Welcome to the What's New page for the Geography Program. Here you will find updated information related to current graduate and undergraduate students. Please feel free to send in your news to firstname.lastname@example.org -- we look forward to hearing from you often.
and to Christina Tennant (supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos) on her recent thesis defence success! Christina defended her MSc Natural Resources & Environmental Studies (Geography) thesis on 13 April 2012. Her thesis is titled: "Nine Decades of Glacier Change in the Canadian Rocky Mountains."
Congratulations to Nick Ehlers (MA NRES candidate) who was awarded the Archie Carr Student Award for Best Conservation Oral (Runner Up) at the 32nd Annual International Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, March 13-16, 2012 in Huatulco, Mexico.
The paper:Nick R. Ehlers and Zoë A. Meletis. Thinking Outside of the Beach—An interdisciplinary study of turtle tourism-related motorboat use in Tortuguero, Costa Rica.
WDCAG 2012 Adventures
The UNBC Geography contingent participated in the WDCAG conference hosted by the Geography program at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia, 8-10 March 2012. Congratulations to all our presenters and our two award winners: Jessica Blewett (supervisor: Dr. Neil Hanlon) won the top Master's oral presentation award & Alex Koiter (supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew) won the award for the best PhD poster.
to Hyae-Rim Roncin (co-supervisors: Dr. Catherine Nolin & Fiona MacPhail), Cristian Silva (supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin), Chris Turner (supervisor: Dr. Gail Fondahl), Courtney Jermyn (supervisor: Dr. Brian Menounos), Alexandra Pedersen (supervisor: Dr. Catherine Nolin), Christine Creyke (co-supervisors: Drs. Greg Halseth & Gail Fondahl), and Jiwon Slotwinski (Dr. Neil Hanlon) on seven recent successful defences.
Cristian (above, left) defended his MA Interdisciplinary Studies thesis on September 1, 2011. His thesis is titled: "Exhuming Guatemala's Gender-Based Violence: Justice, Truth-telling, and Rebuilding in a Post-Conflict Society."
Courtney (above, middle) defended her MSc NRES thesis on June 7, 2011. Here thesis is titled: "An Approach for Remote Landslide Mapping, South Nahanni Watershed, Northwest Territories, Canada."
Chris (below, left) defended his MA NRES (Geography) thesis on August 3, 2011. His thesis is titled: "Overlap: Causes and Implications of Contested Indigenous Claims to Territory in the Context of the BC Treaty Process."
Alexandra (above, middle) defended her MA INTS thesis on April 15, 2011. Her thesis is titled: "Amplifying Voices of Development: Insights from Indigenous Maya Leaders in El Quiché, Guatemala."
Christine (above, right) defended her MA NRES (Geography) thesis on April 19, 2011. Her thesis is titled: " The Tahltan Nation and Our Consultation Process with Mining Industry: How a Land Use Plan Might Improve the Process."
Jiwon (above) defended her MSc Community Health Science thesis on April 20, 2011. Here thesis is titled: "'People Need to Listen to Us': The Role of Empowerment in Positive Prevention Helps People Living with HIV/AIDS t o Improve their Health and Quality of Life."
Once again this year, the UNBC Geography Program sent a group of undergraduates, graduate students and faculty to the Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers. This year’s conference was held 10-12 March in Burnaby, BC, and was hosted by the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University. Click HERE for a list of presenters & presentations.
Congratulations to MA NRES student JP Laplante (with supervisor Catherine Nolin) on the publication of their recent article "Snake Oil and the Myth of Corporate Social Responsibility" in the January/February special issue of Canadian Dimension: “Bad Neighbours: A Focus on Canadian Mining Abroad ."
Excerpt: "Nearly every major extractive industry player has adopted voluntary CSR policies or social sustainability statements .... However, ongoing violations of human rights beg the question: is talking in terms of CSR useful to those trying to seek justice for harms committed by Canadian multinationals?"
Kara Przeczek successfully defended her MSc thesis entitled, “Assessment of Optimum Snowmelt Model Complexity, Cariboo Highlands, British Columbia, Canada,” on January 7, 2011. Congratulations to Kara and her co-supervisors Drs. Brian Menounos and Stephen Déry.
FALL & WINTER
Congratulationsto Sam Albers and his supervisor Dr. Ellen Petticrew on the very successful defence of his MSc NRES thesis: “The Salmon Disturbance Regime: Effects on Biofiilm, Sediment and Water" which took place on December 2, 2010.
