SSC and FASmail


Please update your personal coordinates on SSC (address, contacts, phone number, email address) ASAP.


FASMail – please activate

In response to privacy and security concerns as outlined in BC Provincial FIPPA legislation and UBC Policy #104, the Faculty of Land and Food Systems has assigned each of our graduate students a new UBC email account (FASMail).

This email account will remain active for the duration of your studies at LFS and must be used for all UBC-related correspondence. Starting in the spring of 2016, this email address will be the only one used by the LFS Grad Student Office to contact you.

Account Details

Your email address is:

Web Interface:

Account Setup

To activate your email account, please login (without “.stu”) and change your CWL password .   (If you already have a FASMail account, you do not need to change your CWL password).

To test, log in. If your mail box is there, you don’t need to do anything else. If you need to create a FASMail mailbox, follow these instructions.


Updating your email account in the SSC and notify Lia in the grad programs office

To ensure that emails are not sent inadvertently to a non UBC email, please update your preferred email address in your SSC profile to this new email account.  This is especially important when you are appointed as a TA, as Connect retrieves email addresses for TA’s from SSC.

Security Awareness Training

UBCIT offers free online training on security awareness.


Contact the LFS Learning Centre via email,, or in person in MCM 264.

Edmund Seow
Computer Systems Manager
The Learning Centre
Faculty of Land and Food Systems

Reminder: Competition announcement: Tri-Agency CGS-M / Affiliated Fellowships (Master’s)


NOTE: please notify me about your intention of applying ASAP but not later than Friday, November 24th. 

You may consider working on your CGS-M or Affiliated Fellowship application with your supervisor.

Or at least have it reviewed by your supervisor before submit it.

Once submitted, no corrections/updates would be possible. 

The Fall 2017 Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS-M) application is available on the Tri-Agency Research Portal

The deadline across Canada for applications is 5pm Pacific Standard Time on Friday, 1 December 2017. After this time, the Research Portal will close, and there will be no opportunity to re-open the application. This is the deadline for all application materials, including reference letters. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that their references are submitted on time.
Please note that when identifying UBC as your institution, the official name is “The University of British Columbia”.

Instructions for completing a CGS-M application (including transcript requirements) are available online

The Fall 2017 Affiliated Fellowships Master’s-level competition runs in parallel to the Tri-Agency CGS-M competition. The Affiliated Fellowships materials for Master’s-level funding have now been posted to the Graduate Awards website:

The deadline by which Affiliated Fellowship applications for Master’s-level funding must be submitted to the applicant’s UBC graduate program is Friday, 1 December 2017 (same as the deadline for Tri-Agency CGS-M applications).

IRES Seminar Series: Thurs, Nov 30 with Wade Davis


November 30, 2017: IRES Faculty Seminar
Speaker: Wade Davis

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall 

Pizza will be served at 12pm on the 4th floor of AERL.  There’s a limit of one slice per seminar attendee to ensure everyone has pizza.


The WayfindersAbstract:

The myriad of cultures in the world, with their own traditions and beliefs, are not failed attempts at modernity, let alone failed attempts to be us. Each is an inspired expression of our collective genius, each a unique answer to a fundamental question: What does it mean to be human and alive?  Every culture has something to say, each deserves to be heard, just as none has a monopoly on the route to the divine. And yet of the world’s 7000 languages, fully half are not being taught to infants. Every fortnight an elder passes away and carries into the grave the last syllables of an ancient tongue. At risk is a vast archive of knowledge and expertise, a catalogue of the imagination that is the human legacy. Rediscovering a new appreciation for the the diversity of the human spirit, as expressed in culture, is among the central challenges of our time.




Wade Davis is a writer, photographer, and filmmaker whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 1999 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Author of 20 books, including One RiverThe Wayfinders and Into the Silence, winner of the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic Channel. Davis is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees, as well as the 2009 Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the 2011 Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club, the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for botanical exploration, the 2015 Centennial Medal of Harvard University, the 2017 Roy Chapman Andrews Society’s Distinguished Explorer Award and the 2017 Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. 

See you there! 

Bonnie Leung


Last IRES Seminar for Term 1: Thurs Dec 7 with Bradley Eyre


This is the last IRES Seminar for Term 1.  Bradley Eyre is from Southern Cross University in Australia:

December 7, 2017: IRES Special Seminar
Speaker: Bradley Eyre
(Last Seminar for Term 1)

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall 

Pizza will be served at 12pm on the 4th floor of AERL.  There is a limit of one slice of pizza per seminar attendee to ensure everyone has pizza.


Role of shallow water carbonate sediment dissolution in the future accretion of coral reefs in an acidifying ocean 

Abstract: Ocean acidification (OA) is predicted to have a significant impact on the future of coral reefs, mainly through the reduced formation of calcium carbonate (CaCO3). However, the dissolution of stored CaCO3 has largely been overlooked in the OA community. CaCO3 sediments represent the largest reservoir of carbonate minerals in coral reefs and result from the accumulation and storage of CaCO3 material over thousands of years. Benthic chamber incubations in permeable CaCO3 sediments show that aragonite saturation in the overlying water is a strong predictor of CaCO3 sediment dissolution and most reefs show a similar response to increasing average pCO2 (OA). However, every reef shows a different net sediment dissolution starting condition and the effect of end of century OA conditions on net sediment dissolution is different for every reef. Empirical relationships between average aragonite saturation and net ecosystem calcification, coral calcification and sediment dissolution from reefs around the globe are used to quantify future changes in the CaCO3 accretion of coral reefs. Quantifying the global dissolution kinetics of permeable CaCO3 sediments is clearly just as important as estimating calcification rates when predicting how OA will impact coral reef ecosystems.



Bio: Professor Bradley Eyre is a biogeochemist and the foundation Director of the Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry at Southern Cross University, Australia. His publications include topics such as whole ecosystem carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus budgets, net ecosystem metabolism estimates, benthic and pelagic production and respiration, dissolved organic carbon fluxes, carbon stable isotopes (fluxes and assimilation), carbon burial and air-sea GHG flux estimates, benthic denitrification, benthic habitats and seascapes, historical and ecosystem comparisons, ocean acidification, hypoxia, eutrophication, submarine groundwater discharge, permeable sands and carbonate sediment dissolution. Professor Eyre has 157 articles in Scopus listed journals (H-index = 44, Total citations >5000, Google Scholar; H-index = 35, Total citations>3500, Scopus) and has attracted over >$20 million in funding. He has mentored 14 early- and mid-career researchers and supervised 32 PhD students. 

See you there! 

Bonnie Leung


New long-term funding and training opportunity from Mitacs Accelerate


Mitacs would like to let you know about a new opportunity for your graduate students. 

The Mitacs Accelerate Fellowship provides long-term funding that supports students for a significant part of their degree:  

  • Master’s students can complete an 18-month project and receive a minimum $30,000 stipend
  • PhD students can complete a three-year project and receive a minimum $72,000 stipend 

The Accelerate Fellowship also offers national professional development training that helps interns gain in-demand career skills and ensure the success of their projects.  

Accelerate Fellowship applications are accepted any time, as standalone projects or part of existing ones. All Accelerate policies apply. For more information or to start an application, contact the Mitacs representative at your university.

Mitacs would like to thank the Government of Canada, along with Alberta Innovates, the Government of British Columbia, Research Manitoba, the Government of New Brunswick, the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Government of Nova Scotia, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Prince Edward Island, the Government of Quebec, and the Government of Saskatchewan for their support of Mitacs Accelerate.

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