Benjamin Scheufler (Natural Resources Conservation)

Urban Biodiversity Coordinator with UBC Campus & Community Planning in Vancouver, BC

UBC Forestry Student, Benjamin Scheufler, standing on a beach and smiling.

This fall, I have had the great pleasure of continuing my work with the Social Environmental Ecological Development Studies (SEEDS) Program, at UBC’s Campus & Community Planning Department. As the program’s Urban Biodiversity Coordinator, I have continued to meet many inspiring people from all across campus who are passionate about sustainability, and stewarding the diversity of life on the UBC Vancouver Campus. The SEEDS Program’s main role is to facilitate interdisciplinary, applied student-led research on campus — I have coordinated approximately 30 such research projects, spanning topics such as campus bird conservation, biodiversity-friendly food procurement, climate adaptation predictions for specific tree species, and public engagement strategies for biodiversity topics. I have also had great opportunities to share the results of this research in discussions with campus planners, designers and policymakers, to help communicate the fantastic work of the SEEDS student researchers. Overall, this placement has been a fantastic experience and I have so much gratitude for my colleagues on the SEEDS team & among the Campus Biodiversity Initiative: Research and Demonstration (CBIRD) Steering Committee members. Keep on supporting our fungi, bees, birds, and trees!

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