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.

Maayan Kreitzman defends her PhD

Maayan successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled “Perennial Agriculture: Agronomy and Environment in Long-Lived Food Systems“. Congratulations, Maayan!

John Driscoll defends his PhD

John successfully defended his PhD dissertation entitled “Nutrient Yields from Northwest Atlantic Fisheries: Analysis, Indicators, and Optimization“. Congratulations, John!

IPBES Podcast: Choose Your Own Adventure

Kai Chan was featured on the new IPBES Podcast Nature Insight. Rob Spaull interviewed Kai about transformative change, the personal and the global.

Re-orienting towards sustainability, post-COVID (Kai’s story in The Conversation)

With the IPBES Global Assessment, the world was poised to tackle the ecological and climate crises.
We have already lost our way.
NOW is the time to re-orient. Let’s use #Covid_19 recovery funding for CHANGE, not to lock-in to old ways.
Kai’s story in The Conversation

Another blog post in the IPBES series: How to Cite the Global Assessment Fairly and Appropriately

In the series of blog posts about IPBES, the newest entry argues that citing just the Díaz et al. Science paper or the Summary for Policymakers is usually inappropriate, and that a fairer strategy is to also cite the report itself or its chapters. For convenience, the citation info is all provided here, including a BibTeX file.

Kai launches new blog series on interdisciplinary research design for sustainability

It’s called “How to Write a Winning Proposal—in 10 Hard Steps“. The first post is “Understand How Others Go about Research. Step 0: Let Experts Reveal Their Messy Realities“. It’s based on RES 602 and 15 years mentoring grad students.

Science article gets media attention

Gregr et al. in Science, about sea otters and the costs and benefits of ecosystem recovery, received considerable media attention (Altimetric score=448). As one of 48 articles, the Toronto Star published an article entitled, “From atomic peril to a $50M asset: The long, strange ride of Canada’s sea otters“.

Cam Bullen defends his Master’s

Cameron defended his Master’s thesis about Steller’s sea cows entitled, “A Marine Megafaunal Extinction and Its Consequences for Kelp Forests of the North Pacific“. Congratulations, Cam!