Research Partnerships

Watershed Management Research Extension Program: Connecting Research and the Community

Adam Wei

Adam Wei
Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences

UBC Okanagan’s Watershed Management Research program was established in 2001 and is headed by internationally recognized scholars and researchers Adam Wei and David Scott—Endowed Research Chairs in Watershed Management. The program has resulted in important discoveries and strong partnerships, which we want to continue to build on. With that in mind, last year a new position was added to the project—Extension Facilitator.

The goal of the new facilitator is to support the researchers, but also to help the program reach further, fostering connections between science and industry, engaging with the community, and enriching student learning. It is an important investment in the Watershed Management Research Program and the community.

Outreach Highlights

  • Our biology department provided classroom outreach visits to over 400 elementary school students, focusing on marine animals.

Volunteerism Highlights

  • Associate Professor, Laura Hooker, served as president of the Central Okanagan Land Trust, which manages around 1,000 acres of property for conservation purposes, as well as a substantial fund for acquiring conservation properties.
  • Professor, Lael Parrott served on the Board of Directors of the Alpine Club of Canada— a member of the International Union of Mountaineering Associations
  • Associate Professor, Blythe Nilson served as a board member of the Center for Inquiry, Kelowna.