Special TerreWEB Seminar: Klaudia Ziemblińska



Klaudia Ziemblińska

Visiting TerreWEB Intern – Poznań University of Life Sciences, Poznan, POLAND

Will present a Seminar

Tuesday, August 12th at 11:00 A.M.

“Impacts of Climate Change on Forest Ecosystems: Are Forests Always Carbon Sinks?”

She will focus her presentation on “ extreme climatic events”.


P.S. Cookies will be served!

Seminar: New Aquaculture and Hydroponic Technologies


Blue Planet Environmental is a Canadian water-technology start up that will be visiting UBC to demo their gas-infusion technologies and look for potential synergies and opportunities on campus. The company has two core technologies. The first is its HydroBloom product (also known as NBT) which has the capacity to deliver nano- and micro-sized bubbles into water quickly. This product is primarily used in laboratory settings, hydroponic greenhouses, irrigation wells, and water tank maintenance. Their second technology utilizes fine-bubbles that can be efficiently delivered to any depths in open water bodies. This product is the ‘h’-unit and is primarily used in pond remediation and aquaculture.

Friday, June 20, 2014
11 am – 12 pm
Agora, MacMillan Building Lower Level
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Henry Gordon-Smith, Director of Global Strategy, and Samantha Cohen, Field Engineer, will be visiting and demonstrating the two technologies as well as offer a brief presentation on their applications and the projects that they are involved in.

Today: TerreWEB Seminar with Clara Roa (UBC Soil Science)


This week in the TerreWEB seminar series we are excited to have Clara Roa, who will be talking this Thursday about “A Web based tool for flow monitoring used by water communities.” Everyone is welcome!

When: This Thursday, March 6th
Where: Macmillan Building, Room 154
Time: 2:00-3:00pm (3:30 for scholars)

Abstract: Clara will show a virtual tool that explains how to monitor streamflows in small watersheds. The tool is aimed primarily at rural community water organizations (CWO). CWOs continuously deal with climate variability: in summer due to water scarcity and in the rainy season due high sediment loads in the streams. Monitoring flows aim to facilitate decision making processes to mitigate the impacts of droughts and to influence municipal budgets for acquiring protected areas.

Bio: Since 2005 Clara Roa-Garcia has been working with young people and local communities, doing research in natural resources. She is currently working in southwestern Colombia with community organizations that manage water for potable consumption. This internet-based project is part of her thesis, “Soils and land use in the Colombian Andes: influence on water yield and low flows in the dry season” that aims to show the role of two types of soils (from the central branch and the western branch of the Andes) on water regulation in watersheds, particularly in the dry season.

TerreWEB Seminar: Salome Buglass (UBC Geography)


This week we are excited to have Salome Buglass, who will be talking this Thursday about “Science communication outreach and fund raising – sharing the crowdfunding campaign experience” Everyone is welcome!

  • When: This Thursday, February 13th
  • Where: Macmillan Building, Room 154
  • Time: 2:00-3:00pm (3:30 for scholars)
  • Note: There will be no live webinar this week

Seminar Abstract:
A growing number of academic researchers are turning to crowdfunding as a new channel for sourcing financial support for their research projects. The essence of crowdfunding is to get as many people interested in your project as possible and thus organically also serves as a science communication campaign. This seminar session will explore how in a world where research funding is decreasing while the need for science communication is growing, crowdfunding has emerged as a mechanism that could potentially kill two birds with one stone — by increasing publicity about current research projects whilst simultaneously attracting financial assistance. In this seminar session UBC master’s student Salome shares her crowdfunding experience, which she undertook to support her field trip in the Caribbean to study corals reef ecosystems.

Speaker Bio:
After graduating from University College London with a BSc in geography, Salome moved to Trinidad and Tobago to discover a part of her heritage. There she worked as a brand analyst in one of Trinidad’s largest full-service multimedia advertising agency.  Yet she always remained interested and involved in environmental activities, such as working with the local Environmental Film Festival and volunteering with Tobago’s  coral reef bio-monitoring and mapping project. By 2012, she found her way back into academia, and currently is in the second year of her research-based master’s degree course, supervised by Dr. Simon Donner at UBC’s Geography Department. It is no coincidence that her research is based on studying Tobago’s coral reef ecosystems. She is specifically interested in understanding how coral communities are changing as their habitat is continuously altered by marine pollution and climate change. Salome also has great interest in public outreach and contributing toward science communication with the aim of raising public interest and awareness about ongoing environmental issues.

More info about TerreWEB seminars can be found HERE.