2021 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series

Wetlands Institute Speaker Series

Join the Wetlands Education Program and Wetlands Workforce for the 2021 Wetlands Institute Speaker Series! This event is a series of workshops aimed to give participants important knowledge and skills about wetland stewardship, restoration and construction.

Workshops are free to the public and to Wetlands Workforce Work Pods. New speakers and workshops will be added to the series on an ongoing basis, so check back in to this page regularly to see what events are upcoming!

Upcoming Workshops

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Wetland Hydrology & Climate Vulnerability - November 9

Tuesday, November 9th from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

How is a wetland formed and changed based on it’s hydrology? How vulnerable are the wetlands when it comes to climate change? Learn about the various types of wetlands and their hydrological functions in B.C. with senior hydrologists at MacHydro and explore the vulnerability of wetlands with the changing climate.  

Join Dr. Ryan MacDonald (Senior Hydrologist at MacHydro, Ph.D, P.Ag) and Dr. Amy Goodbrand (Senior Hydrologist at MacHydro, Ph.D., P.Geo., R.P.Bio) for the virtual event “Wetland Hydrology & Climate Vulnerability”.

Wetland Predictive Mapping - November 15

Monday, November 15th from 9:30 a.m-12:00 p.m.

Join Deepa Filatow (P.Geo., P.Ag., Provincial Bioterrain Specialist, Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy), Amir Behnamian (Ph.D., Physical Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada), Erin Roberts (Wetland Planner, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada – Pacific), Bing Lu (Assistant Professor, the Department of Geography at the Simon Fraser University), and Kristina Deenik (M.Sc. candidate at UBCO) for the virtual event “Wetland Predictive Mapping”.

Take a glance into the technology and tools of Predictive Mapping and unfold its application in wetlands inventory and monitoring with industry experts and Wetlands Workforce collaborators. Learn about their projects in B.C. and Canada, and be part of the conversation on where Wetland Predictive Mapping is heading towards.

Bats: Introduction to Species, Ecology, Roosts and Acoustics - November 19

Friday, November 19th from 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Join Dr. Cori Lausen (Ph.D., Director of Bat Conservation – WCS Canada) for the virtual event “Bats: Introduction to Species, Ecology, Roosts and Acoustics”.

Did you know bats are the world’s only flying mammal, and wetlands are important habitats for bats? Follow along as Dr. Cori Lausen unfolds the mystery of bats in B.C. and provides tips on how wetland conservation crosses path with bats conservation.

eDNA Metabarcoding & Wetland Effectiveness Monitoring - November 26

Friday, November 26 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Join Michael Wright (Laboratory Manager – Hajibabaei Lab · University of Guelph), Darcie Quamme (M.Sc., R.P.Bio., Integrated Ecological Research), Adam Martens  (Environment and Climate Change Canada) & Steven Blair (M.Sc. candidate at SFU and BCIT’s joint Ecological Restoration Program)  for the virtual event “eDNA Metabarcoding & Wetland Effectiveness Monitoring”.

eDNA is a rising topic but what is it and how is eDNA Metabarcoding applied in wetland conservation? Find out at this workshop with front line researchers and Wetlands Workforce collaborators. Disclaimer: Interesting bug (macroinvertebrates) facts may be included.

Thank you to our Sponsors

The Wetlands Workforce is supported through the Healthy Watersheds Initiative, which is delivered by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Watersheds BC, with financial support from the Province of British Columbia as part of its $10-billion COVID-19 response.

We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the sponsors of the Wetland Education Program’s Wetland Institute: