NRESi Bi-Weekly News - December 31, 2018 - January 11, 2019
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NRESi Bi-Weekly News

December 31, 2018 - January 11, 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

My apologies for the double sending of the newsletter - but it was pointed out that I had the incorrect times for the two regular NRESi colloquium presentations - they both start at 3:30 pm as per normal. 

Happy New Year

Welcome back!

I hope that everyone had a happy holiday season and is getting back into the swing of things in the new year and the winter semester. It seems that Mother Nature has made up for the lack of snow in November and December by giving it to us all in January. Great news for those who love outdoor winter activities like skiing and snowshoeing. Could do without the yoyo'ing temperatures though. Enjoy and stay warm.

We are now fully subscribed for the winter NRESi colloquium series with some additional special presentations added as well. We will also be helping to prep for the UNBC Research Forum taking place at the end of the winter semester in April. Stay tuned to the NRESi newsletter for details as they become available.

The 2019 winter semester line-up is now fully subscribed.

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.
Winter Semester Tentative Colloquium Schedule
Presentation Date Tentative Presenter and/or Topic
Jan 11, 2019 Beyond the Ecosystem Tipping Point: forestry, climate change and biodiversity.  What we can do? Frank Doyle, Wildlife Dynamics, Smithers
Tues, Jan 15, 2019* Indigenous-Settler Relations in a Northern Resource Town. Dr. Tyler McCreary, Florida State University - Co-sponsored by the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) and the Geography Department
Jan 18, 2019 Landslide research ad the Geological Survey of Canada. Dr. Andree Blais-Stevens, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada
Jan 25, 2019 John Post, University of Calgary
Feb 1, 2019 Kindy Gosal, Columbia Basin Trust
Feb 8, 2019 Darwyn Coxson, UNBC followed by NRESi Annual Awards presentation.
Feb 15, 2019 Ian Curtis, UNBC
Mar 1, 2019 Thomas Tannert, UNBC
Mar 8, 2019 Smart Growth, Smart City: practical land use tools to build better communities, better
economies, and a better climate. 
Alex Boston, Renewable Cities, Simon Fraser University
Mar 15, 2019 Bruce Rogers, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Omineca Region.
Mar 22, 2019 Land-use in the traditional territories of the Gitanyow and Gitxsan First Nations - Dr. Tom Ozden-Schilling, John Hopkins University
Thurs, Mar 28, 2019** Dr. Bob Clark, Environment Canada and the University of Saskatchewan - Co-sponsored by the UNBC Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society.
Mar 29, 2019 Dr. Derek Hik, Simon Fraser University, Polar Days talk
April 5, 2019 Canadian Institute of Forestry - Master's Night event
* The presentation on Tuesday, Jan 15th will be held in the Canfor Theatre from 5:30 - 7:00 pm
** The special presentation on Thursday March 28th will be held in room 7-150 at the usual colloquium time - 3:30-4:30 pm
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Colloquium Presentation
Beyond the Ecosystem Tipping Point: forestry, climate change and biodiversity.  What we can do?
Frank Doyle, Wildlife Dynamics

Tipping Point Reached? Harvesting (rate and area) and climate change have led to a dramatic 95% population decline in  Northern Goshawk populations across central and northwestern British Columbia.  In response to this, forest managers across the region are working together to develop a stewardship strategy to try to prevent the loss of this species. I will discuss this strategy and also describe strategies for managing biodiversity and robust ecosystems in second growth forests and how to create attributes that support mature - old growth species within the context of the working forest.

     3:30-4:30 pm                                       Room 8-164
  To participate remotely: (Livestream Channel 1)
Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network/Geography/Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Joint Colloquium Presentation
Indigenous-Settler Relations in a Northern Resource Town
Dr. Tyler McCreary, Florida State University

This talk places Smithers in Indigenous history, charting how Witsuwit’en families struggled to make a place for themselves in town. While settler authorities sought to push Indigenous peoples to the margins, generations of Witsuwit'en residents fought to resist colonial dispossession and construct Indigenous space in Smithers.