Titi Kunkel (NRES PhD candidate, supervisors: Bob Ellis, Ellen Petticrew) along with the Fraser Basin Council organized and hosted 43 people at a Cariboo-Chilcotin First Nations Energy Forum in Williams Lake on Oct 25, 2010. Council members, community members, economic development officers and Chiefs representing 13 Cariboo-Chilcotin bands and two tribal councils participated in the presentation and discussion of approaches to alternate energies.
The Geography Program and Interdisciplinary (Graduate) Studies was pleased to offer a special, one-time condensed course "GEOG 498 / IDIS 791 Enforced Disappearances" offered by Jos é Pablo Baraybar, Executive Director of the Peruvian Forensic Anthropology Team and President of the Latin American Association of Forensic Anthropology (ALAF). The course ran September 27 - October 7, 2010.
SPRING & SUMMER
Congratulations to Research Award Winners!
Congratulations to Chris Turner (MA NRES-Geography, Supervisor: Dr. G. Fondahl) who was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Master's Graduate Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.
Congratulations also to Christine Creyke (left) (NRES Geography, Co-supervisors: Drs. Gail Fondahl & Greg Halseth) & Jocelyn Joe-Strack (right) (NRES Geography, Supervisor: Dr. Ellen Petticrew) for both receiving one of 14 Jane Glassco Arctic Voices Fellowships from the Walter Gordon Foundation. For more details on the awards & their policy-relevant research in the North, click HERE.
Congratulations to Chelan Zirul on the successful defence of her thesis “The Changing Governance of Rural Regional Development: A Case Study of the Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition" in the MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) graduate program, on July 5, 2010. Congratulations also to Chelan's supervisor Dr. Greg Halseth.
NRES PhD candidate Claudette Bois (supervisor: Catherine Nolin) presented her proposed research at the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers in Bogotá, Colombia May 26 - 28. Her presentation was entitled: “An Examination of Canadian-Owned Mining Development Impacts on the Spiritual Land Values of the Maya-Q’eqchi in El Estor, Guatemala”.
Claudette is also studying Spanish at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá for the month of June before returning to Guatemala for further Spanish-language study until September. Sam Albers, MSc (Biology) graduate student and his supervisor Ellen Petticrew attended the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography Annual Meeting in Santa Fe, NM, June 6 - 11. Sam is presented the following paper: “Marine-derived nutrient transfer: changing biofilm abundance and composition in response to salmon spawning and die-off”.
Several of our folk presented at the Prairie Summit joint meeting of Canadian geographers, cartographers, re-mote sensors and geomorphologists at the University of Regina, 1-5 June. These included Dr. Sarah de Leeuw (Northern Medical Program) and NRES graduate students/researchers Jennifer Herkes, Alex Martin, Laura Ryser and Chelan Zirul. Dr. Catherine Nolin delivered the Suzanne Mackenzie Memorial Lecture, entitled: “Geography That Breaks Your Heart: Feminist Geography from/to the Peripheries”. Drs. Neil Hanlon and Roger Wheate were part of a panel of editors discussing publishing issues for young faculty.
MA IDIS candidate Cristian Silva (supervisor: Catherine Nolin) applied and was invited to participate as one of 20 students in a series of Master Classes on Human Rights as part of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences Congress 2010 held at Concordia University in Montreal, 29 May 2010.
Malyssa Maurer (MSc NRES-Geography, Supervisor: Brian Menounos) won a graduate student grant for $1424 from the Geological Society of America for her proposal entitled, "Terrestrial and Lacustrine Evidence of Holocene Glacier Fluctuations in Southernmost Patagonia." Malyssa will use this money to help defray costs associated with her laboratory analysis of her thesis.
Congratulations to Marc Steynen on the successful defence of his thesis “TheConsequences of Forest-Dependence for the Economic Growth and Socioeconomic Development of Houston, BC" in the MSc Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) graduate program, on April 23, 2010. Congratulations also to Marc's supervisor Dr. Greg Halseth.
WDCAG 2010 Adventures
The UNBC Geography contingent participated in the WDCAG conference hosted by the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at The University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, March 25-27, 2010. Congratulations to all our presenters! Click HERE for a list of presentations.
UNBC Contingent at the WDCAG 2010 in Alberta (left) and
Eric Kopetski (right photo, middle) receiving his Best Graduate Student Paper Award!
Congratulations to PhD candidate Matthew Beedle for this recent publication!
Beedle, M. J., B. Menounos, B. H. Luckman, and R. Wheate (2009) Annual push moraines as climate proxy, Geophysical Research Letters, 36, L20501, doi:10.1029/2009GL039533
Congratulations to Jennifer Herkes (2009) on her successful defence of her thesis “Planning for Resilience: A Case Study of Kitimat, BC" in the MA Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) graduate program, 15 December. Supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth.
