CHANS Lab (Connecting Human and Natural Systems)

The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
What the facility does

Social-ecological systems, applied ecology, conservation science, sustainability science.

Areas of expertise

Our mission is captured in the diversity of research efforts conducted in our lab, whose overarching focus is interdisciplinary natural and social sciences pertaining to the environment.

Our focus in the natural sciences (biological infestations and invasions,ecosystem-modelling, and biodiversity) extends beyond the ecological questions to the relevance of this work to management and decision-making,

Our work in the social sciences (applied environmental ethics, socio-cultural value elicitation) explores the just treatment of current and future generations developing novel approaches and informing the relevance of our natural science work.

Research services
  • analytics
Sectors of application
  • Education
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Ocean industries
Abundance database for SeaLifeBase and FishBaseA database on abundance, with spatial and temporal parameters, for marine organisms
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Parks Canada
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • West Coast Aquatic
SeaLifeBase global information system on marine metazoans (other than fish)
FishBase global information system on