IRES News: November 2nd, 2020

IRES News & Events

In Remembrance of Adrian Semmelink

The IRES community is mourning the sudden passing of Adrian Semmelink, who did his Master’s with Kai Chan and Terre Satterfield from 2015-2018. Adrian was a warm, enthusiastic, empathetic person who seemed to set everyone at ease with his manner and his wonderful sense of humour. He brightened every room he walked in, and touched every person who came to know him. He made the world a better place through his research on sustainable agriculture and farmer practices, and through just being Adrian. We will miss him deeply and sorely.

To honour Adrian Semmelink and in recognition of his dedication to sustainable agriculture practices, family and friends will be establishing an award in his name. The award will support students pursuing their Master’s or PhD in UBC’s Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) program with preference given to those whose studies focus on sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to establish either an annual award or an endowed award. The minimum amount to establish an annual award is $10,000 to be distributed in increments over 5-10 years. We will be able to endow Adrian’s award in perpetuity if we reach $50,000. The final use of funds will be determined by IRES in consultation with Adrian’s family.

You can support the award by giving here


Open IRES Opportunities

Assistant Professor of Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation Cluster Hire
Five tenure-track positions at the level of Assistant Professor in the thematic area of restoring and conserving global biodiversity.

UAA for “Environmental Justice and the Law Enforcement of Air Pollution”
Dr. David Boyd is hiring an undergraduate Academic Assistant for the fall term to work on a project researching environmental justice and the law enforcement of air pollution.

Research Assistant to Support Anti-Racist Approaches to Graduate Student Recruitment and Retention in IRES
This position will work with the IRES Anti-Racism Working Group to gather and analyze socio-demographic data on IRES’ student applicant pool, admissions offers, acceptances, and enrollment.

Call for Graduate Student Applications
IRES is now accepting graduate student applications. The application deadline is December 31, 2020. 

IRES Work-Learn Communications and Administrative Assistant
Tasks will include updating and maintaining the IRES website, assisting with compiling and designing the IRES newsletter, digital media/graphic design projects, and much more. Posting will be open soon!


Sophia Murphy named Executive Director of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Congratulations to Sophia Murphy who has been named the new IATP Executive Director. Sophia is a leader on global food security, international trade and corporate concentration, focused on the importance of food systems that support rural communities and the environment.

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IRES's LinkedIn Page is Going Public

The IRES LinkedIn Page will be migrating from a closed LinkedIn group to a public page. 

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Verena Rossa-Roccor Featured in UBC's Grad Studies

Grad Studies has published a post featuring IRES PhD Student Verena Rossa-Roccor. Learn more about Verena's research and goals. 

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Gaylean Davies Featured in UBC's Grad Studies

Grad Studies has published a post featuring IRES PhD Student Gaylean Davies. Learn more about Gaylean's research and goals. 

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November 3, 2020: Legacies of Struggle & Resistance in the Fight Against Environmental Racism in Canada

Dr. Ingrid Waldron will discuss the legacy of struggle and resistance in the fight against environmental racism in Indigenous and Black communities in Canada.

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November 5, 2020: IRES Faculty Seminar with Claire Kim

Dr. Terre Satterfield will be interviewing Dr. Claire Kim on the topic of Race and Human-Animal Relations.

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Science Leads the Way in Initiative Providing Direct Cash Transfers to Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

There are major benefits to giving money directly to individuals experiencing homelessness, shows a study by the charity Foundations for Social Change and Jiaying Zhao, professor at IRES and UBC Psychology.

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IRES Core Faculty speak with media sources on pathways to prevent biodiversity.


November 12, 2020: IRES Student Seminar with Scott McKenzie and Nima Jamshidi

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Job Opportunities

Graduate Student Opportunities

UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

Check out the latest UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter for events, workshops, and more!

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Student Energy Leaders Fellowship 202

The Student Energy Leaders Fellowship is back for year two! Now accepting applications and extending an invitation for youths to apply for the second-ever cohort of the Leaders Fellowship!

Deadline: November 9, 2020 (11:59 pm UTC)

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Call for Applications: 2020 Jamaloddin Khanjani Family Scholarshi

A $5,000 scholarship has been made available through an endowment established by Farid Rohani in honor of Jamaloddin Khanjani, a successful businessman who, because he was Baha’i, lost his business after the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran. The scholarship is in honor of Mr. Khanjani’s commitment to and support of education and human rights. The scholarship will support a graduate student whose studies focus on human rights and related aspects of public policy and global affairs, with preference given to students in the Masters of Public Policy and Global Affairs program.

Deadline: November 30, 2020

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UBC CJUR: Call for Reviewers

The Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research (CJUR) is looking for new reviewers to join our team. The reviewers can be graduate students and post-doctoral fellows who are knowledgeable in their fields. CJUR is a journal created by undergraduate students for undergraduate students, in hopes of providing an accessible platform for young researchers to gain experience in academic publishing.

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Advances in Ecological Research Special Issue: Call for Papers

Join co-editors Dr. Jennifer Holzer (Brock University, Canada), Dr. Julia Baird (Brock University, Canada) and Dr. Gordon Hickey (McGill University, Canada) in developing this “Book Series” special issue of the peer-reviewed journal Advances in Ecological Research. This Special Issue will facilitate an exposition of pluralism in ecosystem governance research, especially as it relates to translational ecology.

Deadline: November 30, 2020

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Dartmouth EEES Graduate Student Scholars Program: Call for Applicants

The EEES Scholars Program at Dartmouth College is a workshop designed to diversify the next generation of academic leaders in the fields of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Earth Systems Science and Environmental Social Sciences. They seek motivated students who are curious about graduate careers in the Environment and are looking for support in the graduate school application process.

Deadline: November 19, 2020

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AAG Call for Submissions: Tipping Points in Socio-Ecological Systems

The AAG's goal is to broaden the scope of the debates and include a social perspective on “tipping points”. Following the work of Milkoreit et al. (2018), who defined social Tipping point as “a point within a SES at which a small quantitative change inevitably triggers a non-linear change in the social component of the SES, driven by a self-reinforcing positive feedback mechanism that inevitably and often irreversibly lead to a qualitatively different state of the social system".

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Call for Papers: “Foundations of Biodesign: Integrating Art, Design, and Biology”

The Biodesign Working Group, a partnership of Cumulus Association and Biodesign Challenge, welcomes paper submissions that explore the emerging field of biodesign. The Call is titled Foundations of Biodesign: Integrating Art, Design, and Biology. Selected papers will be published in both the Cumulus Conference Proceedings and in Biodesigned, the bimonthly online magazine published by Biodesign Challenge.

Deadline: November 16, 2020

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External Events

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES' core faculty members.

Exposing the myths of household water insecurity in the global north: A critical review
K Meehan, W Jepson, LM Harris, A Wutich, M Beresford, A Fencl, J London, G Pierce et al
WIREs Water, e1486

Working landscapes need at least 20% native habitat
LA Garibaldi, FJ Oddi, FE Miguez, I Bartomeus, MC Orr, EG Jobbágy, C Kremen, LA Schulte et al
Conservation Letters, e12773

Relative humidity gradients as a key constraint on terrestrial water and energy fluxes
Y Kim, M Garcia, L Morillas, U Weber, TA Black, MS Johnson

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