Kai Chan

Professor, IRES
Professor, Institute for Oceans and Fisheries


Kai is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton University and Stanford University. He strives to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder. Kai leads CHANS lab (www.chanslab.ires.ubc.ca), Connecting Human and Natural Systems; he is a Leopold Leadership Program fellow, a director on the board of the BC chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), a director on the board of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology, a member of the Global Young Academy, a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and (in 2012) the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Website: http://chanslab.ires.ubc.ca/people/chan/
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=OByl3J0AAAAJ
ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Kai_Chan3


RMES 508 Ecosystem Services
RMES 510 Social-Ecological Systems
ENVR 200 Introduction to Environmental Science

Featured Publications

A recent selection (see also my profiles on Google citations and ResearchGate, and my CV (pdf))

Russell, R.R., A. Guerry, P. Balvanera, R. Gould, X. Basurto, K.M.A. Chan, S. Klain, J. Levine, J. Tam. (in press). “Humans and Nature: How knowing and experiencing nature affect wellbeing”. Annual Review of Environment and Resources.

Satterfield, T., R. Gregory, S. Klain, M. Roberts and K.M. Chan (2013). “Culture, intangibles and metrics in environmental management.Journal of Environmental Management 117: 103-114.

Luck, G., K.M.A. Chan, & C. Klein (2012). Identifying spatial priorities for protecting ecosystem services. F1000 Research (new open-access, open-review journal).

N.C. Ban, M. Mills, J. Tam, C. Hicks, S. Klain, N. Stoeckl, M.C. Bottrill, J. Levine, R. L. Pressey, T. Satterfield, K.M.A. Chan (2013). “Integrating social considerations into conservation planning through a social-ecological systems perspective”. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 26 pp.

Luck, G., K.M.A. Chan, U. Eser, E. Gómez-Baggethun, B. Matzdorf, B. Norton and M. Potschin (2012). “Ethical considerations in on-ground applications of the ecosystem services concept.” BioScience 62(12): 1020-1029.

Chan, K. M. A., A. Guerry, P. Balvanera, et al. (2012). “Where are ‘cultural’ and ‘social’ in ecosystem services: A framework for constructive engagement.” BioScience 6(8): 744-756.

Klain, S. C. and K. M. A. Chan “Navigating coastal values: Participatory mapping of ecosystem services for spatial planning.” Ecological Economics(0).

Chan, K. M. A., A. Guerry, P. Balvanera, et al. (2012). “Where are ‘cultural’ and ‘social’ in ecosystem services: A framework for constructive engagement.” BioScience 6(8): 744-756.

Daniel, T. C., A. Muhar, A. Arnberger, et al. (2012). “Contributions of cultural services to the ecosystem services agenda.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(23): 8812-8819.

Chan, K. M. A., N. C. Ban and R. Naidoo (accepted). Integrating conservation planning with human communities, ecosystem services, and economics. Shaping the Future: Conservation Planning from the Bottom up – A Practical Guide for the 21st Century. L. Craighead, C. Convis and F. Davis. Redlands, CA, ESRI Press.

Contact Details

AERL Room 438
2202 Main Mall
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4