VIU Science and Tech Community Lecture Series for the Spring 2022
This spring’s lecture series mainly focuses on the many varied aspects of climate change research and delve into topics such as investigating snowpack in Coastal BC, water resource management on Vancouver Island, tracking past shifts in sea levels and changes to wildlife.
The series runs on Wednesdays, from 7-8 pm, from January 19 to April 6. (There is no lecture on February 23, during VIU’s Reading Week.) Lectures are offered in-person at Building 355, Room 203 at VIU’s Nanaimo campus and most lectures will be live streamed via Zoom. In-person attendance is at a reduced capacity of 50% and attendees must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks. To register for any of the in-person lectures or to access Zoom streaming details go to the Science and Technology Community Lecture Series website. https://scitech.viu.ca/lecture-series
The first talk on Wednesday, January 19 is on ‘Natural and Anthropogenic Climate Change’ presented by Dr. Steven Earle from Thompson Rivers University. Dr Earle will discuss how the Earth’s climate has changed over time and how this information is used to better understand modern climate change.
Other presentations in the lecture series are:
• How Wild Mammals are Responding to Climate Change, presented by Dr. Stan Boutin, an Emeritus Professor from the University of Alberta, on January 26.
• Water Balance Model for Vancouver Island: Insights about Water Management in a Changing Climate, presented by Dr. Alan Gilchrist, a VIU Geography Professor, on February 2.
• Planes, Drones and Snowmobiles: Measuring Snowpack in Coastal British Columbia in the 21st Century, presented by Dr. Bill Floyd, Director of VIU’s Coastal Hydrology Research Lab, on February 9.
• HarmCheck: High Impact, Quantitative, Harm Reduction Drug Checking, presented by Dr. Chris Gill, a VIU Chemistry Professor and Co-Director of VIU’s Applied Environmental Research Laboratories, on February 16.
• Ocean Acidification in British Columbia’s Coastal Waters, presented by Dr. Wiley Evans from the Hakai Institute on March 2.
• Humans and the Holocene: Navigating Climate Change and Shifting Sea Levels in the Ancient Pacific Northwest, presented by Dr. Rhy McMillian, a UBC Post-Doctoral Fellow and a VIU Grad, on March 9.
• Computational Simulations of Ice Sheet Flow and Sea Surface Temperatures, presented by Dr. Sam Pimentel, an Associate Professor at Trinity Western University, on March 16.
• Advances in Environmental Psychology in Relation to Climate Change and Community, presented by Dr. Lindsay McCunn a VIU Psychology Professor, on March 23.
• Tropical Forest Transformation, Regrowth, and Loss: Implications for Carbon Sequestration and Emissions, presented by Dr. Sean Sloan VIU’s Canada Research Chair in the Human Dimensions of Sustainability and Resilience, on March 30.
• Can Owls Sink Carbon? Relating Climate Change to a Flag Ship Species in Vancouver Island’s Last Native Forests, presented by Jeremiah Kennedy of Pacific Megacops Research Alliance on April 6.
To learn more about the upcoming lectures and register for these events please visit the VIU Science and Technology Community Lecture Series website. https://scitech.viu.ca/lecture-series