Assessing Economic, Policy, and Institutional Barriers to Successful Forest Restoration in the Interior Douglas-fir Zone

This research project will explore what barriers -- economics, policy, or otherwise -- exist to restoring unhealthy Douglas-fir forests in central British Columbia. These forests have reached a state where it is currently not feasible for timber companies to make any profit from harvesting timber in those stands, which only serves to worsen the problem. In order to find a solution, not only do the barriers need to be identified, but also the risks of both action and non-action.

Capacity Building for Competitiveness in Aboriginal forestry Year Two

This project recognizes the significant business challenges First Nations forestry enterprises face which have the effect of limiting the benefits to First Nations from forests (Wellstead and Stedman 2010). There is limited awareness of the conditions that affect the success and failure of Aboriginal enterprises in the forest sector (Trosper et al 2008).

Exploring the potential synergistic cooperation between cellulase enzymes and lignin biocatalysts screened from a proprietary environmental DNA platform for deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass

MetaMixis, Inc., is a Canadain company undertaking a global effort dedicated to decreasing our reliance on petrochemicals by transitioning to engineered microbial processes or biocatalysts for the production of sustainable products. In the past few years MetaMixis has successfully developed a functional screen to recover metagenomic scaffolds sourced from various proprietary bacterial communities.

Exploring the potential synergistic cooperation between cellulase enzymes and lignin biocatalysts screened from a proprietary environmental DNA platform for deconstructing lignocellulosic biomass

MetaMixis, Inc., is a Canadain company undertaking a global effort dedicated to decreasing our reliance on petrochemicals by transitioning to engineered microbial processes or biocatalysts for the production of sustainable products. In the past few years MetaMixis has successfully developed a functional screen to recover metagenomic scaffolds sourced from various proprietary bacterial communities.

Upgrading Cellulose Filaments for Incorporation into Value-added Products

Cellulose filaments (CFs) are recently-developed materials derived from wood pulp, consisting of very long, thin cellulosic strands. These filaments can be incorporated into a number of high-value non-traditional products, such as thermoset and thermoplastic composites, and can be used as rheology modifiers in fluids such as paints and various industrial fluids. However, the ‘raw’ filaments require upgrading before they can be used for these non-traditional applications.

Process flow improvement at a Parallam mill using simulation modeling

In this project, the intern will study the production process at a Parallam mill in Vancouver working closely with its Production Manager. The objective of this work is to develop simulation models to evaluate potential alternatives in order to improve the process efficiency of the final stage of operations at the mill. The final stage is called the remanufacturing department. This stage is the bottleneck of the system and limits the mill’s productivity. It is operational 4.5 days a week and the intention is to be able to have it operational 24/7.

High performance engineered biocomposites for automotive sector

The proposed project seeks to develop biocomposite technology and products for the auto manufacturing industries. Five graduate students under the supervision of Dr.Mohini Sain, will work on manufacturing processes, mechanical characterization, composite rheology and development of molds for various types of bio-composites which have direct application in auto-industries and can act as substitute for fossil fuel based composites. The two partner organizations will be the Centre for Biocomposites and Biomaterials Processing (CBBP), Faculty of Forestry, Univ.

The Utilization of Bark to Make Rigid Polyurethane Foams

Polyurethane foams are so commonly used, from rigid dashboards in cars, to insulation in buildings, and the comfy mattresses we sleep upon. Replacing the petrochemical resources used to make them with renewable resources like bark would be a great stride towards sustainability. In order for this to be done the conversion process of bark into a liquid must be better understood. This project will try to elucidate how alcohols interact with the bark to digest it during the conversion process.

Effets des mécanismes génétiques et écologiques sur l’évolution de la dormance des graines dans une méta-population

Les traits d’histoire de vie, ce sont des traits primordials qui déterminent la fécondité et la survie. La génétique, l’environnement et leurs interactions les affectent de grande ampleur. Mon projet met en évidence des traits d’histoire de vie des plantes : la dormance et la taille des graines. En utilisant des données climatiques, j’ai développé un modèle statistique démontrant que des paramètres climatiques dans le développement des graines jouent un rôle crucial.

Choices and consequences: a multiple method research to supporting better decision making and implementation

The proposed research seeks to investigate four ways to support sound decision making and sustainable development by: 1. developing an integrated approach to planning using a combination of scenario creation and structured decision making (SDM); 2. testing methodological improvements to SDM by increasing our understanding of how to measure values and preferences; 3. examining how to effectively communicate and use high-quality data to inform decision making, and monitoring & evaluation; and 4.

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