     5:30-7:00 pm                                       Canfor Theatre - 6-213
  To participate remotely: (Livestream Channel 1)
Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Colloquium Presentation
Landslide research at the Geological Survey of Canada
Dr. Andree Blais-Stevens, Project Leader, Landslides and Marine Geohazards, Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

Dr. Blais-Stevens will briefly introduce the Public Safety Geohazards program and its research activities across Canada. The main role of a research scientist at the GSC is to provide baseline geoscience information to various jurisdictions, stakeholders, and decision-makers. She will discuss her landslide research in some areas of British Columbia and Yukon. When focussing on an infrastructure development project, her work involves creating an inventory of pre-historic and historical landslides followed by landslide susceptibility thematic mapping. Landslide susceptibility maps are generated to identify zones that are prone to future landslides. Some examples will be presented from the Sea to Sky corridor, Douglas Channel, and Yukon-Alaska Highway.  When large landslides are identified, she tries to understand the potential geological, geomorphological, and climatic characteristics of the affected areas and the potential triggers. The Sutherland River and Khyex River landslides will be presented. Finally, one of her activities has been to update regularly the map of historical landslides that have caused fatalities in Canada since 1771.  She will briefly touch on those results.
     3:30-4:30 pm                                       Room 8-164
  To participate remotely: (Livestream Channel 1)
None currently scheduled
UNBC Geography Double Header!
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

4:30-5:30 - Pizza Info Night and Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) Conference Planning with the Geography Club - NUSC Event Space

5:30-7:00 - Walk on over to the Canfor theatre for the presentation by Dr. Tyler McCreary (described above). Presentation co-sponsored by the Urban Aboriginal Knowledge Network (UAKN) and the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute (NRESi).

Here is a link to a this week’s OpEd written by Tyler McCreary & Rick Budhwa for the Globe and Mail:
Physical Geography & Environmental Science Career Night
Thursday, January 17, 2019
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Room: 8-166

Interact with successful scientists that study environmental change
  • Guests from Government, Non-profit Organizations and Industry
  • Speed presentations followed by Question and Answer session
  • Students: Come prepared to ask questions!
* Pizza and (non-alcoholic) beer provided
For more information, contact Dr. Brian Menounos, Dr. Joseph Shea or Dr. Faran Ali
BC Natural Resources Forum
Forum 2019: The Meeting Place for Indigenous, Government, Community, and Industry Leaders
January 22-24, 2019
Prince George Civic Centre, Prince George, BC

There's a great deal of excitement around the upcoming BC Natural Resources Forum. Distinguished speakers from across Canada will discuss the latest issues and trends impacting BC’s vibrant resource industry. The Forum provides an unprecedented opportunity to network and explore mutually beneficial business opportunities with Indigenous and resource sector leaders as well as all levels of government. 

The 2019 Program will focus on innovation and collaboration in the resources sector, and is currently under development with invitations issued to exceptional potential moderators, panelists and keynote speakers!  Below please find the preliminary program outline:

BC Agriculture and Climate Change Research Education Series

The University of Northern British Columbia will be co-hosting a four part BC Agriculture and Climate Change Research Education Series next semester, and we would like to extend an invitation to faculty and students/colleges to participate in the event.

The education series is a joint endeavor with the BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network and the BC Ministry of Agriculture, and will be hosted in collaboration with five other universities in the province (UBC, UBCO, KPU, TRU, UFV). The goal of this series is to provide university students (undergraduate and graduate), and new professionals from across the province, with an introduction to climate change adaptation in the BC agriculture sector and to highlight future research and career opportunities.

The Education Series will be broadcast weekly from UBC Vancouver campus to several satellite locations (located at each university) on the following dates: February 28th, March 7th, 14th and 21st, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Each session will include a presentation from a field expert and facilitated group activities that will provide participants with a local and provincial perspective on:
  1. Climate change projections and implications for agricultural regions in BC
  2. Adaptation concepts and initiatives in the BC agriculture sector
  3. The role of applied multi-disciplinary research for supporting producer adaptation
  4. Extension strategies for implementing climate-smart agriculture practices
Registration is free and we are looking to encourage more students from the university to take part in this unique education opportunity. Here are some examples of how other instructors are helping to increase student participation:
  • Integrating the education series into a course being taught next semester
  • Providing students with an opportunity to attend the series in lieu of a class assignment
  • Providing students with bonus marks or other academic incentives to encourage participation
  • Allowing our team to do a classroom announcement during registration in January 2019
Michelle Miller, Regional Coordinator, will be working with a provincial team to deliver the event at UNBC. Please let her know if you are interested in including your students in this event and she will follow up soon with more details. Contact Michelle Miller -
Southern Interior Silviculture Committee Conference
Managing Southern Interior Forest and Grassland landscapes for multiple values, and What do we need to do to achieve that?
January 21-23, 2019
Kelowna, BC

The workshop will provide a venue to explore what values we want to protect, enhance, and realize from our forest and grassland ecosystems, and a forum to discuss the tools, practices and policies that are needed to do that.

