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News and Events | Issue 5, 2021



Our vision for Earth Science research and education

EOAS head Dr. Philippe Tortell shares insight into how EOAS will continue to lead globally in driving solutions to climate change mitigation, adaptation and responsible resource utilization.



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Take the EOAS survey

UBC EOAS is looking for your feedback! We’re hoping to develop a Graduate Certificate in Resource Geotechnique and are seeking your input on our proposed program design, curriculum and components. Participate in this confidential survey. Deadline: December 5.


Ross Beaty



A passion for people, communities and nature

A look at Ross Beaty’s 47-year career as a leader in the international mining and renewable energy industries.





The Salish Sea in a Warming World
UBC researchers discuss how a warming world could impact our local waterways.
November 30




The Curious World of Seaweed
New exhibit explores seaweed as a source of scientific and artistic inspiration.




Crack a book open
The UBC online book club is an easy way to connect with fellow alumni and avid readers. Check out our current book pick.





A full picture of rivers

UBC freshwater fish expert Dr. Eric Taylor (PhD '89) has penned Rivers Run Through Us: A Natural and Human History of Great Rivers of North America. He explains the importance of looking at rivers through a wide lens, weaving together social and ecological stories.






Ecological champion recognized with alumni award

Dr. Eric Peterson (BSc'72, MSc'75) has been recognized with a UBC Alumni Award of Distinction. In 1991, Dr. Peterson founded Mitra, a pioneering medical imagining company. Together with his wife, Christina Munck, he went on to establish the Tula Foundation and the Hakai Institute. Born and raised on Vancouver Island, he maintains a life-long interest in spaces where science, technology and social purpose overlap.




  • Dr. Terry Snutch has been awarded the 2021 Bill and Marilyn Webber Lifetime Achievement Award.

  • UBC researcher Dr. Malabika Pramanik was named a fellow of the 2022 class of the American Mathematical Society.

  • Dr. Daniel Pauly, the world’s most-cited fisheries scientist, released his autobiography, The Ocean’s Whistleblower.

  • Physicist Dr. Andrea Damascelli was elected as a Max Planck Graduate Centre Fellow.





Here comes the (Ocean) Blob

The two-year heatwave known as the Blob may have temporarily jammed the Pacific Ocean’s biological pump, an important process that absorbs atmospheric carbon dioxide. Marine heatwaves will be one of the biggest challenges of climate change, say UBC researchers


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