News & Events
February 28, 2018
2018 President’s Award for Leadership in Sustainability winners announced – SFU News
The President’s Award for Leadership in Sustainability celebrates SFU community members whose teaching, research or community engagement strives to improve awareness and understanding of ecological, social and economic sustainability on campus and beyond. This year’s award recognizes mechatronics student Raaj Chatterjee, residence life coordinator Matthew Cimone, and faculty members Meg Holden and Mark Roseland.
February 6, 2018
Researchers tap into experience of mountain guides to develop avalanche decision tools - CTV Calgary News
New research from Simon Fraser University is hoping to tap into the experience of professional mountain guides to build tools to help backcountry users make better decisions when travelling in avalanche terrain.
The study, led by Pascal Haegeli, uses GPS tracking to capture the route finding decisions of the guides as they travel in remote, avalanche areas.
November 7, 2017
Engaging in eco-friendly bheaviours can promote well-being say SFU researchers - SFU News
A study led by SFU researchers Michael Schmitt, Lara Aknin and Jonn Axsen has revealed that the more frequently North Americans engage in eco-friendly behaviours (EFB) the more they report satisfaction with their lives.
September 19, 2017
Carbon dioxide trapped by ice-age oceans raises questions for future - National Newswatch
Karen Kohfeld, Professor at SFU’s Resource and Environmental Management, co-wrote an article.
June 30, 2017
SFU Researchers chart a path to decarbonizing Canadian transport in new report - Phys.org
A new report from researcher Tiffany Vass and professor Mark Jaccard in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management challenges several assumptions about decarbonizing Canadian transport.
June 12, 2017
SFU Expert takes temperature to determine cause of Ice Age - University Communications, SFU, Phys.org
New research by Simon Fraser University professor Karen Kohfeld and University of Tasmania professor Zanna Chase, published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, examines how the ocean pulled carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into the deep sea during the last ice age 125,000 to 18,000 years ago.
June 12, 2017
A tale of 3 cities: B.C. munipalities take action on climate change - CBCnews British Columbia
Mark Jaccard, a professor at SFU’s School of Resoure and Environmental Management, comments on Vancouver’s climate target efforts.
June 8, 2017
Canada renews push for crude oil sales to China as it seeks climate leadership - The Globe and Mail
SFU resource and environmental management professor Mark Jaccard comments on oil supplies.
June 6, 2017
Automakers oppose forces sales of electric cars - National Observer
Equiterre’s report, “Accelerating the transition to electric mobility in Canada,” researched in collaboration with Jonn Axsen and Suzanne Goldberg from SFU’s Resource & Environmental Management Program, looked at multiple scenarios for the future of electric-vehicle policy in Canada.
June 6, 2017
Canadians Are Ready to Take the Electric Vehicle Plunge - Huffington Post Canada
Jonn Axsen, associate professor at SFU’s Resource & Environmental Management Program, co-authored the article about sales of electric vehicles in Canada.
June 2, 2017
Discord over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion rattles Canada’s political landscape - The Globe and Mail
Thomas Gunton, a professor and director of SFU’s Resource and Environmental Planning Program, comments on the Trans Mountain Pipeline.
May 25, 2017
Trudeau approved west coast gas terminal based on flimsy evidence, study says_national observer - Gas and Electricity
Jonathan Moore, an associate professor of biological sciences at SFU, comments on potential risks to salmon.
April 30, 2017
Electric Vehicles Are on the Rise: Here’s How to Sustain Their Growth - True Viral News
Jonn Axsen, an associate professor at SFU’s School of Resource & Environmental Management, comments on the need to create policies.
April 10, 2017
A New Hope - The Mark News
Zafar Adeel, director of Pacific Water Research Centre and professor at SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, wrote an op-ed piece on universal water security.
April 9, 2017
Five things to know about avalanches - Global News
Pascal Haegeli, an assistant professor at SFU’s Resource & Environmental Management and Canada Research Chair in Avalanche Risk Management, said human-triggered avalanches happen when people disturb different layers of snow.
April 4, 2017
‘Why would we risk B.C.’s coastline?’ Report questions need for Trans Mountain expansion - Vancouver Sun
Thomas Gunton, a professor and director of SFU’s Resource and Environmental Program, comments on the new report about pipeline capacity, including the Trans Mountain Pipeline at Burnaby Mountain.
March 23, 2017
Steele and Drex - CKNW
A new report from Brett Zuehlke, Mark Jaccard, and Rose Murphy, researchers at SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, explores the challenges and opportunities of dramatic greenhouse gas reduction by cities – in this case focusing on Vancouver’s target of becoming 100 percent renewable by 2050. Broadcast time - 3:10PM.
March 19, 2017
Bridging the divide: why universities and governments need stronger partnerships - National Observer
Ingrid Stefanovic, dean of SFU’s Faculty of Environment, comments on building relationships between universities and governments in an opinion piece.
March 15, 2017
Vancouver parking ban could help meet green goals, says SFU study - Daily Hive
The report, entitled Can Cities Really Make a Difference? Case Study of Vancouver’s Renewable City Strategy is authored by Brett Zuehlke, Mark Jaccard, and Rose Murphy, researchers at SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. (This story appeared on local radio stations as well.)
February 6, 2017
Keystone debate: Is there really a need for so many new oil pipelines? - The Seattle Times
SFU Resource and Environmental Planning program director Thomas Gunton says that western Canadian production from oil sands could further slowed after 2020 by Canadian climate policies.
