NRESi Bi-Weekly News - July 29 - August 30, 2019
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 July 29 - August 30, 2019

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

Hello folks

Well summer is almost over and the 2019 fall semester is just around the corner. Looking forward to the energy on-campus as the new students arrive and things ramp up. Our NRESi Friday colloquium presentation series for the fall semester is almost full - just a couple of more spots to line up speaker for so if you know of anyone please let me know.  

And now for your newsletter chuckle.

"You know why you can't make reservations at the library? Because they're all booked up." 


"I spent my whole life being proud of my Eastern European heritage...That was until I found out my great-grandfather was from Transylvania...
Now I can't even look at myself in the mirror."

I am starting the process of arranging speakers for the fall 2019 and winter 2020 semesters. I currently have two spots available for the fall semester. The winter semester is open. Please contact me if you have any suggestions.

All talks are also available on-line through the UNBC LiveStream feed (channel 1) and are recorded unless requested by the presenter that they not be recorded and posted to the archive. To view a past presentation visit our video archive -
This semester the NRESi Colloquium presentations will take place Friday's at 3:30 pm in Room 8-164 unless otherwise indicated.
Fall Semester Tentative Colloquium Schedule
Presentation Date Tentative Presenter and/or Topic
Sept 13, 2019 TBA
Sept 20, 2019 Dr. Emma (Bea) Burak (Lancaster University, UK)
Sept 27, 2019 Integrated Watershed Research in the Nechako - Dr. Stephen Dery, Phil Owens, Margot Parkes, and Ellen Petticrew (UNBC). 
Oct 4, 2019 Dr. Scott Green (UNBC)
Oct 11, 2019 TBA
Oct 18, 2019 Dr. Jeff Werner (Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development).
Oct 25, 2019 Dr. Tristan Pearce - (CRC Cumulative Impacts, UNBC)
Nov 1, 2019 Dr. Kristen Waring (Northern Arizona University)
Nov 8, 2019 Dr. Jack Putz, University of Florida - Doug Little Guest Speaker
Nov 15, 2019 Mapping in a Man's World - Amazing Tales of Feminist and Queer Mapping Adventures in a Male-dominated Field. Rosemary Wardley, Cartographer and Graphics Editor at National Geographic. Sponsored by: Inspiring Women Among Us
Nov 22, 2019 Dr. Pamela Wright (UNBC)
Nov 29, 2019 Dr. Heather Bryan (UNBC)
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Time: 9:00 am
Location: Senate Chambers

Mr. Odinn Steinsson will be defending his thesis entitled:  “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Perceptions of Visitors to the Muskwa-Kechika Management Area, British Columbia”. Odinn is a candidate for the Degree: Master of Arts in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies

Thursday, September 5, 2019
Time: 11:30 am
Location: Senate Chambers

Mr. Sean O’Rourke will be defending his thesis entitled:  “­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­It’s Good for the Soul:” Eveny Traditional Land-Use and Meaning in Life”. Sean is a candidate for the Degree: Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
Canadian Institute of Forestry E-lectures

None currently scheduled
Date/Time Title Presenter(s)

All electronic lectures are free but registration is required. Register online at
Your consideration of CIF/IFC membership would be appreciated. To become a CIF/IFC
For more information on CIF/IFC e-lectures go to:
Northern Silviculture Committee Fall Field Tour
Learning from the past and present to create a better forest for the future.
September 24-25, 2019
Mackenzie, BC

Past, present, and future, “a society’s fate lies in its own hands and depends substantially on its own choices.” Jared Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. 

Tentative Agenda

Day 1:
  • Mackenzie Rust management strategy - looking at best management practices, what's working and what isn't. Speaker: Jewel Yurkewich (FLNRORD) 
  • Drag Scarification: cone viability and natural regeneration to address forest health issues. Speaker: Erik Olsen (Canfor) and others
  • Assisted Migration Adaptation Trial site: Speaker: Bill Laing (Conifex)
  • Fertilization with Tea bags - better ways to establish seedlings: Speaker Darius Bucher (Reforestation Technologies International)
Day 2:
  • Mixedwood stocking standards and hardwoods: Speaker: TBA
  • Brushing: manual vs chemical along with First Nations perspective on managing the land base. Speaker: BCTS and Tsay Keh Dene First Nation representatives.
  • Caribou: best management and impacts on silviculture: Speaker TBA.
  • Wildfire stocking standards and urban protection. Speaker: Mackenzie Community Forest representative
  • Spruce beetle and silviculture - Speaker and topic to be confirmed.
Stay tuned for more details on the agenda via the NSC 2019 fall field tour website.

