Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

eDNA & Genomics Research in Northwest BC

Environmental DNA (eDNA) monitoring and assessment tools are being developed across Canada, and researchers at the University of Victoria (UVic) are leading the way in many respects, including efforts to make them useful in a broad range of contexts, collaborating with others in standardizing them, as well as demonstrating their value to a wide range of potential users.

Among these potential users are First Nations governments, Provincial and Federal governments responsible for stewardship and protection of Crown land and natural resources, as well as existing and potential industries utilizing natural resources.

The BVRC supports research that advances scientific understanding of sustainable resource management and pushes the boundaries of natural resources research and management applications. The Centre is pleased to promote collaborations that utilize new eDNA techniques to enhance the stewardship of our natural resources in Northwest BC.

You can read and learn more here: eDNA Operational Applications, eDNA & Animal Health Brief by Dr. Caren Helbing 

Featured Research

Whitebark Pine Restoration

Led by Sybille Haeussler, PhD, UNBC, Smithers

The BVRC, led by Sybille Haussler, PhD and BVRC member, has been restoring endangered whitebark pine ecosystems in the mountains of northern BC since 2011. 2018 is anticipated to be the largest cone crop since 2007.

Because the pines are dying from the white pine blister rust, good cone crops occur intermittently and it is essential to undertake as large a collection as possible. The goal for 2018 is to collect 1 million seeds.

Seminar Series: Resource Management in Northern BC - A Brief Retrospective & Future Considerations

Looking back on the past 20 years of natural resource management in Northern BC, Marsden brings new perspectives on the central role of conflict over major projects and what we can collectively learn and apply for future co-management between First Nations, the two levels of government, and communities. Marsden's perspective is informed by both her masters' thesis on defining meaningful consultation and her 20 years of experience working in a variety of lands and resources roles throughout Northern BC.

Seminar Details

Upcoming Seminar

Resource Management in Northern BC: A Brief Retrospective & Future Considerations

Wednesday November 21, 2018  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

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