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July 27, 2017
Relationships where two organisms depend on each other, known as symbiosis, evoke images of partnership and cooperation. But a new study in Nature Ecology and Evolution shows that, when it comes to certain microorganisms, symbiotic partners are actually being held “hostage”. The international...
July 26, 2017
UBC zoologists are set to investigate whether salmon populations are undergoing genetic adaptation to environmental changes—a so-called ‘evolutionary rescue’. The Genome BC-funded research could help predict the fate of salmon species under alternative climate scenarios. Wild Chinook salmon play a...
July 13, 2017
Milind Kandlikar has been appointed director of UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) for a four-year term, effective July 1, 2017.  Kandlikar’s research focuses on the intersection of technology innovation, human development and the global environment, and he...
July 5, 2017
Gravity. It’s simple, right? Objects, the larger the better, exerting force on each other. Turns out, it’s a complex subject that we don’t quite understand yet. In the 1970s physicist Stephen Hawking declared that gravity was incompatible with quantum mechanics—laws governing how objects behave at...
June 26, 2017
Gail Murphy, a leading expert in software engineering and chief scientist at Vancouver-based Tasktop Technologies, has been appointed UBC’s Vice-President, Research and Innovation. She will formally begin the role on August 14, 2017. As UBC’s Associate Vice-President Research pro tem Murphy...
June 26, 2017
Mobile phone carriers scooped up airwaves no longer needed by television broadcasters last March in a $19-billion auction designed by UBC and Stanford University researchers. While airwave auctions are nothing new, this one was so complex and involved so many moving parts that computer science was...
June 26, 2017
Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new research. The study by researchers with Sea Around Us, an initiative at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries and the University of Western...
June 5, 2017
Natalia Nolde is a UBC statistician with a risky specialty: predicting and assessing extreme events. Her work faces two major challenges. Extreme events, by definition, don’t happen often and so related data are scarce. They’re also incredibly complex. But if Nolde and colleagues are able to...
June 1, 2017
Large-scale fisheries receive about four times more subsidies than their small-scale counterparts, with up to 60 per cent of those subsidies promoting overfishing. A recent study by the University of British Columbia found that while small-scale fisheries employ over 22 million people globally and...
June 1, 2017
UBC zoologists have documented the first record of a House Swift in the Americas—and begun to unravel the mystery of how the tiny bird got from its south-east Asia breeding grounds to Ladner, BC. The bird’s well preserved but near-emaciated carcass was discovered in May 2012 near the Deltaport...

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