Selkirk College, Attn: Rena Vandenbos
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
I have been teaching in Fisheries and Aquatics at Selkirk College for 13 years. I now teach introductory GIS as well, and am a researcher with the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre.
The West Kootenay area is amazingly beautiful and diverse. Our campus is perfectly located to easily access outdoor study sites. There is no shortage of local examples to use in our courses and projects, and the information we gather is often useful to local industry and government.
I received my Master of Science, Environmental Biology and Ecology at the University of Alberta in 1996 and my Advanced Diploma in GIS at BCIT in 2012.
My employment history prior to Selkirk College includes:
- Contract instructor in the Natural Resources Extension Program at Vancouver Island University
- Private consultant in Fisheries and Aquatics
- Fish Biologist, R.L. & L. Environmental Services Ltd.
- Held various research assistant positions at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary
I have also been involved in projects and research such as:
- Habitat Suitability Model for Black Oystercatcher Nest Sites in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
- Long-term temperature monitoring in small streams in West Kootenay region
- Monitoring of Aquatic Invasive plants in Kootenay/Columbia Rivers
- Assessment of community reaction to fish enhancement structures in the Slocan River.
- Fish Inventory of local streams
- Tracking Bull Trout movements in the Lower Columbia River using radio telemetry
My community involvement and affiliations are:
- Research Ethics Committee (Selkirk College)
- Animal Care Committee (Thompson Rivers University and Selkirk College)
- Columbia Basin Trust – Environmental Initiatives Review Committee
- Registered Professional Biologist
- Member of the Upper Columbia River White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative
- Brent Kennedy Parent Advisory Council
I enjoy skiing, swimming, cycling, canoeing, boating, and reading.
I have been contributing to the Recreation Fish and Wildlife Instructors’ Scholarship because I strongly believe that students who excel in leadership and professionalism in the classroom should be supported and encouraged. I'm also honoured to have received a 2013 Selkirk College SCOPE Award after being nominated by my peers and students.
I have had my work published in peer reviewed literature as well as other publications and frequently participate in conferences. A detailed list is available upon request.