IRES Newsletter: January 9, 2023

News & Events

The first IRES Seminar Series of Term 1 features Dr. Patrick Meyfroidt. Join his discussion about improving the sustainability of commodity supply chains!

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Dr. Harris Leila has been announced as an awardee of the Catalyst Collaboration Fund - congratulations! Her project aims to coordinate spaces for BC-based artists, UBC artist/academics, and students to connect and create with a focus on the climate emergency.

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IRES alum and postdoc Dr. Helina Jolly is the host of a new podcast, Biodiversity Speaks! In the first episode, Dr. Jolly speaks with Dr. Juliet Lu about the economic and ecological impacts of rubber plantations in Asia. Tune in to the 2nd episode with Dr. Angela Brennan!

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IRES’s Dr. Kai Chan is speaking at TEDx Surrey on January 21st – join him and other compelling speakers for the event!

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IRES Seminar Series continues with a Student Seminar featuring IRES PhD Candidate Vincent Chireh and MSc Student James Wu. Join their presentations about water conservation in BC and influence of framing on solutions to environmental and social problems!

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Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Opportunities in Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry | Trent University

Deadline varies

2 Postdoctoral Positions | University of the District of Columbia

Deadline: Open Until Filled

2 Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions | University of Arizona

Deadline: Open Until Filled

3 Positions for project: Quantifying the climate benefit of nature-based solutions in Canada | St. Francis Xavier University, Simon Fraser University & Concordia University

Deadline: Contact for Details

Manager, Salmon Climate Adaptation Program | Pacific Salmon Foundation

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Instructional Faculty - Climate Action and Sustainability | Pima Community College

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Social Science Analysis for the project Grasslands Conservation and Migratory Birds | Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Deadline: January 11, 2023

Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality Postdoctoral Fellow, Racial Justice & Global Change | University of Denver

Deadline: January 13, 2023

3 Tenure-Track Positions in Geoscience | Florida Atlantic University

Deadline: January 15, 2023

Water Policy Advisor | Ministry of Water, Land & Resource Stewardship

Deadline: January 16, 2023

Senior Water Policy Analyst (Drinking Water) | British Columbia Public Service

Deadline: January 18, 2023

Forest Service Research Social Scientist | The Northern Research Station of the USDA Forest Service

Deadline: January 27, 2023

Assistant Professor of Community & Regional Planning | Iowa State Univesity

Deadline: January 31, 2023

Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ecology, Evolution, Environment & Society | Dartmouth College

Deadline: February 1, 2023

Assistant Professor -Conservation Science - Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management | University of California Berkeley

Deadline: February 2, 2023

TT Assistant Professor - Dept of Environmental Studies & Science | Pace University

Deadline: February 15, 2023



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Term 2 New Interdisciplinary Course: Heavy Metal: Earth’s Minerals and the Future of Sustainable Societies

A collaborative new course will be taught for the first time this Winter, Term 2 (starting January 2023). The award-winning ‘Heavy Metal’ will examine the role of mineral resources and mining in the transition to green technologies and renewable energy systems. Heavy Metal was the 2021-2022 winner of the Killam Connection competition and was selected from among 21 proposals for an innovative and interdisciplinary graduate course.

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Course registration: Writing Climate Change: Storytelling & Action (ASTU 400H)

This seminar is ideal for students who are familiar with climate change as a subject of scientific or social inquiry, but want to write about it in ways that engage, delight, and inspire action. Thinking critically about existing climate content, we'll tackle what it means to create climate narratives that are inclusive and emotionally resonant with the general public. Drawing from historical discourse, recent market research, and storytelling strategies, discover how to write your own climate story.

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Call for Volunteers: 7th biennial North American Congress for Conservation Biology

SCB North America is very excited to be hosting the 7th biennial North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Vancouver, BC, in June 2024. The invitation for volunteers is open! See here for committee descriptions and sign up!

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PhD Position at the Water Resilience Lab | Brock University

Dr. Ryan Plummer and Dr. Julia Baird are recruiting a doctoral student for a September 2023 start. This is a fully-funded position for the first two years, with a basic Brock funding package thereafter (and the student will be actively supported in applying for scholarships). The position will be situated within the Partnership for Freshwater Resilience between the ESRC and WWF-Canada and the project will be applied in nature.

Deadline: January 10, 2023

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Loblaw Net-Zero Food Systems Challenge | University of Guelph

The University of Guelph and Loblaw Companies Limited have partnered to challenge tomorrow’s food leaders and develop solutions for a net-zero food system in Canada, through a new 10-month graduate student experiential learning program at the university.

Deadline: January 13, 2023

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PhD Positions at U Waterloo | Prof Jennifer Clapp

Looking for students who are interested in either: (1) corporate concentration and power in the global agri-food system and its implications for environmental outcomes, food justice and international governance of food and agriculture; or (2) environmental and political economy dimensions of global agricultural trade, investment and financial regimes in food systems, or (3) some combination of the above. Email wt

Deadline: Jan 15, 2023

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Elizabeth Henry Scholarship | Fraser Basin Council

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with one or more Indigenous and/or non-Indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives.

Application opens on January 20, 2023

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Paid Summer Internship | UBC Sustainability Hub

The UBC Sustainability Hub is pleased to offer UBC graduate students the opportunity to work on funded sustainability internship projects.

We are currently accepting applications for over 64 internships that will commence May 1, 2023.Current UBC graduate students from all academic disciplines are encouraged to confirm the eligibility requirements and apply.

Deadline: January 29, 2023

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Call for submissions: BBVA Foundation Awards for Biodiversity Conservation

The Foundation’s purpose in issuing this call is to recognize and reward the work done by conservationist organizations, institutions and agencies in carrying forward environmental conservation policies and projects, and the efforts of communication professionals who have placed their abilities at the service of protecting our natural heritage.

Deadline: March 31, 2023

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UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter

Check out the latest UBC Library Research Commons Newsletter for events, workshops, and 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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Recent IRES Publications

Sargent, R. D., Carrillo, J., & Kremen, C. (2022). Common pesticides disrupt critical ecological interactions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

External Events

Data Privacy Week @ UBC will be hosting a series of events to help spread awareness about the impact technology has on our privacy rights, and to underline the importance of valuing and protecting personal information.

  1. What’s New in Privacy? (January 23, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

  2. Student & Employee Investigations – the Privacy Issues (January 24, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

  3. Web Analytics and Web Marketing – the Privacy Issues (January 25, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

  4. Ask Me Anything: Privacy Edition (January 26, 2023 | 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

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