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NRESi Bi-Weekly News - January 2-12, 2018
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NRESi Bi-Weekly News

January 2-12, 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
Publications
NRESi Member News

Partner News
Government News
Job Opportunities
Student Awards
Colloquium Archive

NRESi NOTES
FROM THE RESEARCH MANAGER
Happy New Year,
 
I hope that everyone had a good holiday season and is getting back into the swing of things.

Our Winter Semester NRESi Friday colloquium presentation series is fully subscribed and is presented below. I have also had several requests for additional spots so please keep an eye on future newsletters for special colloquium presentation announcements.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
NRESi COLLOQUIUM
All of the spots for the 2018 winter semester colloquium series have been filled. However, if there is a speaker who you would like to have present please contact me via email using the email address below and we can see if we can set up a special Colloquium presentation on a different day of the week.

NRESi Colloquium presentations this semester will again take place in Room 8-164 with the exception of the talk on the 19th of January which has been moved to the Canfor theatre (6-213) to accommodate attendees of the CIRC 2018 Policy Forum.  


All talks are also available on-line through both LiveStream and BlueJeans feeds and are recorded. To view a past presentation visit our video archive - https://video.unbc.ca/channel/NRESI/.
TENTATIVE FALL SEMESTER COLLOQUIUM SCHEDULE
Presentation Date Tentative Presenter and/or Topic
Jan 12, 2018 45 years of changes in the Kluane Boreal Forest Ecosystem - What next?  Dr Charles Krebs - Professor Emeritus - University of British Columbia.
Jan 19, 2018* Wildfire Preparedness and Cumulative Impacts - Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium Symposium Panel - Dr. Dominic DellaSala, Geos Institute, Madeline Maley, BC Wildfire Service, Dr. Raina Fumerton, Northern Health Authority, Dr. Sonja Leverkus, Shifting Mosaics Consulting.
Jan 26, 2018 Art, Change, & Creativity (ACC) project - Zoe Meletis, UNBC
Feb 2, 2018 Dr. Matt Mumma, UNBC
Feb 9, 2018** Reducing your carbon footprint. Seth Wynne, University of British Columbia
Feb 23, 2018 Dr. Rudy Reimer, Simon Fraser University
March 2, 2018 Bruce Rogers, Forest Ecologist, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Resource Operations and Rural Development.
March 9, 2018 Hon. Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
Presentation to be followed by NRESi Annual Award Presentation
March 16, 2018 Dr. Richard Schuster, University of British Columbia
March 23, 2018 UNBC student chapter of the Wildlife Society sponsored speaker.
* In the Canfor Theatre - room 6-213.
** In keeping with the spirit of the topic, this presentation will be a remote presentation.
 
UPCOMING EVENTS - NRESi COLLOQUIUM
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute/FWCP Colloquium Presentation
45 years of changes in the Kluane Boreal Forest Ecosystem - What next?
Dr. Charles Krebs, Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia.
 

How do northern ecosystems respond to climate change? We began in 1973 to investigate small mammal population dynamics in the Kluane boreal forest region of the southern Yukon and very quickly realized that the 9-10 year snowshoe hare cycle is the keystone event in these forests. Our research group broadened our scope to study the dominant plants and animals of the boreal forest community and have now extensive data spanning 25-45 years for different plants and animals in this forest ecosystem. I will discuss the major findings that have arisen from nearly 500 person-years of research in this ecosystem, and ask what needs to be done next.
3:30-4:30 pm                                           Room 8-164
To participate remotely:
http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute/ Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium Colloquium Panel Presentation
Wildfire Preparedness and Cumulative Impacts
Dr. Dominic DellaSala, Geos Institute, Madeline Maley, BC Wildfire Service, Dr. Raina Fumerton, Northern Health Authority, Dr. Sonja Leverkus, Shifting Mosaics Consulting.

