The mountain pine beetle infestation in British Columbia may be unique in the history of the province, because of the magnitude of the problem, and because of the diverse changes it will bring to our ecosystems and our forest industry. Having not faced a biological problem of this magnitude before, we cannot confidently predict its consequences for forest species, ecosystems, products and markets. The MPB is therefore not just a pest management issue - it will be a test of our collective ability to understand, adapt and manage change on a province-wide scale. In the Faculty of Forestry, UBC, there are 63 faculty members actively engaged in research on all facets of British Columbia forests and forestry, in collaboration with 230 Masters and Doctoral students. Included in this effort are students working on the MPB issue across the spectrum of related issues and challenges. The funding provided through these awards assisted seven of these students with their research and allowed them to participate in the MPB workshops in Vancouver and Prince George and have the opportunity to discuss their research with each other and with the diverse participants at these workshops. We issued a university-wide call for proposals for graduate student MPB research awards on October 3, 2005 (closing date October 14). From the submitted proposals, we selected seven, based on the following criteria: fit to FSP objectives, excellence of proposal, and applicants time in program.
Prescott, Cindy E.. 2006. Mountain pine beetle student research awards - UBC. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report