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September 21, 2017
Reducing tourist consumption of reef fish is critical for Palau’s ocean sustainability, finds a new UBC study that suggests other small island nations might also consider adopting this strategy. Climate change is expected to lead to sharp declines in Palau’s reefs, and this new research suggests...
September 19, 2017
The Royal Society of Canada has awarded the 2017 Sir John William Dawson Medal to UBC fisheries researcher Daniel Pauly and the Rutherford Memorial Medal in Physics to astronomer Ingrid Stairs. Pauly is a fisheries biologist and Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us Project, a large research...
September 18, 2017
Scientists have long wondered how Earth’s atmosphere filled with oxygen. UBC geologist Matthijs Smit and research partner Klaus Mezger may have found the answer in continental rocks that are billions of years old. “Oxygenation was waiting to happen,” said Smit. “All it may have needed was for the...
September 13, 2017
Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can't recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new University of British Columbia research. “Songs are important for birds and who they choose to mate with,” said Benjamin Freeman, a Banting postdoctoral...
September 13, 2017
A new UBC study has found that small-scale fisheries may have a much larger impact on ocean ecosystems than previously thought, due to a lack of data on their development over time. “We found that the influence from small-scale fisheries is far from small,” said Jennifer Selgrath, lead author who...
September 12, 2017
UBC zoologist Kai Chan and computer scientist Joanna McGrenere have been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Kai Chain is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist. He strives to understand how social-ecological systems can...
September 8, 2017
UBC Science researchers have received more than $16 million in support as part of a half-billion-dollar Federal investment in scientific and engineering research across Canada. The University also received $6 million in support for postgraduate student scholarships and fellowships. The Minister of...
September 7, 2017
A Canadian effort to build one of the most innovative radio telescopes in the world will open the universe to a new dimension of scientific study. The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science, today installed the final piece of this new radio telescope, which will act as a time machine...
September 7, 2017
The Royal Society of Canada has elected 89 new Fellows, including a UBC physicist and a chemist. Astronomer and astrophysicist Gary Hinshaw is an expert in cosmology and cosmic background radiation. His work at UBC focuses on exploring the large scale properties of the Universe: its origin,...
September 1, 2017
Sara Harris—a 2015 3M National Teaching Fellow and professor of teaching at UBC—has been appointed Associate Dean Academic, effective September 1, 2017. "Sara is one of Canada's very best teachers, and has been an outstanding educational leader at UBC," said Dean Simon Peacock in making the...

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