To register for the field tour –
4th Annual Bark Beetle Summit
November 13-14, 2019
Prince George Civic Centre

At the summit we will be exploring how people and communities in the north can adapt to climate change, with a focus on Bark Beetles.
How can we effectively manage large-scale forest health disturbance?
How do we balance human health, community development, and ecosystem health?
The event will feature speakers from Government, Industry, First Nations and Academia.
Sponsored by the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development.

There is no cost to attend but you must register in advance. To register send an email to
International Arctic Science Committee
6th Snow Science Winter School
February 16-22, 2020
Col du Lautaret, French Alps

The Snow Science Winter School aims to teach modern techniques of snow measurements, based on a field training and theoretical lessons. It includes the practice with some of the state-of-the-art snow measurement techniques (specific surface area by reflection and spectroscopy, near-infrared photography, high-resolution penetrometry, micro-tomography, etc).

Students will learn about how to characterize the snow cover, what are the fundamental processes responsible for its evolution, and how does it interacts with the environment. For the 2020 edition, a special focus will be on snow in a changing climate, impact on human and nature.

Any graduate student or post-doc working on snow or in some snow related fieldis welcome to participate. The course corresponds to 3 ETCS-Points.

Application will close on October, 20th, 2019.

For more information and application, please visit:
Travel and Conferences
Phil Burton and Che Elkin participated in the 12th North American Forest Ecology Workshop (NAFEW), held in Flagstaff, Arizona, June 23-27. Phil gave a talk on "Why have recent mega-fires in British Columbia left some established plantations unburned?" Che's presentation was entitled "Evaluating comparative growth responses of spruce and aspen in thinned mixedwood stands to historical drought episodes." Selected papers from the Workshop will be forthcoming in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Sybille Haeussler attended the IUFRO joint conference on Genetics of Five-needle Pines and Rusts of Forest Trees" in Invermere, BC (July 22-26) and presented on the topic "What do we know about hemiparasitic plant hosts of Cronartium rusts?

Paul Sanborn attended the Canadian Society of Soil Science annual conference in Saskatoon, July 9-13, and presented on “A possible role for aeolian activity in slope processes and soil genesis in hypermaritime coastal British Columbia.”
Javed S, Mitchell K, Sidsworth D, Sellers SL, Reutens-Hernandez J, Massicotte HB, Keith N. Egger, Chow H. Lee, Geoffrey W. Payne (2019) Inonotus obliquus attenuates histamine- induced microvascular inflammation. PLoS ONE 14 (8): e0220776. pone.0220776

Gurbind S. Deo, Jatinder Khatra, Sukhpreet Buttar, Wai Ming Li, Linda E. Tackaberry, Hugues B. Massicotte, Keith N. Egger, Kerry Reimer & Chow H. Lee. 2019. Antiproliferative, Immunostimulatory, and Anti­ In ammatory Activities of Extracts Derived from Mushrooms Collected in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms 21(7):629 –643

Guido Wimmers, Julia Klick, Linda Tackaberry, Cora Zwiesigk, Keith Egger, and Hugues Massicotte (2019). Fundamental Studies for Designing Insulation Panels from Wood Shavings and Filamentous Fungi BioResources 14(3), 5506-5520

Lilhare, R., Déry, S. J., Pokorny, S., Stadnyk, T. A., and Koenig, K. A., 2019: Inter-comparison of multiple hydro-climatic datasets across the Lower Nelson River Basin, Manitoba, Canada, Atmosphere-Ocean, 57, DOI: 10.1080/07055900.2019.1638226
Islam, S. U., Hay, R. W., Déry, S. J. and Booth, B. P., 2019: Modelling the impacts of climate change on riverine thermal regimes in western Canada's largest Pacific watershed, Scientific Reports, 9, 11398.
Sharma, A. R. and Déry, S. J., 2019: Variability and trends of landfalling atmospheric rivers along the Pacific Coast of northwestern North America, International Journal of Climatology, 39,