Congratulations to Christine Creyke - left - (MA NRES candidate, co-supervisors: Gail Fondahl & Greg Halseth) who is featured on UNBC’s homepage today (http://www.unbc.ca/) for winning The J. Michael Waldram Memorial Model Forest Fellowship from the Canadian Institute of Forestry. This fellowship is awarded to one Aboriginal student per year nation-wide. Well done!
MA IDIS grad student Cristian Silva (supervisor: C. Nolin) is in Buenos Aires, Argentina this week at the 5th Forensic Anthropology Congress of the Latin American Forensic Anthropology Association (ALAF)to present his paper: Silva, C. and C. Nolin (2009), "The exhumation of Margarita Telón Cún: Analysing the effects of the internal armed conflict in rural Guatemala”
NRES MA grad student Courtney LeBourdais (supervisor: C. Nolin) traveled to UBC-O in Kelowna on 24 October 2009 for the 4th Annual Cascadia Critical Geographies Conference & received one of the awards in the Paper Competition for her presentation: LeBourdais, C. and C. Nolin (2009), “Marriage migration in Northern BC: The negotiation of place and identity among foreign brides”
Faculty-Staff-Grad Students Dinner - plan to join us for an informal dinner on the evening of Thursday, October 22nd. Contact Catherine Nolin (email@example.com) for details.
Faculty-Staff-Undergraduate Student Pizza Night - on October 8th, we had a great turnout of approx. 45 people gathered in the Event Space of the new Student Union Bldg for a chance to meet fellow geography students & faculty members. Thank you for the great participation!
PhD NRES (Geography) candidate Matt Beedle (co-supervisors: B. Menounos & R. Wheate) has completed four field expeditions from May to Septemberon Castle Creek and Kwadacha glaciers. See his spring/summer fieldwork update at: http://www.unbc.ca/geography/whats_new/2009_updatebeedle.html
MA IDIS student Lorraine Naziel (supervisor C. Nolin) traveled to North Vancouver this week to participate in the initial meeting of the Aboriginal Women's Leadership Association of BC." Congratulations, also, to Lorraine for receivingthe Chief Joe Mathias BC Aboriginal Scholarship this fall through the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC). MA NRES student JP Laplante (supervisor: C. Nolin) traveled to Takla First Nation during the week of September 14th with Bonnie Docherty of the Harvard Law School's Human Rights Program. JP organized and facilitated this research excursion in order to explore the human rights impacts of the free entry system of mining development in BC.
PhD student Kelly Giesbrecht (supervisor: C. Nolin)traveled to Smithers, BC for September 15th & 16th to attend theSkeena Salmon Habitat Conference which is sponsored by SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, Babine River Foundation, Driftwood Foundation. Details at: http://bvcentre.ca/events/detail/skeena_salmon_habitat_conservation/
The first Geography Club meeting of the academic year is set. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Date/Time: September 24th @ 4:00
Location: UNBC Library, 2nd floor seminar room Questions? Contact:
Jesse Blewett at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to Christine Creyke (MA NRES student) who recently received the J. Michael Waldram Memorial Model Forest Fellowship for 2009 from the Canadian Institute of Forestry.
Congratulations to incoming PhD student Kelly Giesbrecht (MA NRES-Geog, UNBC '04) on the recent publication of her MA thesis, "The new book is available through Amazon.com. Abstract:
"Traditional public participation in resource management planning and decision making processes in British Columbia has often resulted in little or no public influence in the process, or over the decisions made. This study of the Bulkley Valley Community Resources Board (BVCRB) explores how public input through this body was conceptualized and incorporated into the Bulkley Land and Resource Management Plan (LRMP) process. This work explores the linkages between public participation, community conflict, community organization and community power. Community support and community representation are central to the BVCRB's influence in the development of the Bulkley LRMP. The goal of this work is to examine how a level of public input which went beyond tokenism was achieved and resulted in community control and community power. This provides insight into the legitimacy of community organization, community representation, and community support for public participation to influence resource management planning and decision making."
