Her current research focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Ukraine’s agri-food sector. Natalie worked for environmental non-profits and in environmental education prior to returning to academia for a Master’s degree. For her dissertation, she focused on how nuclear power creates barriers to climate change adaptation and how nuclear power operation must adapt to climate change. She is particularly interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to research the connections between climate change, agriculture, energy and water.
|2010-present||PhD Environmental Economics and Management||Department of Environment and Geography, University of York|
|2007-2009||Master of Environmental Studies||The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA|
|1994-1999||BSc Biology Major (Ecology focus), Environmental Toxicology Minor||Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada|
2010-present Demonstrator, Research Skills and Statistical Methods (post-grads)
2011-2012 Tutorial Leader, Maths Help Session (undergrads)
2010 Seminar Leader, Sustainable Societies
2009 Teaching Assistant, Energy Matters, The Evergreen State College
2009 Guest Lecturer, Energy Matters, The Evergreen State College
2009 Guest Lecturer, Masters Programme, The Evergreen State College
Description of PhD
Title: Climate change in Ukraine's agri-food sector.
Description of thesis:
This project focuses on climate change adaptation and mitigation in Ukraine’s agri-food sector. Adaptation entails adjusting to a change in climate conditions, while mitigation involves reducing greenhouse gas emissions. While defined and considered to be two separate responses to climate change, in reality adaptation and mitigation are interrelated. Certain strategies involve tradeoffs between adaptation and mitigation, while others address both adaptation and mitigation. Several measures in the agri-food sector adapt and mitigate, while also providing additional benefits such as the improvement of rural incomes and improved land management. Therefore, measures are likely to be adopted for reasons other than climate change and understanding this interplay should help to inform policy.
Ukraine provides an ideal case for this study:
This study uncovers processes and barriers to building response capacity (to adapt or mitigate) and between capacity and climate change action (adaptation and mitigation), while also providing insight as to how climate change policy can reduce trade-offs and take advantage of synergies in Ukraine.
Kopytko, N. 2015. Uncertain seas, uncertain future for nuclear power. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 3/3/2015
Kopytko, N. 2015. Spineless attacks on nuclear power plants could increase. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. 19/2/2015
Kopytko, N. 2014. Change and transition: the climate of Ukraine's agri-food sector. Climate Policy. DOI:10.1080/14693062.2014.979131
Kopytko, N. (2011). A Systems Theory Approach to Understanding the Complexity of Climate Change. Agroecological Journal (Агроеколопчний Журнал), (Special Issue) Ecological Safety and Sustainable Environmental Management in Agriculture Production Conference, Kyiv, Ukraine 251-254.
Kopytko, N. (2011). The Climate Change Threat to Nuclear Power. New Scientist, 2813:22-23.
Kopytko, N. (2011). Climate Change Could Spell The End For Nuclear Power, Not Vice Versa. The Guardian, 18 March.
Kopytko, N., & J. Perkins (2010). Climate Change, Nuclear Power, and the Adaptation-Mitigation Dilemma. Energy Policy, 39(1) 318-333.
Kopytko, N. (2009). Sea Level Rise at Nuclear Power Plants in the United States. Washington GIS Conference. Bellevue, WA, USA.
Perkins, J., N. Kopytko, and K. Saul (2009). Is There A Role For New Nuclear Power in the US Energy Economy? AESS Conference. Madison, WI, USA.
Cushing, J. B., L. Zeman, N. Kopytko, N. Molnar, A. McIntosh, N. Nadkarni, et al. (2008). Visualizing Tree Crowns for Forest Managers: Informatics Tools Enhance Natural Resource Management, Poster presented at Digital Government 2008 Conference. Montreal, QC, Canada.