February 1, 2017
Why a climate economist is giving carbon’s ‘social cost’ a second look - The Christian Science Monitor
Mark Jaccard, professor at SFU’s school of resource and environmental management, comments on the social cost of carbon.
January 12, 2017
Is Canada setting itself up for a pipeline glut? - The Globe and Mail
SFU Resource and Environmental Planning Program director Thomas Gunton writes about whether Canada is setting itself up for a pipeline glut.
January 12, 2017
Video: Inflatable backpack saves snowboarder during avalanche near Whistler - Ottawa Citizen
SFU Resource and Environmental Management professor Pascal Haegeli comments on Tom Oye surviving an avalanche in Whistler with the help of an inflatable backpack.
November 22, 2016
Environmental Groups call subsidies to fossil fuel industry an “anti-carbon tax”. - The Canadian Press
SFU environmental expert Mark Jaccard discusses fossil fuel subsidies.
November 10, 2016
Trudeau approved west coast gas terminal based on flimsy evidence, study says National Observer
A study by SFU environmental resource management professor Jonathan Moore finds potential risk to local salmon due to the Pacific NorthWest LNG project. This story also appeared in Metro News.
November 02, 2016
Can a B.C. –inspired U.S. carbon tax compete with Trump and Clinton? - CBC News
SFU REM professor Mark Jaccard comments on carbon taxes.
November 15, 2016
B.C. scores C-minus on electric vehicle policy report card - Vancouver Sun
Policies in B.C. aimed at getting more electric vehicles on the road are "marginal" and barely receive a passing grade, according to a new report card released Tuesday.
October 28, 2016
Water conflicts between Asian nuclear powers pose global threat; UNU book charts path to cooperation - Scienmag
SFU Pacific Water Research Centre executive director Zafar Adeel co-edits Imagining Industan, a new book which calls upon over a dozen Indus observers to imagine a scenario for the Indus basin in which transboundary cooperation over water resources overcomes the insecurity arising from water dependence and scarcity.
October 11, 2016
Finn Poschmann: The provinces are right to balk at the Liberals’ carbon-tax decree - Financial Post
A new study by SFU REM professor Mark Jaccard and research associates Mikela Hein and Tiffany Vass recommends alternative environmental policies to a federal carbon tax.
September 26, 2016
Mark Jaccard on Political Viability, ‘Untruths’ and Why You Should Actually Read His Latest Report - DeSmog Canada
A new study by SFU REM professor Mark Jaccard and research associates Mikela Hein and Tiffany Vass recommends alternative environmental policies to a federal carbon tax.
September 23, 2016
Vancouver’s switch to renewable gas fuels province-wide debate - CBC News
SFU REM professor Mark Jaccard comments on Vancouver’s switch to renewable gas. He also comments on carbon taxes in the Regina Leader-Post.
September 20, 2016
SFU researchers tackle environment policy with report on carbon tax alternatives - SFU News
On Sunday, September 18, Catherine McKenna, federal Environment Minister, announced the federal government will impose carbon pricing, such as a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system, on provinces with no regulations to curb Canada’s emissions. But a new report from Mark Jaccard, a Simon Fraser University School of Resource and Environmental Management professor, and research associates Mikela Hein and Tiffany Vass warns the federal government to look to alternative environmental policies instead of implementing an increasing carbon tax.
September 20, 2016
Better than pricing carbon, B.C. economist suggests regulating it - CTV News
A new study by SFU REM professor Mark Jaccard and research associates Mikela Hein and Tiffany Vass recommends alternative environmental policies to a federal carbon tax. This story also appeared in the Toronto Star, Ming Pao and other media outlets.
September 19, 2016
First Nations scholar to focus on resource, governance issues - SFU News
Cliff Atleo joins SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management as an assistant professor of Indigenous Environment Management and Governance.
August 09, 2016
Electric-car pioneers vs mainstream buyers: how they differ, in Canada - Green Car Reports
A new study by SFU environmental researchers Jonn Axsen, Suzanne Goldberg and Joseph Bailey reveals the difference between early adopters and potential buyers of electric vehicles.
July 21, 2016
Car chargers no guarantee of growth - Simcoe County
A 2015 study co-authored by REM professor Jonn Axsen found that there is a weak relationship between plug-in electric vehicle demand and the installation of charging stations.
July 13, 2016
SFU attracts water star Zafar Adeel to lead new centre - SFU News
Zafar Adeel is very aware of his water footprint. He limits his meat consumption, turns off the tap when brushing his teeth and even takes one-to-two-minute “navy showers” when visiting water-stressed countries such as Kenya and Tajikistan. A prominent and internationally-respected water luminary, he joins SFU’s Pacific Water Research Centre (PWRC) as executive director.
July 08, 2016
Salmon runs with more diversity provide best catches, study finds - The Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, SFU News
A study by SFU REM researchers Holly Nesbitt and Jonathan Moore found that salmon runs offering the most diversity also provide the best catches over time.
June 13, 2016
The Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team is looking for Ph.D. candidates for interdisciplinary research on low-carbon transportation systems, markets and policies. See full details.
April 01, 2016
From fossil fueled to electric vehicles, Canada’s transition is underway - National Observer
SFU resource and environmental management professor Jonn Axsen comments on consumer awareness of alternatively powered vehicles.
March 16, 2016
Alternative fuels need more than hype to drive transportation market - Science Daily
Environment professor Jonn Axsen warns transportation energy reform must begin today to limit climate change. See also ECNmag.com.
