Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Seminar Series

Each winter the Bulkley Valley Research Centre presents a bi-weekly seminar series. From October through March, the BVRC will host public seminars every second Wednesday at lunch hour (12-1pm). This is a chance to get together and hear from regional and international scientists and practitioners about the latest developments in natural and cultural resource research and management.

Location and Time (unless noted otherwise):

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St, Smithers, BC.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Free Admission. Bring your lunch. Bring a Friend!

We send out regular notifications to our membership about each upcoming seminar. If you would like to be added to the email list to receive notifications of the seminar series, or if you are interested in making a presentation please contact the Centre at 250-847-2827 or email the Centre.

Past Seminars

Shaping Watersheds: The Augmented Reality Sandbox

Wednesday November 15, 2017  12:00pm-3:00pm

The Old Church (corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this event
In honour of GIS Day (November 15, 2017), the BVRC is proud to present an interactive, augmented reality exhibit designed to improve public understanding and stewardship of freshwater lake ecosystems using 3D visualizations. As individuals move the sand, a projected elevation model...

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Assessing Lichens, Birds and Stand Structure as Indicators of Biodiversity

Wednesday November 1, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this presentation
Our project investigates the effectiveness of post-harvest retention of forest stand structure for maintaining biodiversity within sub-boreal spruce forests of the Babine Watershed Monitoring Trust (BWMT) study area. Our question was: Is the level of retention of forest...

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Ethical Evolution in Health Care: Medical Assistance in Dying

Wednesday October 18, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

About this presentation
Since June 17, 2016, medical assistance in dying can legally be provided in Canada by Physicians and Nurse Practitioners for a person who meets eligibility criteria set by the federal government. This presentation will describe how the care is being provided in BC and will...

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Constructed Wetlands and Surface Water Treatment

Wednesday April 26, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - Smithers, BC

About this presentation
When precipitation and surface water runoff come in contact with a log storage facility there is a potential for leachate to develop. The impact of leachate often produces poor water quality resulting in an impact on aquatic life. The development of a constructed wetland...

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Quantifying the Water Balance of Northeastern Boreal Watersheds, British Columbia

Wednesday April 12, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this presentation

This study aims to provide water balance of boreal watersheds of northeastern BC using the MIKE SHE hydrological model. More specifically, this study intends to quantify historical and regional water balances of two boreal watersheds—the Coles Lake and Tsea Lake...

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Birds in High Places: ecology and conservation value of northern mountains for avian biodiversity

Wednesday March 29, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this presentation

Mountains comprise about 50% of the BC and Yukon landbase, and one-third of birds breeding in North America use mountain habitats for at least one critical period of their annual life cycle. Birds have developed exceptional adaptions to live in these environmentally...

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Human Groups as Evolving Organisms

Wednesday March 1, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this presentation

In this seminar, Richard Overstall continues the story from previous talks of how a complex, horizontal, bottom-up social order developed on what is now called the North Coast of British Columbia. Earlier presentations showed that the spatial and temporal patterns of...

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Ecosystem Interactions Along the North Coast of British Columbia

Wednesday February 15, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this presentation

Intertidal infaunal communities represent a powerful, but currently under-exploited tool with regards to environmental monitoring along the northern coast of British Columbia. Community assemblages (species presence/absence and densities) can be used to elucidate ecosystem...

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A Future for Whitebark Pine Ecosystems in Northern BC

Wednesday February 1, 2017  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (on the corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this presentation

It has been 10 years since the Bulkley Valley Research Centre began its research into the restoration of endangered whitebark pine in northern BC. It is time to celebrate achievements, reflect on challenges, and lay out a strategy to ensure a future for this unique tree...

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Is the Drone Industry Poised to Take Off in the Natural Resource Sector?

Wednesday November 30, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (on the corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this seminar:

Larry McCulloch will reveal how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, might be used in natural resource management. He will provide a framework for understanding the potential, limitations, and exigencies involved in UAV use and showcase results from some of...

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Water Sustainability: National Impacts and Local Opportunities

Wednesday November 16, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (on the corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this seminar:

British Columbia’s history, identity, and future are inseparable from water. Water is essential for the environment, for communities, and for a vibrant economy. With a goal of seeing all waters in good ecological condition, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) embarked upon Canada’s...

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Research Resources from The Real Thing: the natural history of Ian McTaggart Cowan

Monday September 19, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church (on the corner of First Avenue and King Street) - Smithers, BC

About this seminar:

The Cowan Biography Project has brought 60 years of journals kept by Ian McTaggart Cowan to light. These now transcribed and digitized journals provide windows into pre-industrialized landscapes of British Columbia from the Ootsa, Peace and Kootenay Rivers and Mackenzie Delta...

