IRES News: January 17th, 2022

IRES News & Events

IRES's Dr. Kai Chan is now a T1 CRC in Rewilding and Social-Ecological Transformation!

Learn more about Kai's projects at his lab's blog and cosphere.neta Community of Small-Planet Heroes, which unites a diverse community of planetary citizens and equips them (and you!) with the tools to instigate transformative change.

BC Flooding – UBC Research Response Network

The Centre for Climate Justice is looking for volunteer researchers who are willing and able to support communities by carrying out quick response research projects that answer community needs and questions. Any member of the UBC community can volunteer. Faculty volunteers can indicate interest in conducting research or providing guidance and expertise to other researchers. Instructors of Term 2 courses may want to think creatively about whether a flood response research project might fit within their course.

Please complete the short survey by clicking the button below to indicate your interest in contributing research support.

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The IRES Seminar Series kicks off via Zoom this Thursday!

Dr. Siddique will discuss the use of agroecological practices to facilitate the sustainable use of native biodiversity.

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Infinity Fish: Economics and the Future of Fish and Fisheries 

Dr. Rashid Sumaila, IRES faculty associate and Allison Cutting’s RES advisor, announces Infinity Fish — a new science-based reference that explains the economical benefits of restoring ecosystems that have been overexploited and how to maintain fisheries in a level that’s sustainable. For more info, check out:

Rashid’s lab is looking to place an order on books. The publisher gives a discount on bulk orders of 50+ books, so the pricing is subject to change. If you are at all interested in a copy, please add your name to the list at the link below. Signing up does not commit you to a book order.

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The EOAS Colloquium Series begins its 6 week series via Zoom!

A 6 part seminar series every Thursday on the Intersections between Earth Science & a Society-Spanning Response to the Climate Crisis, featuring IRES's Dr. Amanda Giang.

Virtual seminars are being currently held with hybrid formats later if possible. Click here for details.

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Bikers - smell something (good or bad!) on your ride? LOG IT at!

Smell Vancouver is a project of IRES researchers Dr. Amanda Giang, Dr. Sahil Bhandari and colleagues including Dr. Naomi Zimmerman. They're in need of odour reports both pleasant and stinky to assess the impacts of air quality on well being. 



Log odours Here!

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program for international undergraduate students.

The program provides the opportunity to take two academic courses designed by IRES faculty on climate change, sustainability and food systems.

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Job Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Integrated Urban Water Systems at Arizona State University

Deadline: January 31, 2022

Program Specialist | New Relationship Trust | Indigenous Governance

Deadline: February 10, 2022

Tenure-Track Position in Hydrology and Environment at Trent University

Deadline: Review of applicants start February 24, 2022 until candidate selection

Tenure-Track Position in Community Food Systems

Deadline: Review of applicants start February 24, 2022 until candidate selection

Tenure-Track Position in Sustainable Food Production Systems

Deadline: Review of applicants start February 24, 2022 until candidate selection

Tenure-Track Position in Natural Resources

Deadline: Review of applicants start February 24, 2022 until candidate selection

Biometrician 4 Position at the Okanagan Nation Alliance

Deadline: Position remains open until filled

Hydrologist 3 Position at the Okanagan Nation Alliance

Deadline: Position remains open until filled

Postdoctoral Researcher Position: Quantitative Ecosystem Services Evaluation at Aquanty

Deadline: Position remains open until filled

Three full-time tenure-track Assistant Professors in Climate Adaptation at the University of Washington

Deadline: Position remains open until filled


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Graduate Student Opportunities

UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

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

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UBC Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Update newsletter

Check out the latest "GradUpdate" - a weekly snapshot of workshops and opportunities available to UBC graduate students.

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2022 Environment Pathways Week: Graduate Program Exhibitor Invitation

Please join us to inform, guide and inspire the career and academic paths of our undergraduate and graduate students at the 2022 Environment Pathways Week Event taking place virtually, Tuesday March 8 to Thursday March 10, 2022 (est. timing, 10:00AM-4:00PM daily).

