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IRES Graduate Students on the Global Climate Strike

Posted on: October 8, 2019

On September 27th, 2019, students, staff, and faculty members from the UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) participated in the Global Climate Strike. The department’s Statement of Support for the Global Climate Strike can be found here. UBC IRES Students began the day by making posters out of reused pizza boxes, attending the […]

Kai Chan Named One of Canada’s Clean50 for 2020

Posted on: October 3, 2019

Kai Chan is a Clean16 Honouree for 2020. The 2020 Clean16 are truly the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada. www.clean50.com. Kai coordinated an international team of experts on a ground-breaking analysis of the ways forward, culminating in the “Pathways” chapter of the UN Global Assessment of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and […]

SESSIONAL LECTURER/POST-DOCTORAL TEACHING FELLOW OPPORTUNITY

Posted on: September 27, 2019

  The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability invites applications for the position of sessional lecturer/ post-doctoral teaching fellow for the January – April 2020 period to teach an undergraduate course focusing on an introduction to sustainability. The salary range for this position will depend on qualifications and experience.  Applicants must hold a PhD (or […]

UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report: The Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate

Posted on: September 27, 2019

UBC IRES PhD candidate, Graham McDowell, a Contributing Author for the IPCC Special Report on the Oceans and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate’s High Mountain Areas’ chapter.   The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report highlights the urgency of prioritizing timely, ambitious and coordinated action to address unprecedented and enduring changes in […]

UBC ecologist honored by American Museum of Natural History

Posted on: September 26, 2019

UBC ecologist Claire Kremen has been awarded an honorary degree by the American Museum of Natural History.   Claire Kremen, a UBC ecologist and biologist whose research involves reconciling agricultural land use with biodiversity conservation, has been awarded an honorary degree by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH).   Kremen received the degree Doctor […]

Congratulations to the September 2019 Graduates!

Posted on: September 25, 2019

Congratulations to our RES & RMES September 2019 Graduates! Sending you all of our best wishes! If you wish to check out the graduate theses & dissertations, click here. Nayadeth Arriagada (MA) Supervisor: David Boyd Poushali Maji (PhD) Supervisors: Milind Kandlikar Marco Vazquez Perez (MSc) Supervisor: Gunilla Oberg and Daniel Steel Sean Smillie (MSc) Supervisor: […]

UBC IRES – Statement of Support for Global Climate Strike

Posted on: September 20, 2019

September 20, 2019 The Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability dedicates its teaching and research to solving critical sustainability challenges. Our research is fundamentally linked to the search for climate solutions and we are deeply committed to climate research and education. We recognize the need for a drastic shift in public policy to combat the growing threat of climate change and […]

2019/2020 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program Award Recipients

Posted on: September 16, 2019

Congratulations to the 2019/2020 recipients of the Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS M) program! About the Canada Graduate Scholarships Master’s (CGS M) Program: The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M) Program is to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high […]

Congratulations Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS) Award Winner Stephen Chignell

Posted on: September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Stephen Chignell for recieving the the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (Vanier CGS).

October 10, 2019: IRES Student Seminar with Evan Bowness and Abhishek Kar

Posted on: August 6, 2019

October 10, 2019: IRES Student Seminar with Evan Bowness and Abhishek Kar.

October 3, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Claudia Ituarte-Lima

Posted on: August 5, 2019

Dr. Claudia Ituarte-Lima is research associate at IRES at UBC. She is also a researcher on international law at Stockholm Resilience Centre and affiliated senior researcher at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights. For more than 15 years, she has specialized in the human rights, biodiversity and climate law nexus both in theory and practice. Her focus is on law and policy for sustainability and social justice and the transformation of international law into new governance forms at national and community levels. Her methodology ranges from extensive fieldwork especially in Africa and Latin America, to studies examining the interactions of international regimes .Claudia provides expert advise to the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment.

September 12, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Claire Kremen

Posted on: July 30, 2019

Claire Kremen will discuss why conservation in working lands is needed to complement and enhance the effectiveness of protected areas, describe several agricultural case studies where working lands conservation appears successful, and discuss meta-analysis results, barriers to adoption and potential solutions through community engagement.

Jiaying Zhao promoted to Associate Professor

Posted on: July 2, 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Jiaying Zhao who has been promoted to Associate Professor! What is psychology good for? How can psychology contribute to sustainability? To answer these questions, Dr. Zhao aims to use psychological principles to design behavioral solutions to address sustainability challenges. This approach offers insights on how cognitive mechanisms govern human behavior, and how […]

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 Freda Pagani Award Winners

Posted on: May 29, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 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 Teddy Eyster Modeling dam removal in a mountain meadow with MODFLOW-NWT       Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation Poushali Maji Access […]

Congratulations to the May 2019 Graduates!

Posted on: May 22, 2019

Congratulations to our RES & RMES May Graduates!

COMMENTARY: May 22 is international biodiversity day — and this scientist thinks change is possible: Op-ed by Kai Chan, IRES Faculty Member

Posted on: May 22, 2019

The United Nations issued its first comprehensive global scientific report on biodiversity on Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)   In the jobs-versus-environment debate, neither side is wrong. The problem is the 20th-century economy that forces us to choose. This is a key message of the new UN report I co-authored about nature […]

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 Les Lavkulich Award Winners

Posted on: May 16, 2019

Congratulations to the 2018/2019 recipients of the Les Lavkulich Graduate Student Fellowship and the Les Lavkulich Outstanding Leadership and Service award!

Research Associate in Conservation Data Science – Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, The University of British Columbia

Posted on: April 24, 2019

RANK:                    Research Associate FACULTY:             Faculty of Science DEPARTMENT:   Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability   POSITION DESCRIPTION We seek to hire a Research Associate with strong quantitative skills to help build a new cross- disciplinary Conservation Science Initiative at the University of British Columbia (UBC) within the Biodiversity Research Centre located on the Vancouver campus. […]

Blame the Signs: When Recycling is Confusing, We Avoid It

Posted on: April 24, 2019

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New Climate Solutions Research – Opportunity Projects

Posted on: April 9, 2019

New Climate Solutions Research – Opportunity Projects  The Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions is pleased to announce the first four research projects to be awarded funding under its new Opportunity Projects Program (OPP). Opportunity projects are partnership-driven, research initiatives that aim to generate high-impact climate mitigation or adaptation solutions. OPP launched in late 2018, resulting in […]