GEOG 202 Field Trip

On March 1, 2019 Olav Lian, Carolyn Atkins, and Terah Sportel lead Geog 202 student on a two-day field trip into the BC Interior to study the landscape that had formed as a result of the last glaciation, and that which had been conditioned by its effect. The weather was sunny and clear, but extremely cold, as temperatures had dipped down to nearly -20 °C in Clinton by the morning of March 2. Olav Lian has been leading field trips into this region for more than 25 years, and this was by far the coldest one! Students were in good sprits and enjoyed learning about the landscape.

At Patterson Creek debris flow channel students enjoyed hearing traditional First Nations interpretations of the landscape from Geog 202 student, and Stó:lō Nation member, Leanne Julian.

Students navigate the steep and snowy slopes of Drynoch earthflow, near the community of Spenses Bridge.

View of the post-glacially terraced landscape in the Thompson River Valley, just west of Walhachin.

Students and faculty pose in front of the bed of ancient glacial Lake Thompson (beige coloured cliffs in the immediate foreground), Kamloops

BC Agriculture and Climate Change Education Series

Registration is now open for the BC Agriculture and Climate Change Education Series!

The four-part Education Series is a joint endeavor with the BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network (ACARN) and the BC Ministry of Agriculture, and is hosted in collaboration with six education institutions across the province –UBC Vancouver & Okanagan; UNBC Prince George & Terrace; KPU Richmond; TRU Kamloops; NLC Fort St. John; UFV Abbotsford.

The goal of the Education Series is to provide university students (undergraduate and graduate), and new professionals, with an introduction to climate change adaptation in the BC agriculture sector and highlight related career opportunities

The Education Series will be broadcasted weekly to each satellite location from 6:30-8:30 pm, and will include a presentation and facilitated group activities that will provide participants with a local and provincial perspective on:

  • Module 1: Using Future Climate Projections (February 28th)
  • Module 2: Adaptation Concepts and Initiatives (March 7th)
  • Module 3: Collaborative Research for Producer Adaptation (March 14th)
  • Module 4: Extension for Climate-Smart Agriculture (March 21st)

Registration is free and will be open until February 13th. Follow this link to learn more about the event or click here to register today.

HUBBUB – GEOG 362: Geography of Tourism and Recreation

Class: Geog 362, Geography of Tourism and Recreation.

Collaboration with City Studio, which involved UFV experimental learning, City of Abbotsford staff liaisons as well as Tourism Abbotsford.

Challenge: the City of Abbotsford issued a challenge to the GEOG 362 class, to determine the tourism market and design a conceptual program of souvenir (s). The students were required to create the concepts, deliver term papers and presentations to the sponsors, and create posters for the HUBBUB event.

 

The 32 students worked in 6 teams to create a package of unique conceptual deliverables for the City/Tourism Abbotsford sponsors . Students from 3 of the groups and Instructor, Jen H., attended the City Studio HUBBUB event at City Hall on December 4th, and one of the groups  just narrowly missed winning the overall prize by 1 point, so they were given an honourable mention by the mayor. This group was called “Grow Abby”.

 

Click here to see the video.

 

UFV Approves the Creation of a New School of Science

The UFV Senate recently approved the formation of a School of Agriculture, Geography, and the Environment (SAGE) in the science department. The plan is to establish the new school by Sept. 1, 2019.

The agriculture department has not yet fully joined the new school of science, though they are associate members. According to Lucy Lee, dean of science, this is because the shift from a department to a school can be a slow process. Since the physical location of the agriculture department is in Chilliwack, more time will be needed to organize the logistics of the transition to a school of science.

To create the new school, the smaller units within the science department, agriculture, and possibly food sciences, will merge into a larger group which includes geography and environmental studies, so that they can work together. According to Lee, smaller units don’t have the same resource and staffing advantages as a larger group under the supervision of a director who has more time to oversee the entire unit.

read more here for the official article.

 

Geography 452 – Advanced Field Methods and Techniques

Winter 2019 Schedule

Interested in Climate Change Adaptation in BC’s Agricultural Sector?

GEOG 452 will cover climate change adaptations of agricultural practices.

As one of the course requirements, students will attend the 2019 BC Agriculture and Climate Change Research Education Series occurring on

February 28th , March 7th, March 14th, and March 21st
from 6:30-8:30 pm

 

Education Series Information

Participants will learn about climate change adaptation in British Columbia via presentations by professionals currently working in the field and have the opportunity to participate in facilitated discussion

 

Educational Themes:

Climate change projections in agricultural regions across BC and implications for the sector

Climate change adaptation planning

The role of applied research for climate change adaptation

Knowledge transfer and extension strategies for applied climate change research

GEOG 312 – Field Trip Adventures

The GEOG 312 class travelled to the BC Interior October 5th – 6th, exploring human-environment relations of our colonial past and our transformation to a globally-integrated capitalist economy. A few highlights include: (1) exploring Alexandra Provincial Park, discussing power dynamics between colonial officials and First Nations communities, and their varied understandings of the environment and development; (2) an informative talk by Robin Strong, Xaxli’p Community Forest Manager, and a visit to an eco-cultural restoration site; and (3) an awe-inspiring visit to the Highland Valley Copper mine and tailings pond. The class particularly enjoyed our visit with Robin and are thankful for her time and knowledge shared. After the visit Robin wrote indicating: “I wanted to say how impressed I was by your class, and thank you for coming to visit us. Your course is like, “lets bring up all the controversial subjects and think about them.” I was inspired by your student’s convictions, enthusiasm, and ideas. Thank-you for taking on the task of tackling such a broad topic, which really is about critical thinking, and deep thinking. And thank you to the students for sharing their ideas with me.”