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Webinar | Landmark U.N. Biodiversity Report with Lead Co-Author

Kai led a webinar hosted by the Smart Prosperity Institute (where he’s on sabbatical), CPAWS, Ducks Unlimited, Metcalf Foundation, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Nature United, and WWF Canada. See here for viewers’ thought-provoking questions (and their answers).

IPBES commentary, Citizen’s Call

Kai’s Commentary was published on Global News for International Biodiversity Day. It gave an inside perspective on IPBES negotiations in Paris, and solutions toward transformative change, including this Citizen’s Call. Please help spread the word!

Alberto Campos wins a 4YF and Ocean Leaders Fellowship

Congratulations to Alberto for his UBC Four-Year Fellowship and an Ocean Leaders Graduate Fellowship!

Joanne Fitzgibbons wins a SSHRC CGS-D

Congratulations to Jo for this SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (Doctoral)!

Welcome to Joanne Fitzgibbons and Alberto Campos!

Jo and Alberto will be joining as PhD students in September, Jo from the University of Waterloo and Alberto from Aquasis in Brazil.

Kai negotiates and explains the IPBES Global Assessment

At IPBES 7 in Paris, Kai Chan and others negotiated the text of the IPBES Global Assessment with 132 member nations. The release of this landmark UN report on nature generated a great deal of media attention including on CBC’s News Network, CBC’s Front Burner, CBC’s Power and Politics, and many more.

Ashli Akins wins Emerging Humanist of the Year Award

Ashli was honoured by her alma mater, the University of Victoria, for this prestigious award. The parallel Public and Historic Humanist Awards went to the Honorable Roméo Dallaire and the late writer Ursula K. Le Guin.

Cam Bullen wins an NSERC CGSM

Cam was awarded an NSERC Master’s Scholarship for his work on the potential ecological effects of rewilding Steller’s sea cows.

Kai & others launch People and Nature

As a lead editor (with Kevin Gaston EIC, Emilie Aimé as Managing Editor), Kai helped launch People and Nature, a new open-access journal from the British Ecological Society. Practice-oriented, deeply interdisciplinary, rigorous, boundary-crossing and envelope-pushing–see the opening editorial.

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.”

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