Dr. Nicholas Coops holds a Canada Research Chair at UBC. His research aims to increase our understanding of the interaction between vegetation reflectance and stand structure, coupled with developing applications of remote sensing imagery to forestry conservation and production issues. Coops is dedicated to scientific excellence. He has published > 300 refereed peer-reviewed publications and has provided keynote presentations to conferences in Japan, Brazil, Australia, the UK and Chile. In 2007 he was awarded the UBC Forestry mentoring award. He was awarded a Killam research scholarship in 2012 and the Canadian Remote Sensing Society Silver Medal for his teaching and service to the Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, of which he is editor-in-chief.
Dr. Scott Nielsenis an Associate Professor of Conservation Biology and Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta. His research focuses on biodiversity conservation, particularly as it relates to understanding, managing, and mitigating environmental change associated with human activates. This includes topics from managing single species to biodiversity, habitat fragmentation, land use/conservation planning, climate change, and ecological restoration. He has been working on grizzly bear ecology and conservation issues in Alberta since 2000.
Dr. David Janzgrew up in Vancouver, BC, Canada and was educated at Simon Fraser University (B.Sc. Ecology, 1987), Trent University (M.Sc. Watershed Ecosystems, 1991) and the University of British Columbia (Ph.D. Pharmacology and Toxicology, 1995). After postdoctoral training in reproductive endocrinology at the University of Guelph, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University from 1997-2002. In 2002, he joined the faculty in Veterinary Biomedical Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, where he was promoted to Professor in 2008. His academic position is closely associated with the Toxicology Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Prof Janz’s research program focuses on how environmental stresses interact with physiological processes in vertebrate animals, primarily aspects of developmental biology, stress physiology, and reproductive endocrinology. He has worked with a broad range of wildlife species, including mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fishes. A major focus of his current research is in the conservation physiology of wildlife species at risk, which includes grizzly/brown bears in Canada and Europe.
Dr. Chris Darimont is the Hakai-Raincoast Professor of Geography at the University of Victoria. Trained as an interdisciplinary conservation scientist, his work primarily involves relationships among carnivores, their resources and human activity.