March 15, 2016
Can Canada meet its current 2030 climate target? Four experts chart a path - Electricity Forum
Energy research professor Mark Jaccard calls for a crackdown on carbon emissions and taxation.
March 03, 2016
Alternative fuels need more than hype to drive transportation market - Phys.org
Jonn Axsen, Assistant Professor at SFU, leads an SFU study on the real work needed to decarbonize transportation.
February 22, 2016
Russian Scientists: LNG Facility on Lelu Island Could Slash Skeena Salmon - Indian Country Today Media Network
An independent scientific review conducted by SFU researcher Johnathan Moore helps boost First Nations’ argument against LNG.
February 19, 2016
Avalanche risk - The Globe and Mail
Pascal Haegeli’s avalanche risk research team at SFU has been given $1.02-million to examine how backcountry enthusiasts should best manage avalanche hazards.
February 3, 2016
The Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team is looking for Ph.D. candidates in energy-economy and transportation modeling for interdisciplinary research on low-carbon transportation systems. See full details.
February 3, 2016
Carbon taxes and caps may be most effective in economic theory, but smart regulation will produce better climate policy for our political reality - Policy Options
SFU Sustainable Energy professor Mark Jaccard weighs in on emissions reduction.
January 13, 2016
New avalanche research looking into terrain choices - Revelstoke Times Review
SFU avalanche risk researcher Pascal Haegeli is working on a project to arm skiers with knowledge of acceptable terrain.
December 13, 2015
B.C. environmentalists cheer Paris climate deal - Vancouver Sun
SFU energy economist professor Mark Jaccard comments on commitments from both developed and developing nations on climate change.
October 27, 2015
Canada could slash CO2 emissions with existing technologies, proven policies - CBC.ca
SFU environmental management professor Mark Jaccard comments on reducing CO2 emissions in Canada.
September 17, 2015
Report on rural Canada’s fate - Bloomberg
A new national report co-edited by SFU environment professor Sean Markey found that many innovative strategies are sustaining rural Canadian communities.
September 03, 2015
Report shows juvenile salmon from more than 40 populations utilize Flora Bank - The Northern View
A study by SFU Associate Professor, Jonathan Moore, finds that a proposed terminal in the Skeena River estuary will have far-reaching effects.
August 19, 2015
Location matters when it comes to wind farms - The Vancouver Sun
REM Master’s student, Ben Cross, and his colleagues Karen Kohfeld, Joseph Bailey and Andrew Cooper, all from the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU, study the impact of wind speeds throughout the Pacific Northwest for the last 30 years.
August 13, 2015
Oilsands being left in the ground is just a matter of fact, experts say - Macleans.ca
SFU Resource and Environmental Management professor Mark Jaccard comments on climate change and the initiatives of the province.
August 12, 2015
LNG Project Would Affect ‘Grand Central Station’ for Salmon, Researchers Say - The Tyee
A new study by SFU biology professor Jonathan Moore finds that a proposed terminal in the Skeena River estuary will have far-reaching effects.
August 10, 2015
Mark Jaccard, SFU professor, says province is stalling on climate change action - CBCnews British Columbia
SFU Resource and Environmental professor Mark Jaccard comments on climate change and the initiatives of the province.
August 10, 2015
Petronas LNG project on Skeena River spells death to salmon - Digital Journal
A new study by SFU Biology professor Jonathan Moore finds that a proposed terminal in the Skeena River estuary will have far-reaching effects.
August 07, 2015
Science journal letter highlights risks to Skeena watershed salmon and fisheries posed by fossil fuel terminal proposal - Bloomberg
In a study by SFU biology professor Jonathan Moore found that a proposed controversial terminal to load fossil fuels in the Skeena River estuary has more far-reaching risks than previously recognized.
July 27, 2015
Summer Sojourns: Duncan Knowler stalks storks in Spain - SFU News
Duncan Knowler, Associate Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU is spending this summer in Spain, where he’s leading a study to determine how much both Spanish locals and Africans value the storks’ annual migratory visits.
July 23, 2015
Study Considers How To Boost Plug-In Sales From 1 to 30 Percent - Hybrid Cars
A new study by a team of environmental researchers (Mark Jaccard & Jonn Axsen) at SFU found that more than one-third of Canadian buyers want a plug-in vehicle.
July 21, 2015
Canadian Study: Fewer Orangutans left? - Radio Canada International
SFU environmental Ph.D. candidate, Brent Loken, published study on Orangutans features the use of camera trap to estimate population numbers.
July 14, 2015
UNESCO Scientists Call For 70 Percent Emissions Reduction By 2050 - Hybrid Cars
SFU environment professor Jonn Axsen says strong climate policy is the most important way to encourage widespread adoption of PEVs.
July 14, 2015
The problem with (self-regulated) environmental assessments - BC Business
SFU ecology professor Jonathan Moore is featured in a story on the role of environmental assessments on the viability of BC resource sector projects.
June 24, 2015
Water resources - CBC Radio - On the Coast
SFU Ph.D. candidate Steve Conrad talked about the SFU Pacific Water Research Centre and what the centre is doing to help conserve water. (~31:08 - 38:48)
March 12, 2015
Electric vehicles’ success not tied to public chargers - SFU
Jonn Axsen, a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, has co-authored a study that finds accessibility to home-based vehicle charging could do more to boost the popularity of electrical vehicles than public chargers.
