“A better understanding and management of land-water linkages and cumulative effects will help to improve human health and environmental sustainability,” said Julie Wilson. “The Master of Land and Water Systems program helps to meet the demand for qualified professionals who have an integrated knowledge in how land and water resources can be managed for different goals, by balancing environmental, social and economic priorities.”
MLWS provides students an opportunity to obtain science based skills, training and knowledge in land and water systems to address the emerging environmental issues of food security, maintenance of ecological services, restoration of degraded lands, climate change adaptation, and resource conservation.
Wilson, the new Academic Coordinator for the MLWS program, brings experience as a research assistant on a number of water use and water quality projects across BC and Saskatchewan to the role. Raised in Richmond, BC, she earned both her BSc in Environmental Science (2007) and her MSc in Resource Management and Environmental Studies (2011) from UBC. Most recently, she held the role of Science Communication Research Coordinator for TerreWEB.
“MLWS is a sign of the future of education,” Wilson said, adding that a portion of the 12-month, professional program will be delivered online in order to meet the growing need for flexible learning options. Students will also gain hands-on professional experience through a major project.
The MLWS program grew out of the ahead-of-its-time online watershed management course series developed by Professor Emeritus Hans Schreier in the 90s, and was developed under the leadership of Dr. Les Lavkulich, UBC Professor of Soil Science
Besides managing the operations side of the program, Wilson will also co-instruct an online course – Urban Watershed Management (SOIL 516) – with Schreier this Fall.