The summer of 2017 was the worst wildfire season on record in the province of British Columbia. Wildfires have widespread impacts on the environment, communities and health. This session will explore different scales of perspectives touching on climate change, conservation, planning, and provincial and regional responses to wildfires. Speakers will discuss what they perceive to be important steps in planning and protecting our landscapes and health from the local to global level.
3:30-4:30 pm                    Room 6-213 (Canfor Theatre)
To participate remotely:
http://www.unbc.ca/nres-institute/colloquium-webcasts
UPCOMING EVENTS - OTHER
15th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum
Our Resources, Our Future

January 16 - 18, 2018
Location: Prince George Civic Centre

The 15th Annual BC Natural Resources Forum is around the corner. The Forum offers a neutral, non-partisan and positive arena to discuss and learn first-hand the latest news, trends and opportunities linked to the resource sector in BC.  There is no other gathering that provides this diversity of speakers, delegates, exhibitors and leaders under one roof to discuss issues and explore the challenges and unprecedented opportunities unfolding in the province. This year the Forum will introduce two new panels on International Trade, and Balancing Socio-Economic, Cultural and Environmental Values.


In addition to the forum there are four independent, popular workshops that address key natural resource issues and opportunities being offered. These workshops will be held at the Prince George Conference and Civic Centre (2nd floor) on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. These courses run concurrently and timing varies depending on the workshop chosen. Note: workshops are not included in the full conference fee.

Workshops
1) When "It" hits the fan: Crisis Communications for Resource Companies
2) Let's talk impact benefit agreements
3) Let's talk mining
4) Let's talk Natural Gas

For more information on the Forum and the workshops visit the Forum website: 
http://www.bcnaturalresourcesforum.com/
Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) 2018 Policy Forum: Cumulative impacts policy and practice in northern BC
January 18-19, 2018
Location: UNBC Campus

Forest fires. Climate change. Softwood lumber tariffs. A struggling liquefied natural gas sector. Over the past year, British Columbia has faced significant challenges which disproportionately affect northern communities. The change in provincial government has signaled commitments to strengthening its relationship with First Nations and northern communities, and address the broader impacts of environmental change. However, questions remain over the future of communities in resource-rich areas across northern BC. How can we better plan for and protect our communities under a changing climate? What does modernized land and resource planning look like? What are the policy opportunities that will assist us in protecting environments, community, and health values into the future?
 
Fueled by ongoing conversations with northern communities and collaborators working within and across various health, environment, and community-related sectors, the UNBC Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC), with support from the ECHO (Environment, Community, Health Observatory) Network and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS), is convening a policy-oriented symposium addressing the future of resource communities in a shifting political landscape and a changing climate.
 
Designed with an integrative approach in mind, this event will provide opportunities to convene conversations with people and organizations interested in and actively working on issues related to the myriad impacts of resource development and climate change throughout northern BC. We will be hosting a public keynote event the evening of Thursday January 18, 2018, followed by a series of plenary sessions during the day on Friday January 19, 2018.


