Instructor Info:
Name: KOZAK, ROBERT ANTAL
Office Telephone:
Email: rob.kozak@ubc.ca
Taught Sections:
Status Section Activity Term Interval Days Start Time End Time Section Comments
BlockedCONS 449C 622Lecture-Laboratory1

Exploring Forestry and Conservation in China -- A Summer Study Program

This program has been developed as a four-week intensive program offered through the UBC Faculty of Forestry in partnership with Nanjing Forestry University (NFU).

This program contains two UBC courses which provide opportunities for students to examine the current development of Chinese forestry, wood industry, and conservation through indoor lectures, field trips to nature reserves, visits to local industries and plantation areas.

The program content includes vegetation and ecosystem, ecological and commercial forests development, biodiversity protection and management in global hotspots within China, forest policy and economy, commercial plantations, products processing, wood marketing and international trade, as well as the current development of forestland and forest tenure reform.

Since 2012, 33 students (28 from Faculty of Forestry, 2 from Faculty of Science, 2 from Faculty of Arts, 1 from Faculty of Management) went to China through the summer group study program. Through their hard work and team collaboration, many fantastic team papers and group presentations were developed.

Places the students visited 

Nanjing city

Xiashu research forest

Taixing  ginkgo town

Siyang  poplar plantation

Yixing  Bamboo Park

Yancheng  Costal Rare Birds Nature Reserve

Dafeng  Milu Nature Reserve

Yangzhou City

Wuyishan Nature Reserve (on UNESCO list)

Shanghai


BlockedCONS 449C 921Directed Studies1-2
BlockedCONS 449F 921Directed Studies2
 FRST 248 941Work Placement1-2

Forestry Co-op workterm. Please contact Co-op Coordinator for registration.

 FRST 346 941Work Placement1-2

Forestry Co-op workterm. Please contact Co-op Coordinator for registration.

 FRST 347 941Work Placement1-2
 FRST 348 941Work Placement1-2

Forestry Co-op workterm. Please contact Co-op Coordinator for registration.

 FRST 446 941Work Placement1-2
 FRST 447 941Work Placement1-2
 FRST 448 941Work Placement1-2

Forestry Co-op workterm. Please contact Co-op Coordinator for registration.

BlockedFRST 449B 943Directed Studies1-2
BlockedFRST 449C 622Directed Studies1

Exploring Forestry and Conservation in China -- A Summer Study Program

This program has been developed as a four-week intensive program offered through the UBC Faculty of Forestry in partnership with Nanjing Forestry University (NFU).

This program contains two UBC courses which provide opportunities for students to examine the current development of Chinese forestry, wood industry, and conservation through indoor lectures, field trips to nature reserves, visits to local industries and plantation areas.

The program content includes vegetation and ecosystem, ecological and commercial forests development, biodiversity protection and management in global hotspots within China, forest policy and economy, commercial plantations, products processing, wood marketing and international trade, as well as the current development of forestland and forest tenure reform.

Since 2012, 33 students (28 from Faculty of Forestry, 2 from Faculty of Science, 2 from Faculty of Arts, 1 from Faculty of Management) went to China through the summer group study program. Through their hard work and team collaboration, many fantastic team papers and group presentations were developed.

Places the students visited 

Nanjing city

Xiashu research forest

Taixing  ginkgo town

Siyang  poplar plantation

Yixing  Bamboo Park

Yancheng  Costal Rare Birds Nature Reserve

Dafeng  Milu Nature Reserve

Yangzhou City

Wuyishan Nature Reserve (on UNESCO list)

Shanghai

 FRST 449C 951Directed Studies2
 FRST 449D 944Directed Studies1-2
BlockedFRST 449E 921Directed Studies1-2
BlockedHGSE 320A 621Lecture-Laboratory1

Social-Ecological Change: An Introduction to Systems Thinking and Resilience

Instructors: Dan McCarthy and Jisgang Nika Collison

As human beings in an interconnected world, we face a number of complex and seemingly intractable problems including such things as climate change, food security, global poverty and pandemic diseases. Understanding how to address such problems is the first step to solving them. Ultimately, we need to foster social and ecological resilience. Resilience is the ability of a linked social and ecological system to respond to stress and build the adaptive capacity of individuals and groups to respond to stress. This course provides an opportunity to learn and apply the conceptual tools of systems thinking and complexity theories for fostering social change and building adaptive capacity through application to cases on Haida Gwaii. Students are provided with an introduction to the conceptual to and ~

ols of systems thinking, complexity and resilience that help understand the dynamics of social-ecological change and social innovation. The course will also involve additional local, community educators from Haida Gwaii and will incorporate local knowledge and local case examples to help elucidate and ground systems-based and complexity concepts.

