Fonds F0238 - Kananaskis Centre for Environmental Research fonds.

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Kananaskis Centre for Environmental Research fonds.


  • 1962-1963, 1970-2005 (Creation)

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63 cm of textual records. -- 2 photographs

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The Environmental Sciences Centre was a unit of the University of Calgary devoted to environmental studies with facilities on campus and in the Kananaskis valley. The Centre was established by the University in 1966 on the initiative of a group of faculty from the Departments of Biology, Geology, Chemistry and Geography. Dr. J.B. Cragg was appointed as the first Director. The facilities in Kananaskis were built in 1968. Projects have included decomposer systems, environmental chemistry, environmental physiology, large mammals, ecosystem production, aquatic biology, land management and geomorphology.

In 1972, the Vice-President (Academic) was also the Director of the Environmental Sciences Centre at Kananaskis. By 1982, the Director reported to the Vice-President (Research) and supervised and directed a multi-disciplinary core of scientists (including graduate supervision) and a number of support personnel. By 1987, the Director, now referred to as the Executive Officer, reported to the Board of Governors through the Associate Vice-President (Research).

In 1992, the Centre was split into two main administrative units: the Kananaskis Field Stations in the Kananaskis valley and in Turner Valley, and the Environmental Research Centre (ERC) at the University, with the ERC being the coordinating unit for environmental research and education on-campus.

In 2006, the Biogeoscience Institute (BGS) was created by the merger of two research entities: the Kananaskis Field Stations and the G8 Legacy Chair in Wildlife Ecology. Initially under the direction of the Vice President-Research, the BGS was under the Dean of the Faculty of Science from 2006 until ca. 2012 when it reverted to the direction of the Vice-President (Research).

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Fonds consists of minutes, funding and budget reports, committee records, correspondence of the Policy and Advisory Committee, research projects and proposals (1973-1993), issues of "Mountain Watc,h" annual reports, pamphlets, and aerial photographs of the Centre (1970). Fonds includes series for Annual Reports, Pamphlets, and Mountain Watch.

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Administrative records are restricted for a period of 15 years as authorized under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

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See Department of Physical Plant Progress Photograph series for additional photographs of the Kananaskis Centre for Environmental Research.

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