March 2, 2015
Dr. Jonathan Moore - My SFU Story
Dr. Jonathan Moore, Assistant Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) at SFU, sees the university as a global leader that tackles challenging questions facing society and the ecosystems in which we live. The couple who created the Liber Ero program want to give researchers like Dr. Moore to tackle crucial conservation problems, and to do it in novel ways.
February 28, 2015
Wet Boot Science - Globe and Mail
The couple who created the Liber Ero program want to give researchers like Jonathan Moore the freedom to tackle crucial conservation problems, and to do it in novel ways.
February 2, 2015
New study links river system stability to biodiversity - The Vancouver Sun
Jonathan Moore, assistant professor of both Biology and the School of Resource and Environmental Management, as well as Liber Ero Chair of Coastal Science and Management at SFU, is the lead on a study entitled Emergent stability in a large, free-flowing watershed, which is published today in Ecology magazine.
February 2, 2015
Orangutans take the logging road - Science Daily
A new discovery by SFU doctoral student, Brent Loken, in the School of Resource and Environmental Management demonstrates that orangutans may be even more adaptable than he first thought.
January 28, 2015
Jonathan Moore awarded as a Wilburforce Science Fellow
Jonathan Moore, assistant professor in REM at SFU, was one of twenty scientists awarded for the prestigious new Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science.
January 18, 2015
Falling oil prices pose another delay for B.C. pipelines - The Globe and Mail
Mark Jaccard, an energy economist at Simon Fraser University and climate activist, said companies plan such projects on a much longer timeline, even if price crashes shock the public, the media and sometimes politicians.
December 29, 2014
Aircare program ends January 1 - Global News - BC1
British Columbia ended its vehicle emissions monitoring program AirCare on January 1, 2015. SFU sustainable energy professor, Mark Jaccard, discussed whether or not the program was a success after 22 years.
December 12, 2014
Weather phenomenon: Pineapple Storm - Vancouver Sun, CFAX
Dr. Karen Kohfeld, Associate Professor from the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU explains the weather phenomenon referred to as a pineapple express.
October 21, 2014
OIL PRICES – CANADIAN PRESS (Victoria Times Colonist, Prince George Citizen, Lethbridge Herald)
SFU energy economist Mark Jaccard was interviewed about falling global oil prices and the impact it may have on oil sands development and major pipeline projects.
July 24, 2014
LIQUID NATURAL GAS – THE VANCOUVER SUN, Surrey NOW, Global BC
SFU sustainable energy expert Mark Jaccard had an opinion piece about B.C.’s proposed liquid natural gas projects published in the newspaper.
July 21, 2014
SALMON – THE VANCOUVER SUN
Brendan Connors, an adjunct professor with SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, said researchers have seen a dramatic increase in pink salmon across the northeast Pacific.
July 18, 2014
Assistant professor in Resource and Environmental Management Anne Salomon was mentioned in a Globe and Mail article about the comeback of sea otters to the B.C. coast.
June 19, 2014
NORTHERN GATEWAY - Victoria Times Colonist, The Vancouver Sun
Tom Gunton, director of SFU’s resource and environmental planning program, had an opinion piece published in the Victoria Times Colonist and The Vancouver Sun that talks about the lessons learned from the federal government’s decision on the Northern Gateway project.
June 18, 2014
PIPELINES – THE GLOBE AND MAIL
At an environmental conference hosted by SFU at the Hakai Beach Institute, the attendees – including SFU marine ecologist Anne Salomon – agreed to send a letter to B.C. Premier Christy Clark in opposition to the Northern Gateway project.
June 10, 2014
REM student finds new wind-farm efficiencies
Ben Cross, who graduates this June with a Master of Resource and Environmental Management (MRM), has produced a novel research paper on wind-farm locations in B.C.
June 5, 2014
Researcher lauded for advancing landscape ecology
The United States Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) has presented Andrew Fall, a REM adjunct professor, with the 2014 Distinguished Landscape Practitioner Award.
June 3, 2014
Giant space mirrors, cloud-seeding not practical solutions to climate change
Jonn Axsen, an assistant professor with SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, co-authored a report that says climate engineering can’t erase climate change.
May 28, 2014
Expert advises against natural gas infrastructure – WHITEHORSE STAR
SFU environmental economist Mark Jaccard told the Yukon legislature this week that he wouldn’t develop natural gas infrastructure up north if the decision was up to him. “I would be exploring my renewable options, my zero emission options for your energy system,” he said.
May 15, 2014
Changing Oceans to Bring Economic Hardship to Coastal Communities
While scientific studies continue to show how carbon emissions are making the world’s oceans more acidic, Karen Kohfeld, Associate Professor and Canada Research chair at SFU, says that “the rapidly changing marine chemistry could eventually negatively affect economies of some coastal communities.”
March 19, 2014
ANCIENT CLAM GARDENS – VANCOUVER SUN, PHYS.ORG, NORTH ISLANDER
According to a study by SFU and the University of Washington, ancient First Nations rock-walled beach terraces known as “clam gardens” dramatically increase the production of shellfish. Anne Salomon, assistant professor with SFU’s Faculty of Environment, is featured in a video and cited in Phys.org, along with study co-authors SFU alumna Amy Groesbeck and SFU archaeologist Dana Lepofsky.
March 19, 2014
CANADA’S ENERGY SECTOR – EPOCH TIMES
John Nyboer, a research associate and adjunct professor with SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, commented on a study that found the Canadian energy sector is fuelling economic growth, despite frequent negative public opinion. He says claims that energy exports equal $9,000 dollars per Canadian household are misleading because none of that money flows freely – most remains in-house with the companies that export the crude.