BlockedHGSE 320B 621Lecture-Laboratory1

Environmental Assessment in Cross-Cultural and Indigenous Contexts

Instructors: Dan McCarthy and Gaagwiis Jason Alsop

This course is an introduction to the field and practice of environmental assessment (EA) in Canada with specific reference to EA processes in cross-cultural and Indigenous contexts. This course will make specific references to cases on Haida Gwaii and will involved additional local, community educators from Haida Gwaii. We will explore processes and techniques for incorporating environmental considerations in planning and evaluating proposals for future undertakings that may have significant social and ecological effects. The course provides an overview of the methodologies for the design and conduct of environmental impact studies that adhere to the Crowns legal and constitutional obligations to Indigenous Peoples. The main objective of this course is to introduce students to environ and ~

mental assessment, with a focus on the origins, purposes, processes and gradual evolution of EA toward a sustainability-oriented framework, with particular reference to the Canadian federal environmental assessment regime. In particular, the course will make specific reference to the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge into EA practice and the implications of such decision-making processes in light of the Crowns Duty to Consult and Accommodate, self-governance, self-determination and reconciliation.

BlockedHGSE 320C 621Lecture-Laboratory1

Plant Ecology and Diversity

Instructors: Shona Ellis and Kii'iljuus Barbara Wilson

Plant ecology is the study of the distribution and abundance of plants, the effects of environmental factors upon the abundance of plants, and the interactions among and between plants and other organisms. In this course we address these topics within the ecosystems of the coastal temperate rainforest in general, and of Haida Gwaii in particular. We will discuss the history of botanical exploration, and of ecosystem classification and mapping, on Haida Gwaii. We will learn to identify key plants and ecosystems and their ecological importance. We will meet Haida botanists and land managers, will hear some of their stories about economic, social and cultural use of plants. Well also spend time with wildlife biologists and recreation and tourism experts, and learn about the importance of f and ~

orested and non-forested ecosystems and their plants to wildlife and humans. We will undertake experiential learning on Haida territory. Assignments will include: a field plant identification quiz; a write-up, presentation and brief exhibit blurb on a selected group of plants; a literature review; and a short term paper on a topic relevant to the course. Prerequisites for the course: first year biology and/or botany and/or ecology at a post-secondary institution.

BlockedHGSE 320D 621Lecture-Laboratory1

Ethnoecology and Ethnobotany

Instructors: Nancy Turner and Kii'iljuus Barbara Wilson

Ethnoecology is the study of cultural ecological knowledge and of the interactions between human societies and their environments, including other species. Ethnobotany is the study of the direct interrelationships between people and the plants, past, present and future. In this course we address these topics within the context of Haida culture and language and the ecosystems of Haida Gwaii. We will discuss the historical roots of ethnoecology and ethnobotany, the directions and trends in these fields over the past century, and their relevance in todays world. We will learn to identify key plants and ecosystems and their cultural importance, will focus on traditional land and resource management systems, and discuss issues of ethics and intellectual properties rights in relation to Indigen and ~

ous Peoples knowledge. We will meet Haida knowledge holders and language experts, will hear some of the ancient stories that bind people with their environments, learn about cultural practices and taboos, and undertake experiential learning on Haida territory. We will also interact with secondary school students from Haida Gwaii, undertake a collaborative ethnobotany project at the Haida Heritage Centre at 4ay Llnagaay, and participate in a field trip with botanists attending the Botany BC* meetings on Haida Gwaii. Assignments will include a write-up, presentation and brief exhibit blurb on a selected culturally important plant with its Haida name, a literature review, a practical planting/transplanting project at 4ay Llnagaay, and a short essay on biocultural diversity. Prerequisites and ~

for the course: first year biology and/or botany and/or ecology at a post-secondary institution.

BlockedUFOR 449C 921Directed Studies1-2