For more information and to view the forum agenda, please visit: https://www.unbc.ca/events/45388/2018-circ-forum-january-18-19-2018
Canadian Institute of Forestry E-lectures
Innovative Solutions to respond to the challenges of a changing climate
Date/Time Title Presenter(s)
Jan 17, 2018 Developing decision support tools and models for adaptation to climate change in forest ecosystems Guy LaRocque, Research Scientist, Laurentian Forestry Centre
Jan 18, 2018
7:00 am PST
Methane Emissions from Biogas Plants: Methods for Measurement, Results and Effect on Greenhouse Gas Balance of Electricity Produced Dr. Jan Liebetrau, Head of the Biochemical Conversion Department, DBFZ, Deutsches Biomasseforschungeszentrum, Germany
Jan 24, 2018 Petawawa Research Forest - Using 100 Years of Research to Combat Climate Change Peter Arbour, Operations Manager, Petawawa Research Forest, and Katalijn MacAfee, Forest Project and Program Coordinator, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre
Jan 31, 2018 Can Silviculture Solutions Mitigate the Timber Supply Impacts Resulting from Climate Change Jean-Martin Lussier, Research Scientist, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre
Feb 7, 2018 Research and Application of Enhanced Forest Inventory across Canada Steve D'eon, Knowledge Exchange Specialist, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre
Feb 14, 2018 Connecting Future Fibre Supply to Genetics, Silviculture and a Changing Climate Patrick Lenz, Research Scientist, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre
Feb 21, 2018 Canada’s Forests and the Bioeconomy – Potential Solutions to Climate Change Suzanne Wetzel, Research Scientist, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre
Feb 28, 2018 Maximizing Wood Fibre Growth and Quality in a Changing Climate Isabelle Duchesne and Jim Stewart, Research Scientists, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre
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: electures@cif-ifc.org Tel: 705-744-1715 ext. 630
Your consideration of CIF/IFC membership would be appreciated. To become a CIF/IFC member:
www.cif-ifc.org/membership-content/become-a-member/,
For more information on CIF/IFC e-lectures go to: www.cif-ifc.org/e-lectures/

Northern Silviculture Committee 2018 Winter Conference:
Managing for forest resilience and mid-term timber supply on a dynamic landbase
February 27-28, 2018
Prince George Civic Centre, Prince George BC


With an unprecedented wildfire season behind us and the spruce beetle outbreak continuing to expand, there are widespread challenges on the horizon. Some of the challenges are familiar and some seem new due to the cumulative complexity of forests and the systems that regulate them. Land managers must find innovative ways to sustain ecosystems and enhance the value of the available natural resources on a landbase that is ever-changing. In a time where policy, land ownership, ecology and climate are all shifting it is the role of the Silviculturalist to assess the current situation and use visionary thinking to look forward, act now, and create the resilient forests of tomorrow.
The aim of the 2018 NSC Winter Conference is to provide ideas, tools, and contacts that will help you achieve these goals.

For more information and to register:  
NSC 2018 Winter Conference
(Note that there is a reduced registration fee for UNBC and CNC students)
Travel and Conferences
Gail Fondahl traveled to Washington DC to serve on the Fulbright Arctic Initiative selection committee. The committee will chose 16 Fulbright Fellows for 2018-19. from a pool of 75  applicants, for exchanges between the USA and the seven other Arctic countries (including Canada), with applicants ranging from lawyers and anthropologists to glaciologists, engineers, visual artists, and musicians. 

Staffan Lindgren served as external examiner on a PhD candidacy proposal defense at SFU on January 10, 2018. The topic was defense strategies and triggers in response to predation and parasitism in a primitively eusocial wasp.
Publications
Lautensach, A.K. 2018. Learning for Biosphere Security in a Crowded, Warming World. The Ecological Citizen 1(2): 171-178.  http://www.ecologicalcitizen.net/pdfs/v01n2-10.pdf

Di Marco, M., Watson, J. E. M., Currie, D. J., Possingham, H. P. & Venter, O. 2018. The extent and predictability of the biodiversity–carbon correlation. Ecology Letters, doi:10.1111/ele.12903.
 
Allan, J. R., Venter, O. & Watson, J. E. M. 2017. Temporally inter-comparable maps of terrestrial wilderness and the Last of the Wild. Scientific Data 4, 170187, doi:10.1038/sdata.2017.187

Noroozi, R., T.J. Al-Musawi, H. Kazemian, E.M. Kalhori, M. Zarrabi, 2018. Removal of cyanide using surface-modified Linde Type-A zeolite nanoparticles as an efficient and eco-friendly material , Journal of Water Process Engineering (2018) 21, 44-51"

PARTNER NEWS
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) Update

The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) has appointed Dr. Ged McLean as associate director effective Nov. 15. 2017.
Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium (CIRC) Update

The CIRC Policy Symposium is taking place on January 18-19, 2018 on the UNBC campus in Prince George. For further information please see the symposium description in the "Upcoming Events - Other" section of this newsletter.
Northern Analytical Laboratory Service (NALS) Update

The University of Northern British Columbia is home to an extensive suite of analytical science instrumentation that enables a broad spectrum of chemical, physical, and biological analyses. UNBC has made these services available to researchers as well as private, public, and non-profit sectors to help meet their research, development, and quality assurance needs through the Northern Analytical Laboratory Service (NALS).