March 12, 2014
NUCLEAR RADIATION IN B.C. – VANCOUVER SUN, TIMES COLONIST, CALGARY HERALD
Juan Jose Alava, an SFU adjunct professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, is quoted in an article about radiation on the west coast of B.C. He says the discovery of radioactive metal from the Fukushima nuclear plant disaster in the Fraser Valley was a “surprise” and the Canadian government should be monitoring contaminants and the impact on marine environment.
February 18, 2014
KINDER MORGAN HEARING
SFU professor and climate change expert Mark Jaccard is criticizing the federal government for failing to consider climate change while reviewing pipeline applications such as Kinder Morgan.
January 14, 2014
Ben Cross, MRM student, receives Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA) in Fall 2013
At the the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall 2013 meeting, REM’s Master of Resource Management (MRM) student, Ben Cross, was awarded an Outstanding Student Paper Award (OSPA). The AGU conference is the largest international meeting in the field of geophysics (25,000 attendees), and only the top 3 to 5% of student presenters are honored with the OSPA award. Ben is expected to complete his masters program in the spring of 2014. Congrats, Ben!
January 13, 2014
Dr. Jonathan Moore receives the 2014 Stevenson Lecturer Award
Dr. Jonathan Moore, Assistant Professor in REM, was awarded for the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Stevenson Lectureship for 2014. “The Stevenson Lecture is a prestigious lectureship institute in member of Cam Stevenson, the long-time editor of the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (CJFAS), published by NRC Research Press, and is conferred upon a young, energetic and creative researcher at the cutting edge of an aquatic discipline” ~CJFAS.
December 10, 2013
SUSTAINABILITY – CFAX 1070
Mark Roseland, director of SFU’s Centre for Sustainability Community Development, provided comment on his recent meeting at the United Nations in which he and other experts proposed sustainable community targets for the U.N. to incorporate into its next 15-year development agenda.
December 3, 2013
Sustainable cities and work
With the year’s succession of global natural disasters such as the Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan still fresh in our minds, SFU professor Mark Roseland’s upcoming trip to the United Nations (U.N.) in New York City is timely. Roseland is an internationally recognized expert on sustainable community and regional planning in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management. He also directs the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development.
December 3, 2013
SFU professor Mark Jaccard calls Canada a “rogue state” on the environment and urges the U.S. to block Keystone
Mark Jaccard, Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU, delivered a lengthy rebuke of Canada’s climate-change performance at the event near the White House, as the Obama administration continued to grapple with whether to approve the Alberta-U.S. pipeline.
December 2, 2013
A population of humpback whales off northern Vancouver Island is taking advantage of diving seabirds to exploit herring stocks, new research shows.
Christie McMillan, a fisheries science master’s student at the School of Resource and Environmental Management, SFU, says that seabirds such as rhinoceros auklets and common murres dive into the ocean and swim beneath the herring so the prey forms tight schools known as “bait balls”.
November 12, 2013
PIPELINE – VANCOUVER SUN
An op-ed written by Tom Gunton, director of SFU’s Resource and Environmental Planning Program, discusses how the pipeline agreement with Alberta is not in B.C.’s best interest.
November 7, 2013
Grizzly Bear Management
Six biologists, including four from Simon Fraser University, cast doubt on the scientific soundness of management of British Columbia, Canada’s grizzly bear population in a new paper published online in the scientific journal PLOS ONE. Andrew Cooper, Associate Professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management, was one of the collaborators in the manuscript, Confronting uncertainty in wildlife management; performance of grizzly bear management, which is the first independent, peer-reviewed study of the Ministry of Environment’s grizzly bear hunt management program.
November 4, 2013
Dr. Jonn Axsen is looking to fill a postdoctoral position — in the area of “Sustainable Energy Technology, Behaviour and Policy.”
November 4, 2013
For healthier shellfish, add lime
“It’s becoming harder and harder for these organisms to build their calcium carbonate shells in larval stages because there are fewer free carbonate ions in acidic seawater,” explained SFU environmental sciences graduate student Carolyn Duckham.
October 30, 2013
Marine ecologist Anne Salomon dives into coastal change
Marine ecologist Anne Salomon is on a mission to save our oceans, one sea urchin at a time. But there’s much more to the Vancouver researcher’s work than straightforward science. Rather, Salomon is looking to protect fragile marine ecosystems well into the future by looking back—way back.
October 23, 2013
PIPELINE PROTEST – CFAX 1070
Jonn Axsen, assistant professor at SFU’s School of Resource and Environment Management, was featured on CFAX 1070 discussing pipeline protest mentality.
CFAX 1070 (~33:00).
October 18, 2013
BC: Pipeline Protest Mentality
Jonn Axsen, Assistant Professor specializing in sustainable energy systems, “reveals that most environmental protesters attempting to block oil pipeline projects, such as those proposed by Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan, aren’t just radicals.”
October 7, 2013
Ecologist nets international recognition
Simon Fraser University researcher Anne Salomon, recently awarded the International Recognition of Professional Excellence Prize (IRPE) by East Europe’s International Ecology Institute (ECI) in Oldendorf, Germany, is still dumbfounded by the recognition.
