NRESi Bi-Weekly News - April 9 - 20, 2018
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NRESi Bi-Weekly News

April 9 - 20, 2018

A newsletter for faculty, staff, students and the community who participate in the 
Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Institute
and NRES Graduate Programs

Upcoming Events - NRESi Colloquium Schedule
Upcoming Events - Other
Travel and Conferences
NRESi Member News

Partner News
Government News
Job Opportunities
Student Awards
Colloquium Archive

Happy Friday

Classes are done, exams are underway, and spring is here.

There is one more event for NRES Institute members this semester. The NRESi AGM will be taking place today (April 20th) at 12:15 pm in Room 8-166.
 Please come out and provide feedback on what we have been up to and what we have planned for next year.

I have already had some inquiries and suggestions for speakers for the fall 2018 NRESi Friday colloquium presentation series so please contact me sooner rather than later to reserve a spot.
The Friday colloquium series are all wrapped up for another semester. Thanks to all of our speakers and their hosts. 

I am now petitioning NRESi members and others for speakers to fill spots the 2018 fall semester line-up. Please send me an email if you would like to reserve a spot for yourself or a guest speaker.

All talks are also available on-line through the UNBC LiveStream feed (channel 1) and are recorded. To view a past presentation visit our video archive -
The next NRESi Colloquium will take place on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 3:30 pm in Room 8-164 .
Climate Change Research Group
Monday April 23
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
6-205/211 Conference Centre
The Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) invites all UNBC faculty, researchers, and students to join a discussion about creating a UNBC-wide Climate Change Research Group. The goal is to foster new cross-campus collaborations and enable UNBC’s research community to pursue innovative funding proposals to support climate change research across Northern BC.
Please be prepared to talk informally (~5 minutes) about your past and present work and interests in climate change research at UNBC. Presentation slides are not necessary. CIRC can assist in printing hand-outs if desired.
Blue Jeans video/teleconferencing will be provided for remote participants.
If you have any questions, contact Marieka Sax a
Reducing climate impacts in industrial buildings 
The potential of wood construction and passive house design
April 25, 2018
3:30-4:30 pm
Room 660 ECS building, University of Victoria

Cost: Free
Watch by Webcast:

Please join us for a presentation from Stephanie Wall, who will discuss using wood construction and passive house design to decrease the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and environmental impacts in the building sector.

Using the Wood Innovation Research Lab (WIRL) at the University of Northern British Columbia as a case study, Wall will show how life cycle analysis demonstrates building with engineered wood products as a primary structural material has a significant impact on a structure’s lifetime GHGs, especially in high efficiency buildings, where the operational energy is relatively low; the energy used in material selection greatly impacts the overall environmental footprint of the building.

Stephanie Wall studied environmental engineering as a joint degree between UNBC and UBC Vancouver. After completing her undergraduate degree she was accepted into the first cohort of UNBC's master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program. She is currently employed as a Structural EIT with McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) Community Workshop
Thursday, April 26, 2018
6:30-8:30 pm
Vanderhoof Public Library

CIRC will be facilitating a community workshop in Vanderhoof on April 26, 2018 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Vanderhoof Public Library. This workshop is free, open to the public, and will provide an opportunity for people who live and work in Vanderhoof and the surrounding area to share stories and perspectives about how natural resource development positively and negatively impacts local community, environmental and health values. You can view the draft workshop agenda on the
CIRC’s website.
PGAIR's 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum
Community Tools for Change
June 4-5, 2018
Prince George Civic Centre, Prince George, BC
Cost: $50 (regular admission); $30 (non-profit/student rate); Evening Session - Free

This forum is designed to bring together air quality managers, health professionals, policy and decision makers and community members from all over British Columbia, especially those in small to mid-sized communities in the central and northern interior.
The forum theme "Community Tools for Change" - will provide the opportunity for meaningful discussion about air quality challenges facing communities today, along with policy, education or regulatory mechanisms to apply toward lasting solutions. Lessons learned in other jurisdictions to identified community air quality issues will provide context for these applying tools.