Gateuille, D., Owens, P.N., Petticrew, E.L., Booth, B.P., French, T.A., Déry, S.J. (2019). Determining contemporary and historical sediment sources in a large drainage basin impacted by cumulative effects: the regulated Nechako River, British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Soils and Sediments 19, 3357-3373.
Reiffarth, D.G., Petticrew, E.L., Owens, P.N., Lobb, D.A. (2019). Spatial differentiation of cultivated soils using compound-specific stable isotopes (CSSIs) in a temperate agricultural watershed in Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 19, 3411-3426.
Boudreault, M., Koiter, A.J., Lobb, D.A., Liu, K., Benoy, G., Owens, P.N., Li, S. (2019). Comparison of sampling designs for sediment source fingerprinting in an agricultural watershed in Atlantic Canada. Journal of Soils and Sediments, 19, 3302-3318. /10.1007/s11368-019-02306-6
NRESi Member News
PhD candidate Adam Hawkins (NRES-Geography, supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos) recently received a 2019 UNBC Senate Student Leadership Award in Community Leadership for his dedicated leadership with Prince George Search and Rescue (PGSAR) which is is responsible for searching for lost individuals, evacuating injured persons, and assisting in other emergencies in the Prince George area. PGSAR members are unpaid professionals that are highly trained in wilderness skills and technical rescue.
Congratulations, Adam!
UNBC Senate Awards:

#Fieldwork Friday ... Exciting fieldwork going on at the Quesnel River Research Centre (QRRC) by faculty and students in Geography & Environmental Science. Dr. Faran Ali (GEOG) sent photos of ongoing work with Drs. Ellen Petticrew and Phil Owens along with Vince Aubichon, Jordan Lindgren, Tyler Halverson (QRRC summer student) and Bea Burak (a visiting student from Lancaster University). 

Paul Sanborn spent August 12-15 at Calvert Island, BC, introducing two visiting colleagues, Rebecca Lybrand (Oregon State) and Ashlee Deere (Nebraska) to coastal soils, and discussing soils and watershed research sponsored by the Hakai Institute.
Partner News
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).

We are proud to announce that NALS is now able to offer Enzyme Linked Immunoassay (ELISA) determination of total microcystin/nodularin as part of our analytical water testing services. Following completion of internal method validation, NALS committed to external verification through an Abraxis proficiency test program. The NALS completed its first round of proficiency tests this May! NALS will now offer this service on a monthly basis starting September 2019.

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:

Quesnel River Research Centre (QRRC) Update

The Quesnel River Research Centre has hosted a range of visitors through the 2019 summer season. In early May, twelve students attended a field-course in freshwater ecohydrology, limnology and fluvial geomorphology, run by Drs Ellen Petticrew and Faran Ali, with support from RAs Todd French and Jordan Lindgren. Dr Ali has also been a frequent visitor through the summer, running experiments in fluvial geomorphology in the centre's flumes. Another flume has been used for several months by graduate students Rahim Jofari and Yuquan Li (supervisor Dr Jueyi Sui) to explore the effects of bed-scour around model bridge piers. Two groups from Natural Resources Canada have visited the centre, with the goal of applying various forms of remote sensing to assess the degree of ecological impact arising from the Mount Polley Mine tailings pond breach in 2014. The centre is currently providing a base for staff from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, who are seeking to determine how many chinook, sockeye and other salmon are able to complete their migration into the Quesnel River system, despite the disruption of the major landslide into the Fraser River at Big Bar. Over the Labour day weekend, Dr Paul Sanborn will be running his - probably last ever! - forest soils field-course, with a group of eighteen undergraduate students. The centre has also hosted visits from the Northern Secwepemc te Qelmucw, and three school parties have visited to learn about aspects of the surrounding watershed, as well as to release chinook fry into the Quesnel River as part of the DFO's 'Stream to Sea' program. The centre will hold its annual Open House, providing a summary of research through the past year, on Saturday 5th October.
Fuel management project scheduled for Frenkel Road area
Aug 28, 2019 - Prince George. 
The BC Wildfire Service plans to burn piles of accumulated woody debris at a site in the Prince George Fire Zone, as part of ongoing fuel management treatments to reduce wildfire risks in the area. For more details...