This event provides a valuable and engaging opportunity for participants from across the environmental community to network with our talented students. In the past, we have had hundreds of students attend, including our first virtual form of this event in the Fall of 2020.

The main goal is to provide these U of T students with the opportunity to get advice from key organizations in the field. As you know, many students are choosing to do graduate work to continue building their skills and knowledge before starting their careers, At Pathways, you can promote the key aspects of your program, e.g. curriculum, core academic strengths, exchange opportunities, co-op, etc. Because this is a virtual event, we hope to attract programs from across Canada.

RVSP Deadline: Remains open until filled

RSVP Here!

Develop Your Own Mitacs Internship

In this 2-hour workshop, Drs. Annika Rosanowski and Letitia Henville will show you how to develop a strategy for contacting local not-for-profits, community-based organizations, or industry partners who may want to host you for a paid Mitacs Accelerate internship.


RSVP Deadline: January 24, 2022


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Sustainability Scholars Program

The Sustainability Scholars Program is an innovative paid internship program. We match UBC graduate students with on- and off-campus sustainability partners to work on applied research projects that advance sustainability across the region.


Application Deadline: January 31, 2022


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Call for Artists: Postcard Art Contest

Our new exhibit, Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community, opens May 17, 2022 at the Maritime Museum of BC. Three postcards will be printed that reflect the exhibit. Your art could be on them


Submission Deadline: February 11, 2022


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Scholarship in Food Insecurity

The Centre provides scholarships that recognize the contribution of David Emerson, Wallace McCain and Purdy Crawford as past Chairs of the Maple Leaf Foods’ Board of Directors. Three scholarships are distributed each year for three years, beginning in the 2020/2021 academic year, to support Master or PhD students who propose to advance a better understanding of food insecurity in Canada.


Proposal Deadline: February 18, 2022


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Health System Impact Fellowship

The Health System Impact (HSI) Fellowship (for doctoral trainees and post-doctoral fellows) provides highly-qualified doctoral trainees (doctoral students) and post-doctoral fellows studying health services and policy research (HSPR), or related fields, a unique opportunity to apply their research and analytic talents to critical challenges in health care that are being addressed by health system and related organizations (e.g., public, private for-profit, not-for-profit, and Indigenous health organizations that are not universities) outside of the traditional scholarly setting, and to also develop professional experience, new skills, and networks.

Application Deadline: February 24, 2022


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External Events

Check the IRES website for the most up-to-date information on External Events.

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Recent IRES Publications

Recent publications by IRES faculty:

Heckelman, A., Chappell, M. J. & Wittman, H. A polycentric food sovereignty approach to climate resilience in the Philippines. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene 10, 00033 (2022).

Lu, A., Kremen. C, et al. Changes in arthropod communities mediate the effects of landscape composition and farm management on pest control ecosystem services in organically managed strawberry crops. Journal of Applied Ecology n/a,.

Khelifa, R. & Mahdjoub, H. Integrate geographic scales in equity, diversity and inclusion. Nat Ecol Evol 6, 4–5 (2022).

Kreitzman, M., Chapman, M., Keeley, K. & Chan, K. Local knowledge and relational values of Midwestern woody perennial polyculture farmers can inform tree‐crop policies. People and Nature (2021) doi:10.1002/pan3.10275.

Eyster, H. N., Olmsted, P., Naidoo, R. & Chan, K. M. A. Motivating conservation even for widespread species using genetic uniqueness and relational values. Biological Conservation 266, 109438 (2022).

Findlater, K., Hagerman, S., Kozak, R. & Gukova, V. Redefining climate change maladaptation using a values-based approach in forests. People and Nature n/a,.

Kreitzman, M. et al. Woody perennial polycultures in the U.S. Midwest enhance biodiversity and ecosystem functions. Ecosphere 13, e03890 (2022).

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