Core Area – Research Excellence

UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Sustainability a degree of change

UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Sustainability a degree of change

On a hilltop in British Columbia, Jacqueline Rowe and her team watched smoke fill the skies as three separate wildfires raged across the landscapes of Kamloops, Merritt and West Kelowna. The encroaching blazes and the trail of devastation left behind underscored for Rowe the escalating threat of climate change and the pressing need for action. […]

Lessons from the land

Lessons from the land

Some people may have looked out and seen a field of weeds, but Dr. Sumer Seiki saw an opportunity. Dr. Seiki, an Associate Professor in the Okanagan School of Education, had an idea that would physically bring truth, reconciliation and healing into her classroom. In spring 2023, Dr. Seiki and 140 teacher candidates took on […]

Propelling artificial intelligence to new heights

Propelling artificial intelligence to new heights

A two-metre long, helicopter-style drone thunders over the Gulf of St. Lawrence, equipped with two powerful sensors that surveil the glistening surface below. As a pod of North Atlantic right whales swim just below the surface, the sensors instantly capture images of the majestic sight in precise detail. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine […]

How artificial lights at night impact insects and bats

How artificial lights at night impact insects and bats

Researchers at UBC Farm may not conduct their research under the cover of darkness, but they are certainly getting a sense of what insects are up to during the night. These days, however, darkness is a relative term with the proliferation of human-made artificial light at night (ALAN). Master’s student Daphne Chevalier is seeking to […]

UBC Library acquires rare Japanese manuscripts and calligraphy works

UBC Library acquires rare Japanese manuscripts and calligraphy works

UBC Library has acquired several rare titles as part of its Japanese Collections, thanks in part to support provided by the David Graham Memorial Fund. Digital copies of two of these titles are now openly accessible to the public through UBC Open Collections. Getting a glimpse of Edo period social history Ikoku jinbutsuzu 異國人物圖 (Illustration […]

Regreening the Downtown Eastside for better health

Regreening the Downtown Eastside for better health

Visit https://forestry.ubc.ca/branchlines-articles/regreening-the-downtown-eastside-for-better-health/ to read the story.

Stswecem’c Xget’tem First Nation and UBC Forestry students collaborate to shape the future of fire stewardship 

Stswecem’c Xget’tem First Nation and UBC Forestry students collaborate to shape the future of fire stewardship 

Please visit https://communityengagement.ubc.ca/news/the-future-of-fire-stewardship/ to read the story.

UBC Library spotlighting Indigenous topics in open education

UBC Library spotlighting Indigenous topics in open education

This year’s theme for Open Access Week (Oct 23 – 29, 2023) is an invitation to collaborate, as individuals and institutions around the world are asked to examine current approaches to open scholarship and discuss what is working, and what need to be revised, revived or replaced. Open access can pave the way for more […]

UBCO researchers hope to prevent catastrophes with next-generation sensors

UBCO researchers hope to prevent catastrophes with next-generation sensors

As the wind and rain pound the blades of a wind turbine, UBC Okanagan researchers carefully monitor screens, hundreds of kilometres away analyzing if the blade’s coatings can withstand the onslaught. While this was only a test in a lab, the researchers are working to improve the way structures such as turbines, helicopter propellers and […]

UBCO researcher examines how wildfires can transform rivers

UBCO researcher examines how wildfires can transform rivers

After wildfire, the devastation to the landscape and communities is obvious and unforgettable. Now, a UBC Okanagan researcher is taking a different look at fire-impacted areas. Dr. Alessandro Ielpi, an Assistant Professor in Geomorphology with UBCO’s Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science, recently published research examining how the record-setting 2017 Elephant Hill Fire affected the […]