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Researchers Partnering for success - The Alberta Biodiversity Research Chairs Program The reclamation and restoration of Canada’s boreal forest is a multi-faceted and challenging issue. It requires collaboration between multiple scientific disciplines, drawing on support from academia, industry and government. The establishment of the Alberta Biodiversity Research Chairs Program (ABC) is an excellent example of one such partnership, and highlights the progress that can be made when great minds and great organizations come together.

Dr. Stan Boutin and Dr. Scott Nielsen, two University of Alberta researchers, were selected as the ABC Chairs and are working with industry and other scientists to develop new methods and tools to monitor and restore biodiversity and landscape processes. Their research will link monitoring programs to policy development and strategic planning – leading to an applied, scientifically-robust conservation effort.

The ABC Program is intended to fast-track biodiversity science and is a partnership between: the Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA); University of Alberta; Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions, Energy and Environment Solutions; and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). It is a clear example of the power of collaboration, and an example that we hope to build on through ACRRE.



ACRRE - Building on Diverse Expertise  

The proposed Alberta Centre for Reclamation and Restoration Ecology – ACRRE – aims to build on the diverse expertise of University of Albert...