News and Events

Hummingbirds are able to see millions more colours than human

Posted on: June 24, 2020

Research co-authored by Harold Eyster, a UBC PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, shows hummingbirds see an array of combination colours involving UV that humans are blind to.

Graham McDowell Awarded Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize in Environmental Sustainability

Posted on: June 17, 2020

The Sumaila-Volvo Graduate Prize in Environmental Sustainability is a $3,850 prize has been made available through an endowment established by Dr. Rashid Sumaila upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate for a Master’s or Ph.D. student whose peer-reviewed publications to date are expected to have the most significant impact on the field of environmental sustainability.     […]

Recovery of sea otter populations yields more benefits than costs

Posted on: June 11, 2020

A study led by UBC professor Edward Gregr, an adjunct professor at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, examined the economic costs and benefits of reintroducing sea otters into the North Pacific region.

AERL ROCR (Return to On-Campus Research) Protocols: Phase 1

Posted on: June 8, 2020

Dear IRES Community,   Apologies for the delay in getting this update out but we’ve been working very hard on getting the protocols for Phase 1 of the AERL ROCR (Return to On-Campus Research) finalized. Note that “In Phase 1, all Science faculty, staff and research personnel who can work off campus must continue to do […]

The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability is proud to stand in solidarity with UBC’s Black Student Union and all people protesting police violence against Black people in Canada and the United States.

Posted on: June 8, 2020

IRES Statement of Solidarity The IRES community categorically denounces the recent events of anti-Black racism and police brutality in North America. We denounce the excessive use of police and military force by the United States government against those protesting police brutality towards Black Americans and people of colour.  Black lives matter. The lives of George […]

How Quickly Will Your Business Recover? Lessons Learned From Natural Disasters

Posted on: June 5, 2020

Forbes highlighted a study co-written by Stephanie Chang, a professor at UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability and School of Community and Regional Planning, that analyzed patterns of economic recovery following a dramatic natural disaster.

Congratulations 2019 BC Studies Prize Award Recipient: Johnnie Manson

Posted on: May 15, 2020

Congratulations to UBC IRES PhD student, Johnnie Manson, for being the 2019 BC Studies Prize award recipient.

COMMENTARY: The pandemic has taught us the importance of preparation. Let’s apply that lesson

Posted on: May 11, 2020

The COVID-19 crisis shows that over-preparing is the right thing to do. UBC professor Kai Chan says we should learn from that experience and act to prevent climate change.

Congratulations to the 2019/2020 Freda Pagani Award Winners!

Posted on: May 6, 2020

Congratulations to the 2019/2020 recipients of the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis and the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation!   Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis Emily Mistick Supervised by: Mark Johnson Forest harvest and water treatability : analysis of dissolved organic carbon in headwater streams of contrasting forest harvest […]

Sandeep Pai on Ensuring a ‘Just Transition’ for Fossil Fuel Workers

Posted on: May 1, 2020

Sandeep Pai, a PhD candidate at UBC's Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability, says the government needs to do more to help transition fossil fuel employees into the green economy, especially during COVID-19.

What If We Responded to Climate Change Like We Have to Coronavirus?

Posted on: April 22, 2020

Jiaying Zhao, a professor in UBC's psychology department and in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, shared why it’s hard for us to respond to climate change with the same urgency of COVID-19.

B.C. farmers retool their offerings to sell more locally

Posted on: April 20, 2020

Hannah Wittman, a professor and academic director of the UBC Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, says we need to build a resilient, regional food system and the government needs to provide economic support to farmers and to make sure they have access to their labour in times of crisis.

Vancouver experiences reduced air pollution amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on: April 16, 2020

Kai Chan, a professor at UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, commented on the substantial improvement in air quality and predicted that it’ll go back to the way it was upon recovery of economic activity.

The importance of relations between politicians and scientists

Posted on: April 14, 2020

UBC academics Adam Ford, Cole Burton, Jiaying Zhao, Mary A De Vera and Stephanie Waterman wrote about building links between the scientific and political spheres in Canada.

Biodiversity loss and wildlife trade are making pandemics like COVID-19 more likely, experts say

Posted on: April 14, 2020

Kai Chan, a professor at UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, was quoted about the prevalence of wet markets in South Asia where fresh meat, fish, produce and other perishable goods are sold.

Zero Hour: There’s no stopping climate change, but how bad it gets is still up to you

Posted on: March 31, 2020

Rolling Stone cited a study co-authored by Justin Ritchie, a UBC postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, that examined emissions projections and the future of climate change.

Adrian Semmelink, MSc – New Entrant Agrologist, BC Ministry of Agriculture

Posted on: March 24, 2020

This interview features Adrian Semmelink, a 2018 RES MSc graduate!  Adrian is currently working as a New Entrant Agrologist at the BC Ministry of Agriculture.   What is your current position?  New Entrant Agrologist with the BC Ministry of Agriculture.   What kinds of responsibilities do you have in your current position, and what kinds of […]

Seeking a more balanced indicator, Canada set to leave GDP in the dust

Posted on: March 18, 2020

Fernanda Tomaselli, a lecturer at UBC’s faculty of forestry, and Sandeep Pai, a PhD student at the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at UBC, wrote about using traditional economic measures such as GDP growth to measure Canada’s progress.

Overhaul your carbon footprint: These are the most impactful choices you can make

Posted on: February 10, 2020

UBC psychologist Jiaying Zhao, Canada Research Chair in behavioural sustainability, spoke about carbon footprint and which aspects of our daily lives contribute to climate change.

Dr. Hannah Wittman Awarded UBC Killam Research Fellowship

Posted on: February 6, 2020

  Congratulations to Dr. Hannah Wittman, Professor at the UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) and the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems (LFS), for being awarded a UBC Killam Research Fellowship.