UBC climate experts and delegates to COP26

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The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) on climate change will take place from October 31 to November 12. UBC conference delegates as well as UBC climate, environment and sustainability experts are available for comment.

UBC COP26 delegation

Juan José Allava (he him)
Research associate, Institute of Oceans and Fisheries Faculty of Science
Email: j.alava@oceans.ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English and Spanish

  • Climate change and ocean pollution (bioaccumulation of pollutants in the food web exacerbated by climate change) with risk implications and equity considerations on coastal communities.

Eman Alsulaiti (إيمان السليطي) (she she)
Undergraduate student, Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies
Email: eeman@student.ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English, Arabic, Portuguese, Spanish

  • Sustainable Development Goal 4
  • European Green Agreement, Qatar, youth empowerment, sustainability

Max Cohen (he him)
PhD student, Department of Geography
Phone. : 778-887-7362
Email: max.cohen.ubc@gmail.com
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Just transition, climate policy and Glasgow

Dr Robert Godin (he him)
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Email: robert.godin@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English, French

  • Energy, especially solar energy
  • Use of carbon dioxide, sustainability and water purification

Prof. Kathryn Harrison (she she)
Professor, Department of Political Science
Phone. : 778-968-4923
Email: kathryn.harrison@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Climate and energy, climate change
  • Environmental policy, environmental policy

Dr Walter Mérida (he him)
Senior Faculty Advisor to the President and Vice-Chancellor,
Associate Dean, Research and Industrial Partnerships, Faculty of Applied Sciences,
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Phone. : 604-822-4189
Email: walter.merida@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English, Spanish, Italian

  • UBC sustainability research and initiatives
  • Clean Energy Opportunities for British Columbia
  • Sustainable energy systems, low carbon fuels, hydrogen and clean energy

Témitope Onifade (he him)
PhD Candidate, Peter A. Allard School of Law
Email: temitope@onifade.org
Language (s) of the interview: English, Yoruba, Pidgin in English

  • Climate policy and justice under the Paris Agreement
  • Canada’s climate governance framework

Dr U. Rashid Sumaila (he him)
Professor at Killam University, Institute of Oceans and Fisheries and School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
Phone. : 604-351-7406
Email: r.sumaila@oceans.ubc.ca
Interview language (s): English, Hausa, Norwegian

  • Blue economy, sustainable and fair ocean systems, fisheries economics
  • Marine biodiversity, ocean conservation

Juvarya Veltkamp (she she)
Director, Canadian Climate Law Initiative
Email: veltkamp@allard.ubc.ca
Interview language (s): English, Urdu, Hindi

  • Climate change, climate risk, green economy, net zero transition
  • Sustainable cities, green buildings, economic development, governance / climate law

Climate / environment

Teacher. Werner Antweiler
Associate Professor, Sauder School of Business
Phone. : 604-822-8484
Email: werner.antweiler@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Environmental and energy topics, in particular the integration of renewable energies in our electricity network and the electrification of mobility

Dr Peter Arcese
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Phone. : 778-350-9295
Email: peter.arcese@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Uses advanced computer planning tools and global citizen science and space data to design conservation plans capable of enhancing biodiversity restoration, atmospheric carbon sequestration, and improved local livelihoods

Dr Kai Chan (he him)
Professor, Institute of Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Canada Research Chair in Rewilding and Socio-Ecological Transformation
E-mail: kaichan@ires.ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Social and economic transitions and transformations
  • Relationships between climate change, water, food, biodiversity

Dr William Cheung
Professor, Institute of Oceans and Fisheries
Canada Research Chair in Ocean Sustainability and Global Change
Email: w.cheung@oceans.ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Biodiversity
  • Impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems and dependent human communities
  • Climate solutions for ocean and fishing

Dr Simon Donner
Professor, Department of Geography
Email: simon.donner@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Climate change science and politics
  • International climate finance
  • Emissions targets

* Not available from October 22 to 23

Dr Johan Foster
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
NSERC Canfor Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Bioproducts
Email: johan.foster@ubc.ca
Phone. : 604-817-8882
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Renewable plastics, biodegradable plastics
  • Carbon neutral and carbon negative materials

Dr John S. Richardson
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Email: john.richardson@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

Dr Stephen Sheppard (he him)
Professor, Department of Forest Resources Management
Phone. : 778-997-7292
Email: stephen.sheppard@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Climate change planning and engagement; visualization; urban forestry, nature-based solutions and renewable energies; mitigation and adaptation

* Not available on the morning of October 22 and October 28-29

Dr Terry Sunderland
Professor, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Phone. : 778-871-6483
E-mail: terry.sunderland@ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • Coordination of the World Landscapes Forum at the COP, from 5 to 7 November
  • Sustainable development, forests, food security, landscape approaches, livelihoods, biodiversity

Dr Philippe Tortell (he him)
Professor, Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences
Email: ptortell@eoas.ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English

  • How Earth’s Environment Has Changed Due To Human Impact Over The Past 50 Years
  • Greenhouse gas

Dr Jiaying Zhao (she she)
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Behavior Development
Phone. : 609-865-4765
Email: jiayingz@psych.ubc.ca
Language (s) of the interview: English, Chinese


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