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Sarah & Kai publish on accounting for social & cultural importance of ecosystems

To broaden the ecosystem service research agenda, Sarah Klain, Terre Satterfield and Kai Chan used Sarah's Vancouver Island field research to demonstrate methods that could improve ecosystem service assessments and marine spatial plans. See paper here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0921800914002730

Introducing Guardians of Science, new masterclass on science communication

Kai joins Dave Ng of the Michael Smith Labs to present their new "Guardians of Science” science communications masterclass program. This is a free one day workshop (Friday, November 28th) on various elements of communicating science. Special reserved spots for IRES graduate students and post docs. See http://guardiansofscience.org

Kai co-leads 300 scientists denouncing the JRP report

  Kai Chan, Anne Salomon, and Rick Taylor led 300 scientists denouncing the report of the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project’s Joint Review Panel (JRP). In a letter to Prime Minister Harper, leading scientists across Canada, the United States, and elsewhere call for the rejection of the JRP report as inappropriate basis for a federal decision […]

New video for prospective IRES students by Jordan Levine

Jordan has produced a new video for prospective students including interviews Kai and many CHANS Lab members. Watch the video on the IRES 'Prospective Students' page here.

CHANS lab well represented at North Pacific Marine Science meeting

Lab members provide notable contributions at international oceanographic conference.
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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.

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  • Ecosystem Services (mechanistic analysis, mapping and socio-cultural value elicitation)
  • 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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