Tsai is Master of Arts Candidate in the thesis stream at the Environmental Policy Institute, Grenfell Campus. She has an undergraduate degree in Operations Management from The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus.
Having grown up in Jamaica, Tsai is interested in island-based management systems. Personal experience with environmental challenges at home peaked her interest in potential impacts of changes in environmental systems, particularly socio-economic and health-related. This interest brought her to Newfoundland where she is studying within the broad field of natural resource management. In particular, her thesis will be looking at public participation in fracking deliberations on the west Coast of Newfoundland. She’s interested in understanding how entities can come together in providing resources to the public in order to facilitate informed public participation in decisions involving natural resources. She hopes this research will help inform processes for future decision-making in the province with regards to potential natural resource extraction projects.
Tsai is interning with Canadian Forest Services working on geo-referencing and digitizing of maps over the summer of 2016.