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UBC Biodiversity Solutions Cluster Hiring Initiative

Advancing UBC’s capacity in interdisciplinary, policy-oriented biodiversity and conservation research.

UBC’s Biodiversity Solutions cluster hiring initiative builds on the university’s position as a global leader in ecological and environmental research. Launching in Fall 2020, the initiative is designed to broaden collaborative opportunities across and beyond UBC for globally important, policy-relevant biodiversity and conservation research and partnerships. Spearheaded by UBC Science, the new hires will join an existing team from the faculties of Arts, Land and Food Systems, Forestry, and the Sauder School of Business.

Biodiversity loss is occurring at unprecedented rates—with common species currently declining and 25% of species threatened with extinction. We depend on biodiversity for many basic needs; however, the importance of biodiversity to human health and well-being rarely drives decision-making.

UBC is seeking five exceptional individuals to join this interdisciplinary team dedicated to solutions-oriented research on the pressing problem of biodiversity loss, its economic and social impacts, and connections to sustainability and adaptive capacity for humanity. Collaborative researchers and emerging leaders from all backgrounds and perspectives who share its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion are encouraged to apply.

This hiring initiative offers a unique opportunity for scientists with a wide variety of backgrounds, including biodiversity, business, conservation science, ecology, economics, environmental science, evolutionary biology, environmental social science, and environmental policy, to join a fantastic collaborative research community at UBC.

Research vision

The cluster aims to:

  • Protect and restore the adaptive capacity of biodiversity and its connection to ecosystem functioning and human well-being.
  • Engage a diverse range of communities and institutions in socially just and effective biodiversity conservation.
  • Explore biodiversity’s connections to sustainable land and ocean management.
  • Develop and support the implementation of equitable and effective policies, business models and governance systems to improve restoration and conservation of biodiversity.

Biodiversity and socio-ecological research at UBC

UBC consistently ranks as Canada’s top, and one of the world’s best, institutions in ecological and environmental research. The University’s Biodiversity Research Centre comprises more than 60 renowned scientists working to understand the complexities of biological diversity, evolution, plant and animal physiology, and conservation. The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability hosts a globally recognized, problem-focused graduate program in interdisciplinary environmental and sustainability research. UBC is also home to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum, with a large research collection and an award-winning education and outreach program.

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Cluster members include scholars in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, public policy, environmental social sciences, food systems, fisheries, economics and business. They include U.S. National Academy of Science members, MacArthur Fellows, Royal Society of Canada Fellows, Canada Research Chairs, Steacie Fellows, Volvo Environmental Prize Laureates, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment.

Name Unit
Sally Aitken Forestry + Biodiversity Research Centre
Leticia Aviles Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre
David Boyd Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Cole Burton Forestry
Kai Chan Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Mary O’Connor Zoology
Quentin Cronk Botany + Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Jonathan Davies Botany + Forestry
Sumeet Gulati Land and Food Systems + Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Shannon Hagerman Forestry
David Hardisty Sauder Business
Claire Kremen Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + Zoology + IBioS Team Lead
Tara Martin Forestry
Frederik Noack Land and Food Systems
Sally Otto Zoology
Matt Pennell Zoology
Loren Rieseberg Botany
Terre Satterfield Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Jeffrey Sayer Forestry + Biodiversity Research Centre
Naomi Schwartz Geography
Diane Srivastava Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre
Rashid Sumaila Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries + School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Michelle Tseng Botany + Zoology
Hannah Wittman Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + Land and Food Systems

Committed to excellence, collaboration and inclusion

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit or Indigenous person.

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UBC Vancouver is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people. The land it is situated on has always been a place of learning for the Musqueam, who for millennia have passed on their culture, history, and traditions from one generation to the next on this site.

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Conservation and Restoration Science

Botany + Forest and Conservation Sciences

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Biodiversity Data Science

Botany + Zoology

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Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + Land and Food Systems

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Connectivity Science

Zoology + Geography

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Environmental Governance and Business (To be posted in November)

School of Public Policy and Global Affairs + Forest Resources Management

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