Regional Research Projects

CMI’s goal is to facilitate ecological research and knowledge-sharing in this region

This section of our website provides a digital venue for researchers to outline their projects, their findings, the implications of their project, and their plans for future research. We hope this will be a useful forum to initiate communication and collaboration.

We welcome your information about any research project related to the ecology of southeastern British Columbia, including projects that are government, academic, corporate, or agency-based.

Information shared here is owned by the person or company indicated. Please contact them for further information. Columbia Mountains Institute takes no responsibility for the quality of the scientific research in these projects.


Looking for project information?

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Listings are in categories and are searchable by keywords.

(This list of projects began in march 2014… please check back to see the list as it builds.)


Send us your information

Click here for the submission form.

If your research project is of interest to natural resource managers working in southeastern British Columbia, we invite you to share your information with us.

Listing your project here is a benefit of membership in the Columbia Mountains Institute. Click here for membership information.


You are welcome to send along up to two illustrations for your project. Please send them in JPEG format to

  • Include captions.
  • Include photo credits for photographs. We are assuming that you have permission to send them to us.


Additional on-line reference sources

Click here for a list of more resources.

 Criteria for inclusion

Criterion 1: Sound science

Sound science in basic and applied ecology as verified by a team or person at CMI. In this situation, the term “research” includes monitoring studies as well as evaluations of natural resource management plans and actions and threats to natural capital. The research relates to flora, fauna, terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, soils, air, or to human dimensions of natural resource management.

Criterion 2: Location

Preferred emphasis: within the Canadian portion of the Columbia River watershed.
Secondary emphasis: Research undertaken outside the Columbia River watershed that relates to the topics noted above.

Criterion 3: Timing

Research initiated after the year 2000.

Criterion 4: Reporting methods

Preferred: Research that has resulted in published peer-reviewed paper(s)
Acceptable: Research that has resulted in unpublished report(s) (e.g., grey literature)


Additional on-line reference sources

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BC Hydro Water Use Planning: Southern Interior Region

Water use planning aims to find a sustainable balance between competing uses of water through a consultative planning process designed to consider environmental, social and economic values. This site has reports from water use planning projects for BC Hydro’s hydroelectric facilities located in the Southern Interior.

CLIR (Cross-Linked Information Resources, Ministry of Environment)

CLIR (Cross-Linked Information Resources) is an umbrella search application that allows users to search multiple sources of environmental and natural resource information simultaneously through a single search window. Users can search six major collections:

  • BCSEE – BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer
  • EIRS BD – Biodiversity / Environmental Information Resources e-Library
  • EIRS EP – Environmental Protection Information Resources e-Library
  • EcoCat – Ecological Reports Catalogue
  • Ministry of Forests and Range Library (shared with MOE)
  • SIWE – Species Inventory Web Explorer – a component of the Species Inventory Data System (SPI) system

Columbia Basin Rural Development Institute

This Institute is developing a database of regional information. Includes State of the Basin reports and data.

Columbia River Basin Biodiversity Atlas

The Atlas has been developed with geographic information system technology to provide information on biodiversity and help people learn, understand, and make decisions. Includes reports from the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (1983-2011).

Forest Investment Account Reports

The BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has made reports produced under FIA available at this site.

Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council of British Columbia

BC’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations established the Future Forest Ecosystems Scientific Council (FFESC) in 2008 to guide the allocation of a $5.5 million grant-in-aid to research that supports the objectives of the Future Forest Ecosystems Initiative – namely, adaptation of the forest and range management framework to climate change. The FFESC is a cooperative council comprising representatives of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Ministry of Environment,the University of British Columbia, and the University of Northern British Columbia. The FFESC wrapped up its research program in 2012. A synthesis of FFESC research and policy recommendations is posted on this web site.

The Journal of Ecosystems and Management (JEM)

The Journal of Ecosystems and Management (JEM) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal covering natural resource and ecosystem management issues relevant to British Columbia. In addition to scientific articles, JEM provides a forum for commentary on current natural resource challenges. JEM’s broad readership includes natural resource practitioners, professionals, policymakers and researchers. The Journal extends research results, indigenous knowledge, management applications, socio-economic analyses and scholarly opinions. JEM is an open-source journal, freely available to the public

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

The Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium is a regional climate service centre at the University of Victoria that provides practical information on the physical impacts of climate variability and change in the Pacific and Yukon Region of Canada. They collaborate with climate researchers and regional stakeholders to produce knowledge and tools in support of long-term planning.

Sustainable Forest Management Network Legacy publications

The Sustainable Forest Management Network is an incorporated non-profit Canadian research group. SFM is a Network for Centres of Excellence. With their partners, they fund, plann, conduct, and apply interdisciplinary, university-based research that addressed issues related to sustainable forest management.

UBC’s cIRcle repository

cIRcle is the University of British Columbia’s digital repository for research and teaching materials created by the UBC community and its partners. Materials in cIRcle are openly accessible to anyone on the web, and will be preserved for future generations.

Wildlife Species Inventory – BC Ministry of Environment

Wildlife Species Inventory is managed by the Knowledge Management Branch in the Ministry of Environment. The Wildlife Inventory Team consists of regional Fish and Wildlife inventory biologists and EIS staff. The purpose of the team is to obtain, store, and provide access to information about wildlife species inventory in British Columbia. Wildlife species inventories include all surveys undertaken to determine the presence or abundance of any wildlife species. You can access links to:

  • Species Inventory Database (SPI)
  • Ecocat
  • Conservation Data Centre
  • EIRS Biodiversity e-Library
  • Ministry Library

Be sure to review the “Recommended Links” section of the CMI web site.

This section of our website many more smaller directories and portals to information.

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