June 4
  • Woodsmoke Education and Outreach Tools (by invitation only with limited registration)
  • Prince George District Energy System Tour (registration limited)
  • Community Air Quality Evening Session *FREE* and Open to the Public (please register in advance)
 June 5
  • Full-Day North Central BC Clean Air Forum "Community Tools for Change" (please register in advance)
For forum details or to register, please visit the 2018 North Central BC Clean Air Forum webpage
Call for Abstracts
IUFRO Extension and Knowledge Exchange Working Party Meeting

Conference Theme
The Importance of Engaging Local Communities and Stakeholders to Increase Successful Adoption of New Technologies.  

September 9-14, 2018
Christchurch, New Zealand

Abstract Submission Deadline:
May 1, 2018

Send abstracts to Janean Creighton

Call for Abstracts
Association of BC Forest Professionals Conference
February 6-8, 2019
Kamloops, BC

The 2018 ABCFP conference is barely over and we’re already hard at work planning the 2019 event, set for Kamloops, February 6-8.

If you’re interested in presenting at the 2019 conference, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for members who can present on subjects that are topical and that contribute to members’ professional development.

Presentations should be about 25 to 35 minutes and must include time for questions and answers. We will also consider longer presentations if we feel they are of broad interest to the membership. Email your proposed topic, a summary of the details, an explanation of why it’s an important subject for forestry professionals, and details on your experience in this subject area, to
Dean Pelkey, ABCFP communications director.

Abstract Submission Deadline:
June 4, 2018
Canadian Institute of Forestry E-lectures
Caribou Management and Habitat Restoration in Canada. What should we know?
Date/Time Title Presenter(s)
April 25, 2018 Woodland caribou conservation: Why can't we break the cycle? Dr. Stan Boutin, Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair, University of Alberta
May 2, 2018 How restoration best practices can support caribou habitat. Katalijn MacAfee, Forest Program and Project Coordinator, Canadian Forest Service, and Michael Cody, Land and Biodiversity Specialist, Cenovus Energy, Inc.
May 9, 2018 Catch 22 in Boreal Forest (or how we force caribou to make a choice and die) Dr. Martin-Hugues St-Laurent, Professor of Animal Ecology, Universite du Quebec a Remouski
All e-lectures are from 10:30 am - 11:30 am PST unless otherwise stated.

All electronic lectures are free but registration is required. To register contact the CIF-IFC. E-mail: Tel: 705-744-1715 ext. 630
Your consideration of CIF/IFC membership would be appreciated. To become a CIF/IFC member:,
For more information on CIF/IFC e-lectures go to:

Natural Resource and Environmental Studies Institute - Annual General Meeting
Friday, April 20, 2018
12:15 pm - 3:00 pm
Room 8-166, UNBC

At this meeting for Institute members we will present and discuss our annual activity and financial reports.

Please RSVP to Alan Wiensczyk ( if you would like to attend the AGM. A light lunch will be provided. 
Thesis Defences

April 20, 2018
9:00 am
Senate Chambers, UNBC

Mr. Sina Abadzadesahraei will be defending his dissertation entitled:  “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Quantifying the Water Balance of Two Northeastern Boreal Watersheds, British Columbia." Mr. Abadzadesahraei is a candidate for the Degree:  Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies.

May 28, 2018
9:00 am
Room: TBA

Mr. Tim Burkhart will be defending his thesis "Counter-Mapping for Conservation:  Digital Conservation Atlas Case Study." Mr Burkhart is a candidate for the degree: Master of Arts in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies.

Travel and Conferences
At the recent meeting of the Western Forest Insect Work Conference (WFIWC) in Denver, Colorado, Staffan Lindgren was named the 2018 recipient of the WFIWC Founder’s Award. The Founder's Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to forest entomology in the West, and recognizes significant contributions in pest management, extension-consultation, research, and teaching. Staffan will give the Founder’s Award address at next year’s conference to be held in Anchorage, Alaska.
S Jafari, F Ghorbani-Shahna, A Bahrami, H Kazemian. 2018 Effects of Post-Synthesis Activation and Relative Humidity on Adsorption Performance of ZIF-8 for Capturing Toluene from a Gas Phase in a Continuous Mode Applied Sciences 8 (2), doi:10.3390/app8020310

Living in the Anthropocene: Earth in the Age of Humans edited by W. John Kress and Jeffrey K. Stine with a foreword by Elizabeth Kolbert and an afterword by Edward O. Wilson; essays by 34 others; Washington, DC, Smithsonian Books, 2017; ISBN: 9781588346018.
Abstract:  A collection of thirty-two essays by leading thinkers across the disciplines. These essays explore the Anthropocene from scientific, anthropological, social, artistic, and economic points of view. They seek to understand the drivers of human-induced environmental change as well as how people and planetary systems are adapting to such change. Each writer offers invaluable insight into Earth's future as the Anthropocene accelerates. --adapted from jacket.

