UBC Forestry is pleased to announce Jeanine Rhemtulla as a recipient of the inaugural Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship. These awards recognize exceptional early-career researchers at our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses who have demonstrated outstanding research achievement and the potential for significant impact in their fields of scholarship.
Dr Rhemtulla’s research examines potential solutions to global ecological challenges including deforestation and climate change that will increase biodiversity, ecosystem function, and benefits to local people. She currently leads a large, interdisciplinary project investigating how ambitious new forest restoration initiatives can meet both ecological and social goals. The project, Whole Earth Conservation: Aligning Ecological and Socio-Economic Goals for Landscape Restoration in Ecuador, brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars from across UBC, with collaborators from Ecuador, where the project is based, including academics, the Ministry of Environment, the non-profit organization Fundo de Agua in Tungurahua, and local authorities and communities. The project’s collaborative approach will provide comprehensive data to develop policies on how to better conduct landscape restoration that works for both people and the planet.
Jeanine joins five other UBC recipients:
- Dr Jonathan Little, School of Health and Exercise Sciences (Health and Social Development) UBC Okanagan
- Dr Ali Mesbah, Electrical and Computer Engineering (Applied Science) UBC Vancouver
- Dr Sara Milstein, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies (Arts) UBC Vancouver
- Dr Katherine Ryan, Chemistry (Science) UBC Vancouver
- Dr Leonid Sigal, Computer Science (Science) UBC Vancouver
About the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships
The Killam Accelerator Research Fellowship program is established through a bequest from the late Dorothy J. Killam, and strengthens UBC’s support for early-career researchers who are ready to launch the next stage of their careers. Offered on a competitive basis, up to six awards will be made annually through the Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Fund.
Recipients will be recognized at an annual event in May and will deliver a public lecture within the two-year term of the fellowship.
Learn more about the Killam Accelerator Research Fellowships.