Kai Chan

Professor

Research Classification

Human Ecology
Ecology and Quality of the Environment
Social and Cultural Factors of Environmental Protection
Applied Ethics
Values and Lifestyles
Sustainable Development

Research Interests

Ecosystem services
sustainability science
Conservation science
cultural ecosystem services
environmental values
conservation finance
environmental assessment
social-ecological systems
resilience
payments for ecosystem services
incentive programs

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Biography

I am a professor in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at University of British Columbia. I am an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton and Stanford Universities. I strive to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder (‘better’ including considerations of justice). Towards this end, I do modeling and empirical research to improve the management and governance of social-ecological systems. I have special interest in ecosystem services (ES; while recognizing and working on the concept’s limitations), including cumulative impacts and risks to ES; the evolutionary ecology of pest control; applied environmental ethics; ecosystem-based management; social-ecological systems and resilience; and connecting these ecosystem-oriented efforts to environmental assessment (e.g., LCA).

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Master's students
Doctoral students
Postdoctoral Fellows
2019
2020

See http://chanslab.ires.ubc.ca/people/chan/

I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Matthew Mitchell (Ecology and Quality of the Environment, Environment and Habitats, Environment and Society, Environment Dynamics, Environment Management and Protection, Landscape Evolution and Management, Agriculture)

Great Supervisor Week Mentions

Each year graduate students are encouraged to give kudos to their supervisors through social media and our website as part of #GreatSupervisorWeek. Below are students who mentioned this supervisor since the initiative was started in 2017.

 

I'm privileged to have two #GreatSupervisors at #UBC who teach me a lot about many things. I especially learn from their tenacity and persistence on everything they do. It’s contagious. Thanks @KaiChanUBC and @jiayingzhao for sharing your time and knowledge with me!

 

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