Virtual Adult Speaker Series | Mountains of Change

Date: Oct 19, 2020 19:00:00


Mountains are the proverbial canary in the coal mine when it comes to climate change, and the impacts of climate change on high elevation regions will be felt far downstream. Mountain glaciers and snowpacks are critical sources of seasonal streamflow and soil moisture. Mountains provide unique habitats and ecological niches and support a huge range of biodiversity. And mountains are seeing some of the greatest rates of warming observed on the planet. This talk will focus on ongoing and future research in mountains both near and far, identify how and why mountains are changing so fast, highlight the challenges in collecting data from high elevations, and hopefully generate a mountain of discussion.

About Dr. Joseph Shea:
Born and raised in Southwestern Ontario, Dr. Joseph Shea has moved from the Hamilton “Mountain” to conduct research on snow, ice, and water in mountain ranges around the planet. His research is focused on measuring and modelling the impact of climate change at high elevations, and the application of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS, aka drones) and satellites for change detection. After completing his Ph.D. in 2010 and conducting post-doctoral research at UNBC, he spent 4 years in Nepal with his family working in the Himalayas before returning to Prince George. When he’s not parenting three fantastic kids he trails runs, mountain bikes, and skis, and can be occasionally seen around town performing with his band The Ebbs.

About Sara Darychuk: Sara Darychuk is a second-year MSc student at UNBC studying satellite applications for monitoring snow cover with Dr. Shea. Sara has been living in Prince George since 2015, when she relocated from Mission, B.C. to pursue an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. Sara has since dedicated her research to studying the impacts of climate change on the cryosphere and is committed to developing methods for earth observation that employ readily available open-source satellite data. Outside of academia, Sara enjoys hiking, snowshoeing, kayaking, yoga and spending time with her cats.