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!

TerreWEB Seminar This Week: Mascha Gugganig


This week in the TerreWEB seminar series we are excited to have Mascha Gugganig, who will be talking this Thursday about“Education, Activism and ʻGMOs’: Environment-based learning between Hawaiian cultural education and civic engagement on Kauaʻi” Everyone is welcome!

When: This Thursday, March 20th
Where: Macmillan Building, Room 154
Time: 2:00-3:00pm (3:30 for scholars)

Abstract: The Hawaiian Islands have been defined as space of timeless romanticism. The Terreweb community is invited to ‘paradise’ of 15 months fieldwork on the island of Kaua‘i where the presence of several biotech companies has provoked increasing awareness of land use and local/global food production. Both at a Hawaiian-focused charter school and in the public, ʻGMO’ has become a hotly debated issue, which culminated in a County Bill on the regulation of genetically engineered crops and pesticide use. In this talk, I will give a glimpse into my doctoral research on spheres of learning at a school and a wider public concerned with the biotechnology of genetic engineering. The presentation accompanies the exhibit ʻHawaiʻi Beyond the Wave, Hawaiʻi Beyond the Postcard,’ which will be shown in March 2014 at the Liu Institute. For more information please visit http://hawaiibeyond.wordpress.com/

Bio: Mascha Gugganig is a PhD candidate in anthropology, and a scholar at the Liu Institute at UBC. Mascha’s interest in visual arts as communication tool is reflected in her current project, the traveling exhibit ʻHawaii Beyond the Wave, Hawaii Beyond the Postcard.’ Besides visual arts and anthropology, science, technology and society studies (STS) provide a medium to better understand social change, food production, and land use in the 21st century. Originally from Vienna, Austria, Mascha earned her Master’s Degree in anthropology at the University of Vienna in 2009. She has conducted research in Hawaiʻi on cultural and environmental education since 2007, and plans to continue these endeavours in the future.

More info about TerreWEB seminars can be found HERE.

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.