Revitalizing Indigenous traditional management of salmon – evaluating risk, opportunities and needs for re-emergence of traditional terminal fisheries

First Nations have fished for salmon in British Columbia for more than 10,000 years. Traditionally, many First Nations fisheries were conducted using weirs – fences constructed in the river – or stone fish traps, and these traditional technologies were used for thousands of years to manage and harvest salmon. However, with the arrival of commercial fishing in British Columbia, these traditional technologies were banned under the Fisheries Act, and salmon fishing is now primarily conducted in marine waters, targeting hundreds of co-migrating populations.

Molecular measures of yeast exhaustion in commercial brewing

Beer production is only as good as the yeast that make it. When yeast are first pitched for brewing, they produce the desired fermentation product—beer. But, after numerous cycles of fermentation, the yeast become exhausted and produce beer with unwanted flavors and alcohol content. As such, the beer is no longer fit for consumption. Over time, the stress of fermentation causes unwanted effects on the yeast’s genes, which ultimately compromises their beer-producing abilities. This project focuses on finding identifiers of exhausted yeast prior to their production of bad beer.

Measured and perceived differences between writing on digital and analog surfaces

Digital devices have the potential to play a positive role in the classroom.  For example, longhand note-taking has been shown help learners better remember what they’ve learned than typing notes on a keyboard.  With younger generations more accustomed to using digital devices in their everyday lives, it is important that the educational system finds a way to move digital devices into the classroom in a way that these devices can support learning.  In this study, we hope to gain a better understanding of how students are able to take notes on different digital devices, and what properties m

Conservation physiology to inform management of economic activity: using hormones to identify stressors to grizzly and black bears in the Great Bear Rainforest

Wildlife have remarkable adaptations for responding to environmental change; however rapid increases in the magnitude of environmental disturbances may compromise their ability to cope. Physiological measures, such as hormones, provide a window into the responses of wildlife to environmental change. We propose to identify and rank the relative importance of multiple potential stressors that could influence grizzly and black bear physiology on the

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central coast of British Columbia, Canada.

Next-generation sequencing for the analysis of antibody development in vaccinated rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and in a humanized rat (Rattus norvegicus OmniRat) model.

ImmunoPrecise antibodies is a company that specialized in the production of custom antibodies, the Y-shaped molecules produced by living things to defend itself from infection. Their ability to recognize and bind to specific targets allows for their use in diverse scientific analyses where their specificity of binding is manipulated to allow for localization and/or isolation of specific targets.

Synthesis of diamond and diamond-like films

This project is geared towards the development of a cost-effective method to fabricate thin films of carbon materials, such as diamond. The idea is to use solution-based methods coupled to electrochemistry to produce the films. Avenues for the deposition of the film on surfaces of arbitrary shapes will also be explored.

Using wearable sensor-based technologies to detect changes in health status for prevention of adverse health events and to improve overall quality of life

The project goal is to determine the clinical utility of Orpyx LogR technology to detect gait changes and their efficacy to predict and monitor fall risk. Project I will use existing data to determine sensitivity and specificity for prospective classification of fallers and non-fallers for a composite measure drawn from an extensive battery including single and/or dual-task IMU-derived gait metrics as well as from force plate gait initiation data.

Monitoring the genetic variation and population structure of White bear populations in British Columbia to inform ecotourism and resource management

Spirit bears are a valuable symbol of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia. These white bears are an economically and culturally important resource that require effective monitoring to ensure their perpetuation. Safeguarding the future continuation of white bears additionally requires understanding both how the white bear allele is perpetuated and how healthy these populations are. One important component of population health is genetic variation. Genetically variable populations are able to adapt to changing threats better than genetically depauperate groups.

Drivers of woodland caribou calf survival in the Rocky Mountain foothills: a landscape with anthropogenic disturbance and multi-carnivore predation risk

Throughout western Canada, declines in woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus) continue at unprecedented rates. Caribou calves are especially vulnerable in their first four weeks of life, after the calving period. During this time, mother caribou must effectively select habitat that is rich in food resources, but also minimizes likelihood of predation. In the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, the predator community is large, including
wolf, black bear, grizzly bear, cougar and wolverine, meaning avoidance of areas with high predation risk is important.

Automating Analysis of Privacy Requirements

Against a backdrop of alarming privacy breaches at social media, banking, and government websites, the European Union will see the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) come into force as of May 25 2018. GDPR will drastically increase fines for data loss and breach, introduces new requirements to obtain individual consent for data use, and defines new responsibilities for data processors and controllers.