Field work Updates from our Graduate Students:Our graduate students are doing some amazing fieldwork this summer. We have asked some of them, including: Claudette Bois, Nate Einbinder, Courtney LeBourdais, Joe LeBourdais, Lorraine Naziel, & Cristian Silva -- to share some of their work that takes them from northwestern & northeastern BC to Guatemala and further south to Chile. Click on each name to learn more about their research.
|Photo: N. Einbinder|
Photo: C. Silva
Congratulations also to Christine Creyke & Lorraine Naziel on recent awards:
Christine Creyke (MA Natural Resources & Environmental Studies – Geography Stream; supervisor: Dr. G. Halseth) of the Tahltan First Nation was awarded a Northern Resident Award for Graduate Studies ($10,000) through the Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS). The awards supports Christine’s graduate thesis research: The Tahitan First Nation and our Consultation Process with Mining Industry; How a Land Use Plan can Improve Community Based Consultation. See: http://www.acuns.ca/cnstcurrentrec.htm
Lorraine Naziel (MA Interdisciplinary Studies; supervisor, Dr. C. Nolin) of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation was awarded a Minerva Education Award and invited to give a keynote address at the Minerva Foundation of BC Conference “Learning to Lead: Combining our Strengths” at St. John’s College, UBC, June 12-14. The vision of this Leadership Development Program is to empower Aboriginal women, to create space for them to connect – with other women leaders and with themselves – and to enable them to gain deeper knowledge of their own values and passions. See: http://www.theminervafoundation.com/programs/ltl_cosprogram.html
Congratulations to Caroline von Schilling (2009) on her successful defence of her thesis “Entropy Debt: A Link to Sustainability?" in the MS Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography) graduate program, 23 June. Supervisor: Dr. Darwyn Coxson (NRES Graduate Program).
Congratulations to PhD NRES student Matt Beedle (and his supervisor Brian Menounos) for the feature of their research in the June/July issue of Northword magazine. Here is the opening of the article:
"Last summer, student Matt Beedle stuck a pole in a glacier. The research technique may not sound like cutting-edge science, but the result was unequivocal: Nearly a month later, the pole, which had only a few millimeters showing when he planted it, was exposed nearly to his 5’11” height. Was he surprised at the results? “Ah, no,” admits the UNBC doctoral student. "
Congratulations on defences, graduate student awards & new babies!
Cristian Silva (MA IDIS) is featured in the photo accompanying a local news item related to a delegation of Guatemalan Maya elders visit to Prince George. Cristian translated for the elders while visiting with local First Nations groups. FULL STORY (URL) and (PDF)
Congrats to Claudette Bois (NRES PhD candidate) on her most recent publication:
Bois, C.,* D.T. Janzen, P.T. Sanborn, A.L. Fredeen (2009) Contrasting total carbon stocks between ecological site series in a subboreal spruce research forest in central British Columbia.Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39 (5) May: 897-907.
Congratulations to Alex Martin (NRES PhD candidate) and Anisa Zehtab-Martin (Geography Research Associate) who are the proud new parents of Ariya Alexander Martin who was born on June 3rd at 2:10am at PGRH. He is 7 lbs 14 oz and 56 cms long. We look forward to meeting our newest member of the Geography Program! Convocation 2009
Click here for a photo gallery of the Geography-ORTM morning gathering for the 2009 May Convocation. Congratulations to Courtney LeBourdais (MA NRES-Geography, Supervisor: Dr. C. Nolin) who was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Master's Graduate Scholarship for the 2009-2010 academic year.
Congratulations to John Rex (PhD NRES) on the successful defence of his dissertation entitled:
"The Flocculation Feedback Loop: Delivery of Marine Derived Nutrients in Pacific Salmon Streams." Congratulations to John's supervisor Dr. Ellen Petticrew for a highly successful collaboration.
Congratulations to MA NRES (Geography) student Christine Creyke (left, co-supervisors: Drs. Gail Fondahl & Greg Halseth) who is one of three researchers who won grants through the Northern Scientific Training Program. The NSTP is designed to support student research in the north.
Congratulations also to MA NRES (Geography) student Eric Kopetski (supervisor: Dr. Greg Halseth) whose paper was selected as the Best Paper submitted to the 4th Annual UNBC Graduate Conference in April 2009. Eric's paper, co-authored with Jack Lonsdale (MSc NRES) is titled: 'Short rotation coppice in mountain pine beetle affected communities of British Columbia: An interdisciplinary approach to barriers and benefits.'
The UNBC Geography contingent participated in the WDCAG conference hosted by the Department of Geography at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, BC, 4-7 March 2009. Congratulations to all our presenters! Click HERE for a list of presentations and HERE for the abstracts. Photo below is the group at Cache Creek, BC
Congratulations on another successful Thesis Defence!
Anne Hogan (MA NRES-Geography) successfully defended her thesis entitled: "Housing, Health, and Social Inclusion of Older People in Prince George, BC." Congratulations to Anne's supervisor Dr. Greg Haselth for a second successful completion in two months. Click HERE for details of the defence.
