Science Advice Centre Advisors

Karen Cooper


Karen is a UFV Science Academic Advisor. She completed her Master of Science in Biology at Simon Fraser University, during which she studied the effects of whole lake fertilization on production of zooplankton and juvenile sockeye salmon. Upon completion of her degree, Karen worked as a Fisheries Biologist in private industry for eight years. She then worked as a Co-op Education Coordinator at Simon Fraser University before moving south and settling in Eugene, Oregon, where she worked as an Academic Advisor at the University of Oregon for eight years. Karen’s interests include walking, reading and gardening.

Rilla Apostolakis


Rilla has worked at the university since 2001, and was a past student during the Fraser Valley College days. She is a UFV Science Academic Advisor and works primarily with students in the Computer Information Systems. She received a BFA degree in Theatre from UVic and is in her final semester of the MSc in Academic Advising from Kansas State University (Go Wildcats!). Rilla’s interests include beachcombing, baking, gardening, and theatre.

Greg Schmaltz

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Greg has a PhD. in Behavioral Ecology from McMaster University, a Master of Science in Ecology from Concordia University and an undergraduate degree in Biology. For his PhD thesis he investigated the effects of female egg-laying competition on reproduction in a group-living bird (the smooth billed ani, a type of tropical cuckoo). This project involved trapping a lot of birds, mostly at dawn and dusk, and following their behavior during the day. He has also studied house sparrows foraging strategies in Montreal and Flycatchers in Pennsylvania. Gregory has taught in the biology department at UFV for three years. In his free time, he enjoys camping and hiking, bird-watching and traveling.‌

Jeff Chizma

Having completed a B.Sc at the University of Manitoba, Jeff went on to the University of Guelph to complete both a M.Sc and Ph.D in theoretical Physics. Jeff has been at the University of the Fraser Valley since 2007, when he started a 4 year run as a sessional instructor in the Physics Department. While a sessional, he represented the interests of other sessionals on the FSA, and has now thrown his hat in the ring to help students out in Science Advising. Currently a full-time faculty member of the UFV Physics Department, he continues his passion for teaching and enjoys nothing more than to see students succeed.


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