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Federico Osorio (Alumni)

Federico Osorio


I have been a student at UBC since 2004 and currently live in Revelstoke, BC. My first degree is in Forest Resource Management and as a Co-op student I worked in parks, industry and the BC Government. The diversity in my summer jobs helped me understand – from different perspectives -the challenges that BC faces and this background has helped me grow personally and professionally. My diverse background has also been useful in pursuing my PhD (Forest Science Department) since I’ve integrate elements from all my previous jobs. For example, I’ve combined the knowledge gained as a research ecologist (for the Ministry of Forests) with the analytical skills developed during my GIS technician job (for the Integrated Land Management Bureau), with the physical endurance and discipline that were enhanced during my placement with International Forest Products and at Wells Gray Provincial Park.

My passion is closely related to mountain environments, their diversity, complexity and unpredictable nature. Most of my hobbies involve outdoor pursuits (hiking, skiing, mountain biking, gardening) but most recently I’ve begun to develop interest in social and intellectual endeavours. I am leading the effort to establish a non-profit organization: Columbia Mountains Resource Policy Council (www.cmrpc.ca) which I hope to incorporate within the next month.

I expect to contribute to TerreWEB by learning and helping others learn how to effectively communicate scientific research to governments through the Legislative Assemblies and Parliament. This is an addition to my current research which focuses on understanding the vegetation at high-elevations in the northern Columbia Mountains (Cariboo Mountains). I’d be glad to show others an example of the field work that is used world-wide to monitor the effects of climate change on vegetation in alpine ecosystems.

In terms of Climate Change I think people need to understand that while it is an important issue, it is simply an expression of a wide variety of problems that have been exacerbated by human activities since the Industrial Revolution. If we can see Climate Change as an ‘umbrella issue’ it’s acceptable, but it’s unacceptable to neglect other issues that are just as important (e.g., ecosystem health and endangered species). That even when we are trying to ‘study’ and ‘resolve’ Climate Change we can be as bad or worse as others. It is important not to become self-righteous when we are trying to help.

TerreWEB provides researchers an opportunity to overcome the tunnel-vision that often results from becoming experts in highly specific subjects.


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