Kai Chan

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainaiblity
348-2202 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z4

Phone: 604-822-0400

Fax: 604-822-9250

Email: kaichan@ires.ubc.ca

Web: http://chanslab.ires.ubc.ca/people/chan/

Research area(s):

  • Anthropogenic stressors
  • Marine conservation

Area of Expertise:

Kai is an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented sustainability scientist, trained in ecology, policy, and ethics from Princeton University and Stanford University. He strives to understand how social-ecological systems can be transformed to be both better and wilder. Kai leads CHANS lab (www.chanslab.ires.ubc.ca), Connecting Human and Natural Systems; he is a Leopold Leadership Program fellow, a Coordinating Lead Author of the IPBES Global Assessment, a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholar, Artists and Scientists, a director on the board of the North American section of the Society for Conservation Biology, a member of the Global Young Academy, a senior fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program, and (in 2012) the Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Select Presentation(s) / Publication(s):

Chan, Kai, “Relational values and valuation: challenges, and possibilities” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 71. https://cedar.wwu.edu/ssec/2018ssec/allsessions/71

Semmelink, Adrian; Chan, Kai M.A.; and Satterfield, Terre, “Farmers’ relationship with nature: how and why it matters” (2018). Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference. 311.

Kreitzman, M., J. Ashander, J. Driscoll, A.W. Bateman, K.M.A. Chan, M.A. Lewis and M. Krkosek “Wild salmon sustain the effectiveness of parasite control on salmon farms: Conservation implications from an evolutionary ecosystem service.” Conservation Letters: n/a-n/a. Doi: 10.1111/conl.12395

Chapman, M., S. Klassen, M. Kreitzman, A. Semmelink, K. Sharp, G. Singh and K.M.A. Chan (2017). “5 Key challenges and solutions for governing complex adaptive (food) systems.” Sustainability 9(9): 1594. Doi: 10.3390/su9091594

Singh, G.G., J. Sinner, J. Ellis, M. Kandlikar, B.S. Halpern, T. Satterfield and K.M.A. Chan (2017). “Mechanisms and risk of cumulative impacts to coastal ecosystem services: An expert elicitation approach.” Journal of Environmental Management 199: 229-241. Doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.05.032

Levine, J., M. Muthukrishna, K.M.A. Chan and T. Satterfield (2017). “Sea otters, social justice, and ecosystem-service perceptions in Clayoquot Sound, Canada.” Conservation Biology 31(2): 343-352. Doi: 10.1111/cobi.12795

Echeverri, A., K.M.A. Chan and J. Zhao (2017). “How messaging shapes attitudes toward sea otters as a species at risk.” Human Dimensions of Wildlife 22(2): 142-156. Doi: 10.1080/10871209.2016.1272146

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