bay (New York) on a project involving salt marsh restoration which was totally new to him. In this post-restoration monitoring project, he assessed the stability and conditions of the marsh affected by the sea level rise. For that project, he extensively used RTK-GPS, water level loggers and ArcGIS through data collection and final analysis.
In July 2014, Farshad started his PhD. the focus of which has been water quality study of the South Saskatchewan River Basin (SSRB) and Lake Diefenbaker. During this project, he has collaborated in both field and lab activities including; collecting, processing, and evaluating water quality data. In 2017, he published a paper on multi-decadal assessment of nutrient transportation in SSRB and how it is affected by extreme hydrological events. For his comprehensive exam, he did a review discussing the challenges of water management and adaptability of reservoirs network to future scenarios in the SSRB. In 2018, he obtained casual employment with Environment & Climate Change Canada working on a report about Freshwater Inventory and Surveillance of Mercury in Canada. He prefers to work with different water-related projects rather than focusing on one topic. Farshad is a football fan and also enjoys biking, cooking, hiking, and gardening.
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