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About the Watershed Futures Initiative

Watershed Futures Initiative is a collaborative initiative that undertakes and coordinates research on cumulative effects in British Columbia’s salmon-bearing watersheds, and initiates dialogue among researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers. An Advisory Panel of experts provides technical and strategic advice, while the Coordination Team provides leadership and logistical support for the Initiative.

 

Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples on whose unceded traditional territories our campuses reside.

The Watershed Futures Initiative's goals are:

COMMUNITY CONNECTION

SCIENCE & UNDERSTANDING

To connect the disparate community of people working on cumulative effects and elevate diverse initiatives.

To fill existing gaps in understanding through synthesis and research on cumulative effects.

INFORMING MANAGEMENT

To link research with decision-making towards improved, proactive management of cumulative effects.

Coordination Team

Coordination Team

Jonathan Moore

JONATHAN MOORE

Project Lead, Watershed Futures InitiativeProfessor, Simon Fraser University

Jon leads the Salmon Watersheds Lab, who research the ecology and conservation of watersheds, with a particular focus on the intersection of rivers, salmon, and people.

Nigel Sainsbury

NIGEL SAINSBURY

Project Director, Watershed Futures Initiative; Postdoctoral Researcher, Simon Fraser University

Nigel is a social scientist in the Salmon Watersheds Lab focusing on expert perceptions of pathways of effects to help inform cumulative effects management in BC's salmon-bearing watersheds.

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TARA MARTIN

Project Co-Lead, Watershed Futures Initiative; Professor, University of British Columbia

Tara leads the Conservation Decisions Lab, pioneering the field of conservation decision science to bridge the gap between science and conservation action.

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TRISHA HALL

Project Coordinator, Watershed Futures Initiative; Simon Fraser University

Trish is a salmon conservationist with a background in project management, administration, oceanography and environmental science.

Past Coordination Team Members:

EMMA GRIGGS, Simon Fraser University

​JULIAN GRIGGS, Principal, Dovetail Consulting Group​

SARA CANNON, Simon Fraser University

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Advisory Panel

Advisory Panel
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SARA CANNON

Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, UBC

Sara is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Indigenous Fisheries (UBC), where she conducts interdisciplinary research with and for Indigenous communities to support their stewardship of wild Pacific salmon.

Bob Chamberlin

BOB CHAMBERLIN

Chairman, First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance

Bob is a leader in wild salmon conservation, working to improve  salmon stewardship, reconciliation, and Indigenous rights.

 

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JULIAN GRIGGS

Principal, Dovetail Consulting Group

​Julian is an independent consultant specializing in the design and facilitation of multi-party collaboration, particularly related to land and resource management, Indigenous rights, and climate.

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ANDREA REID

Assistant Professor & PI, Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, UBC

Andrea Reid is an Indigenous fisheries scientist and citizen of the Nisga’a Nation who employs community-based approaches and Indigenous research methodologies in her study of culturally significant fish and fisheries.

Deborah Carlson

DEBORAH CARLSON

Deborah is a staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law, working to understand how healthy relationships with nature and each other can be reflected, and protected, in law.

Cathryn Murray

CATHRYN CLARKE MURRAY

Research Scientist, Fisheries And Oceans Canada

Cathryn is a Research Scientist with DFO. She brings extensive expertise on the science and management of multiple human activities in aquatic ecosystems.

Kevin Kriese

KEVIN KRIESE

Chair, BC Forest Practices Board

Kevin is the past Chair of the Forest Practices Board.  He has worked in BC for thirty years in land use, policy, and reconciliation.

Past Advisory Panel Members:

EMMA HODGSON, Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

TARA MARTIN, Professor, University of British Columbia

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Funding
Forest Landscape

Funding Sources

The Watershed Futures Initiative is primarily funded by the British Columbia Salmon and Restoration Innovation Fund.

 

Additional funding support comes from the the Sitka FoundationLiber Ero, Simon Fraser University, and the University of British Columbia.

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