October 3, 2013
Booms will burden small-town resources - VANCOUVER SUN
The expected growth of work camps across northern British Columbia will further strain nearby communities that cannot tax them
September 24, 2013
Dr. Anne Salomon wins this year’s IRPE Prize (International Recognition of Professional Excellence)
Quotation of the Jury (Chairman, Tom Fenchel, Helsingør, Denmark):
Anne K. Salomon has studied species interactions in coastal biota including invertebrates, fishes, and macroalgae along the West coast of North America. She has in particular investigated how trophic cascades and recruitment can lead to different stable or quasi-stable equilibria in community composition. This included theoretical modeling as well as experimental studies. Her work is guided by interest in marine conservation and — both in a historical and in a contemporary perspective — the effects of human exploitation of coastal organisms. Currently she is studying the effect on epifauna communities brought about by the return of sea otters along the West Coast. These studies require collaboration with native groups and other stakeholders, with the goal of balancing conservation and resource use. The Jury emphasize the broad approach in her work and her ability to combine concern for conservation with good science. Her work is of outstanding quality and she is an extraordinarily talented and promising young marine biologist.
July 15, 2013
Case of coal is study in deception – VANCOUVER SUN
An op-ed written by SFU sustainable energy professor Mark Jaccard was featured in the Vancouver Sun discussing the deceiving study of coal and carbon pollution.
June 25, 2013
CLIMATE PLAN – GLOBAL BC1
Mark Jaccard, SFU Resource and Environmental Management professor, was featured on Global BC1’s Top Story discussing the new U.S. Climate Action Plan and how it will affect climate change in Canada. Full Video (~14:25-18:50)
June 2, 2013
The Rock Star of Botanists
Andy MacKinnon wrote the ‘bible of botany’ and has played a key role in B.C.’s ecological growth. Simon Fraser University is about to give its highest honour to a man who eats mosquitoes to turn his breath into bug repellent.
May 2, 2013
Enbridge spill risk more than 90%, SFU report says
A new report from Simon Fraser University claims there is at least a 90 percent probability of an oil tanker spill if the Enbridge plan for the Northern Gateway pipeline goes ahead. The report’s lead author is Tom Gunton, director of the resource and environmental planning programme and former deputy environment minister for Mike Harcourt’s NDP provincial government.
April 10, 2013
Canadian Nobel Laureate Testifies Keystone XL Pipeline Refusal an Important Step in Addressing Climate Change - MARKETWIRED
Dr. Mark Jaccard of British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University will testify in front of the U.S. Congress Subcommittee on Energy and Power today that President Obama must reject TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline if meaningful action is to be taken to prevent a 2 degree Celsius increase in global temperature.
March 23, 2013
Salomon awarded Pew Fellowship
Anne Salomon, an assistant professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, has been awarded one of five 2013 Pew Fellowships in Marine Conservation to conduct a synthesis of the ecological and societal impacts of sea otter recovery in North America.
March 14, 2013
CARBON POLLUTION – VANCOUVER SUN
An op-ed entitled PR part of the oil pipeline business by SFU professor Mark Jaccard was featured in the Vancouver Sun concerning carbon pollution projects.
February 13, 2013
Clark government’s prosperity fund raises questions – VANCOUVER SUN
Mark Jaccard, a professor of resource management at SFU, was quoted in an article concerning Christy Clark’s government assumptions that it can raise billions through liquefied natural gas. The province intends to raise $260 billion over 30 years through direct taxes paid by the LNG facilities and royalties from the upstream natural gas producers. Jaccard also questioned the underlying logic of developing LNG.
“We can get really rich maximizing the flow of carbon pollution into the atmosphere, which is destroying our world at an accelerating rate. So let’s base our economic development on this accelerating carbon pollution path,” he said.
February 1, 2013
B.C. laying groundwork for electric car surge with charging stations - VANCOUVER SUN
Jonn Axsen, a professor with SFU’s energy and materials research group, says there is little chance that electric car use will grow rapidly, even as technology improves, price comes down, and charging infrastructure is built.
“If we don’t have proper environmental policies in place - whether it’s strong enough carbon taxes or vehicle emission standards, or other measures to move us toward a true low-carbon society – electric cars won’t get beyond that very small niche market of enthusiasts,” said Axsen.
January 29, 2013
CLIMATE POLICY – THE WALRUS
SFU environmental economist Mark Jaccard’s article was featured on The Walrus magazine. Jaccard mentions that he spent most of his career helping governments here and abroad design policies to reduce carbon pollution. He states that climate policies should focus on reducing carbon pollution, not on punishing the fossil fuel–dependent economies of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland.
September 17, 2012
Sustainability professor Mark Jaccard, was the subject of a New Westminster NewsLeader article, about him being named one of 50 Canadians named to the Clean50 list of outstanding leaders in sustainable development.
August 1, 2012
BC has seen fewer tourists than usual this year, right from the beginning of the summer, says Peter Williams, Director of the Centre for Tourism Policy and Research, in a Royal City Record article.However, he says local businesses and agencies can attract visitors from neighbouring communities with festivals and unique shopping and outdoor activities.
July 11, 2012
Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil sands
Tom Gunton, Director of the Planning program of SFU’s Resource and Environmental Management graduate program, was on CBC’s The Early Edition discussing the potential of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline traversing BC.
July 8, 2012
Researchers in Haida Gwaii are studying the effects that a growing population of rats has on the surrounding ecosystem, reports the Globe and Mail. As the rats spread from island to island, the Haida Gwaii seabird populations began to plummet, and SFU professor Anne Salomon has been studying how this affects the surrounding ecosystems.
