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Mitchell et al., multifunctional agricultural landscapes

Mitchell, M.G.E., K.M.A. Chan, N.K. Newlands and N. Ramankutty (2020). “Spatial correlations don’t predict changes in agricultural ecosystem services: A Canada-wide case study.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 4(235). Doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2020.539892

Kreitzman et al, perennial staple crops in the global food system

Kreitzman, M., E. Toensmeier, K.M.A. Chan, S. Smukler and N. Ramankutty (2020). “Perennial staple crops: Yields, distribution, and nutrition in the global food system.” Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 4(216). Doi: 10.3389/fsufs.2020.588988

McDowell et al., Prospects for planned adaptations in high mountain communities

McDowell, G., L. Harris, M. Koppes, M.F. Price, K.M.A. Chan and D.G. Lama (2020). “From needs to actions: prospects for planned adaptations in high mountain communities.” Climatic Change 163: 953–972. Doi: 10.1007/s10584-020-02920-1

Remembering Adrian Semmelink

CHANS Lab is mourning the sudden passing of Adrian Semmelink, who did his Master’s with Kai Chan and Terre Satterfield from 2015-2018. Adrian was a warm, enthusiastic, empathetic person who seemed to set everyone at ease with his manner and his wonderful sense of humour. He brightened every room he walked in, and touched every person who came to know him. He made the world a better place through his research on sustainable agriculture and farmer practices, and through just being Adrian. We will miss him deeply and sorely. See Kai’s words to Adrian’s family and friends.

To honour Adrian Semmelink and in recognition of his dedication to sustainable agriculture practices, family and friends will be establishing an award in his name. The award will support students pursuing their Master’s or PhD in UBC’s Resources, Environment and Sustainability (RES) program with preference given to those whose studies focus on sustainable agriculture. Our goal is to establish either an annual award or an endowed award. The minimum amount to establish an annual award is $10,000 to be distributed in increments over 5-10 years. We will be able to endow Adrian’s award in perpetuity if we reach $50,000. The final use of funds will be determined by IRES in consultation with Adrian’s family.

López de la Lama et al., Fisheries-derived cultural ecosystem services in pre-Hispanic Peru

López de la Lama, R., S. de la Puente, J.C. Sueiro and K.M.A. Chan (2021). “Reconnecting with the past and anticipating the future: A review of fisheries-derived cultural ecosystem services in pre-Hispanic Peru.” People and Nature 3(1): 129-147. Doi: 10.1002/pan3.10153

Echeverri & Karp et al., Avian cultural services peak in tropical wet forests

Echeverri, A., D.S. Karp, L.O. Frishkoff, J. Krishnan, R. Naidoo, J. Zhao, J. Zook and K.M.A. Chan (2021). “Avian cultural services peak in tropical wet forests.” Conservation Letters 14(2): e12763. Doi: 10.1111/conl.12763

Kai and Matt advertise for a PhD student

Kai and Matt Mitchell are seeking a PhD student to model biodiversity and ecosystem services in Metro Vancouver (see the job ad).

Kai and Terre reflect on a nine-year journey to critically evaluate ecosystem services research

Following their publication of a new paper in People and Nature, Kai Chan and Terre Satterfield reflect on the maturation of ecosystem services as a field, and how it has risen to some critiques but not others. In Relational Thinking, The People and Nature Blog.

Chan & Satterfield, The maturation of ecosystem services

Chan, K.M.A. and T. Satterfield (2020). “The maturation of ecosystem services: Social and policy research expands, but whither biophysically-informed valuation?” People and Nature: 2(4): 1021-1060. Doi: 10.1002/pan3.10137

Klain et al., Octopus’s garden under the blade

Klain, S., T. Satterfield, K.M.A. Chan and K. Lindberg (2020). “Octopus’s garden under the blade: Boosting biodiversity increases willingness to pay for offshore wind in the United States.” Energy Research & Social Science 69: 101744. Doi: 10.1016/j.erss.2020.101744