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Oct 13

Time: 5:30

Topic: A century of bumble bee records; examining the effect of climate and land use change

Speaker: Laura Melissa Guzman, SFU

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Abstract: There has been much debate about the trends of insect populations globally, with bumble bee populations receiving specific interest and attention. Mounting evidence suggests that climate change, agricultural intensification, pesticide use and diseases could all be impacting different bumble bee populations at different times. However, generalizing these results to multiple species at large spatial scales has proven difficult. Here, we quantified the effect of changes in temperature, precipitation and land use on bumble bee distributions of North America.

Bio: Melissa Guzman is a Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University. She will be starting a position as Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California in January 2022. She enjoys using R to leverage large scale spatial data to understand patterns in biodiversity.


Time: TBD

Topic:  Drone based LiDar - Collection & Processing. BBQ to Follow!

Speaker: Ali Miri, UAViation Aerial Solutions Ltd.

Location: UAViation Aerial Solutions, 250 Schoolhouse Street - Unit 107, Coquitlam BC.

Abstract: This demo & talk will include an on site lidar data capture demonstration (weather permitting) with a liAir 200 drone based LiDar unit. As well as a presentation on processing & applications, and a BBQ lunch. LiDar data is used in a variety of fields and can be easily incorporated into a GIS.

Bio: With over 19 years of experience in aviation, Ali began his career as an aircraft maintenance engineer, focusing on avionics. As UAV/RPAS technology rapidly progressed, Ali recognized the untapped potential in a commercial and industrial applications, and founded UAViation in 2015. Ali has been flying RPAS based Lidar missions since 2016 and is an advanced RPAS pilot and flight reviewer.