Salomon, from the School of Resource and Environmental Management, has been looking specifically at how the decline of seabirds has affected the marine environment.
July 3, 2012
A string of media outlets carried a story on SFU research that has found a widespread decrease in the number of adult sockeye salmon produced per spawner, for at least the past decade along the western coast of North America.
Published today (July 3) in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and co-authored by Randall Peterman, a professor in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, and former post-doctoral fellow Brigitte Dorner, the study traces the productivity of 64 sockeye salmon populations across B.C., Washington and Alaska.
The researchers found that the decline in productivity of Fraser River sockeye salmon was not unique to that river system, and that productivity has also declined rapidly in many other populations since the 1990s.
July 3, 2012
Sockeye productivity dramatically down in B.C., northwest U.S. states: study
Sockeye salmon spawning on the rivers and streams of Washington state, British Columbia and southeastern Alaska have been producing dramatically fewer adults, especially in the last two decades, a new study suggests.
In one example, the Fraser River’s early Stuart sockeye run dropped to about three adults for every spawning sockeye by the mid-2000s, compared to 20 adults per spawner in the 1960s, said Randall Peterman, co-author of the study.
June 27, 2012
Three SFU researchers recently won an award for the “Second-Best Paper” at the Eurographics Conference on Visualization (EuroVis) in Vienna, Europe’s top visualization conference. Torsten Möller (Computing Science), Randall Peterman (School of Resource and Environmental Management), their collaborating Master’s student (Maryam Booshehrian), and UBC Computer Science colleague, Tamara Munzner, won this award based on the novel visualization software called Vismon.
Vismon was developed within the Climate Change Impacts Research Group, a inter-disciplinary research project funded by SFU’s Community Trust Endowment Fund (CTEF). Partial funding was also provided by Alaska’s Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association.
Vismon is a software package that was designed to support the decision-making process of fisheries managers. Vismon supports analysis of trade-offs by providing a flexible, interactive way for managers to explore complex quantitative results. Fisheries managers at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are currently using Vismon in their decision making process along with their traditional methods as part of the Sustainable Salmon Initiative in the AYK (Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim) region.
June 21, 2012
In The Globe and Mail article, SFU professor Mark Jaccard questioned BC Premier Christy Clark for using the label “clean energy” to describe the natural gas that would be used to power three liquefied natural gas plants in northern BC.
June 7, 2012
Dorian Turner, REM recent fish grad, is featured in the SFU News article titled “REM fish fan eyes threatened waterways“.
June 4, 2012
In a Yahoo.com article, sustainable energy professor Mark Jaccard talks about the troubles Canada faces in trying to meet their emission targets made at the 2009 Copenhagen summit on climate change. He says the industry does not need to shut down and they can continue running current facilities, but can’t expand if the government wants to meet their targets.
May 17, 2012
Thomas Gunton, director of the Resource and Environmental Planning Program at SFU, wrote a letter to the editor of the Victoria Times Colonist criticizing the BC government’s stance on the Enbridge pipeline.
April 28, 2012
REM student Aimée Brisebois’s poster titled “The Relationship between the Bioconcentration Factor (BCF), Bioaccumulation Factor (BAF), and the Trophic Magnification Factor (TMF)” won the award for Best Master’s Poster Presentation at the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) - Pacific Northwest Chapter Conference.
March 23, 2012
Prehistoric fisheries offer clues to sustainable catch
SFU researchers Anne Salomon and Amy Groesbeck have been studying the ancient “clam gardens” in the territory of the Kwakwak’awakw and K’ómoks First Nations along the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Such structures were built and maintained for 2000 years, from Washington State to Alaska, until European settlers disrupted the practice.
February 28, 2012
Mark Jaccard: You can’t take the tar sands out of the climate equation
January 23, 2012
SFU avalanche expert warns North Shore Mountains are ripe for a fall
SFU’s Pascal Haegeli, a Swiss-born man with his Ph.D. in avalanche science, said Monday that conditions on the North Shore mountains are ripe for snow to come tumbling down.
January 20, 2012
Rare monkey discovered
Brent Loken, a researcher from SFU is making international headlines for making a historic discovery in Borneo. Brian Coxford of Global TV BC reports.
January 12, 2012
Canadian Association of Planning Students 2012 Conference and AGM – PLANNING HORIZONS: The Edge, Future, and Potential of Planning
The national CAPS-ACÉAU conference is the premier event for planning students from across Canada. Join us in 2012 in the beautiful and inspiring setting of Vancouver, BC for a three day conference to share your research and projects, network with planning students and professionals from across Canada and the Pacific Northwest, and explore leading planning initiatives in the Greater Vancouver region. Keynote speakers include: Larry Beasley, Julian Agyeman, and Gordon Price.
January 5, 2012
48% support for northern B.C. pipeline, says poll
Near half of British Columbians support plans for a pipeline to transport crude oil from Alberta to the West Coast port of Kitimat for shipping, a new poll by Ipsos suggests, but most also say they don’t really know much about it.
September 29, 2011
Climate Change will cost billions: Report
A recent climate change report issued by the government highlights a number of cost issues that will impact us both financially and environmentally. Dr. Karen Kohfeld, Assistant Professor in Climate, Resource, and Global Change, anticipates the sea level rising around the coast of Canada in the coming century. Much of the impact will involve the cost of health, property damage, and the extinction of some species.