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Modelling Spring Runoff in the Kiskatinaw River, British Columbia

Wednesday April 20, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St. - Smithers, BC

Image: “Weatherisation at Blackhawk, within the Kiskatinaw River Basin.” 

About this seminar: 

Precipitation that falls as snow has important social, economic and ecological implications in cool temperate and subarctic regions. The amount of water that held within the snowpack is of particular...

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Spill Response & The Test of Due Diligence

Wednesday March 23, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St. - Smithers, BC

About this seminar:

Due diligence is a legal defense that the spiller took reasonable measures to prevent the spill incident from occurring.  Therefore the “test” of due diligence is the process of ensuring that reasonable preventative measures were identified and implemented.  Although the focus...

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An Introduction to Human Rights Law in the Northern BC Context

Wednesday March 9, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St. - Smithers, BC

About this seminar:

The term “human rights” is often used indiscriminately, to refer to what is moral, what ought to be. In the legal context, however, the term is defined more narrowly. While inspired by “morality”, in Canadian law, human rights are restricted to individuals who face...

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Richard Overstall: Sea lions, Salmon, Eulachon and Humans

Wednesday February 24, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St, Smithers, BC. - Smithers, BC

Sea lions, Salmon, Eulachon and Humans: how a complex legal order emerged on the Northwest Coast two millennia ago.

About this seminar:

This seminar will explore the evolution of a complex indigenous legal order at the mouth of the Skeena and Nass rivers about two thousand years ago.  It will...

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Quantifying the Water Budget for a Northern Boreal Watershed: The Coles Lake Study

Wednesday February 10, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St. - Smithers, B.C.

About this seminar: Northeastern British Columbia is undergoing rapid development for oil and gas extraction and this depends largely on subsurface hydraulic fracturing (fracking), which depends on the available freshwater.

The aim of this study is to characterize and quantify all components of...

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How much is too much? Critical Loads and the regulation of industrial emissions in Northwest B.C.

Wednesday January 27, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St. - Smithers, B.C.

Patrick Williston is a biologist who has worked and lived in the Northwest BC (Smithers and Terrace) for most of his life. Over the past three years he has worked at the BC Ministry of Environment where he has been involved with assessing the potential impacts of industrial air emissions on...

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Modelling Photochemical Air Pollutants from Industrial and Biogenic Emissions in Terrace-Kitimat

Wednesday January 13, 2016  12:00pm-1:00pm

The Old Church - on the corner of First Avenue and King St, Smithers, BC. - Smithers, BC

Ben Weinstein completed a BSc. in Atmospheric Science at UBC in 2003, and shortly thereafter moved to Smithers to work for BC Environment on air quality-related projects. In 2005 he became the air quality meteorologist for Skeena Region and managed all air quality-related files in NW BC. In 2013 he...

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Geoscience BC: A special seminar

Wednesday June 17, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Join us for a discussion with Robin Archdekin and Andrea Clifford from Geoscience BC. This will be a chance to learn about the work the organization is undertaking across the province, and catalyze a community dialogue about earth science in the region and how it can be used to guide informed land...

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Natural Resource Assessment in the Morice Watershed

Wednesday April 29, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Don Morgan, a natural resource management and systems researcher with the Ministry of Environment, will present the  results from a natural resource assessment case study in the Morice watershed. Morgan will discuss methods used to characterize historic and future landscape condition and the...

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David Hughes: The Potential LNG Industry and B.C.’s Natural Gas Supply

Thursday April 16, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Hosted by the Bulkley Valley Research Centre and the Northwest Institute, energy expert and geoscientist David Hughes discusses the natural gas supply and proposed LNG industry in BC, showing the connections this has to the national global energy supply picture. David is a geoscientist who has...

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COSEWIC Status Report on Caribou

Wednesday April 1, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

In 2000, the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) assessed caribou within the Southern Mountain National Ecological Area in the southern portion of BC and in southwestern Alberta as Threatened, and caribou within the Northern Mountain National Ecological Area in...

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Bulkley Landscape Reforestation Standards Project

Wednesday March 18, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

The desire to link silviculture reforestation stocking standards to timber supply assumptions and to other related objectives at the landscape level has been discussed for more than a decade. 

Gary Quanstrom, RPF of Pacific Inland Resources, will speak on plans to develop a Bulkley Landscape...

