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The UBC Faculty of Forestry is a world leader in forestry research and education, and provides a focus for forestry in British Columbia and throughout Canada. Forestry is an inherent component of Canadian life both economically and socially with forests making a vital contribution to moderating climate, filtering air and water, regenerating soils, and preventing erosion. Canada is, therefore, required to respond to both national and international protocols related to climate change and the sustainability of its forests. This requires forest resource information to be regularly measured and monitored to provide timely and accurate information. The Department of Forest Resources Management (FRM) within the Faculty aims to excel in education and research for the conservation and sustainable management of forests and woodlands. The Department provides outstanding education that is interdisciplinary, international, and experiential, including an accredited forestry degree; and fosters an interdisciplinary, innovative research environment that attracts world class graduate students and scholars.
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The International Panel on Climate Change has postulated that, if left unchecked, we will likely see a 3.7 to 4.8°C increase in the Earth’s surface temperature by the end of the century. This temperature increase is likely to result in very disruptive and expensive events, such as rising sea-levels and extreme storms. Growing more trees, capturing CO2 and finding alternative, renewable sources of energy are all ways to help mitigate this temperature rise.
Effective monitoring of global trends in biodiversity is an important component of international commitments to protect wildlife. Remote cameras (aka camera “traps”) are a rapidly growing technology with great potential to transform the way wildlife monitoring is done.
As a junior co-op student I was hired as a potato scout for E.S. Cropconsult, an environmental consulting company. My work involved monitoring the presence of insects and pathogens in agricultural crops, and using that information to provide spray recommendations to growers. This allowed the growers to make more informed decisions about the application of pesticides, rather than following a fixed spray schedule, ultimately helping to curb the overuse of pesticides.
I worked last summer in 100 Mile House for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO). As a co-op student working for the Ministry I had the luxury of learning and working with numerous branches that are a part of FLNRO.
During my most recent Co-op placement, I had the opportunity to travel to Okayama University in Japan. As Okayama University hopes to build a good connection with UBC, one of the modes of achieving this connection is through the establishment of an internship program like Forestry Co-op. As a Co-op Project Assistant, my role was to work alongside other Japanese university students in workplaces related to the forestry sector.
My first two co-op terms were as a Student Research Assistant at the Agassiz Research and Development Centre of Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. My time was split between working in the field collecting water samples, working in a laboratory analyzing, processing, and storing water and soil samples, and conducting data analysis.
Are you interested in becoming a Teaching Assistant / Marker for the Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences?
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The occurrence of invasive plants is increasing in all types of ecosystems, producing both positive and negative changes on the landscape. Many land managers aim to decrease the negative effects that plant invasions bring, which may require curbing their spread through proactive management.
Using data from a household survey covering colonist and Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, we have analyzed the socioeconomic determinants of legal and illegal smallholder timber harvesting. The results of a multinomial probit model reveal that non-harvesting households are statistically likely to be poor, to receive nonfarm income, to have smaller areas in primary forest and to reside closer to population centers.