News

Below are news items from the UBC IRES community.

How to conserve half the planet without going hungry

New research by Zia Mehrabi, Erle C. Ellis and Navin Ramankutty explores the "Half-Earth" project and how it would affect our food supplies.

Hannah Wittman promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Hannah Wittman on her promotion to Full Professor, effective July 1, 2018.

David Boyd appointed UN expert on human rights and the environment

This August, IRES Professor David Boyd takes on the role of Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment for the UN Human Rights Council. In this Q+A, he discusses priorities for his three-year mandate, and where Canada fits into the international context.

Mark Johnson Promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Mark Johnson on his promotion to Full Professor, effective July 1, 2018.

What can other cities learn about water shortages from “Day Zero”?

In this op-ed in The Conversation, Lucy Rodina and Kieran Findlater discuss water shortages in Cape Town and the importance of creating water-resilient cities.

Congratulations to the 2017/2018 Freda Pagani Award Winners

Liz Williams and Kieran Findlater are the 2017/2018 recipients of the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding Master’s Thesis and the Freda Pagani Award for Outstanding PhD Dissertation

Congratulations to the 2017/18 Les Lavkulich Award Winners

Megan Callahan and Lucy Rodina are the 2017/2018 recipients of the Les Lavkulich Graduate Student Fellowship and the Les Lavkulich Outstanding Leadership and Service award

Recycling may be confusing but volunteers help get it right

RES PhD Candidate Ivana Zelenika explains the effectiveness of different recycling and waste sorting methods, and the impact trained volunteers can have on reducing contamination in waste streams

Why the G7 must take bold action on plastic pollution

IRES Professor David Boyd discusses the ubiquitous nature of plastic waste and the urgent need for a global solution in an op-ed for the Ottawa Citizen.

Congratulations to our May 2018 RMES/RES graduates!

Congratulations to Nicole Wilson, Mollie Chapman, Justin Ritchie, Arielle Swett!

Congratulations to our May 2018 RMES/RES graduates!

Congratulations to Michaela Neuberger, Michael Lathuillière, Ada Smith, and Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon!

New environmental assessment law is an opportunity to put public trust back into the process

In this Q&A, Jackie Lerner and Kai Chan offer insights on how to improve environmental assessment reviews.

Volunteer opportunity with IRES

IRES is seeking enthusiastic and outgoing volunteers to engage and interact with international students attending its Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) courses.

Damage from flooding doesn’t have to be inevitable

Op-ed by Alexa Tanner and Scott McKenzie in The Conversation.

Hummingbirds ‘sing’ with their tail feathers to impress the females

Emily Mistick discusses her research on Costa's hummingbirds and their unique dive trajectory during courtship with CBC Radio.

UBC G+PS Supervisor Appreciation Week, May 7-13

Coming up in May, G+PS will be presenting the second annual Supervisor Appreciation Week! From May 7-13, UBC graduate students are invited to tell the world about their great supervisors through social media and an online submission form. Graduate students can offer kudos using #GreatSupervisor #UBC on Twitter and Facebook.   Don’t forget to tag @IRES_UBC in your […]

Evan Bowness named finalist in SSHRC 2018 Storytellers Challenge

Evan Bowness, an RES doctoral student, is among the 25 finalists of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)’s 2018 Storytellers challenge. SSHRC’s annual contest challenges postsecondary students from across the country to tell the story—in three minutes or 300 words—of how SSHRC-funded research is making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The Top 25 Storytellers represent […]

Toward zero waste events: Reducing contamination in waste streams with volunteer assistance

Jiaying Zhao (IRES Professor) and Ivana Zelenika (PhD Candidate) have recently published a paper in the Waste Management journal. Toward zero waste events: Reducing contamination in waste streams with volunteer assistance    Jiaying Zhao   Assistant Professor, IRES Assistant Professor, Psychology Canada Research Chair (t2, Behavioral Sustainability) Behavioral change, Policy and Decision-making, Resource scarcity,Sustainability Bio What is […]

IRES Alumnus Megan Peloso has new position as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance

We’d like to congratulate IRES and EDGES Alumnus Megan Peloso (MA) on her new position as B.C. Communications Lead with the Freshwater Alliance, where she develops creative engagement tools to advance freshwater health across BC. Megan is based out of Smithers in the Northwest region of British Columbia. Megan earned an MA at IRES in […]

IRES Seminar Series resumes Thursday, September 6

Photo Credit: Alejandra Echeverri, IRES PhD Candidate

Gunilla Öberg (IRES Faculty) published in Environmental Science and Policy! Read it here.

Gunilla Öberg, an IRES professor has been published in the Environmental Science and Policy journal! The paper is called: On the limitation of evidence-based policy: Regulatory narratives and land application of biosolids/sewage sludge in BC, Canada and Sweden The paper is free for 50 days via link below.  Anyone can access this before May 9th […]

We are seeking a Program Coordinator to run our IRES Vancouver Summer Program May – June 2018

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability May – June 2018 DEADLINE: April 13th 2018 IRES will be offering two packages (1.The Grand Challenge of Climate Change; 2. Energy Innovation and Climate Solutions) for their June Vancouver Summer Program. We are looking for an enthusiastic, culturally fluent program coordinator who will oversee the delivery of the […]

Zia Mehrabi (IRES Postdoc) has correspondence published in Nature!

