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Meet Ranjana Sharma: Natural Resources Canada’s Chief Scientist

Growing up, Ranjana Sharma would read everything she could lay her hands on in her family’s small library. Little did she know that the inspiring words and images she found in those captivating books and magazines would eventually lead her to a fascinating career. Now Dr. Sharma, Chief Scientist at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), she stands at the centre of “everything science” and still finds the energy to support women and youth in the STEM fields through culture change.

Bridging traditional and scientific knowledge in Tuktoyaktuk

This is the first in a series of Simply Science articles exploring places where traditional Indigenous knowledge intersects with conventional core science. Incredible value can be found when community members are actively involved in scientific research conducted close to home. This approach is especially meaningful in remote corners of the land where people are experiencing the devastating effects of climate change right outside their front doors.


Harnessing the power of volcanoes: The search for geothermal energy

This journey begins with a helicopter ride to a remote volcanic zone on the West Coast of British Columbia — a site noted for potential eruptions, steaming vents and unpredictable weather. It’s all in a day’s work for this scientific team. They’re searching for a hard-to-find, yet promising, piece of the puzzle in our work against climate change: geothermal energy.

December 2022


Wrestling a wild and woolly pest

When scientists from the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) and student researchers from the University of Guelph were collecting data to create an inventory of hemlock trees in Ontario, they found more than just trees — they discovered a large insect infestation that could pose a risk to landowners.

October 2022


New report brings experts together for stronger, safer, more resilient communities

People in B.C. are exposed to a wide variety of potentially devastating natural hazards, including landslides, tsunamis, and earthquakes. Now, the first edition of the Resilience Pathways Report provides a better understanding of disaster risk, while considering climate change adaptation and evaluating the potential social and economic impacts on B.C. communities.

October 2022


Rethinking how we plan forests and green spaces

Canada has long been a global leader in conserving and restoring forests. Now, a collaborative team that includes scientists from the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) continues the tradition by taking the lead in adapting new technology to help plan forests and optimize their many benefits to our quality of life. Meet PlantR, an online platform designed for a diverse future.

September 2022

A Simply Science top ten reveal: Canada’s most beautiful moth species

Ahhhh…. It’s summertime, and the outdoors is calling your name. It’s all there: flowers, sunshine, long days, warm nights — and insects. But before you shoo them away, remember: some of them are quite beneficial, and even crucial, since they provide food for many animals, pollinate plants and flowers, and keep our soil healthy. But in the wide and wild world of insects, not all are created equal.  



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