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Kai is listed among the Highly Cited Researchers of 2018

Kai was one of Clarivate Analytics’ Highly Cited Researchers 2018, a list that “recognizes world-class researchers selected for their exceptional research performance, demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science.”

Marc Tadaki defends his PhD

Marc Tadaki successfully defended his PhD in Geography entitled, “Filling the Void: Struggles over Implementing Freshwater Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand”, co-supervised by Trevor Barnes and Kai Chan. Congratulations, Marc!

Cameron Bullen wins two UBC Spring Graduate Awards

Cam Bullen was awarded the James Robert Thompson Fellowship and the R.E. McKechnie Graduate Scholarship. Congrats, Cam!

Cameron Bullen and Aspen Ono join CHANS Lab

Cam will be doing a MSc, cosupervised by Ed Gregr. Aspen will be doing a MA, co-supervised by David Boyd. Welcom, Cam and Aspen!

Ashli Akins is 1 of 3 finalists for the SSHRC Talent Award

Winners will be announced in Ottawa October 3. Congrats for making it this far, Ashli!

Emily Anderson defends her PhD

Emily defended her PhD entitled, ““Market” Participation for Development and Environmental Sustainability: Costa Rican Dairy Markets and Payments for Ecosystem Services”, co-supervised by Hisham Zerriffi and Kai. Congratulations, Emily!

Adrian Semmelink defends his MSc

Adrian defended his MSc thesis entitled, “Gaps between farmer and government officials views of best management practices: cracks or canyons?” Congrats, Adrian!

Kai helps launch new BES journal People and Nature

Kai Chan is a Lead Editor for People and Nature, the new journal of relational thinking from the British Ecological Society. The journal will be open access, deeply interdisciplinary, rigorous, innovative, and run by a reputable professional society (not a for-profit publisher).

Ale Echeverri wins the Raja Rosenbluth Award

Alejandra Echeverri won the Raja Rosenbluth Award for Women in Biological Sciences, a prestigious UBC award given to one female graduate student each year for her leadership in science. Congrats, Ale!

Liz Williams wins Freda Pagani award

Liz Williams won the Freda Pagani Outstanding MA Thesis award, an IRES award for our best Master’s thesis of the year. Congratulations, Liz!

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CHANS Lab Mission and Research Overview:

Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge analysis and modelling of social-ecological systems, for both fundamental insight and application to real-world practice and transformation--to enable the just treatment of current and future people and the natural world. Our work in the natural sciences focuses on including humans and evolution in ecological research, including modeling and diverse empirical analysis. Our work in the social sciences explores the just treatment of current and future generations, developing novel approaches to management and governance, and informing the relevance of our natural science work. Our lab is addressing the above mission through a diverse set of integrative and overlapping research foci:
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  • Cumulative Effects (risk assessment, policy, modeling)
  • Social-Ecological Systems (characterization and modeling of dynamics, vulnerability and adaptive capacity)
  • Science Engagement (motivations, barriers, measurement)
  • Integrative Sustainability (impact mitigation, from ecosystems to producers and consumers)

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