NRESi Bi-Weekly News - September 10 - 21, 2018
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NRESi Bi-Weekly News

September 10 - 21, 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

Howdy folks

Hopefully everyone is settling into the fall semester. The morning air is starting to get crisper and the leaves beginning to turn. A little cooler than normal September but with any luck we will have a long fall before the white stuff shows up - at least here in Prince George. We had a great colloquium speaker to kick off our fall series. Dr Curtis Bjork spoke to a full house of students, faculty and guests on the plethora of flora found in the Robson Valley. If you missed the talk you can catch it in the NRESi video archive

This week promises to be another entertaining and interesting talk with Dr. Roy Rea on hand to discuss natural resource management and wildlife. The following week Dr. Grete Hovelsrud from Nord University will be here and will be presenting on low-carbon communities. Please note that Dr. Hovelsrud's presentation will start at 3:15 to accommodate her travel schedule. See the schedule below for more details on upcoming talks.

We have had one cancellation for the November 30th colloquium date so if you would be interested in presenting or know someone who would please send me an email or give me a call. 

I am now starting fill spots for the Winter semester. Please contact me if you have an ideas for speakers or would like to give a presentation yourself.
Efforts are currently underway to fill spots the 2019 winter 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 -
This semester the NRESi Colloquium presentations will take place Friday's at 3:30 pm in Room 8-164 with the exception of the presentation on September 28th which will start at 3:15 pm to accommodate the speaker's travel schedule.

Please note that the presentation on Monday, October 29th will take place in Room 5-177 (library building) starting at 10:00 am. 
Fall Semester Tentative Colloquium Schedule
Presentation Date Tentative Presenter and/or Topic
Sept 21, 2018 You Cannot Love Softwoods and Hate Hardwoods … and Other Thoughts About Silvicultural Racism by a Flaming Moosologist. Dr. Roy Rea, UNBC
Sept 28, 2018 
3:15 pm start time
Transformation to a low-carbon society: The role of Arctic communities. Dr. Grete Hovelsrud, Professor of Environmental Sociology, Nord University, Bodo, Norway.
Oct 5, 2018 Canon Project. Dr. Sinead Earley, UNBC
Oct 12, 2018 Forest Resilience: Conceptual, Measurement, and Management Challenges. Dr. Phil Burton, UNBC
Oct 19, 2018 Dr. John Rex, Hydrologist, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Oct 26, 2018 Dr. Erik Krogh, Vancouver Island University
Monday Oct 29, 2018* Dr. Leandro Castello, Virginia Tech
Nov 2, 2018 Mike Wulder, Natural Resources Canada - to be followed by NRES Graduate Student Poster Session
Nov 9, 2018 CMOS presentation
Nov 16, 2018 Inspiring Women Among Us
Nov 23, 2018 Drs. Fiona MacPhail and Paul Bowles, UNBC
Nov 30, 2018 TBA
*Time: 10-11 am; Room 5-177 (Library building).
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Colloquium Presentation
You Cannot Love Softwoods and Hate Hardwoods … and Other Thoughts About Silvicultural Racism by a Flaming Moosologist
Dr. Roy Rea, Ecosystem Science and Management Program, UNBC
Aldo Leopold said: “Harmony with the land is like harmony with a friend; you can-not cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators…the Land is one organism.” If Aldo Leopold were still around, he might also agree with me that you cannot love softwoods and hate hardwoods for the same reason that you cannot love game and hate predators; moose might agree with the former, but not the latter. Moose might also agree with the recently released Chief Forester’s guidelines on stand- and landscape-level retention in forests now targeted for sanitation and salvage logging in spruce leading forests of the Omineca Region. Unfortunately, moose are having a hard time articulating what they’d like to see happening on the landscape, so I will attempt to speak for the moose (as Dr. Seuss’ Lorax did when he claimed he would speak for the trees). I suggest that moose are better served when we leave more mature forests for thermal and security cover and promote the growth of young mixed hardwood/softwood stands for foraging. In essence, I will make an argument for why we should be practicing Jerry Franklin’s “1980s New Forestry” that urges us to “consider not only how much we take, but also how much we leave behind” and why this benefits not only moose, but also myriad other species.

