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: What's a 'cumulative impact', anyway? 

This presentation (1 hour) and workshop (2 hours) will share results from four years of research on the cumulative environmental, community and health impacts of resource development across northern BC. Participants can expect to: learn about cumulative impacts science and research; hear about exciting new tools that integrate environmental, community and health data to inform land-use decisions; and share their own lived and professional experiences with team members from UNBC's Cumulative Impacts Research Consortium in ways that will generate new research and actions to maximize the benefits of multiple natural resource activities while mitigating negative impacts.

Seminar Details

Upcoming Seminar

What’s a ‘Cumulative Impact’, Anyway?

Wednesday September 26, 2018  12:00pm-3:00pm

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

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