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Quantifying the water budget for Coles Lake

Friday March 6, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Greenhouse gas emissions have warmed the Earth by dramatically increasing heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere and studies indicate the resulting rise in global air temperature has profound consequences for humans and the environment. BC has been highly affected by climate change compare to the...

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Genomics: Changing the way we mine

Wednesday February 18, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Sue Baldwin, UBC professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, leads a discussion about the treatment of mine-affected water through the applications of bioremediation and meta-genomics. Bioremediation is a useful approach for treating mine-affected water. It is based on...

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Helicopter drones for forest data acquisition: Separating the facts from the buzz

Wednesday February 4, 2015  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Helicopter drones (as well as fixed wing) have garnered significant attention in the last couple years. In the forest sector, many see the many potential uses and benefits of this tool. But, once you get past the buzz, are expectations unrealistic? Larry McCulloch and Matt Sakals provide a few...

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Western Cedar Deformity

Wednesday December 10, 2014  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Adriana Almeida-Rodriguez discusses a study that seeks to better understand columnar growth of western redcedar in the Kitimat Valley using aerial emissions and geological maps superimposed for selecting six sample sites, three of which are located along the aerial industrial emission corridor from...

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Innovative subdivisions to retain and protect valued features

Wednesday November 26, 2014  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Cristina Soto, PhD, discusses this project examining tools to help protect sensitive habitat and recreation areas in the face of subdivision development, including specific bylaws, conservation covenants, collaboration with neighbours, government partnerships, particular formats of subdivision...

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All-Candidates’ Forum

Wednesday October 29, 2014  12:00pm-2:00pm

The Gathering Place, Northwest Community College - Smithers, BC

Join the Bulkley Valley Research Centre for a special Seminar Series presentation as we host an all-candidates' forum leading up to the November election.

This event is open to the public and participants will have the opportunity to ask candidates questions regarding local research and the...

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Native Bees of the Bulkley Valley

Wednesday April 30, 2014  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Presenter: Lynn Westcott, Entomologist - Westcott Environmental Services, Smithers

Native bees are the most important pollinating insects in many of the world’s ecosystems. Animals ranging from birds to grizzly bears to humans rely on the pollinating efforts of this diverse group of insects.

This...

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Restoring Endangered Whitebark Pine Ecosystems in Northern BC

Wednesday April 2, 2014  12:00pm-1:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Presenters: Alana Clason and Sybille Haeussler

In this seminar, Dr. Sybille Haeussler and Alana Clason will discuss their research and conservation work on whitebark pine since the initiation of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre whitebark pine program in 2007. Come learn about this charismatic...

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SPECIAL PRESENTATION - Veducation - Year Round Greenhouse

Monday March 31, 2014  7:00pm-9:00pm

Northwest Community College - Smithers

Presenter: Northern Roots Community Garden

Find out about the experimental greenhouse project at Smithers Secondary School which involves the use of compost heat to grow high nutrient produce 365 days a year.

Poster

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Quantifying the water budget for Coles Lake, Northeastern BC

March 05, 2014

Sina Abadzadesahraei, PhD Candidate at UNBC

Human activities have resulted in the global average surface air temperature rising 0.7°C during the 20th century, an amount that has profound consequences for humans and the environment. This warming has a considerable impact on water resources in BC, a major resource for oil and gas industries....

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Cumulative effects assessment for the Morice Watershed

February 19, 2014

Dave Daust, Consultant

Cumulative effects assessments (CEA) are used to estimate the impacts of development. Historically, they have been tied to specific major projects such as mines or pipelines. Over the last three years, I have been part of a team developing and testing bioregional CEA methodology. Our approach is...

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20 Years of Char Studies at Kemess Mine:  What have we learned?

February 05, 2014

Dave Bustard, Fisheries Biologist, Bustard & Associates

Dave Bustard has been involved with fish studies at the Kemess Mine, located in the upper Finlay River 200 kms northeast of Smithers, for the past 20 years. He was involved in background fisheries studies around the proposed mine site prior to construction and helped develop mitigation and...

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Reading Through the Hype

January 22, 2014

Richard Overstall, Lawyer

The presentation will survey two centuries of mercantile and industrial resource export initiatives in northwestern B.C. It will borrow the concept of the hype-cycle from the electronic gadget industry and apply it  to that survey to develop an understanding of the likely projection of current...

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Jane Lloyd-Smith: 33 Years in Review

December 11, 2013

This talk will be a fun review of some resource management events that happened in the Bulkley District: a smart little fish (that grew) in a big pond. Jane will describe the setting (demographics and structure of resource agencies) 33 years ago and review what seemed to be important resource...

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