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Healthy oceans, economies and communities

Kai Chan and Sarah Klain spoke on why thriving marine ecosystems matter for British Columbia as part of a webinar with economists Michelle Molnar and Ngaio Hotte. Here’s a link to the audio and visual recording of their talks on market and non-market benefits from the ocean, the contribution of particular industries to BC’s economy, social and […]

Kai’s webinar for Yale University Centre for Business and the Environment is online

Kai Chan presented his research on building frameworks to conceptualize ecosystem services in a webinar for the Yale University Centre for Business and the Environment, emphasizing cultural ecosystem services to highlight importance of supporting ecosystem services to catalyze sustainability. The YouTube video is here.

Economic importance of marine conservation and planning

David Suzuki Foundation invites Kai Chan and Sarah Klain to discuss why abundant, diverse and clean marine ecosystems are important to BC’s coastal communities and economy.

Megan (lab alum) and Kai publish on the potential impact of an invasive seagrass

Megan Mach (lab alum), Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria (UW seagrass  researcher), and Kai Chan summarized 40 years of scientific research on Zostera japonica, a nonnative seagrass species in the Northeast Pacific, to investigate its effect  on ecosystem processes and identify research gaps that might interfere with management objectives. Our analysis was especially relevant for ongoing policy discussion […]

Nathan Bennett publishes new report, “Conservation Social Sciences: What, Why, and How?”

CHANS lab post-doc Nathan Bennett co-led the production of new report, Conservation Social Sciences: What, Why, and How? The report aims to stimulate dialogue among conservation organizations, foundations, agencies, practitioners and researchers about the role of the conservation social sciences, to build capacity, promote knowledge and foster engagement with conservation social sciences to improve conservation practice and outcomes.
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  • Vancouver Sun Op-ed re: proposed National Park in the Okanagan
    Maayan and Kai publish an op-ed in the Vancouver Sun, "Separating Fact from Fiction in the Okanagan", regarding the proposed South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park. Popular myth says that most locals oppose the park, suggesting that the park is an example of governments imposing themselves on downtrodden locals. Facts suggest otherwise (url).
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  • Bees Won’t Survive … Unless We Do This
    Susanna Klassen, Kelly Sharp, Jill Guerra, Scott McKenzie and Kai Chan published an Opinion piece in the National Observer entitled, “Bees won't survive, and neither will we, unless we do this” [NB: Authors don’t choose newspaper article titles.] June 15 2015. url
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  • Kai Chan selected as delegate to World Science Forum
    Kai has been selected as one of four young Canadian delegates to the InterAcademy Partnership's 2015 World Science Forum. The Forum will focus on “Scoping the future: views and ideas of young scientists to tackle global challenges” and will take place in Budapest, Hungary in November 2015.
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  • John Driscoll wins Les Lavkulich Graduate Student Fellowship
    The Les Lavkulich Awards have been endowed by colleagues, friends and UBC alumni in honour of Professor Les Lavkulich, who created the Resources and Environment Program in 1979, the first truly interdisciplinary graduate program at UBC. As the program’s inspirational leader between 1979 and 2004, he was able, with his unrelenting effort and visionary thinking, […]
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  • Healthy oceans, economies and communities
    Kai Chan and Sarah Klain spoke on why thriving marine ecosystems matter for British Columbia as part of a webinar with economists Michelle Molnar and Ngaio Hotte. Here’s a link to the audio and visual recording of their talks on market and non-market benefits from the ocean, the contribution of particular industries to BC’s economy, social and […]
    Read More »
  • Kai’s webinar for Yale University Centre for Business and the Environment is online
    Kai Chan presented his research on building frameworks to conceptualize ecosystem services in a webinar for the Yale University Centre for Business and the Environment, emphasizing cultural ecosystem services to highlight importance of supporting ecosystem services to catalyze sustainability. The YouTube video is here.
    Read More »
  • Economic importance of marine conservation and planning
    David Suzuki Foundation invites Kai Chan and Sarah Klain to discuss why abundant, diverse and clean marine ecosystems are important to BC’s coastal communities and economy.
    Read More »
  • Megan (lab alum) and Kai publish on the potential impact of an invasive seagrass
    Megan Mach (lab alum), Sandy Wyllie-Echeverria (UW seagrass  researcher), and Kai Chan summarized 40 years of scientific research on Zostera japonica, a nonnative seagrass species in the Northeast Pacific, to investigate its effect  on ecosystem processes and identify research gaps that might interfere with management objectives. Our analysis was especially relevant for ongoing policy discussion […]
    Read More »
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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:

  • 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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