Caren Raedts - Canada

Caren Raedts
Universityof Western Ontario


Caren completed her Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Western Ontario in 2012, where she specialized in geomorphology and hydrology.  Caren was awarded the Certificate of Outstanding Merit and was recognized for having the highest graduating average in the history of the undergraduate geography program.

From 2009 to 2012, Caren worked as a research assistant, where she completed river surveys and used ArcGIS to analyze river channel changes for the Thames River and Highland Creek in Southwestern Ontario, Canada.

Caren was first exposed to karst science on an undergraduate field trip to Central Kentucky. She assisted and codirected subsequent trips, taking a major role investigating the pattern and source of contamination in Hidden River Cave, Horse Cave, Kentucky. Two public presentations have been made from this work

Caren was the recipient of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award in 2010 and 2011, the Danaher International Scholarship from 2010 to 2011, the Alexander Graham Bell NSERC Award from 2012 to 2013, the Western Graduate Research Scholarship from 2012 to 2014, and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship from 2013 to 2014.

Currently, Caren is completing her Master of Science in Geography at the University of Western Ontario, specializing in health and healthcare.

In addition to her academic interests, Caren was a member of the Canadian National Rifle Team from 2006 to 2011. She represented Canada at five World Cups, one World Championship, and was also named Athlete of the Year for the most outstanding female shooter in Canada. Caren is also the founder of Experience Birth the Doula Way, where she volunteers as a labor doula for teens and low-­‐income families.

Future career ambitions include consulting in environmental impacts on health and physical geography. Caren is also interested in completing a PhD in a complementary field. 

Smart, C.C. and Raedts, C. 2013. Contamination tracking and biomonitoring, Hidden River Cave, Kentucky. Colloquium presented to American Cave Conservation Association, Horse Cave KY. 

Smart, C.C. and Raedts, C. 2014. Contaminant tracking, Hidden River Cave, Kentucky. Colloquium presented to the University of Western Ontario’s GIS Day, London ON.