NRESi Member News
Partner News
Aleza Lake Research Forest (ALRF) Update

The Aleza Lake Research Forest Society is currently in the process of completing a new Management Plan # 3  for the ALRF, to replace the existing forest management plan which has been in effect since 2005. The Aleza Lake Research Forest (ALRF) is a 9,000 hectare (90 km2) forest area located 60 km NE of Prince George, north of the Bowron River and southwest of the village of Aleza Lake, BC. The history of the ALRF dates back to 1924. The new management plan will address a wide range of different resource values, and will include many photos, and much background information on the ALRF from past research and inventories. A significant component of the plan will be an updated timber supply analysis for the ALRF to identify sustainable harvest levels. The plan has just completed the first phase of internal reviews. ALRF professional staff are undertaking further adjustments to the plan it moves forward. First Nations, public, and government review will be part of the plan development process. The ALRF Society will also provide opportunity for input from faculty and the UNBC community in Spring 2018. If you have any questions, please contact ALRF Manager Mike Jull RPF ( or Asst Forest Manager Colin Chisholm RPF (
Quesnel River Research Centre (QRRC) Update

The QRRC ( provides an ideal base for environmental research in the fascinating setting of the Quesnel River watershed - in the foothills of the Cariboo Mountains, among the western fringes of the globally-unique Interior Temperate Rainforest, on the bank of one of British Columbia's premier salmon rivers, and at the outlet of what is thought to be the world's deepest fjord-lake.
As well as comfortable and affordable accommodation, the centre offers a range of facilities and equipment to support fieldwork and basic laboratory activities. We may also be able to provide support for long-term monitoring and sampling programs.
We are keen to host NRES faculty members who are interested in basing their research here, and offer (when availability permits) up to 3 nights of no-charge accommodation for 'reconnaissance' visits to see at first hand what the centre has to offer, and to explore some of the surrounding area. Please contact Michael Allchin ( for more information.

Northern Analytical Laboratory Service (NALS) Update

The NALS New Service: Physisorption/Chemisorption studies on Materials using BET technique (Quantachrome Autosorb-1).

NALS has recently added the new service of surface area determination to its growing options of materials analysis. A Quantachrome Autosorb-1 is now in operation that will perform physisorption (surface area and pore size), and chemisorption analysis (catalytic surface area). Physical adsorption (physisorption), the most common analysis, is based on the well-known Brunauer, Emmett, and Teller (BET) theory. Briefly, a monolayer of adsorbed molecules cover the adsorbed surface of a material. Using the BET theory, a sample’s surface area can be determined. The continued addition of molecules beyond the monolayer, multilayers, occurs in parallel to capillary condensation; using the Barrett, Joyner, and Halenda (BJH) computational method, pore sizes from equilibrium gas pressures can be determined. In contrast, chemical adsorption (chemisorption) involves the formation of strong chemical bonds between the adsorbate and the reactive surface area of a material, such as catalytic surface area determination. The instrument is ideal for surface area determination of all types of materials such as (but not limited to) soils, adsorbents, and catalytic materials.
Please contact NALS if you have any questions or are interested in using the capabilities of our Quantachrome Autosorb-1.

Contact Information
Northern Analytical Laboratory Services (NALS)
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, Canada V2N 4Z9,
Room: #4-234, Phone: 250-960-5713; E-mail:
Home page:

Earth Day: Transitioning British Columbia to a low-carbon economy
Opinion-Editorial - George Heyman - Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
April 19, 2018 - Victoria. 
Earth Day is a time for us to think hard about what kind of world we want to leave for our children and grandchildren. For more details...

Amendments expedite restoration, protect environment
April 18, 2018 - Victoria.
 The Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources is looking to improve the restoration of orphan wells in British Columbia, and better protect the province's land and water. For more details...

