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No. 91 February 11, 1995
aceska at freenet.victoria.bc.ca Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN BRITISH COLUMBIA - BOTANY/ENVIRONMENT
From: "Hugues B. Massicotte" <hugues at unbc.edu>
The Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies of
the new University of Northern British Columbia offers 3 main
B.Sc. options for the scientifically and biologically inclined
candidate. The B.Sc. in Natural Resource Management can be
accomplished with 4 different majors (Forestry, Wildlife,
Fisheries, Recreation & Tourism). The recognition that manage-
ment of any natural resource has implications for all other
natural resources is a primary driving factor in the under-
graduate curriculum for this degree. The Forestry major is
designed to meet national and provincial accreditation
The B.Sc. in biology offers 4 different majors (Biology,
Fisheries, Plant Science, Wildlife) and this program is designed
to present the major concepts of contemporary biology at the
molecular, cellular, organismic, population and community
A third B.Sc. program in Environmental Science also offers a
broad-based curriculum to help candidates deal with contemporary
complex environmental questions and issues.
At present, a M.Sc. program is already available and it is
anticipated that a Ph.D. program should be in place by 1996.
For more specific information on these programmes, one should
contact the office of the registrar at UNBC at (604) 960-5555.
Dr. Josef Ackerman, bio-fluid mechanics related to the ecology
and evolution of plants and animals, and implications of
these processes in environmental systems.
Dr. Lito Arocena, geochemistry of natural processes in ter-
restrial environment (cation balance in forest ecosystems,
soil mineralogy and chemistry, acid mine drainage and
Dr. Max Blouw, ecological genetics and behavioural ecology of
fishes and shellfish.
Dr. Darwyn Coxson, plant environmental physiologist (functional
diversity, plant survival strategies, nutrient cycling).
Dr. Keith Egger, molecular approaches to the study of fungal
biodiversity, particularly forest mycorrhizal communities
and population genetic structure.
Dr. Arthur Fredeen, plant ecophysiology (acclimation and adapta-
tion of understory plants to light, stomatal physiology
and photosynthesis in boreal forest species.
Dr. Fred Gilbert, management, habitat requirement and impacts of
human activities on wildlife populations.
Dr. Michael Gillingham, population and wildlife ecology, modell-
ing, plant-herbivore interactions and behavioural ecology.
Dr. Allen Gottesfeld, surfacial ecology of Northern BC, fluvial
geomorphology, terrain analysis, watershed processes.
Dr. Kevin Hall, periglacial processes, glacial sedimentology,
Dr. Alex Hawley, animal and human interaction with the environ-
Dr. Daniel Heath, molecular approaches to address questions in
the evolution and ecology of fishes.
Dr. Peter Jackson, atmospheric science including mesoscale wind
flow, micrometeorological measurements, atmospheric
Dr. Winifred Kessler, ecological studies to support integrated
land and resource management.
Dr. Kathy Lewis, role of disease in natural disturbance of
ecosystems, disease epidemiology, population genetics of
root disease fungi.
Dr. Staffan Lindgren, chemical ecology of forest insects, espe-
cially bark beetles, forest pest management.
Dr. Hugues Massicotte, botany, forest and microbial ecology with
emphasis on structure and function of mycorrhizal associa-
tions and rhizosphere organisms.
Dr. Katherine Parker, wildlife biology especially plant-animal
interactions, nutritional and physiological ecology, and
Dr. Ellen Petticrew, aquatic science especially limnology,
hydrology and sedimentology.
Dr. Michael Walters, ecological and ecophysiological aspects of
northern and montane forests, shortgrass prairies, oak
savannas and tropical forest systems.
Roger Wheate, cartography, GIS, remote sensing and digital
Jane Young, plant adaptation in aquatic ecosystems, functional
morphology and anatomy.
NEW MONOGRAPH OF ELDERBERRY (SAMBUCUS)
Bolli, R. 1994. Revision of the genus Sambucus. - Dissertationes
Botanicae, Band 223, J. Cramer in der Gebruder Borntrae-
ger, Berlin - Stuttgart. 227 p. + 29 plates. ISBN 3-443-
64135-0 [soft cover]
The taxa recognized in the new classification of the genus are 9
species, 8 subspecies and 2 varieties. Richard Bolli treats
North American elderberries, Sambucus canadensis and S. cerulea
as subspecies of Sambucus nigra (subsp. nigra and subsp. ceru-
lea). North American members of Sambucus racemosa complex are
all treated as Sambucus racemosa var. melanocarpa. The author
suggests the North American origin of Sambucus racemosa from an
ancestor of S. nigra subsp. canadensis and advocates treating
Sambucaceae, Viburnaceae and Adoxaceae as separate families.
[Sambucaceae and Viburnaceae are traditionally considered as a
part of Caprifoliaceae.]
