Rivkah Gardner-Frolick

Student Fellow


PhD Candidate


Mechanical Engineering


Applied Science



Geographic Location

Vancouver, BC

Rivkah Gardner-Frolick is a PhD candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia under advisors Dr. Amanda Giang and Dr. David Boyd. Her research tailors air quality models to address questions of environmental justice and air pollution across Canada. Her research interests include community-driven science, the cumulative effects of air pollution, and the interactions between air pollution and policy decisions. Rivkah holds an MS in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a BS in Civil Engineering from Rice University.

Areas of Interest: air pollution, environmental justice

Primary Recipient Awards

Rikvah Gardner-Frolick – Catalyst Fellow – 2022

The Wall Catalyst Student Fellow cohort will first come together to engage in the online, interdisciplinary Facing Human Wrongs course and subsequently work together on a number of public-facing projects.

The course content touches upon systemic, historical and ongoing violence, unsustainability, our complicities in social and ecological harm, and our tendency to address complex problems, such as biodiversity loss, food insecurity, economic and political crises, and the potential for social and environmental collapse, with simplistic solutions. The course requires students to be willing to be uncomfortable and to have their perspective challenged.