Province grants $2 million to create Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund
April 13, 2018 - Kamloops.
 The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has been granted $2 million to aid in caribou habitat restoration, Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson announced during his address at the B.C. Wildlife Federation’s annual conference. For more details...

Province announces $134 M to re-grow B.C.’s forests, support communities.
April 6, 2018 - Prince George.
 Communities and wildlife will benefit from $134 million being awarded by the Forest Enhancement Society of B.C. (FESBC) to 71 forest enhancement projects around the Province, Premier John Horgan announced today. For more details...

B.C. invests $7.8 million to continue advancing wood use and growing global markets. April 5, 2018 - Prince George. The Government of British Columbia is investing $7.8 million to promote the use of B.C. wood overseas, advance wood building systems and products, and expand global markets. For more details...
Employment, PhD, and Postdoc Opportunities
Forest Practices Board - Chair (full-time)
Lead the province’s independent watchdog in promoting sound forest and range practices.
The Forest Practices Board is seeking an experienced leader who is respected by a wide range of forestry-interested stakeholders.

Do you have a reputation for high standards, objective and balanced judgment, fairness and consistency? Are you an innovator with the vision to guide the Board? Do you thrive on objectively analyzing forestry issues of public importance and providing strategic direction?

This is an opportunity to combine your experience working both on the ground in resource management and in administration, policy or legislation. The role of Board Chair will enable you to make a solid and lasting contribution to the stewardship of forest and range resources to benefit all citizens of British Columbia.

Application Deadline: April 21, 2018

For the full posting, click here:
2018 PICS Summer Internship
Bulkley Valley Research Centre, Smithers, BC

The Bulkley Valley Research Centre in Smithers is offering a 2018 PICS summer internship position in climate change and cumulative effects adaptation and monitoring located in Smithers. This job will mostly involve fieldwork related to whitebark pine restoration and salmon habitat monitoring. The position is open to students returning to UNBC, UBC, SFU or UVic.  Interested applicants please contact the campus Co-op Office or email for further information.
Master of Science in Natural Resources & Environmental Studies Opportunity
University of Northern British Columbia

Small Lakes Fisheries Ecology in a Changing Environment

We are looking for candidates for one M.Sc. position within a collaborative fisheries ecology project led by biologists at the Omineca Fish and Wildlife Section of BC Ministry of Forest Lands, Natural Resource, Operations, and Rural Development (FLNRORD) and the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) in Prince George, BC, Canada.
Dr. Nikolaus Gantner, FLNRORD Omineca Region & Environmental Science Program, UNBC, Prince George, BC and Dr. Eduardo Martins, Ecosystem Science and Management Program, UNBC, Prince George, BC
The M.Sc. position is embedded in the new multi-disciplinary project aiming to evaluate the ‘Omineca Small Lakes Management Plan’ led by Dr. Nikolaus Gantner, Senior Fisheries Biologist (Omineca), in collaboration with Dr. Eduardo Martins at UNBC’s Freshwater Fish Ecology Laboratory.
The specific aim of the M.Sc. research is to characterize spatial and temporal trends in ecological conditions of selected small lakes (<1000ha) and evaluate the suitability of current fish stocking prescriptions within study lake systems. Trophic position and other lines of evidence will be used to infer suitability of selected Rainbow Trout strains stocked for small lakes of varying ecological conditions (e.g., food web characteristics, pH, oxythermal conditions). These conditions are driven by climatic conditions, hydrology, and land use in their watersheds. Sample collections will coincide with FLNRORDs regional Small Lakes Stock Assessments where study lakes will be assessed with RIC7 gillnets.
For more information on this opportunity include qualifications and application instructions please see;
Closing date:
May 15th at 4:30 pm Pacific Time.
Applications should be submitted to:
Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC Awards

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC awards up to four scholarship grants annually, each with a value of up to $1,500. These scholarships are available to students enrolled in a fish culture or fisheries management program within a recognized post-secondary educational institution in British Columbia. To be eligible, applicants must have completed at least their first year of postsecondary studies and plan to continue as a student, with the intent of establishing a career in BC in one of the following fields: fish culture; recreational fisheries management; fisheries enhancement, conservation and/or research.

