Western Water & Forests: Spring 2016 Outlook

Last month, Dezene Huber, a professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, tweeted this photo of BC’s mighty Fraser River in Prince George. Doesn’t look so mighty, does it? Yes, that’s the gravel bed showing through, and there’s very little water – frozen or not. Fast forward a month, and Stephen Déry – also…

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Safe Passage for Fish

Road crossings over streams (often constructed using a culvert) can significantly affect fish by changing stream channel morphology, constricting streamflow, and ultimately making it difficult – if not impossible – for fish to reach upstream habitat. While it may seem like a small issue, researchers have identified ~313,000 stream crossings across British Columbia alone that…

New Women in Science Post

I recently had the good fortune to interview Dr. Kathy Bleiker, a research entomologist at Natural Resources Canada’s Pacific Forestry Centre, for my Women in Science Series over at Canadian Science Publishing. We discovered we have a lot in common, from both doing undergrad degrees in Geography at UVic (and wondering whether we should have…