The conference agenda will be on the website as it develops, starting at the end of this month:
Association of BC Forest Professional Forestry Conference
Healthy and Resilient Forests
Feb 6-8, 2019
Kamloops, BC

This year's theme is Healthy and Resilient Forests and session topics include BC's Species at Risk Act, Managing for Caribou, How Do We Provide Healthy and Resilient Forests, Managing Watershed Risk, the gender gap in forestry, and a whole lot more. Plus our keynote speaker is Timothy Caulfield, Professor of Health Law & Science Policy at the University of Alberta and author of Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything? Timothy will be speaking about why people believe celebrities and not experts.

Visit for more details on the conference agenda.
Northern Silviculture Committee Conference
Silviculture Practices for Changing Forest Landscapes, Values, and Expectations
February 26-27, 2019
Prince George, BC

Forested ecosystems and values are changing at a pace that puts pressure on forest managers, local licensees, and provincial programs to continually adapt. Finding innovative and collaborative approaches in silviculture and resource planning has become essential to the baseline of the forest industry in the short and long term.

Join the Northern Silviculture Committee on February 26-27 to push forward the leading edge in silvicultural practices for changing forest landscape, values and expectations.

Be part of the solution!

Visit the conference website for the agenda and to register -

A student registration rate is provided!
2019 Northern Historical Conference - "Progression"
March 1-2, 2019
University of Northern British Columbia

The Northern Historical Student Society is pleased to issue a call for papers for the 2019 Northern Historical Conference!
The Northern Historical Conference will be held at the University of Northern British Columbia from 1-2 March 2019 and will open with an address from our keynote Janna Swales, a former UNBC History alumni who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Yukon Transportation Museum. We live during a period where many people have said societies are regressing, when to others there is clear progression. This is why we are making this year’s conference theme “Progression.” We are hoping that by using a historical perspective to analyze themes of progression in history - whether those be medical, technological, political or otherwise. Has history shown this progressive improvement, or are there signs of historical stagnation and regression?
We are accepting submissions for individual presentations, panels and roundtables. Presenters will be expected to present for 15-20 minutes and roundtables will last 50 minutes. The deadline for submission is 1 February 2019.
If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract and biography through our Google form, available at:
If you have any further questions or require clarification, do not hesitate to contact us at:
Joint Meeting of the IUFRO Working parties
"Shoot, foliage and stem diseases" and "Wilt diseases" 
May 6-10, 2019
Figline Valdarno, Florence, Italy
Call for Abstracts: Opens on December 1st - closes on January 25th, 2019
Canadian Institute of Forestry E-lectures
This Landbase is not passive - connecting boreal wetlands to forest management
Date/Time Title Presenter(s)
Jan 17, 2019 The Role of Wetlands in Forests and Forest Management Bev Gingras, Head - Boreal Conservation Programs & Kylie McLeod, Conservation Programs Specialist; Ducks Unlimited Canada
Jan 24, 2019 Wetland Ecosystem Services in Canada's Boreal Forest: Managing for Multiple Values Marcel Darveau, National Sustainable Land Use Research Specialist & Kylie McLeod, Conservation Programs Specialist; Ducks Unlimited Canada
Jan 31, 2019 Impact of Resource Extraction on Canada’s Boreal Peatlands Dr. Maria Strack, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo
Feb 7, 2019 Hot Hot Peat! Managing boreal peatland wildfires in an era of climate change Dr. Mike Waddington, McMaster University, Canada Research Chair in Ecohydrology
Feb 14, 2019 Conservation of Boreal Wetlands: Policy Considerations & Manitoba Example.