One of the services offered is a Water Analysis Package. This is not a commercial service and is specifically designed to help local communities. Physical and biological tests, dissolved anions and elemental analysis are all available.


Need more information?
Northern Analytical Laboratory Services (NALS);
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC),
3333 University Way, Prince George, BC, Canada V2N 4Z9
Phone: 250-960-6154 and 250-960-5713

E-mail: nals@unbc.ca
Home page: http://www.unbc.ca/northern-analytical-lab-service

Other News
BC Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program

We are excited to be getting started again and looking forward to seeing results from the 2018 season. Last year was another successful year and we received 330 submissions, check out the latest report on the website. This year we are looking to do even better.

For those of you who are new to the program, the information below outlines what this program is all about:

The BC Wildlife Health Program is looking for help from wildlife professionals, wildlife enthusiasts and the general public with observations of hair loss caused by “Winter Ticks” on moose throughout the province. The Moose Winter Tick Surveillance Program wants to collect observations to monitor the number of animals with hair loss and the amount of hair loss on each animal to estimate winter tick prevalence and distribution. This program occurs on an annual basis. Winter ticks are a significant parasite for moose populations and can contribute to moose declines in parts of their range, including BC.  So, it is an important health factor to monitor, particularly with climate change and alterations to moose habitat. The findings of the surveillance program will contribute to the Provincial Moose Research Program, which was initiated in 2013 to investigate factors influencing moose populations in BC.  This is the fourth year of the program; last year we received 330 reports of moose from across the province.
 
Winter tick infestations can be observed on moose during January through April. The ticks spend the entire winter on one moose and there can be as many as tens of thousands on one individual. As the female ticks become adults they feed on blood in late winter and the irritation causes moose to scratch and groom themselves excessively, resulting in hair loss. The extent of the hair loss is a rough indicator of how many ticks are present and can be observed easily from a distance. We know that tick infestations can result in behavioral changes or direct health impacts that may reduce moose survival.
 
We hope that you may be interested in contributing to this surveillance program by recording your observations of both healthy and infected moose during the winter and spring.
 
IMPORTANT – HOW TO SUBMIT A SURVEY:
 
There are several methods of documenting moose winter tick observations.  Please choose the methods that are most convenient for you.
 
1) An online survey. Simply go to www.gov.bc.ca/wildlifehealth/mooseticksurvey and click on “Complete the online form” on the right side of the page.
 
2) An electronic .PDF version of the moose winter tick survey that can be filled in on your computer and returned via email. Please find the survey on the website above.
 
3) An electronic .PDF version of the moose winter tick survey that can be filled in on your mobile device and/or tablet. Please download the free Acrobat Reader App for iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows devices. On your mobile device, please download the survey from the website above and open the survey using Adobe Acrobat Reader.
 
Please return all completed surveys to: FLNRMooseTickSurvey@gov.bc.ca
 
If you would prefer to receive paper hard-copies of the survey, please email us with your mailing address and we will send surveys to you promptly.
 
It would be great if you could carry this survey with you while you are out in the field this winter/spring when tick infestations become visible.  Please document all moose observations, from January 1, 2018 to April 30, 2018, regardless of hair loss or not. Also, it would be appreciated if you could distribute this email to anyone who will be spending time in the field this winter/spring.
 
COMING SOON: A mobile phone and tablet application for easy and convenient submission of moose surveys. Stay tuned. 

