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September 7, 2016
Global fisheries stand to lose approximately $10 billion of their annual revenue by 2050 if climate change continues unchecked, and countries that are most dependent on fisheries for food will be the hardest hit, finds new UBC research. Climate change impacts such as rising temperatures and changes...
September 7, 2016
The Royal Society of Canada has elected 89 new Fellows, including a UBC geochemist and a computer science professor. Dominique A.M. Weis, a professor and researcher in the department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, serves as the Director of the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical...
August 30, 2016
Closing the high seas to fishing could increase fish catches in coastal waters by 10 per cent, helping people, especially the most vulnerable, cope with the expected losses of fish due to climate change, new UBC research finds. “Many important fish stocks live in both the high seas and coastal...
August 24, 2016
Three UBC Science staff members have been recognized with President’s Staff Awards for their outstanding achievement and contributions to the university. Derek Tan, Digital Media Specialist at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum is the recipient of a President’s Staff Award for Creativity &...
August 23, 2016
Lasya Vankayala, a student with an interest in biochemistry who is joining UBC Science this fall, has been named the recipient of a $60,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of David Thompson Secondary School, Vankayala’s research in wound healing, mitochondrial dynamics, and Parkinson’s...
August 19, 2016
Forget about dipping lobsters in butter. UBC chemist Mark MacLachlan has other plans for the tasty crustacean. The scientist is experimenting with the shell, or exoskeleton, of lobsters to make batteries as well as biomedical materials and plastics. Why, and how, could you turn lobster shells into...
August 17, 2016
UBC-led exploration and geological research at major sites in Yukon and Alaska has received $557,670 in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The investment, along with $700,000 in in-kind and direct contributions from industry partners,...
August 11, 2016
Plant species that have evolved to withstand elevated levels of carbon dioxide grow poorly when moved to a plant community with a different make up, according to a new study in Nature Communications. "In an effort to save certain species, there has been an interest in the movement of plants or...
August 10, 2016
It’s been a mantra for generations: cleanliness is next to godliness. Kids are urged to wash up before dinner, and a bottle of hand sanitizer on the desk is de rigueur for elementary-school teachers. But could all this hygiene actually be harming children? In their new book, Let Them Eat Dirt, UBC...
August 4, 2016
Spiders living together in colonies of tens of thousands can go extinct from sharing food equitably, finds new UBC research. “It’s an unfortunate byproduct of what they have to do survive,” said lead author Ruth Sharpe, a PhD student in UBC’s department of zoology. “It’s a puzzle because in this...

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