Community meeting


LFS Community Meeting with Andrew Szeri


We are delighted to welcome Andrew Szeri to our next Community Meeting on Friday, December 8 at 12pm in FNH 60. This is a great opportunity to share your views and ask questions of our new Provost and Vice-President, Academic.

RSVP: by Dec 5. Pizza lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.

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


Last Day to Voice Your Views on Harassment & Discrimination on Campus


GSS Harassment & Discrimination Survey

Last Day to Voice Your Feedback

Have you experienced or witnessed incidents of harassment or discrimination on campus? Or simply have an opinion on this topic? Fill out this anonymous survey and help the GSS identify issues that graduate students face at UBC.

The survey includes sections covering experiences regarding supervisory expectations, safety and stress, that many students could identify with. Your input in this survey will help us understand graduate students’ experiences, so that we can advocate and improve systems and policies at UBC to promote a safe and respectful work environment.

Please check your email for the survey.

Feedback Deadline: November 30, 2017


Can You Speak and Teach French?

Last Chance to Apply

We are hiring for a French Instructor to introduce off-campus UBC graduate students to the French language with an emphasis on oral expression in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Apply by Nov. 30


Provide a Strong Voice for Grad Students

Build Your Leadership & Communication Skills

Participate in discussions and give the graduate student perspective to decisions at AMS Council meetings as a GSS Representative. Position will be appointed at the next GSS Council meeting on Dec. 7.

Apply by Dec. 7


Thanks, Danielle Barkley!

A big shout out to Danielle Barkley, Graduate Educator at UBC
Centre for Student Involvement & Careers, and her colleagues for all the tips on maximizing networking and job search skills for graduate students at our Career Launchpad event on Nov. 24!


UBC Blue & Gold Campaign for Students

A Three-Year, $100-Million Fundraising Initiative

UBC has announced the new Blue & Gold Campaign for Students, with the goal of raising $100 million in student support over three years – the largest fundraising campaign for students in UBC history! The awards will support students in need, students from under-represented communities, leadership-based awards and combinations of these.

Learn more


Next GSS Council Meeting

December 7  |  5:30pm

GSS Ballroom (6371 Crescent Road)

Student government impacts all aspects of your graduate student life. Come and learn how the GSS advocates for fellow graduate students.

Community Announcements

UBC PostDoc Research Day 2017 (Dec. 4) – The event will bring together postdoctoral researchers from across UBC faculties & affiliated institutions to share their findings. There will be research talks, as well as poster sessions. Prizes will be awarded for the best 3 talks and posters! Free.

Virtual care and vaccine games: technology and the future of public health (Dec. 8) – Forget Googling your symptoms – how about consulting your doctor over webcam, checking for STIs online, or playing a game to earn vaccines? Join SPPH Grand Rounds for an outline of the technology pushing public health into the future.
Jean-Paul Dionne Symposium 2018: Call for Proposals – This annual bilingual research conference organized bygraduate students from the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa brings students together to learn from each other and grown as academics.



LFS Winter Holiday Party – December 7


You are invited to the LFS Winter Holiday Party!
Please see details below.

We need some volunteers with the setting the room and cleaning afterwards. Please let me know if you could help! We would very much appreciate!

And please do NOT forget to RSVP here:
We will check the names at the entrance.

FS Winter Holiday Party – December 7

The LFS Winter Holiday Party is Thursday, December 7 from 3:00 -5:00 pm in the Agora Lounge. Our gathering will have festive food and drink, along with music and good fellowship!

  • Delicious food!
  • Great raffle prizes! To be eligible for the prize draws you must R.S.V.P.
  • Food Bank Donations – bring CASH (preferable) or non-perishable food donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank
  • 50/50 draw for the Food Bank
  • Music instrumental sing along! Bring your own instrument to play and/or sing festive songs
  • United Way impact speaker
  • Coat Drive – bring gently worn coats
  • This party will also celebrate the Faculty’s December birthdays
  • Presentation of the LFS Shynkaryk and Richards Service Awards and LFS Graduate Student Service Award
  • Please bring your own plate, cup and cutlery to reduce waste

We need to know how many people will be attending, so please RSVP by Tuesday, December 5 to Remember, you must R.S.V.P. to be eligible for the raffle prize draws! 

Kind regards,

Lia Maria Dragan

Graduate Programs Office
Faculty of Land and Food Systems The University of British Columbia
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Phone 604.822.8373 | Fax 604.822.4400 /



UBC Library Research Commons | Upcoming Events in December 2017


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All the best for the end of term and holidays, 

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