JanuaryCongratulations on a successful Thesis Defence
Kyle Kusch (MA NRES-Geog) successfully defended his thesis entitled:
"Historical Migration Patterns in the Upper Fraser Region, British Columbia.”Congratulations also to his supervisor Dr. Greg Halseth.
In early January, graduate student Nathan Einbinder (MA NRES-Geog, supervisor: Catherine Nolin) was in Granada, Nicaragua to present the following paper at the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers (CLAG) in the session “Landscapes of Conflict”: "Violence and neoliberal development: A case from Rio Negro, Guatemala."
Click HERE to read Nate's article recently published in Upside Down World related to the Canadian mining company -- Goldcorp's -- "hope for an endless mine" in San Miguel Ixtahuacan, Guatemala.
Streams often more than 1000km inland are nourished by nutrients delivered by spawning salmon. This is the subject of new research by UNBC prof Ellen Petticrew and PhD student John Rex (photo to the left) and published in December 2008 issue of Nature Geoscience, one of the world's most prestigious environmental journals. Congratulations, John!
October -Training with Physicians for Human Rights
Grad student Cristian Silva (MA IDIS, supervisor: Dr. C. Nolin) - centre of photo to right) was invited to participate in a2-week course offered by Physicians for Human Rights.Cristian received aCertificate ofTraining for 80 hours ofForensic Laboratory andMedicalExaminersOfficeOperations provided by Physicians for Human Rights’ International Forensic Program& the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office in Fort Worth, Texas USA .See: http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/forensic/
March - May - Awards!
Congratulations to Chelan Hoffman (MA NRES-Geography, Supervisor: Dr. G. Halseth) who was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Master's Graduate Scholarship for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Congratulations to Matt Beedle (PhD NRES candidate, Superivor: Dr. B. Menounos) - right - who won the award for the best doctoral student presentation at the annual meeting of the Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) in Washington State in March 2008. Matt is joined in the photo by Geography undergraduate student Mark Stephens who won the award for best undergraduate student presentation. Congratulations!
PhD Candidate Claudette Bois (left in photo to the right, Supervisor: Dr. C. Nolin) received a prestigious Pacific Leaders fellowship from the Government of BC. Congratulations, Claudette!
September - Successful Thesis Defence:
Congratulations to Rachael Clasby, and her supervisor Dr. Neil Hanlon, who successfully defended her thesis on 5 September 2007. The thesis is titled "Networks and Partnerships in a Resource Town: A Case Study of Adapting to an Aging Population in Mackenzie, BC. Rachael sucessfully fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography).
August - Sucessful Thesis Defence:
Congratulations to Sarah Quinn, and her supervisor Dr. Gail Fondahl, who successfully defended her thesis on 29 August 2007. The thesis is titled "Locally Based Measures of Successful Forest Co-Management: A Case Study of Tl'azt'en Nation and the John Prince Research Forest." Sarah Quinn fulfilled the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (Geography).
August - Off to Grad School:
Congratulations to Eric Gallant (BA Geog '07) who starts a graduate program in Urban Planning at York University in Toronto, ON and to Catherine Fraser (BA Geog '07) who is also heading to Ontario to start an MA program in Geography at Queen's University in Kingston. Joe LeBourdais (BA Geog '07) will remain at UNBC to work the MA NRES (Geography) graduate program with Dr. Neil Hanlon.
May - Award:
NRES graduate student Melanie Grubb was awarded a US$1700 Geological Society of America Graduate Research Grant to support her MSc research titled "Turbidity current dynamics and proglacial sedimentation in Kitsumkalum Lake, Central Coast Mountains, British Columbia, Canada." Melanie is supervised by Dr. Brian Menounos. Congratulations, Melanie!
May - Convocation 2007:
For more photos of the May 2007 Geography Convocation gathering - click HERE.
May - Graduate Thesis Defences:
Congratulations to Pamela Tobin and Jessica Place, and their supervisor Dr. Neil Hanlon, two very successful theses defences this month!
|Pam Tobin's Thesis: "The Social and Cultural Experiences of Food Security in the Takla Lake First Nation: Informing Public Health" (MA Interdisciplinary Studies)|
Jessica Place's Thesis:
“Expanding the Mine, Killing a Lake: A Case Study of Environmental Values, Perceptions of Risk and First Nations’ Health” (MA NRES - Geography)
March - UNBC GEOGRAPHY @ Western Division of the Canadian Association of Geographers (WDCAG) Conference, UCFV in Abbotsford, BC - March 8 - 10, 2007
Click HERE for the conference abstracts for the many UNBC Geography faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students who presented papers at this regional conference.
Click HERE for more photos from the event.