Public survey about professional reliance
The Province has recently (late December) released a public survey concerning professional reliance - which will be closing on January 19th.

The Government’s review of professional reliance is an important opportunity for changes in professional reliance that could address shortcomings with the current legislative and natural resource development policy in BC.
 
Please consider responding to this survey invitation. Some background information is provided below.

Stakeholder submissions: 
https://engage.gov.bc.ca/professionalreliance/read-stakeholder-submissions/

West Coast Environmental Law:  https://www.wcel.org/blog/problem-relying-too-much-upon-professionals?utm_source=LEB

______________________________
From the Forest Practices Board

The Forest Practices Board has made a submission to the government’s review of the professional reliance model in British Columbia. The submission is based on the Board’s experience in auditing and investigating forest and range practices throughout the province and reviewing the role of professionals in the course of that work.

Read Submission
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From BC Government:
  1. Whether government oversight of professional associations is adequate; and,
  2. Conditions governing the involvement of QPs in government’s resource management decisions and the appropriate level of government oversight to assure the public their interests are protected.
Professional reliance takes different forms across the natural resources sector, but in general terms is a regulatory model in which government sets the natural resource management objectives or results to be achieved, and professionals hired by proponents decide how those objectives or results will be met. Generally, government oversight focuses on monitoring, compliance and enforcement, rather than reviewing and approving plans or project designs. In doing so, government relies on the professionalism of the qualified professional, the professional and ethical codes they are required to follow, and oversight by the professional associations to which they belong.
 
Your feedback will help inform recommendations that will be part of the final report for this review. The review will be completed in spring 2018 and released to the public.

GOVERNMENT PRESS RELEASES
Backcountry preparedness and safety tips
Jan 10, 2018 - Victoria. There are plenty of opportunities for unforgettable winter experiences throughout British Columbia, and Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Emergency Preparedness Mike Farnworth is urging all outdoor enthusiasts to make safety their top priority. For more details...

Input sought on moose winter tick survey
Jan 9, 2018 - Victoria. The B.C. Wildlife Health Program is once again asking members of the public for help assessing the effects of winter ticks on the province’s moose population as part of its annual moose winter tick surveillance program. For more details...

Understanding winter feeding of wild ungulates
Dec 29, 2017 - Victoria. Members of the public are being asked to carefully consider the risks of starting a winter feeding program for wild ungulates. Ungulates are hoofed mammals and include elk, moose, deer and sheep.  For more details...

Education upgrades benefit northeast First Nations
Dec 21, 2017 - Victoria.
A series of education programs in northeast British Columbia will provide First Nations participants with new pathways for employment and education.  For more details...

Province to improve environmental protections for coastal areas
Dec 20, Victoria. The provincial government is moving to protect the environment and health of wild salmon by strengthening the requirements for fish processing and finfish aquaculture operations. For more details...
Employment, PhD, and Postdoc Opportunities
Wildlife Recovery Biologist
Alberta Ministry of Environment and Parks, Edmonton, AB
Application Deadline: January 19, 2018

As the Wildlife Recovery Biologist, you are accountable for delivering of species at risk
conservation initiatives in the Lower Athabasca Region or in the Peace Region. The
primary objective is to enable management actions that prevent extirpation, and achieve recovery, of woodland caribou and other species at risk populations.
You will work both independently and participate as a key member of an integrated team of managers, professional, and technical staff responsible for ensuring sustainable woodland caribou populations in the province of Alberta - a key task in response to provincial policy and federally mandated requirements.


For more details, including qualifications and the application process see: 
http://www.psc.alberta.ca/jobs/positionprofile/pp1046478.htm
Instructor, Environment and Natural Resource Technology Program
Aurora College, Fort Smith, NWT
Application Deadline: January 31, 2018

The Instructor, Environment and Natural Resource Technology Program (ENRTP) is responsible for the planning, organization, instruction, delivery and evaluation of educational programming for adults. The incumbent is responsible for instructing courses related to the Environment and Natural Resources Technology Diploma Program, evaluating the courses, and recommending changes/improvements as required. The incumbent will also be required to teach in other baccalaureate programs. The incumbent manages and maintains a learning environment which is conducive to providing the highest level of education possible within their area of specialization. 