The publication can be ordered (no price given) from
Institut fur Systematische Botanik
US NATIONAL WILDERNESS CONFERENCE
From: Terje Vold <tvold at mfor01.for.gov.bc.ca>
The 6th interagency US National Wilderness Conference was held
in Santa Fe, New Mexico last November, 1994. The conference,
whose theme was "The Spirit Lives," also marked the 30th an-
niversary of the 1964 US Wilderness Act. One of the objectives
of the conference was to develop an interagency strategic wil-
derness action plan; this plan should be completed in the next
The conference was co-sponsored by the four US agencies who
manage designated wilderness areas: the US National Park Serv-
ice, the US Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and
the US Fish and Wildlife Service; and also by the National
Biological Service and the Society of American Foresters. About
750 people attended the conference (over 1000 wanted to but many
could not due to space limitations).
British Columbia participants included Dennis Moffatt, Brian
Dyck and Kris Kennett from BC Parks, and myself (Terje Vold)
from the BC Forest Service. Brian presented a joint BC Parks/BC
Forest Service paper, and a poster display was set up on BC's
Protected Areas Strategy.
The conference covered many themes including:
-the role of wilderness as core areas in maintaining biodiver-
sity, and in the ecological management of larger
bioregions (like ecoregions or ecosections)
-the importance of the recently passed California Desert Protec-
tion Act which increases protected areas in 25% of the
state from 2.5 million ha to about 5.7 million ha (about
45% of the overall desert area) - a 3.2 million ha in-
crease. By comparison, there has been a 2.2. million ha
increase in BC over the last 2 years. The Act creates 3
large parks and designates 69 smaller Bureau of Land
Management and US Forest Service wilderness areas.
Some of the keynote presentations:
Stewart Udall, writer and conservationist, former US Secretary
of the Interior, provided an introductory talk to the
conference on "Why are we here?"
Max Peterson, former Chief Forester of the US Forest Service,
now VP with the International Association of Fish and
Wildlife Agencies, provided a "Wilderness Perspective"
since the first National Interagency Wilderness Conference
David Brower, well-known conservationists, previously with the
Sierra Club, spoke on "Wilderness Stewardship - How are we
Gaylord Nelson, a former US senator, now a counselor with the
Wilderness Society, talked about "Environment-Population-
Ed Grumbine, Director of the Sierra Institute and author of
"Ghost Bears" discussed "Future Trends" in wilderness
Roger Kennedy, Director of US National Park Service, gave his
vision of wilderness preservation within the national park
Joe Feller, a law professor at Arizona State University, spoke
about "Grazing and Wilderness in Conflict"
Jerry Asher, a Bureau of Land Management resource specialist,
spoke about invasive alien plants and how this can "Crush
the Wilderness Spirit".
Ron Pulliam, Director with the National Biological Survey,
discussed how the NBS intends to provide information
needed to manage and conserve biological resources.
Ed Zahniser, writer with the National Park Service, and son of
the author of the 1964 US Wilderness Act, Howard Zahniser,
gave a personal first-hand account of his father's
struggles in getting the Act passed 30 years ago.
John Roush, president of the Wilderness Society, spoke about
"The Biological Values of Wilderness".
Bruce Vento, congressman who chairs the subcommittee on national
parks, forests and public lands, spoke on "Barriers to
There were many more speakers at the conference as well, and I
can provide a summary of talks I attended to anyone wanting more
SUMMER JOBS IN FOREST ECOLOGY: PACIFIC NORTHWEST
From: Charles Halpern <chalpern at u.washington.edu>
DESCRIPTION: Field crew and crew leader positions are available
to assist with ecological studies of alternative methods of
forest harvest in the Gifford Pinchot (Washington) and Umpqua
(Oregon) National Forests. Tasks will include establishing
permanent plots, sampling understory vegetation, measuring
trees, assessing site characteristics, quantifying amounts/types
of coarse woody debris, and additional measurements to charac-
terize vegetation composition and structure. The locations of
the study sites and the nature of the field work will require
extended periods of camping near field sites or in staying in
bunkhouses. We will work 8-day periods with 5 days off.
QUALIFICATIONS: Familiarity with the flora of western Oregon and
Washington; previous experience in sampling forest understory
vegetation or coursework in botany and ecology; ability to
identify plants and collect/catalog specimens; attention to
detail and legible handwriting; ability and willingness to work
long hours under harsh field conditions.
SALARY: $1400/month or more, depending on experience and
DURATION: 12 June through early- to mid- September 1995
CLOSING DATE: 21 March 1995. We will continue to accept applica-
tions after that date only if positions remain open.
TO APPLY: Send HANDWRITTEN letter of interest; resume; copies of
either college transcripts or professional work products; and 2
letters of reference to one of us:
MELORA GEYER (for work in Oregon)
Department of Forest Science
Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331
E-mail: geyerm at ccmail.orst.edu Phone: 503-737-6105
Phone days and hours: 2:00-5:00 pm
SHELLEY EVANS (for work in Washington)
Division of Ecosystem Science and Conservation,
College of Forest Resources, AR-10
University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195
E-mail: saevans at u.washington.edu Phone: 206-685-9553
Phone days and hours: 7:30-9:30 am (Tu), 11:30-1:30 (W),
5:30- 7:30 pm (Th)