The Former Scientist

This past weekend I read Lynn Martel’s new book, Stories of Ice, and really enjoyed the focus on glaciers of western Canada and the adventure, commerce, and creativity they inspired. There was one section on people who study glaciers, and many of my former colleagues were featured. They are studying glacier change, glacier runoff, microbes on glaciers, and more – all things I used to study and read about when I was still an academic.…

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60 Years and Counting: Evolution of SRC’s Pipe Flow Technology Centre

In celebration of the Pipe Flow Technology Centre's 60th Anniversary, we're diving back in time to share the people, the projects and technologies that have, over the past six decades, helped mining and other resource developers study their slurries and test processes for safe, cost-effective extraction, transport and processing. Read on.

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Join us for International Mountain Day 2020

Every year on December 11th, the world pays special attention to mountain peoples and places for International Mountain Day, which was created by the United Nations to highlight the important environmental, economic, social and spiritual benefits of mountains. This year’s theme is mountain biodiversity, as the topography of mountain regions makes them cradles and refugia for abundant and diverse life. Mountain regions are critical for biodiversity conservation in a changing world given their extent and coverage…

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Metabarcoding remote learning course – March 01, 2021 to March 28, 2021

I will be teaching our Metabarcoding course again coming March (March 01, 2021 to March 28, 2021).This course will provide an overview of the state of current technology and the various sequencing platforms used. The course consists of a series of online lectures and research exercises introducing different aspects of metabarcoding and metagenomics. We will also touch on the suite of bioinformatics tools available for sequence analysis and data interpretation. The course goes over 4…

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On Staying Home

I wrote last week that I would do something interesting to report back on this week, and I’m sad to say I haven’t actually done anything differently since last week. It’s probably just as well, as we’ve seen a persistent increase in COVID cases here in BC (1000 new cases over the weekend), and the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, has warned people that we have to go back to how we behaved in…

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