Forest and Conservation Sciences Department
Achievements and Plans New Appointment Dr Suzie Lavallee was appointed as Instructor I effective August 1, 2012. Dr Lavallee was also the 2011-2012 recipient of the Killam Teaching Prize in the Faculty of Forestry, reflecting her strong interest in and dedication to teaching excellence. In her new role she will have expanded responsibilities within the faculty, particularly in relation to the Natural Resources Conservation program.
ACHIEVEMENTS 2012 – 13 • Effective January 1, 2013, we have changed our name from the “Department of Forest Sciences” to the “Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences”. This new name reflects the broader mission of the department and addresses the external perceptions of the department expressed in the 2011 external review. • Effective April 1, 2012, Dr Scott Hinch’s appointment was transferred to 100% within the Department having been previously shared with the College for Interdisciplinary Studies.
• Jennifer Burt was the recipient of the Best Master’s Thesis Award of the year in the Faculty of Forestry. Her thesis was entitled “Influences of parental identity and elevated incubation temperature on the survival, development and early life history traits in sockeye salmon”. Jennifer was supervised by Dr Scott Hinch. • Jennifer Burt was also the recipient of the Governor General’s Gold Medal. This Medal is awarded to the student who has achieved the most outstanding academic record in the graduating class for the Master’s degree with thesis. • The Department held a very successful symposium on April 12, 2012 and continued a successful weekly seminar series.
PLANS FOR 2013 – 14 • Conduct the search for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. • Plan for a new, introductory course in genetics (genomics) with Dr Kermit Ritland. • Continue to maintain a high level of proposals to NSERC and other funding agencies.
• Drs Aitken, Arcese, Chanway, Daniels, El-Kassaby, Gergel, Grayston, Guy, Hamelin, Martin, Mitchell, Prescott, Richardson, Ritland and Simard hold ongoing NSERC Discovery grants.
• Convene an annual Open House on April 12, 2013 to include all faculty, staff, post-docs, research associates, graduate and undergraduate students.
• Drs Hinch and Grayston were successful in securing NSERC Strategic grant funding in the most recent competition.
• Dr Sally Aitken will co-chair the Forest Genetics 2013 conference to be held July 22-26 in Whistler.
• Drs Richardson and Gergel are part of a successful NSERC Strategic Network grant for the Canadian Network for Aquatic Ecosystem Services.
• Dr Allan Carroll will organize a joint meeting of IUFRO working groups 7.03.05 and 7.03.07 to be held in Banff on September 16-20, 2013.
• Dr Robert Guy received the David J Gifford Award in Tree Physiology from the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists. The Award is given for outstanding research contributions in tree physiology, primarily in Canada. Special consideration is given to originality and independence of thought. • Dr Maja Krzic received the Canadian Society of Soil Science award. This award is given by the Society to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution towards promoting soil science to the general public. • Dr Peter Arcese received the Doris Huestis Speirs Award from the Society of Canadian Ornithologists. This is the most prestigious award given by the Society, presented annually to an individual who has made outstanding lifetime contributions in Canadian ornithology. • Dr John Richardson helped organize the 7th World Congress of Herpetology in Vancouver from 8-14 August 2012. This conference was hosted by UBC, UVic and the City of Vancouver. • Dr Kathy Martin organized and chaired the 5th North American Ornithological Conference at UBC, 14-18 August, 2012. The meeting featured a full range of topics on research and management of birds in North and Central America. • Dr Margaret Branton received the Best PhD Dissertation Award of the year in the Faculty of Forestry. Her thesis was entitled, “Can conservation strategies for a single species be used to inform and guide restoration of ecological structure and function in flood plain ponds?” Margaret was supervised by Dr John Richardson.
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• Continue our weekly departmental seminar series.
The Faculty of Forestry Annual Report for 2012.