          3:30-4:30 pm                                           Room 8-164
  To participate remotely: (Livestream Channel 1)
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Colloquium Presentation
Transformation to a low-carbon society: The role of Arctic communities
Dr. Grete Hovelsrud, Professor of Environmental Sociology, Nord University, Bodo, Norway

     3:15-4:15 pm                                       Room 8-164
  To participate remotely: (Livestream Channel 1)
2018 SISCO Fall Field Tour
Is there a "New Climate Normal"? And how do silviculture practitioners and range managers address the effects of present and future large wildfires on Forest and Range Values?
September 24-26, 2018
Kamloops, BC
Across much of BC, wildfires in 2017 and 2018 have resulted in record-setting impacts on communities, and the forest and rangelands that surround and support them. Many of our social, economic and ecological objectives and expectations for resources and values such as timber, livestock forage, identified wildlife, biodiversity, recreation, tourism, and watershed services are threatened, damaged or destroyed by extensive wildfire.
Following wildfire, silviculturists and range managers from diverse backgrounds are tasked with establishing productive forests and rangelands, however clarity on what treatments to implement and the efficacy of treatments is often poor or lacking. In addition, the question remains whether past approaches and treatments are relevant if
there is a “new climate normal”.

“Luckily”, there have been previous wildfire seasons when extensive areas burned and many locations where silviculture and range professionals worked hard to re-establish timber and forage values.
The 2018 Summer SISCO will visit wildfire areas from 1998 and 2003 to illustrate and discuss the consequences of treatments applied 15-20 years ago.

For more info and to register:
Canadian Institute of Forestry E-lectures

Date/Time Title Presenter(s)
Oct 2, 2018 Navigating the registration process: The steps to becoming a full or associate member of the OPFA - Part 3 (rescheduled) Louise Simpson, Ontario Professional Foresters Association
All e-lectures are from 10:30 am - 11:30 am PDT unless otherwise stated.

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:
National Forest Week

FREE Forestry Walking Tour, BBQ and Bus Ride
to the Willow River Interpretive Trail (Hwy 16E)

Saturday, September 29, 2018
Departure time and place TBA
All ages welcome - Family-friendly

This is a guided tour and you must RSVP Anna Monetta via email before September 25th to reserve your seat on the bus

Sponsored by the Cariboo Section of the Canadian Institute of Forestry
Thesis Defences

October 11, 2018
10:30 am
Room: TBA

Mr. Ian Curtis will be defending his thesis entitled: "Systematic conservation planning in the Wild Harts Study area. Mr. Curtis is a candidate for the degree: Master of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies.

Travel and Conferences
In collaboration with the Bulkley Valley Research Centre and Leigh-Ann Fenwick, Hugues Massicotte and Linda Tackaberry organized a family-friendly Mycology Mini-Workshop (Mycologists Just Wanna Have Fun-Gi) on Saturday September 15 in Smithers. By all accounts, the event went well and more than 50 participants learned a thing or two about the biology and ecology of mushrooms, edible or not! The foray was memorable with fresh snow on the ground! Luckily, the younger mycologists were able to locate a few Mycena and Sarcodon!

Again this year, the PG Naturalist Club organized a "Mushroom Walk" (led by your local enthusiastic mycologists, (Keith Egger and Hugues Massicotte) at Wilkins Park on September 9. The leaders were taken by surprise however when about 75 people showed up!

Luckily, a few mushrooms were found, including the charismatic megafungal Amanita muscaria (fly agaric) and the out-of-this-world Geastrum (earthstar)!

