The 10th Annual Professional Biology Conference


APRIL 23-25, 2015

The Association of Professional Biology had a successful 10th Annual Professional Biology Conference and General Meeting in Prince George April 23 to 24, 2015. The event brought together natural resource professionals and experts, tradeshow booth hosts and sponsors to network and share timely knowledge in the biological field. Abstracts and conference presentations can now be found here:

Session 1. Human activities and Environmental Impact Issues

Lito Arocena, UNBC– Ecosystem functions are measures of reclamation in mined soils.

John Rankin, Canadian Mapping Ltd.– UAB drones and their work within the Biology/Forestry/Environmental sectors.

Ken A Otter, UNBC – Assessing the Impacts of wind development in the northern Rockies on avian migration.

Alexander & Sabina Lautensach, UNBC – Human security: the last best chance for biologists to save the world?

Session 2. First Nations and Aboriginal Title

Tribal Chief Terry Teegee, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council – The recent Tsilhqot’in case

Thomas Isaac, National Aboriginal Law Practice of Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. – Aboriginal legal issues in BC’s exploration and mining sectors.

Ken Brealey, University of the Fraser Valley – Mapping Aboriginal Title.

Carolyn Whittaker, Susan Leech (the Firelight Group) and Melody Lepine (MCFN GIR) – Traditional knowledge and species at risk: the case of Sakâw mostos and the Mikisew Cree First Nation.

Session 3. Monitoring Aquatic Ecosystems

Aynsley Theilman, UNBC – Establishing baseline biodiversity of benthic invertebrates in central coastal and interior mountain streams in BC using morphological and molecular methods for species identification.

Marla Schwarzfeld, UNBC – Using next- generation sequencing for aquatic biodiversity monitoring.

Session 4. Forests and Climate Change

Phil Burton, UNBC – Forests in a changing climate: some complexities and limitations.

Art Fredeen, UNBC– Sub-Boreal forest and carbon budgets.

Session 5. Species and policies in Northern BC

Eric Smith, FLNRO – A compendium of wildlife guidelines for industrial development in the north area, BC.

Mauro Calabrese, West Fraser Mills – Challenges for today’s resource professionals in BC.

Doug Heard, FLNRO – The ecological consequences of predation risk.

PDF File: 2015 APB Conference_ABSTRACTS.pdf