Forestry United Way Bake + Clothing Sale


Greetings from your neighbor, Faculty of Forestry Student Services office.

We are going to make a bake sale and clothing sale on November 13, 11 am to 2 pm at our building’s Atrium.

We apologize for a short notice, but we’d appreciate if you kindly share the poster attached with your students and faculty/staff members. 

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Have a wonderful long weekend! 


Rumiko Tachibana
Undergraduate Program Assistant
Faculty of Forestry | Dean’s Office
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
2609 – 2424 Main Mall | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 1834

LFS Community Meeting


The Community Meeting for LFS faculty, staff and students will take place on Wednesday Nov 21, 2018 at 12:00-1:00 in MCML 154, MacMillan Building. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

Click here to add this meeting to your Outlook calendar.

12:00-12:05 Dean’s message
12:05-12:15 United Way presentation – Crystal Lau
12:15-12:45 Opioid Crisis presentation – Amanda Unruh
12:45-1:00 Indigenous students – Joel Liman

Language Sciences Talk on biocultural diversity


I’m the Coordinator for the Language Sciences Initiative, writing to you on behalf of our steering committee.  We wanted to bring to your attention a talk we have coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 20th at 5:00pm in the C.K. Choi building (Room 120).  We’re very pleased to welcome Dr. Luisa Maffi, Co-founder and Director of Terralingua, to give a talk on her work on preserving biocultural diversity.  Luisa is in town to give a guest lecture in our university-wide undergraduate course Living Language: Science and Society.  Because of the topic of the talk, and because Land & Food Systems is one of the faculties that cross-lists the course (we currently have a couple of LFS students enrolled) we wanted to reach out to you as an LFS faculty member and VPRI research cluster lead, in case you have colleagues and students who might be interested in the talk. 

I’ve just sent around a save-the-date with Luisa’s biography (see text below my signature).  If you think it’s worth promoting in LFS or within your research cluster, please feel free to send it around, or to point me towards other folks you think might be interested! 

Warm regards, 

Ella Fund-Reznicek  MA
Language Sciences Initiative
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory
4031 Audain Art Centre 6398 University Boulevard | Vancouver BC | V6T 1Z4 Canada
Phone 604 822 7435 | @UBCLangScis

I’m pleased to announce that we are welcoming Dr. Luisa Maffi, the Co-founder and Director of Terralingua, an international non-governmental organization that works to sustain the biocultural diversity of life, including language diversity, to give a Language Science Talk on Tuesday, November 20th, from 5:00 – 7:00pm in room 120 of the C.K. Choi Building (1855 West Mall).  RSVP at

The title and abstract for the talk are forthcoming, but for now, please read Dr. Maffi’s biography, per the Terralingua website: 

Luisa Maffi, Ph.D. (UC Berkeley, 1994), is co-founder and Director of Terralingua, and spearheads Terralingua’s program of work. Trained in linguistics, anthropology, and ethnobiology, Luisa is one of the pioneers of the concept of biocultural diversity. Her interest in the relationships between language, culture, and the environment, and between linguistic, cultural, and biological diversity led her to co-found Terralingua in 1996, and to launch the organization’s activities with the interdisciplinary conference “Endangered Languages, Endangered Knowledge, Endangered Environments” (Berkeley, California, U.S.A., 1996).

She was President of Terralingua from 1996 to 2006, and has been its Director since 2007. Since 2010 she has also been an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences at Royal Roads University, as well as an International Fellow of the Explorers Club. Luisa has conducted extended fieldwork in Somalia (1979-85) and Mexico (Chiapas, 1988-93; Chihuahua, 2000-2008), and has carried out research in China and Japan. She has written on a variety of topics ranging from Somali and Mayan linguistics to color categorization, ethnomedicine, traditional ecological knowledge, language maintenance and revitalization, indigenous peoples’ linguistic and cultural rights, culture and conservation, and the relationships between linguistic, cultural, and biological diversity.

Among her key publications on biocultural diversity are the edited book On Biocultural Diversity: Linking Language, Knowledge, and the Environment (Smithsonian Institution Press, 2001), the coedited volume Ethnobotany and Conservation of Biocultural Diversity (New York Botanical Garden Press, 2004), and the co-authored book Biocultural Diversity Conservation: A Global Sourcebook (Earthscan, 2010).


Warm regards,

Save the Date: 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum


Save the Date!
2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum

November 1, 2018 – OFRF is pleased to announce the 2019 Organic Agriculture Research Forum, presented in partnership with Organicology on February 16, 2019 in Portland, Oregon.

The day-long forum will feature innovative presentations from researchers across all disciplines related to organic farming and food systems. The intent of the forum is to share the most current information with farmers, ranchers, extensionists, educators, agricultural professionals, and others interested in organic agriculture.

Students, farmers, and researchers who would like to apply for a scholarship of up to $350 to attend the forum should email their request to no later than December 15, 2018. All applications must include the following: name, position, statement of interest and need of scholarship, amount requested and budget. Scholarships will be awarded based on the need and merit of the applicant. The scholarship funds may be applied toward forum registration, travel, and one night of lodging. To receive reimbursement, scholarship recipients will be required to submit receipts and a brief blog about their experience.

These scholarships have been made available through the  generous support of Ceres Trust.

Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) is a non-profit foundation that works to foster the improvement and widespread adoption of organic farming systems. OFRF cultivates organic research, education, and federal policies that bring more farmers and acreage into organic production.

Organicology is the largest gathering within the organic trade. The conference is designed by Organically Grown Company, Oregon Tilth, Sustainable Food Trade Association, and Organic Seed Alliance. The 2019 Organicology conference takes place February 14-16 at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower in Portland, Oregon

MFRE Friday Seminar – Nov 9: The Direct Costs of Living Near Wildlife Reserves in India


MFRE Speaker Series

Speaker: Dr. Sumeet Gulati, UBC LFS – Professor

Topic: The Direct Costs of Living Near Wildlife Reserves in India

Date & Time: Friday, Nov 9 2018 3pm

Venue: MCML 160 

Please find attached a poster with more details. 

All are welcome! 

Kind regards,


Shristee Rahman  MFRE
Educational Researcher
Land and Food Systems | Master of Food and Resource Economics
The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus
348A-2357 Main Mall | Vancouver British Columbia | V6T 1Z4 Canada