Living with Water
Climate Changes and Impacts
Project 1: Organic vegetable nutrient management
CoAdapTree - Healthy Trees for a Future Climate. My work with Dr. Aitken will be to discover and describe genetic variation underlying adaptation to climate within species of Pinaceae. This information will be used alongside other aspects of CoAdapTree to aid foresters in planting tomorrow's forests by helping to optimize planted material for future climates.
I am studying rapid evolution to climate change in scarlet monkeyflower, Mimulus cardinalis. In particular, I am investigating evidence of adaptation to severe drought throughout California and Oregon, using range-wide seed collections spanning six years. This is done by measuring resistance to drought throughout and traits that mediate drought performance in a greenhouse.
Amir Sharafian is an NSERC postdoctoral fellow in the Clean Energy Research Centre at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Dr. Sharafian is an expert in adoption of renewable and sustainable energy resources and developing technologies with minimum climate impact. At the University of British Columbia, he is developing energy models for liquefied natural gas storage and distribution facilities, and refueling stations. Designing innovative technologies to detect and mitigate methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure are areas of his expertise. Dr. Sharafian holds a Ph.D.