Ayla Nguyen

I have been mainly involved with the educational field. I have 2-4 years’ experience working with visually impaired, hard of hearing, and physically disabled students as well as providing tutoring services for students with learning disabilities at Vancouver Community College and Kwantlen Polytechnic University. More importantly, I have a strong interest in Earth’s systems (past, present, and future). At Simon Fraser University, I will be assisting in the research on tsunami deposits generated by strike-slip faults along the coastline of Sulawesi, Indonesia. This will shed light into the paleoenvironments and the forecasting of natural hazards at that location. Aside from work, I enjoy volunteering with elementary students at mining or mineral exploration events to share my knowledge on Earth Sciences, like identifying rocks and minerals and correlating them to household products that contain such minerals.

Environmental protection and sustainability are the core motivations in my life. I love being self-sufficient and reuse and recycle is my motto. I love growing my own vegetables using kitchen scraps or yard wastes as fertilizer and I save the water used to wash vegetables before consuming to water these plants afterwards. As a hobby, I enjoy sewing and modifying projects (e.g. clothes, bags) to reduce waste using a manual foot pedal machine that doesn’t consume electricity. Aside from that, I enjoy being outdoors, like going on hikes or biking, to have a better connection with nature.


  • B.Sc. Earth Sciences and Chemistry - Environmental Geoscience Stream, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, present

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) certification, 2015


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