Zia Mehrabi, an IRES Postdoc has a correspondence published in Nature! To view the correspondence click here: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02566-1   Zia Mehrabi Bio Zia Mehrabi is a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at IRES, with adjunct positions in The Liu institute for Global Studies & The Centre for Sustainable Food Systems. He obtained an undergraduate degree in […]

Congratulations to Dean of Science Excellence in Service Award recipient Gillian Harris (IRES Manager)!

Congratulations to Gillian Harris for winning the Dean of Science, Excellence in Service Award! Gillian is a truly integral and irreplaceable member of the IRES community, and so deserving of this recognition. The award is for recognizing staff, students and faculty whose service contributions have had a significant positive impact in achieving UBC Science’s mission. […]

Two new IRES Faculty Associates: Nadja Kunz and Sumeet Gulati!

IRES would like to welcome Nadja Kunz and Sumeet Gulati as new IRES Faculty Associate members!   Nadja Kunz Assistant Professor, Liu Institute for Global Issues and Norman B. Keevil Mining Engineering Nadja Kunz Nadja Kunz is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Norman B Keevil Mining Engineering […]

Outstanding Student Paper Award Winner at the AGU-Michael Lathuillière (IRES PhD Candidate)

The winners of the Outstanding Student Paper Awards for the AGU (Advancing Earth and Space Science) Fall Meeting 2017 have been announced, and Michael Lathuillière (IRES PhD Candidate) was one of the recipients! His presentation was on the: Evapotranspiration measurements in rainfed and irrigated cropland illustrate trade-offs in land and water management in Southern Amazonia’s agricultural […]

Dr. Rashid Sumaila (IRES Faculty Associate) endowed prize upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate

A $4,000 prize has been endowed by Dr. Rashid Sumaila, an IRES Faculty Associate, upon being named the 2017 Volvo Environment Prize laureate. This prize is offered to the Master’s or PhD student whose peer-reviewed publications to date are expected to have the most significant impact on the field of environmental sustainability. Preference is given […]

IRES Faculty Leila Harris and previous IRES Postdoc Crystal Tremblay published a new article

February 21 2018 Faculty member Leila Harris and previous IRES Postdoc Crystal Tremblay published a new article. Click on the link to read the full article: https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1WaOP3pILM2z4 This URL has a 50 day free access to the article. Until April 8 2018 this link will be taken directly to the final version of the article […]

Krista English (RES PhD Candidate) co-author of a chapter in the new Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science

Krista English (RES PhD Candidate) is a co-author of a chapter in the new minted Handbook of Research Methods in Complexity Science! Click the link below to view the book. https://www.elgaronline.com/view/9781785364419.xml “This comprehensive Handbook is aimed at both academic researchers and practitioners in the field of complexity science. The book’s 26 chapters, specially written by […]

Sameer Shah and Scott McKenzie (RES PhD Candidates) published an article in Macleans

An article by two of our RES PhD candidates has been republished in Maclean’s: What Colin Kaepernick can teach us about citizenship Opinion: Kaepernick’s protest, about what and who makes a team and a nation, can also be connected to environmental justice You can read the article here: http://www.macleans.ca/society/what-colin-kaepernick-can-teach-us-about-citizenship/?t=1&cn=ZmxleGlibGVfcmVjc18y&refsrc=email&iid=9e7e6933bc9044b28ee6768c4bc9aba2&uid=331810806&nid=244+272699400       Sameer Shah Sameer Shah […]

New faculty member Amanda Giang starting in IRES in January 2018!

We are so pleased to announce that Amanda Giang will join us as a new faculty member in IRES starting January 2018! Amanda Giang http://ires.ubc.ca/person/amanda-giang/ Assistant Professor, IRES and Department of Mechanical Engineering Bio Amanda Giang’s research addresses challenges at the interface of environmental modelling and policy through an interdisciplinary lens, with a focus on air […]

New IRES Adjuct Professor – Rustam Sengupta

We are please to welcome Rustam Sengupta as a new IRES Adjunct Professor!   BIO: Rustam Sengupta is a renewable energy entrepreneur, impact investor and subject matter expert with extensive research experience of over a decade in sustainable social enterprise design, rooftop solar and renewable energy access. He has an expertise in identifying, designing and analysing strategies that […]

Mark Johnson and Kai Chan win 2017 UBC Faculty Research Awards

IRES faculty members Mark Johnson and Kai Chan are recipients of 2017 UBC Faculty Research Awards!  UBC water sustainability expert Mark Johnson has been awarded the university’s Charles A. McDowell award for excellence in pure or applied scientific research by a young faculty member. Kai Chan was selected for a UBC Killam Research Fellowship. Winners of Faculty […]

Marie Auger-Méthé (Assistant Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Statistics) becomes an IRES Faculty Associate!

We are happy to announce that Marie Auger-Méthé  (Assistant Professor, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and Department of Statistics) is a new IRES Faculty Associate! For more information on Marie please visit the following links: http://ires.ubc.ca/person/marie-auger-methe/ http://oceans.ubc.ca/marie-auger-methe/?login https://www.stat.ubc.ca/users/marie-auger-methe http://statisticalecology.weebly.com/