Student Research

Thar She Grows: A New Way to Tell a Gray Whale’s Age

RES master's student Selina Agbayani explores new, less invasive ways to determine a gray whale's age.

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.

Hungry great blue herons in Stanley Park eating young salmon

RES Master's student Zachary Sherker finds evidence great blue herons in Stanley Park are feasting on young salmon. He discusses his research with The Province.

Unpacking social-ecological transformations: Conceptual, ethical and methodological insights

IRES current students and alumni team up in a new publication which highlights questions of justice, equity and ethics in transformations research.

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.

Vulnerability and its discontents: the past, present, and future of climate change vulnerability research

IRES PhD candidate Graham McDowell and colleagues explore vulnerability research and its ability to capture the complexities of climate-society dynamics.

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.

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.

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