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The Postdoctoral Fellows Office is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize. The Killam PDF Research Prize was established in 2011 in memory of Izaak Walton Killam and his wife, Dorothy Johnston Killam, who together created the Killam Trusts.

The 2016 Killam Postdoctoral Fellow Research Prize recipients are:

Dr. Derek Gladwin (Department of English, Faculty of Arts) Dr. Gladwin’s SSHRC-funded research analyses how contemporary literature, film, and media confronts ecological crises through perspectives of spatial justice – a facet of social justice that looks at unjust circumstances as a phenomenon of space and geography. Largely drawing from spatial and ecological methodologies, this project contends that because space is socially as well as geographically produced, then literary and visual culture can construct and influence both real and perceived geographies to combat various forms of spatial injustices that result in environmental destruction.

Dr. Jennifer Sunday (Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science) Dr. Sunday’s research is focused on understanding the relative roles of environmental change, physiology, and species’ interactions upon biogeographical ranges and changes in biodiversity. She uses analyses of biogeography through time, comparative traits-based analyses, and experimental approaches to better understand ecological change, and to advance our understanding of biosystem responses to environmental change.

Drs. Gladwin and Sunday will each receive an award of $5,000 for outstanding research achievements during their time as UBC postdoctoral fellows. Congratulations!

The Killam PDF Research Prize is awarded annually to postdoctoral fellows who demonstrate excellence in research during their UBC postdoctoral appointments. The next application deadline will be in Fall 2017. Information on the application and adjudication processes can be found on the Postdoctoral Fellows Office (PDFO) website.