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Interdisciplinary Biodiversity Solutions
IBioS: A new interdisciplinary cluster at UBC to develop and promote solutions to the biodiversity crisis through scholarship and action.
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. IBioS builds on the university’s position as a global leader in ecological and environmental research.
Launched 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—in collaboration with UBC Arts, Land and Food Systems, Forestry and the Sauder School of Business—IBioS 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 collaborate across disciplines to solve problems.
UBC is currently seeking five exceptional individuals 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.
IBioS 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.
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.
|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 + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Kai Chan||Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Mary O’Connor||Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Quentin Cronk||Botany + Beaty Biodiversity Museum + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Jonathan Davies||Botany + Forestry + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Sumeet Gulati||Land and Food Systems + Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability|
|David Hardisty||Sauder Business|
|Claire Kremen||Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre + IBioS Team Lead|
|Frederik Noack||Land and Food Systems|
|Sally Otto||Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Matt Pennell||Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Loren Rieseberg||Botany + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Terre Satterfield||Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability|
|Jeffrey Sayer||Forestry + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Naomi Schwartz||Geography + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Diane Srivastava||Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Rashid Sumaila||Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries + School of Public Policy and Global Affairs + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Michelle Tseng||Botany + Zoology + Biodiversity Research Centre|
|Hannah Wittman||Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + Land and Food Systems + Biodiversity Research Centre|
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.
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.
IBioS Job Talks
Conservation and Restoration Science
Botany + Forest and Conservation Sciences
Biodiversity Data Science
Botany + Zoology
Human Dimensions of Biodiversity Conservation
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability + Land and Food Systems
Zoology + Geography
Environmental Governance and Business
School of Public Policy and Global Affairs + Forest Resources Management