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Alejandra Echeverri makes an intervention at COP13 in Cancún

After presenting with Kai in the Science Forum at the 13th Conference of the Parties (for the Convention on Biological Diversity) in Cancún, Mexico, Alejandra made an intervention to the Parties on behalf of the Global Youth Biodiversity Network.

Ashli Akins joins CHANS Lab as a PhD student

Ashli works in Peru, including with the NGO she founded, Mosqoy. She’s in her third year at the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program and the Liu Institute, co-supervised by Wade Davis and with committee members Mark Turin and Nancy Turner. She holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.

Graham McDowell awarded a Vanier CGS

Graham McDowell was awarded a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship for his doctoral studies focused on high-mountain social-ecological systems.

Alejandra Echeverri has been selected to join the GYBN team to COP13

Ale was selected to join the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) team to COP13. Together with 12 others, she will represent the global youth and contribute to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, and the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

Alejandra Echeverri was awarded the National Geographic Young Explorers Grant

Congratulations to Ale who was awarded the National Geographic Young Explorers Grant to evaluate cultural values of birds in Costa Rica. 

Gerald Singh and Sarah Klain defended their PhDs

In a gruelling double-header (at least for supervisor Kai Chan and key committee member Terre Satterfield), Gerald Singh and Sarah Klain defended their PhDs on Sept 27. Congratulations, Dr. Singh and Dr. Klain!

Ed Gregr defended his PhD

A belated congratulations to Dr. Edward Gregr, who successfully defended his PhD on August 5th (no revisions!).

Kai to give closing keynote at the European Ecosystem Services conference

On Friday September 23, Kai will give the closing keynote lecture at the European Ecosystem Services conference in Antwerp, Belgium.

Kai to serve as a Coordinating Lead Author for IPBES’ Global Assessment

Along with John Agard and Jianguo (Jack) Liu, Kai will be serving as a Coordinating Lead Author for chapter 5 of the IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Global Assessment. The first authors meeting is in Bonn, Aug 15-19 2016.

Sustainability: Steeped in Values, Animated by Process, and Structured (but Not Dictated) by Experts

Marc Tadaki and Kai Chan’s BioScience review of Bryan Norton’s book, “Sustainable Values, Sustainable Change: A Guide to Environmental Decision Making”. Better than any other, the book integrates environmental values with adaptive management, pointing towards engagement processes for sustainability.

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