Canada, British Columbia, and the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Sign Gwets’en Nilt’i Pathway Agreement
Aug 28, 2019 - Williams Lake. 
The federal and provincial governments have joined with the Tŝilhqot’in National Government and the six Tŝilhqot’in communities to celebrate the signing of the Gwets’en Nilt’i Pathway Agreement (“Towards it, We are Striving”), a historic reconciliation agreement to support Tŝilhqot’in self-determination, five years after the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court of Canada in the Tŝilhqot’in Nation Decision. For more details...

Province extends plastics engagement following strong public response
Aug 28, 2019 - Victoria.
Because of the popularity of the CleanBC engagement about what the Province could do to ban, reduce and recycle more plastics, the Province has extended the comment period. The engagement, which was originally scheduled to close Sept. 18, has been extended to Sept. 30, 2019.  For more details...

Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia announce investments in wild salmon conservation and habitat restoration projects on Vancouver Island
Aug 28, 2019 - Victoria.
Healthy wild fish stocks are vital to the economic prosperity and social fabric of British Columbia’s coastal communities, and are fundamental to the culture of many Indigenous communities. For more details...

New plan helps Bulkley-Nechako, Fraser-Fort George farmers adapt to climate change
Aug 13, 2019 - Victoria.
Farmers in the Bulkley-Nechako and Fraser-Fort George regions will have more support to adapt to climate change, following the development of the Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George Regional Adaptation Strategies plan. For more details...

Scientists monitoring impacts of climate change on wetlands
Aug 9, 2019 - Victoria. 
In the heart of the Robson Valley, skirting the western edge of the Rocky Mountains, a diverse range of habitat has captured the attention of scientists studying wetlands and climate change. The rivers and wetlands are supported by the melt of winter snowpack flowing down mountain slopes in the spring. But Darwyn Coxson, a leading researcher on biodiversity and conservation of inland temperate rainforest ecosystems in B.C., is starting to notice some unusual trends. For more details...
Other News
BC Agriculture and Food Climate Adaption
Bulkley-Nechako and Fraser-Fort George Regional Adaptation Strategies Released.

The Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George Regional Adaptation Strategies planning process, managed by CAI, began in summer 2018 and brought together farmers from both regions to work with local governments and provincial and federal agencies to identify priorities for agricultural adaptation as well as strategies and actions for strengthening resilience.

A 14-member working group with representatives from the agricultural sector and regional and provincial governments will oversee development of priority projects, and CAI will manage project implementation. Up to six projects will be completed in the region by 2023.

The Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George Regional Adaptation Strategies is the eighth regional plan developed across the province as part of the Regional Adaptation Program delivered by CAI.

READ the Bulkley-Nechako & Fraser-Fort George Regional Adaptation Strategies plan (9 MB PDF)
Employment, PhD, and Postdoc Opportunities
Project Funding Opportunity
Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program - Peace Region

Types of projects funded.
  1. Research and information acquisition
  2. Habitat-based actions
  3. Species-based actions
  4. Monitoring and evaluation actions
  5. Land securement
Basin and Action Plans guide the projects funded. 

See: for more information, access to the Action plans and application instructions.

Notice of Intent deadline: September 9, 2019
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Plant Systematist
Ottawa, Ontario

for more details. Or contact Tyler Smith ( - 613-694-2445) for specific details as the job ad/application covers quite a number of planned or anticipated positions over the next two years. 

Please note that the Posted Deadline of 2021 does NOT apply to this position. Applications are needed ASAP and it is expected that this position will move forward this fall and so applications must be within the next few weeks to be considered.

The BC Oil and Gas Commission, the provincial regulator of oil, gas and geothermal activities, has created the BC Oil and Gas Commission Indigenous Knowledge Research Grant.

Graduate level awards: Indigenous Knowledge Research Grant (Grant) will be available starting in the 2019/20 academic year. Each Grant will be valued at $5,000 per student. UNBC will award Grants according to the criteria below. Grants will be available to graduate students whose research focuses on any of the following topics:
  • Landscape of Indigenous Law and governance in British Columbia;
  • Integration of Indigenous and Canadian law (federal, provincial, municipal) regarding land use and natural resource management;
  • Building collective understanding of Indigenous knowledge and reconciliation; and/ or
  • Integration of Indigenous knowledge into natural resource management, land use planning, and decision-making in British Columbia.
See UNBC's Scholarship, Bursary and Awards Guide for more information and/or visit:
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: $750
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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