National Aboriginal Day 2017
Today, and everyday, the Faculty of Forestry honors the Musqueam people, on whose traditional, ancestral and unceded territory we do our work. UBC Forestry has the privilege of working with many Indigenous communities from geographically diverse territories. In honour of these communities and National Aboriginal History month, we would like to highlight some of these research projects taking place around the world.
Congratulations to Laura Vang Rasmussen for being awarded a 2016/17 Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship
Laura Vang Rasmussenm under the supervision of Jeanine Rhemtulla in the Landscapes and Livelihoods lab, will research the relation between agricultural intensification and expansion and dietary quality.
Canada urged to use vast low carbon energy resources for major new economic engine
National network of scientists, engineers, social scientists and planners examines how Canada could act to limit global warming while remaining economically competitive Ottawa, May 26 2017 – According to a new report co-authored by 71 university researchers from all 10 provinces, decreased demand for fossil fuels over the coming decades could significantly reduce inward investment […]
UBC Forestry welcomes Aboriginal students from the Kirkness program
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.
John Richardson receives NSERC funding
Small streams are vulnerable to land use, and often are ditched, straightened, and land use extends to the stream edge. Small streams are also highly sensitive to erosion of sediments, inputs of nutrients and contaminants, heating of the water, and loss of energy sources. This is particularly the case for forestry where in most parts of the world there is very little protection, and yet we protect larger streams even though sediments, nutrients, warmer water and reduced energy inputs arrive there from impacted source streams.
From forests-to-flight: Decarbonizing the aviation sector
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.
Mapping plant invasions in an urban area using remote sensing
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.
Why Thermal Imaging Can Inspire Home Retrofits
Being able to see where heat is escaping from your own home is a powerful—and underutilized—way to encourage home energy retrofits, especially when those infrared images are packaged with other incentives and promoted within your community. That’s a key finding that researchers want energy efficiency promoters across Canada to know. Some 63 per cent of energy use in Canadian homes is from space heating, so heat loss is expensive and wasteful.