Below are news items from the UBC IRES community.

Don’t demonise farmers

Balsher Singh Sidhu, a PhD student at UBC's Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, wrote an article about agricultural burning and air pollution in North India.

2019/2020 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program Award Recipient: Jo Fitzgibbons

  Congratulations to Jo Fitzgibbons, a 2019/2020 recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral (CGS D) program!   About the Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral  (CGS D) Program: The objective of the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Doctoral (CGS D) Program is to promote continued excellence in Canadian research by rewarding and retaining high-calibre doctoral students at Canadian institutions. By providing […]

IRES Graduate Students on the Global Climate Strike

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

Kai Chan is a Clean16 Honouree for 2020. The 2020 Clean16 are truly the leaders of the leaders in sustainability in Canada. 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 […]


  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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

Jiaying Zhao promoted to Associate Professor

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

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!

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

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

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

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. […]

New Climate Solutions Research – Opportunity Projects

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 […]

The Future of Renewable Infrastructure is Uncertain Without Good Planning: Op-ed by IRES PhD Students, Vikas Menghwani and Sandeep Pai, and IRES Associate Faculty Member, Hisham Zerriffi

These photovoltaics panels provide this village with energy now, but they could become obsolete when the main grid arrives. (Shutterstock) Vikas Menghwani, University of British Columbia; Hisham Zerriffi, University of British Columbia, and Sandeep Pai, University of British Columbia In 2005, a small hydropower plant was installed in the Sukajaya district of West Java, Indonesia. […]

Congratulations to Megan Peloso (IRES and EDGES Alumna) on her new job!

EDGES alumna Megan Peloso is based in Smithers, BC and works as a Land and Resource Coordinator with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. In her role with the Skeena Regional Initiatives team, Megan applies her background in watershed sustainability and governance to modernized land use planning. Megan graduated in May 2014 […]

National Geographic Young Explorers Award Recipient: Helina Jolly

  Congratulation to IRES’ very own Helina Jolly for receiving the prestigious National Geographic Young Explorers award! This award is in support of Helina’s proposed project, “De-mystifying the Adivasi knowledge of forest and wildlife in India,” which will be used to help her conduct her field study on the Kattunayakar communities of the Western Ghats […]

Issue of Human Rights Obligations Relating to the Enjoyment of a Safe, Clean, Healthy and Sustainable Environment

  David Boyd is an Associate Professor of Law, Policy and Sustainability, as well as a Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Environment for the United Nations. His first report to the UN Human Rights Council is now public and available in the six official UN languages here.   Summary In the present report, the […]

Job Posting: Vancouver Summer Program Instructor

The Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) is a four-week academic program for international undergraduate students from cooperating universities. The program provides the opportunity to take two academic courses while learning about Canadian practices and culture.

February 14, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Nathan Bennett

Nathan Bennett is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries at UBC. His research focuses on research projects that interrogate various aspects of the complex relationship between the marine environment and human society.

Leila Harris promoted to Full Professor

Congratulations to Leila Harris who has been promoted to Full Professor!

UBC IRES Welcomes Dr. Claire Kremen!

The UBC Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) is delighted to welcome Dr. Claire Kremen who has joined as one of UBC’s first President’s Excellence Chairs. Dr. Claire Kremen has commenced her appointment as the UBC President’s Excellence Chair in Biodiversity Studies. Joining the university as a Professor, Dr. Kremen holds a joint appointment in UBC’s Institute for Resources, […]

January 31, 2019: IRES Faculty Seminar with Dr. Michelle Daigle

Michelle Daigle is Mushkegowuk (Cree), a member of Constance Lake First Nation in Treaty 9 in northern Ontario Canada, and of French ancestry. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia, located on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam nation.

Want citizens to care about climate change? Write them a cheque

In an op-ed published by The Conversation, RES PhD student Abhishek Kar and IRES Faculty Associate Hisham Zerriffi argue that the best way to get people to act on climate change is through their wallets.

Congratulations to the IRES 2018 Graduates!

Congratulations to our RES & RMES November Graduates! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors and can't wait to see what amazing things you'll go on to do. Click to see full list of students.

Adaptation action and research in glaciated mountain systems: Are they enough to meet the challenge of climate change?

Graham McDowell, Rae Cramer, Vinni Ricciardi and colleagues highlight the shortcomings in adaptation action and research in mountain regions and identify measures needed to more fully meet the challenge of climate change.

The uncertain future of U.S. coal communities

IRES PhD student Sandeep Pai and Hisham Zerriffi explore the political power of coal communities in the United States in this op-ed published by The Conversation.

November 15, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar with Sheryl Lightfoot

Join IRES on Thursday, Nov. 15 for Sheryl Lightfoot's presentation on "Global Indigenous Rights and Politics: A Subtle Revolution."

Global recognition of the right to a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment

In a report to the UN General Assembly, David Boyd notes the time has come to formally recognize the human right to a healthy environment.

The demise of caterpillar fungus in the Himalayan region

IRES PhD student Stephen Chignell and colleagues investigate the Himalayan caterpillar fungus—one of the world’s most expensive medicinal species—in a new publication.