Hernández-Henríquez, M. A., Sharma, A. R., Taylor, M., Thompson, H. D. and Déry, S. J., 2018: The Cariboo Alpine Mesonet: Sub-hourly hydrometeorological observations of British Columbia's Cariboo Mountains and surrounding area since 2006, Earth System Science Data, 10, 1655-1672,

Kieta, K.A., Owens, P.N., Vanrobaeys, J., Lobb, D.A., Flaten, D.N. (2018). Phosphorus dynamics in vegetated buffer strips in cold climates: a review. Environmental Reviews 26, 255-272.
Blake, W.H.,Boeckx, P., Stock, B., Smith, H.G., Bode, S., Upadahayay, H. R., Gaspar, L., Goddard, R., Lennard, A., Lizaga, I., Lobb, D.A., Owens, P.N., Petticrew, E.L., Kuzyk, Z., Gari, B.D., Munishi, L., Mtei, K., Nebiyu, A., Mabit, L., Navas, A., Semmens, B. (2018). A hierarchical Bayesian mixing model approach for river basin sediment source apportionment. Scientific Reports 8:13073.

Lautensach, A.K. & S.W. Lautensach. 2018. Learning Sustainable Cultural Safety in a Crowded, Warming World. Journal for Sustainability Education (March).
Lautensach, A.K. 2018. Migrants Meet Europeans (Book Review). Journal Of Human Security, 14(1), 24-31. doi:10.12924/johs2018.14010024.
NRESi Member News
Jianbing Li’s term as a member of NSERC Research Tool and Instruments Selection Committee for Civil, Industrial and Systems Engineering  was recently extended for the 2019 competition.
Partner News
Aleza Lake Research Forest

Aleza Lake Research Forest
Management Plan No. 3

The Aleza Lake Research Forest Society (ALRFS) is pleased to announce the release of its Management Plan No. 3 for public review and comment. This plan relates to the management of the Aleza Lake Research Forest (ALRF) area for the period of 2018 to 2028 and is required by Special Use Permit S23615 as specified by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations, and Rural Development. If approved by government, this plan will replace the previous ALRF management plans for the area.

The ALRF Society invites members of the public to review the proposed management plan, and to provide responses to the Society on issues or areas of comment or concern regarding the plan.

The public review and comment period for this proposed Management Plan is August 31st to October 30th, 2018 inclusive.

The proposed ALRF plan and timber supply review documents can be accessed on-line in pdf format at:

Hard copies of the Management Plan are available to be signed out from Brenda or Jutta

For more information or to provide comments, please contact
Mike Jull RPF, ALRF Manager (; 250-960-6674), or
Colin Chisholm RPF, ALRF Assistant Forest Manager ( ; 250-960-6338)
Quesnel River Research Centre Update

The Quesnel River Research Centre at Likely will be hosting an Open House on Saturday 29th September, beginning at 10am, to provide an update on continuing research exploring impacts of the Mount Polley tailings pond breach into Quesnel Lake in 2014. The main session will comprise presentations on key findings so far by project participants from UNBC, UBC, the University of Lethbridge, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. These will be followed by an open forum, and the event will round-off with lunch. Details of travel to the QRRC are available through
The Quesnel River Research Centre at Likely has been asked to run  some hands-on activities relating to environmental science for  high-school students visiting on Friday 28th September, and we're  looking for help!

We would be very pleased to hear from any NRES grad student willing to design and run something along these lines. Each activity would need to last no more than an hour, with minimal specialist equipment. It would  be repeated two to three times, for groups of approximately 10 students. 

Any topic from across the NRES field could be of interest - the key point is student involvement, and ideally an element of 'fun'.

Please send your detailed ideas - and any questions - to as soon as possible, and no later than  Wednesday 19th September. The activities will run during the morning only, beginning around 10 am. Free accommodation is available at the Centre for the Thursday night, if required. We will provide a stipend of  $100 to those selected, to cover travel and expenses.

More information about the QRRC is provided at The drive from PG is about 3 hours.
Northern Analytical Laboratory Service (NALS) Update
New Thermal Analytical Analyses now available

NALS has recently increased its analytical capacity again. Now having the capability to perform several new thermal analytical analyses. In August 2018, NALS obtained three new instruments in collaboration with Dr. Thomas Tannert’s CFI grant and the Wood Innovation Research Lab (WIRL).They are a Discovery Thermal Gravimetric Analyzer (TGA), Differential Scanning Calorimeter (DSC) Q2000, and a Dynamic Mechanical Analyzer (DMA) Q800.

