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Date: September 12, 2011

New Climate Change Research Fellowships Across Four BC Universities

Could bacteria be the low-carbon and renewable energy biofuel we’re searching for? Would more people use public transit if our transport hubs were better designed? And what action should we be taking now to safeguard our forests, marine life and rivers from the impacts of climate change?

These questions are among the projects being tackled by the 11 new graduate fellowships being announced today by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). Award winners of 2011/12 fellowships were chosen from one of the four collaborating universities that comprise PICS – the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Northern British Columbia.

PICS Executive Director Tom Pedersen says this year’s recipients will investigate a range of climate change-related issues from scientific, economic, environmental and social science perspectives. With recipients hailing from Canada, India, New Zealand and the Soviet Union, Pedersen says the group brings an international perspective to BC research.

“Finding solutions for mitigating or adapting to the impacts of climate changes is one of the key objectives of PICS. These successful candidates will be instrumental in continuing that momentum,” he says.

The new PICS fellows—eight PhD and three master’s students—include:

  • an international award-winning journalist and researcher working with First Nations to improve the resilience of communities to climate change
  • a marine conservationist analyzing optimum oceans management systems
  • an alternative bioenergy investigator
  • a computer engineer quantifying the environmental impact of the high-tech sector
  • an alpine ecosystem specialist studying climate change impacts on pollination and agriculture.

Descriptions of each project are on the attached backgrounder. In addition, 16 PhD students, five master’s students and four post-doctoral fellows have received renewals of existing fellowships. Details of all fellowships past and present are available at www.pics.uvic.ca/fellowships.php. Total funding for the 36 new or extended PICS fellowships for 2011/12 is $645,000.

PICS fellowships are worth up to $12,000 a year for master’s students, $18,000 a year for PhD students and $50,000 a year for post-doctoral fellows. For further information, photos, or to be put in touch with new or existing recipients please contact PICS or the relevant university’s communications office.

Media contacts:

Jessica Worsley (PICS Communications) at 250-217-9057 or jworsley@uvic.ca

New PICS Fellowships For 2011/12
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