For more details, including qualifications and the application process see: 
http://www.auroracollege.nt.ca/_live/pages/wpPages/Aurora_Employment.aspx
Assistant/Associate Professor - Environmental Sustainability Research Centre
Brock University, St Catharines, Ontario
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018

The Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University invites applications for a probationary tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor to commence July 1, 2018.

The successful applicant is expected to maintain an independent and productive program of research, publication, and funding that is consistent with the university's promotion and tenure policy. The position entails teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as supervising graduate students within the Master of Sustainability program. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to Centre, Faculty and University service.


For more details, including qualifications and the application process see: 
https://brocku.ca/careers/posting/?id=2160
Entomologist
Natural Resources Canada, Edmonton AB
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018

A Forest Entomologist is sought to join the Ecosystem Health Science Program at the Northern Forestry Centre of the Canadian Forest Service. Working within an interdisciplinary team environment, the successful candidate will develop his/her own research program as well as contribute to existing studies focused on forest health in a changing environment. The primary initial focus will be on bark beetles in the western boreal forests and in forests at high latitudes and altitudes; however, the candidate will be expected to expand their research program to other types of insect pests as needed. The successful candidate’s research program will be largely focused on field ecology, and will contribute to understanding and ameliorating the risks posed by current and emerging bark beetle threats in managed and unmanaged forests experiencing changing natural and anthropogenic disturbance regimes, including the effects of climate change. A major outcome of the research program will be the development of solutions for mitigating risks and minimizing impacts of bark beetles on forest ecosystem health. The successful candidate will have discipline-based knowledge, a capacity to integrate multiple data and information sources for problem solving at the site and landscape scales, and experience in forest ecosystem science with emphasis on the boreal region. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate broadly within NRCan, with other research and data providers, and with other public and private sector stakeholders.


For more details, including qualifications and the application process see: 
https://emploisfp-psjobs.cfp-psc.gc.ca/psrs-srfp/applicant/page1800?poster=1103624
Course Offerings
Geography Field School
Geography Field School to Guatemala (NRES 763 & GEOG 626), Spring semester (May 2018) 
This field school is an intensive, interdisciplinary field school examines geographical approaches to rights, power, and ‘development’ as they relate to issues of political & structural violence experienced by Indigenous peoples, labour organizations, & social movements in Guatemala. Land is central to all conflicts and visions for the future. Examinations of scholarly, alternative, and grassroots accounts of structural violence in this country allow us to discuss critically issues of state terror, repression, geographical approaches to studying genocide & the spatiality of life and death.
 
The first week of the course takes place at the UNBC campus in Prince George. Students will prepare for this intense week of classes by reading material made available some time before the course starts in early May 2018. Weeks two and three take place in Guatemala with Grahame Russell of Rights Action and Catherine Nolin of UNBC Geography. More information and applications are available at: https://www.unbc.ca/geography/field-schools/guatemala-2018 or contact: Catherine Nolin at catherine.nolin@unbc.ca
STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS
LITO AROCENA STUDENT AWARDS
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
www.unbc.ca/giving or www.unbc.ca/giving/employee-giving for more information.

SUSAN STEVENSON MEMORIAL AWARD
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.

DAVID SUZUKI FELLOWSHIPS
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!  
COLLOQUIUM ARCHIVE
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 (2016/17) can be found at https://video.unbc.ca/channel/NRESI/

REMINDER: Share your information about recent publications, grand, and/or other honours you have received with NRESi newsletter subscribers via our bi-weekly newsletter.Please email all information and material to al.wiensczyk@unbc.ca


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