Application Deadline:
May 31, 2018
Information about the scholarships and the application process is located here:
In December 2015, dear colleague and founding UNBC faculty member, Dr. Lito Arocena passed away after a short battle with cancer. In honour of his memory, a UNBC memorial fund was established to support three student awards, which have recently been instituted:
Dr. Joselito (Lito) Arocena Memorial Scholarship ($1000). Available to a full time undergraduate student who has completed 90 credit hours and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science honours or majors degree in one of the following: Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, or Natural Resources Management. Criteria: Academic excellence
Dr. Joselito (Lito) Arocena Memorial Undergraduate Thesis Prize ($250). Awarded for the best thesis presented by undergraduate students completing an undergraduate major or honours degree in one of: Biology, Environmental Planning, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Natural Resources Management, or Nature-based Tourism Management.
Dr. Joselito (Lito) Arocena Memorial Graduate Prize ($250). The Prize will be awarded to the student nominated by the NRES Graduate Program for the UNBC Governor General’s Gold Medal.
Thanks to contributions from donors and UNBC, the fund is currently large enough to endow the $1000 scholarship in perpetuity. However additional contributions are needed to permanently endow the two prizes, and to increase the amounts awarded over time. If anyone would like to contribute to this fund, through payroll deductions or otherwise, please go to or for more information.

As its first project of this kind, the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi) has established the Susan Stevenson Scholarship Fund, in memory of wildlife ecologist and NRESi member Susan Stevenson. During a 35-year career built primarily in the BC central interior, Susan designed and implemented important research and inventory projects related to mountain caribou habitat, lichen biology, and silvicultural systems, collaborating with a diverse range of researchers, and gave generously of her expertise to the next generation of scientists. Susan exemplified the Institute’s values of interdisciplinary curiosity and unselfish collaboration, and enriched the lives of all those who worked and studied with her.
Efforts have succeeded in reaching the goal of $15,000 that will be matched by UNBC to allow for an annual award. Additional contributions to the fund are welcomed. The inaugural award will be presented in the 2016-2017 academic year. NRESi would like to thank everyone who contributed to the scholarship!
The following award criteria for the Susan Stevenson Memorial Award have been developed:
Value: $1,000
Eligibility: Available to a full or part time female graduate student enrolled in either the Masters (NRES) or PhD (NRES) degree programs with a research emphasis in one or more of: wildlife ecology, plant biology, forest ecology, or innovative silvicultural systems and practices that emphasize wildlife management and biodiversity objectives.
Criteria: Satisfactory Academic Standing (3.0 GPA)
Conditions: Student is unable to receive this award more than once.
Recipient Selection: Senate Committee on Scholarships and Bursaries on recommendation of the NRESi Steering Committee. Applicants will provide a statement, not exceeding 500 words in length, explaining how their intended research fits within the areas specified for his award.

Do you know a scholar interested in helping Canada transition to a low-carbon future?
If so, here’s an exciting opportunity: David Suzuki Fellowships!
Three $50,000 (plus $5,000 for travel and professional development) fellowships are available:
  • Climate change communications: The role of climate change communications to ignite the movement toward a lower-carbon future 
  • Indigenous knowledge and climate change: Integrating traditional Indigenous knowledge into climate change solutions 
  • Climate change adaptation and cities: Researching climate change adaptation and the development of sustainable cities 
David Suzuki Fellows will spend a year with one foot in academia and the other in learning strategies to get their research the attention it deserves. They’ll make complex issues easy to understand and help motivate people to take action.  Foundation senior staff and David Suzuki will mentor them all!  
Northern BC Mining Research Award
The Minerals North Host Committee provides this gift as a legacy of the 2010 Minerals North Conference that was held in Prince George in order to benefit students conducting research related to the mining industry in northern BC,
Value: $5,000
Eligibility: Available to a full or part-time graduate or upper division undergraduate student conducting research projects on issues of particular interest to mineral exploration or the mining industry. First preference will be given to a graduate student.
Criteria: Academic excellence.
Application Instructions: Complete the Research/Thesis section of the online Awards Application and submit your resume, name and contact information of your industry partner to the UNBC Awards Office.
Note: Applicants must obtain an industry partner that will provide a minimum of $5,000 to support each award.

Did you miss a colloquium or special lecture this semester? Visit NRESi’s webcast archive to catch up! We have completed the migration of recorded talks to the UNBC-NRESi video archive. The most recent colloquium and special presentation talks can be found at

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