A few years ago I was looking for a list of scientific journals that published commentary pieces (e.g., letters to the editor, essays, etc.) for what would become Fox et al. 2015. I couldn't find a comprehensive list, so I started one. It's largely focused on conservation, ecology, environmental management, and sustainability science. Some articles are peer-reviewed while others aren't.
I'll update it once in a while. Please comment with a link (or email/DM me) if you know of other venues and article types.
Also, here's info about open-access fees in ecology, evolution, & conservation journals (not sure who made it!). Please please please publish open access. Paywalls = bane of my NGO-life.
One of the best parts of my job at Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is working with undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and other early-career researchers.
This summer, Elvis Acheampong joined me in our Canmore office for his summer internship. Elvis is a Master's student at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he is studying Environmental Management. He wrote a blog post about his some of his experiences while living in Canmore and interning with Y2Y, including reflections on seeing bears, wildlife crossing structures, practical conservation work, and outdoor recreation here in the Bow Valley.
Elvis had now returned to finish his studies at Yale. It was great to have him work with us!
It's no secret that my favourite animal is the western toad. Here's an article in a recent Y2Y newsletter where I describe why western toads are a fantastic species that represent so much of what the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative works towards.
Sign up for Y2Y newsletters here (Connections is biannual, Conservation News is weekly).
I talked to Sarah Boon, freelance writer for Nature, about why working on research with Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative is my dream job. Our conversation ranged widely, including the similarities and differences between research at an NGO and in academia, how I got the job (fabulous colleagues sent it to me and encouraged me to apply), and the kind of activities involved. It was fun for me to reflect on the first six months into my new job.
Some of the things that didn't go into the final version include the importance of teamwork (my colleagues at Y2Y are fantastic), collaboration and sharing, and why practical conservation takes more than publishing research papers.
Sarah later wrote a blog post about the interview and writing process. It was interesting for me to see her perspective, including the role of editors and why interviewees have to try hard - really hard! - to be specific in our answers and give examples. "Show, don't tell." Great opportunity to reflect on my own science communication. Follow Sarah on Twitter and her blog.
I am thrilled to announce that I have begun a new position as Conservation Scientist with the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). I will be based in Canmore, Alberta, with applied research throughout the Y2Y region.
My two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia have been terrific. I was fortunate to work with talented researchers and conservationists in the Marine Ethnoecology Lab (Natalie Ban & team) and Applied Conservation Science Lab (Chris Darimont & team), and their partners in the Great Bear Rainforest and Sea. They generously shared their knowledge, skills, and time with me – these experiences and collaborations will be invaluable on my path ahead. I will miss them all dearly.
Big wild places and wildlife have always been close to my heart. Stretching over 3200 km, the Yellowstone to Yukon region is one of the most intact mountain ecosystems in the world. For nearly 25 years, Y2Y has been a global leader in large-landscape conservation, working with diverse partners to connect and protect wild lands, waters, and biodiversity over 1.3 million sqkm. Critical to its success are commitments to collaboration and evidence-based work, values I care about deeply.
As Y2Y’s Conservation Scientist (and for the first year continuing my Liber Ero Fellowship), I will design, conduct, and communicate applied research to inform key issues across the Yellowstone to Yukon region. This includes strengthening existing partnerships – and forging new ones! – with academic, conservation, media, industry, and governance communities.
Y2Y has a bold mission: To connect and protect habitat from Yellowstone to Yukon so that people and nature can thrive. I am excited to engage with partners to achieve it.
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I gave two in-person presentations to the Expert Panel Review of Environmental Asssessment Processes during their public consultations in Nanaimo, BC. Both presentations focused on the role of science in environmental impact assessment, including current weaknesses and numerous recommendations to strengthen EA-related law, policy, and practice.
Please write to your Member of Parliament - especially Cabinet Ministers and the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development - and Senators to ask them to support stronger environment-related laws in Canada.
More to come about science in environmental assessment... We have to #getEAright!
My work tries to help people live well and be happy without hurting other living things. It's hard: people use spaces and sometimes hurt living things to make food, homes, and jobs. The place I work is far from big cities. It is well known for green land, big trees, lots of water, and amazing animals. People have lived there for thousands of years and know a lot about its living things, land, and water. Together, we study ways for people to have jobs that make money but don't hurt other living things as much as we do now. We make plans for clean air and water, to make homes trees and animals, and for people to fight less. When we learn new things, we go back to our first plans to make them better and share with others.
I'm really looking forward to this talk next week at UVic. Dr. Alejandro Frid is a conservation ecologist working in BC's Great Bear Rainforest. Alejandro is the science coordinator for the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance (CCIRA), an important partner of our lab.
In CCIRA, the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais, Heiltsuk, Nuxalk and Wuikinuxv Nations are taking an ecosystem-based approach to manage their traditional territories, balancing the environment, local economies, and cultural and social health. Alejandro's research experience spans from conflicts between industrial development and terrestrial wildlife to the effects of overfishing on marine ecosystems. I know he's going to give a really exciting talk.
Monday, January 12, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
David Strong Building, Room C103
University of Victoria
Check out Alejandro's new book Storms and Stillness. It's a search for optimism amidst the climate change and biodiversity crises, as told by Alejandro writing letters to his young daughter. Weaving science and stories of connection to Earth, the book steers readers towards imagining their own role in preserving the vibrancy of our planet. There will be copies of the book for sale at the end of the talk.
This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to rally in New York City. More - maybe millions - will join in around the world.
Why? It's part of the People's Climate March and Mobilization, putting pressure on global leaders to take meaningful action on climate change at the UN Climate Summit 2014 and at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, December 2015 (COP21).
These are exciting times. There have been a lot of environmental movements, but somehow this one feels... different. Recognizing that climate change affects everyone, this movement is very inclusive: faith groups, unions, businesses, parents and schools are joining together to advocate for global action on climate change.
I'm part of the Sustainable Canada Dialogues, a team of 70 Canadian scientists and academics who study environment and sustainability. We're working on viable, science-based policy options to motivate political change and help Canada transition to a low-carbon economy. You can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
We recently wrote an open-letter about why Canada needs to act on its "sustainability deficit". You can read the letter below. We're encouraging everyone to attend People's Climate events this weekend. There are more than 2000 events worldwide, including 120 in Canada from coast to coast to coast. Find one near you!
(Edited to update published letters)
Conservation Scientist at the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y). Likes trees, mountains, chocolate, and looking under rocks. Feminist.