IRES News: April 6th, 2021

IRES News & Events

Congratulations to IRES Core Faculty and Faculty Associates who have received UBC's 2020 Faculty Research Awards!

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"We must unite. We must deal with our freshwater challenge collectively," says Dr. Leila Harris.

Click to check out Dr. Leila Harris's Manifesto for the Right to Water.

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April 8, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Erle Ellis

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April 15, 2021: IRES Student Symposium

The IRES Student Symposium showcases the research of our RES graduate students.

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April 21, 2021 | Take Nature as the Measure: The Search for Sustainability

Join us for a conversation with Wes Jackson, author Robert Jensen, Dr. Hannah Wittman, and Dr. M.V. Ramana about the ideas to advance sustainable agriculture and the other changes necessary to effectively address climate change.

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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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Call for Applications: Raja Rosenbluth Award for Women in Biological Sciences

A $5,000 award is offered annually by Raja Rosenbluth for a female graduate student studying in the field of Biological Sciences.

The IRES deadline to submit a complete application package to Kelsey Robertson, Graduate Program Manager, at is Friday, April 9 at noon.


Applications Opening Monday, April 5, 2021: UBC Public Scholars Initiative

PSI applications for the 2021/22 period will open on Monday, April 5, 2021, and will run until Friday, June 4.


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Research Coordinator at UBC SEEDS Sustainability Program

Grad Student Job Alert! Want to be part of an innovative team to convene, catalyze and mobilize interdisciplinary student-led action research to advance UBC’s ambitious sustainability commitments and critical societal issues? Join the internationally recognized Campus as Living Laboratory SEEDS Sustainability Program, as SEEDS Sustainability Projects Coordinator

Application Deadline: April 11, 2021

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Call for Applications: Alex Fraser Research Forest Graduate Internship

UBC Alex Fraser Research Forest is seeking a dynamic and resourceful individual to develop and implement educational programming at the Alex Fraser Research Forest’s new facility in Williams Lake, BC.

Application Deadline: April 12, 2021 


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Free Graduate Science Communication Workshop Opportunity: ComSciConCAN, April 13-15, 2021

ComSciCon is a series of workshops focused on enhancing communication skills and fostering an inclusive community that can effectively communicate scientific information to academic and non-academic audiences.


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Call for Papers: Conference on Carbon Pricing hosted by Boston University

This conference will be a two-day sequence of virtual panels on the last Friday and Saturday in July, hosted by Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.

Abstracts should be submitted by May 1, 2021 and complete papers by July 1, 2021. 


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External Events

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES faculty:

Building effective policies to conserve pollinators: translating knowledge into policy

B Gemmill-Herren, LA Garibaldi, C Kremen, & HT Ngo.
Current Opinion in Insect Science (2021).

Narrow and Brittle or Broad and Nimble? Comparing Adaptive Capacity in Simplifying and Diversifying Farming Systems

M Petersen-Rockney, et al.
Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems (2021).

Crop diversity enriches arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal communities in an intensive agricultural landscape

A Guzman, et al.
New Phytologist (2021).

Drawing Lines in the Sand? Paths Forward for Triggering Regulation of Gene-Edited Crops

S Nawaz and M Kandlikar.
Science and Public Policy (2021).

De-politicising seawater desalination: Environmental Impact Assessments in the Atacama mining Region, Chile

C Campero, LM Harris, & NC Kunz.
Environmental Science & Policy 120 (2021): 187-194.

Higher Yields and More Biodiversity on Smaller Farms

V Ricciardi, Z Mehrabi, H Wittman, D James, & N Ramankutty.
Nature Sustainability (2021): 1-7.

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