Wetlands and Forestry:  Highlights of a Regulatory Review - Ont to BC.
Trent Hreno, Boreal Policy Lead, Ducks Unlimited Canada.

Jeremy Beal, RPF, Manager - Alberta Planning, Forsite - Forest Management Specialists
Feb 21, 2019 Remote Sensing of Boreal Wetlands: Strategies and Methods Michael Merchant, Remote sensing specialist, Duck Unlimited Canada
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:
Travel and Conferences
G. McNicol, C. Bulmer, D. D’Amore, P. Sanborn, S. Saunders, I. Giesbrecht, S. G. Arriola, A. Bidlack, D. Butman,  and B. Buma. 2019. Large, climate-sensitive soil carbon stocks mapped with pedology-informed machine learning in the North Pacific coastal temperate rainforest.  Environmenal Research Letters 14 014004.

Gerwing, T.G. and E. Plate. 2018. Effectiveness of nutrient enhancement as a remediation or compensation strategy of salmonid fisheries in culturally oligotrophic lakes and streams in temperate climates. Restoration Ecology, November 2018.

Barst, B.D., P. E. Drevnick, D.C.G. Muir, N. Gantner, M. Power, G. Köck, N. Chéhab, H. Swanson, F. Rigét, N. Basu. 2018. Screening-level risk assessment of methylmercury for non-anadromous Arctic char (Salvelinus alpinus): A State of the Art Review; Environ Toxicol Chem.  ETCJ-Oct-18-00622 (accepted 14-Dec-2018, online). Open Access:
Alava J.J. & Gantner, N. 2018; Risks and radiation impacts in the B.C. coastal-marine environment following the Fukushima nuclear accident. In: Ocean Watch British Columbia Edition. First Edition. K. Bodtker (Ed). Coastal Ocean Research Institute, Ocean Wise. 2018. Online: 

Rea, R.V. 2018.  Natural resource management students view forests and forest management through the lens of a guide outfitter.  Mountain Hunter 30:24-31.
Partner News
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) Update

Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions @ UNBC
Within a collaborative and inter-disciplinary framework, the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions supports a range of solutions-oriented research initiatives to help solve pressing climate change challenges and realize opportunities in British Columbia and beyond. 

Applications open for new $1M climate solutions research partnerships
Our new $1-million Theme Partnership Program aims to connect top researchers with policy, industry and other community leaders to develop climate solutions and legacy partnerships for British Columbia and beyond. We invite project proposals that aspire to build global leadership in climate solutions.

A letter of intent is due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15 2019. For more information, please read the news release and Theme Partnership application guide. If you have any questions, contact us at

Internships program

PICS will provide $10,000 to BC provincial, regional, and local governments, Indigenous communities, BC-based non-governmental agencies and businesses to hire a student intern for a minimum of 13 weeks. Please send this link to your public sector, NGO and business networks.
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.

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
Input sought on moose winter tick survey
Jan 2, 2019 - Victoria. 
The BC Wildlife Health Program is again asking 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...

Update on wildfire site rehabilitation in Skeena Region
Dec 20, 2018 - Smithers. The rehabilitation of land impacted by the suppression of wildfires in 2018 is underway throughout the Northwest Fire Centre, with work being done at 12 of the most significant fire sites. For more details...
Employment, PhD, and Postdoc Opportunities
MSc Project Opportunity
Wildfire fuel and community restoration planning

An opportunity is available for working on a graduate project examining wildfire risk and landscape restoration working in partnership with the Xaxli’p First Nation in southwestern British Columbia. The graduate student will develop forest fuel maps using LiDAR data, which will then be incorporated into the Xaxli'p strategic restoration planning for their traditional territory. The project will begin in either May or September 2019. For more information or to submit your application, please contact either Dr. Scott Green ( or Dr. Che Elkin (
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
2019 Call for Internship Proposals

Every year PICS provides support to provincial, regional and local governments, businesses, Indigenous communities, among others, to hire university students to work on projects relevant to our vision, mandate and objectives.

These internships provide students with opportunities to develop expertise in the area of climate change solutions, both mitigation and adaptation, and support our partners in addressing the climate change-related challenges they face.

The deadline is Jan 11, 2019. Check out the details by clicking below!
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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