Learning the Tools of the Trade
Luke Halpin, graduate student from Simon Fraser University, is attending a well-known Sound Analysis Workshop in September 2011. Currently, he is working on the Haida Gwaii islands, the breeding grounds for 1.5 million nesting seabirds. He hopes to use sound analysis to help conserve seabirds in Canada. By recording target species, Luke anticipates that it will provide the baseline data to help him estimate populations on unsurveyed islands, and provide valuable information about how rapidly seabird populations recover.
A description of Luke Halpin’s research was also published in the Leverhulme Trust Report 2010 on page 34.
May 17, 2011
SFU student research scores Trudeau Scholarships
Simon Fraser University doctoral students Alana Gerecke (English) and Brent Loken (Resource and Environmental Management) are trailblazing new ways of sustaining and enriching communities at opposite ends of the world.
May 17, 2011
Why do consumers buy electric cars?
Canadian researcher based at University of California wins prestigious international award for identifying influences that shape sustainable mobility decisions. Dr. Jonn Axsen is an Assistant Professor with REM starting in August 2011.
May 10, 2011
PICS enlists SFU in climate change research
Simon Fraser University (SFU) researchers, Mark Jaccard, Chris Bataille and Mark Roseland, are involved in 10 of 27 new British Columbia-led climate change research projects funded by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS).
March 21, 2011
Canadian Avalanche Victims Die More quickly than Swiss: study
Pascal Haegeli, an avalanche consultant and an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University’s School for Resource and Environmental Management, was the lead researcher in a study released today by the Canadian Medical Association Journal…
March 21, 2011
Simon Fraser University to host the 2012 Canadian Association of Planning Students – L’Association Canadienne des Étudiants en Aménagement et en Urbanisme (CAPS-ACÉAU) Conference.
The current Board of Directors spent 12 hours, over three separate meetings, extensively reviewing and considering the applications. The proposals were evaluated based on the criteria outline in the Request for Proposals document issued February 6th, 2011. We are very pleased to announce that the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University has been selected to host the CAPS‐ACÉAU Conference in 2012!
February 6, 2011
Jordan Benner. Masters Student. “Best Talk” Award — for the talk best exemplifying the theme of the CONFOR 2011 Conference: Ecosystems in perspective: integrating environment, society, and economy. Talk title: “Community forests, tenure systems, and local benefits: can we design sustainability in the forest sector?”
February 6, 2011
Rachel White. Masters Student. “Best Poster” Award. CONFOR 2011 Conference: Ecosystems in perspective: integrating environment, society, and economy. Poster title: “Old Growth Stumps as Islands of Habitat: Response to Restoration on Lyell Island, Haida Gwaii.”
December 6, 2010
SFU resource and environmental management student Adam King is surveying anglers in the Okanagan on behalf of the Freshwater Fishing Society of B.C. The survey will provide a better “understanding of the trade-offs people will make, such as between options of fishing quality, site access, accommodation, launch facilities, motor types, calm or busy experience,” said the Kelowna Capital News.
December 8, 2010
Climate change may cause winds to falter.
Brad Griffin and Karen Kohfeld from Simon Fraser University, Canada, and colleagues have shown that climate change can sometimes bring about localized changes such as a drop in wind speed.
December 1, 2010
Karen Kohfeld of SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management (Canada Research Chair in Climate, Resource, and Global Change) was on The Early Edition show (Rick Cluff) on CBC Radio, talking about wind speeds along the West coast are in decline. Podcast (2.3MB)
December 1, 2010
The Vancouver Sun: Climate change takes wind out of energy sails
SFU researchers finds wind speeds slowed since 1950s
Featuring Karen Kohfeld, Andy Cooper and Brad Griffin.
November 27, 2010
Through the C.D. Howe Institute, SFU environmental economics professor Mark Jaccard released a study this week explaining how Canada could tax carbon emissions and return the money to the emitting provinces to cut taxes, reports The National Post. Full story.
November 26, 2010
Karen Kohfeld of SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management (Canada Research Chair in Climate, Resource, and Global Change) was on Evolution 107.9 show talking about declining speeds. MP3 Audio (13.7MB)
November 25, 2010
Scientists are getting worried there may not be enough food for wild salmon and hatchery-raised salmon. Randall Peterman, a professor in SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, told McClatchy Newspapers this could lead to a reduction in wild salmon stocks. Full story.
November 25, 2010
The Globe and Mail reported on a new study that said “a federal carbon tax or emissions-trading system could easily be designed so it doesn’t hurt the carbon-intensive economies of Alberta and Saskatchewan.” SFU environmental economist Mark Jaccard, who co-wrote the report, said it’s time Ottawa set out its carbon-reduction policies. Full story.
November 24, 2010
SFU environmental economist Mark Jaccard is a nominee for The Globe and Mail’s list of 25 Transformational Canadians. He is a prominent leader in sustainable energy policy and “has spent the past 25 years working to prevent climate change, conveying the urgent need for regulations and energy policies that will prevent greenhouse gas emissions.” Full story.
October 6, 2010
Randall Peterman of SFU’s School of Resource and Environmental Management (Canada Research Chair in Fisheries Risk Assessment and Management) was on the BC Almanac show (Mark Forsythe) on CBC Radio, talking about a study showing the Pacific Ocean is becoming “overcrowded with salmon.” Peterman also spoke with AM1150 Radio in Kelowna. Podcast (8.3MB)
September 23, 2010
Jaccard wins Sterling Prize
Environmental economist Mark Jaccard, whose work on sustainable energy and climate policy has garnered international acclaim—and criticism, has won SFU’s 2010 Nora and Ted Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy…