Topic: Bioengineering

Presenter: David F. Polster 

David F. Polster is a plant ecologist with over 40 years of experience in vegetation studies, ecological restoration and invasive species management.  He graduated from the University of Victoria with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in 1975 and a Master of Science degree in 1977.  He has developed a wide variety of restoration techniques for mines, industrial developments and steep/unstable slopes as well as techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats.  He is the past-president (third term) of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association.  He is the treasurer for the Western Canada Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration and is the NW Regional Representative on the board of the international Society for Ecological Restoration (SER).  He was recently awarded the prestigious John Rieger Award from SER.  He served as the alternate mining representative on the board of the Invasive Species Council of B.C. for 9 years.  He recently became a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner (CERP #11).

Dave Polster has provided on-site design and direction in the development of reclamation and bioengineering systems for restoration of severely damaged ecosystems.  He served as the environmental supervisor for CP Rail's massive Roger's Pass Project.  He was responsible for developing the bioengineering systems that have successfully revegetated a portion of the Point Grey cliffs at UBC.  Dave has prepared reclamation plans for numerous mines, quarries and gravel pits in Canada.  He pioneered the concept of successional reclamation where the aim of the reclamation program is the re-integration of the disturbed site into the natural processes of vegetation succession.  He has applied his knowledge in ecology to solving problems of unwanted and invasive vegetation.  He has authored numerous papers and teaches graduate level courses on these topics.

When:                            Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  *Lunch provided
Venue:                            Golder Associates Ltd.
  102, 2535 - 3 Avenue SE, Calgary  
Registration Deadline:  Thursday, February 14, 2019
Refund Cut-off Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019


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