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Andrew Ho (Wood Products Processing)

Andrew Ho (Wood Products Processing)

For my second co-op placement, I had the opportunity to work for California Closets. I was trained in every department from production to installation of cabinets. Throughout this experience, I was able to learn firsthand how to operate all the machines, including programming the machines to improve efficiency, getting familiar with manufacturing processes, helping with inventory and installing cabinets in clients’ households. In addition, I also learned how to troubleshoot a machine when it is down and fixed the problem.

Kristina Kshatriya (Forest Sciences)

Kristina Kshatriya (Forest Sciences)

I started working at the Michael Smith Laboratories, Canada’s first interdisciplinary biotechnology unit, under Joerg Bohlmann in January 2016. The Bohlmann Lab focuses on secondary plant metabolites and the role they play in plant defense. I’m working on a recently initiated project that examines the role of resin vesicles in the germination of conifer seeds. The seed coats of true firs, hemlocks, and western redcedar contain an abundance of resin vesicles that have been noted to reduce the germination of a seedlot when ruptured.

Candy Lo (Natural Resources Conservation)

Candy Lo (Natural Resources Conservation)

For my summer co-op work term I worked as a Conservation Youth Crew member at The Nature Trust of British Columbia. Our main objectives as the Conservation Youth Crew were to manage and maintain the ecological integrity of our 20 properties in the Lower Mainland. Not only was I able to travel to beautiful places, my plant and bird identification skills improved drastically through conducting bird and plant surveys.

Congratulations Dr Aimee Houde on receiving the Alice Wilson Award

Congratulations Dr Aimee Houde on receiving the Alice Wilson Award

The Alice Wilson Award is given each year to four women of outstanding academic qualifications entering a career in research at the post-doctoral level. Dr Aimee Houde (PDF, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences) was a recipient for the Academy of Science, selected by disciplinary Fellows of the Society.

Forestry world descends on Maple Ridge

Malcolm Knapp Research Forest – Maple Ridge News – The MKRF was on the world stage last week as more than 10,000 people hiked up the roads and looked at the latest in forestry fellers, skidders, and harvesters.

Talkin’ Trees

Suzanne Simard – CBC Radio – Quirks and Quarks: Gentle breezes swirl through the treetops, rustling leaves, almost giving you the impression that the trees are whispering to each other. It can be magical. Well according to Dr. Suzanne Simard from the University of British Columbia, it’s not magic, but the trees are actually talking to each other.

Researchers discover key genes for climate adaptation shared between distantly related trees

Sally Aitken – UBC News: Despite 140 million years of independent evolution, two types of coniferous trees use the same small set of 47 genes to rapidly adapt to varying climates, an international team of forestry researchers have found in a new study, published today in Science.

Future Delta 2.0

Stepehn Sheppard – CKNW: What could Delta look like in less than 100 years?

Researchers discover key genes for climate adaptation shared between distantly related trees

Researchers discover key genes for climate adaptation shared between distantly related trees

Despite 140 million years of independent evolution, two types of coniferous trees use the same small set of 47 genes to rapidly adapt to varying climates, an international team of forestry researchers have found in a new study, published today in Science.