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From May 15 to 19, UBC Forestry is hosting two Aboriginal students as part of the Verna J. Kirkness (VJK) Science and Engineering Program. The Kirkness program provides an opportunity for Aboriginal high-school students to conduct research alongside professors and seasoned graduate students.
I spent the final co-op term of my undergraduate degree at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the UK. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are known for their extensive use of wood on the interior components of their automobiles. I was involved in a variety of projects seeing new wood and non-wood interior components into production within the Woodshop.
My 4th co-op term consisted of the development and delivery of programs aimed at reconnecting people to Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. In partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium, I’ve worked to engage guests through touch tables, talks, and various other activities designed to peek interest and build knowledge on the amazing work that both organizations are doing to maintain these special places.
For my first Co-op work term, I have been working as a research assistant in the Evenden Lab, which studies plant-insect interactions and insect chemical and behavioural ecology at the University of Alberta. This is an incredible opportunity for me to work with some excellent people in this summer. As a field and laboratory research assistant, I have learnt a lot about the endemic niche of mountain pine beetle which is the most damaging biotic disturbance agent in mature pines in western Canada.
Last summer I worked with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Uttarakhand, India for my second co-op work term. Not only was it an incredible experience personally, through being able to explore and engage with a new culture, but also professionally. My fellow college, Christina Howard, and I conducted research on the perceptions of Himalayan villagers towards climate change. We were able to spend time in the field conducting social surveys with the mountain communities.
Traversing the Sierra Madres in Wyoming, USA, climbing trees with a chainsaw in White Rock, BC, and working for two different community forests as a co-op student! Having completed five different work terms allows for such a breadth of experiences and I would encourage anyone to set themselves on such an adventure!
Adult salmon that are released after being captured are stressed and injured. Injured fish are an easy target for bacteria, viruses and other pathogens that can kill fish before they spawn, especially in warm water. Our research examines how gillnet entanglement duration and water temperature affect disease development and survival.
A full-time Research Associate position is available within the Forest Products Biotechnology/Bioenergy (FPB/B) Research Group, Department of Wood Science. The Research Associate will be responsible for research by gathering and analyzing data as well as writing of papers, reports and presenting in all aspects of biofuels, including feedstock, supply chains, conversion technologies (biochemical, oleochemical and thermochemical), refinery co-processing, law and policy (mandates, incentives, etc.).
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Applications are invited for a Post-Doctoral position in the working group of Dr Verena Griess, Department of Forest Resources Management, Faculty of Forestry at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
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Author: Sarah Gergel Published by: Springer (April 23, 2017) URL: www.springer.com/us/book/9781493963720 Learning Landscape Ecology, 2nd Edition This title meets a great demand for training in spatial analysis tools accessible to a wide audience. Landscape ecology continues to grow as an exciting discipline with much to offer for solving pressing and emerging problems in environmental science. Much of the […]