The TGA allows for gravimetric analysis of solids and liquids. It continuously measures the mass change of a sample as temperature increases; it can utilize both aluminum or high temperature platinum pans (up to a maximum temperature of 1200°C with the high temperature platinum pan). 

The DSC measures the difference in heat required to increase the temperature of a solid or liquid sample against a reference; this allows for the measure of phase transitions.

The DMA applies temperature and strain to a solid sample (i.e., primarily polymers or wood samples) to determine the glass transition temperature, and complex modulus. The DMA at NALS also has a humidity chamber that can allow for specific moisture during analysis. With these three new instruments, NALS has further increased its capacity to perform materials testing.

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:

Other News
Forest Research Opportunities

Wells-Barkerville Community Forest
for environmental, social and economic sustainability
  • 4,527 hectare community forest near Willow River headwaters
  • Area-based long term renewable forest tenure, community controlled
  • Higher elevation: 1200 metres to 1519 metres
  • Mostly within the Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir wet cool (ESSFwk1) biogeoclimatic subzone
  • Hybrid spruce (Picea Engelmanni x glauca) and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa) with a minor occurrence of lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)
  • Caribou habitat, includes area used in Mt. Tom Adaptive Management Trial
  • Timber harvesting legacy includes a small number of strip and diameter limit cut areas dating from the 1950s and 1960s and a small number of small and medium clearcuts dating from the 1980s to the present
  • Multiple use, including recreation trails, mushroom harvesting and forest education programs
  • Two hour drive on paved highway from Prince George)
  • Accommodation in Wells, a funky little 1930s mining community with good restaurants and other amenities
  • Logistical support
  • Funding partnership opportunities
  • Caribou, forest adaptation to climate change, carbon sequestration and soil productivity are priority research topics
  • All research activity, short term and long term, is welcome
Cameron Beck, Wells-Barkerville Community Forest Coordinator
250 961-4415
Minister's statement in celebration of National Forest Week
Sept 20, 2018 - Victoria. 
Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, has issued the following statement in recognition of National Forest Week, Sept. 23 to 29, 2018: “I invite British Columbians to join me in celebrating National Forest Week. We are reaching the end of a wildfire season in which a provincial state of emergency was declared for the second year in a row. I want to thank everyone who worked tirelessly to keep people safe. For more details...

Government partners with communities on wildfire risks
Sept 10, 2018 - Whistler
. The new Community Resiliency Investment Program will provide up to $50 million over the next three years to local governments and First Nations to help reduce wildfire risks around their communities. For more details...

Changes to organic matter recycling regulation proposed
Sept 8, 2018 - Victoria
. Proposed changes to the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation will support the processing of organic waste, which will reduce the burden on landfills, and give transparency and clarity to British Columbians who are affected by composting and land used for this purpose.  For more details...
Employment, PhD, and Postdoc Opportunities
Post-Doctoral Fellow - Soil Chemistry or Microbiology
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The University of Saskatchewan, Department of Soil Science is searching for a post-doctoral fellow in soil chemistry or microbiology to explore the role of the iron anamox cycling in bulk fertilzier plants.  The candidate should have experience in either: (i) the characterization of iron minerals by synchrotron techniques or (ii) characterization of autotrophic microbial communities involved in nitrogen cycling. The successful candidate will work in an interdisciplinary environment with Professors's Peak and Siciliano.   The goal of this project is to build flow-through column systems to characterize iron evolution as iron anamox bacteria reduce Fe(III) and oxidize NH3.  Candidate's must have published several papers in top tier journals to be considered for this position.  The term of this PDF would be for 2 years beginning September 1, 2018 and would be at the rate of $45,000 per year.  This PDF would be part of the CREATE SAFER program which the candidate can find at:
Contact Professors Derek Peak ( or Steven Siciliano ( for more information.
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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