ISSN 1188-603X

No. 116 October 19, 1995 Victoria, B.C.
Dr. A. Ceska, P.O.Box 8546, Victoria, B.C. Canada V8W 3S2


From: "Brian D. Compton" (
Compton, Brian D. 1995.
Puffballs from the past: identification of gasteromycetes from a Lillooet archaeological site and speculation regarding their aboriginal use. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 19:154-159.

Abstract: Puffballs representing three species in two genera (Abstoma reticulatum, Bovista dakotensis and B. tomentosa) are reported from an archaeological site in the traditional territory of the Lillooet, one of the Indigenous Peoples of British Columbia. These fungi are presumed to represent human-collected materials that arrived in British Columbia by way of aboriginal trade from the South or East. Their cultural roles likely were mythological, medicinal, talismanic or shamanistic.


From: "S. Talbot" (
Talbot, S. S., S. L. Talbot, and S. L. Welsh. 1995.
Botanical Reconnaissance of Tuxedni Wilderness Area, Alaska. Biological Science Report 6. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Biological Service, Washington, D.C. 41 p.

Abstract: The vascular flora of two small maritime islands, Chisik and Duck Island (2,302 ha), comprising Tuxedni Wilderness Area in western lower Cook Inlet, Alaska, was recorded to determine species composition where few previous collections had been reported. The field study was conducted in sites selected to represent the totality of environmental variation within Tuxedni Wilderness Area. A total of 290 species -- 279 native and 11 introduced -- was identified. To provide a comparative phytogeographic framework, we analyzed data from published reports that categorized vascular plant distribution patterns from circumpolar, North American, and Alaskan perspectives. The flora of Tuxedni Wilderness primarily includes species of circumpolar (36.6%), eastern Asian (22.9%) and North American (20.4%) distributions. The most important longitudinal distributional classes within North America consist of transcontinental (59.9%) and extreme western species (32.2%). The distribution of Tuxedni species in latitudinal zones peaks in the high subarctic and low subarctic and gradually decreases from the low to high arctic. The annotated list of species in the Tuxedni Wilderness Area expands the known range for many species, filling a distributional gap within Hulten's Central Pacific Coast district. Forty-four range extensions are reported. Latitudinal zone comparison based on the Raunkiaer life-form spectrum suggests the flora of the Tuxedni Wilderness Area is closest to the high subarctic zone. Key words: Coastal, life form, middle boreal zone, phytogeographic, upper oroboreal zone, vascular flora.

The publication is available free of charge and may be obtained by writing: Stephen Talbot, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99503


From: David Silverberg (silverberg@IGC.APC.ORG) via (FOREST@LISTSERV.FUNET.FI)

In September 1995, The School for Field Studies opened a new Centre in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds, British Columbia, Canada. It is registered with the Private Post-Secondary Education Commission of British Columbia. The Centre focuses on sustainable ecosystem management of natural resources in the coastal zone. The main campus of the school is in Bamfield with extensive field work and teaching in Barkley and Clayoquot Sounds.

The School for Field Studies is one of the largest private post-secondary experiential educational institutions designed to give students the opportunity to contribute to critical environmental management issues in various ecosystems (BC, Australia, Kenya, Costa Rica, South Cacos). The Centre is staffed with a director, three full-time resident faculty (Forest Resource Specialist, Coastal Ecologist, Resource Economist), several adjunct off-site faculty (First Nations Resource Sociologist, Salmon Biologist, Forest Policy Expert), four graduate interns, one student affairs manager, one site manager, assistant site manager, and a satellite logistics coordinator. The Centre offers fall and spring semester programs, as well as two four-week summer programs. Each program has 32 student participants. Courses are accredited through Boston University and the student's Canadian or US home institution. Faculty are approved as lecturers through Boston University. Faculty are required to live on-site. Room and board are provided by SFS.

The Forest Resource Specialist Faculty will address sustainable ecosystem management. Professional interests should include: forest and wildlife management; landscape-scale ecosystem management principles, forest and fisheries planning, alternative forest models in the context of sustainable development, social forestry, forest ecology, resource sociology, Canadian and British Columbian provincial land-use management.

The faculty position requires a dedicated educator who is facile with interdisciplinary analysis combining management with methodological insights from the fields of resource management and natural sciences. A familiarity with landscape-scale ecosystem management principles and the history of British Columbia land use management are essential.

Faculty own a portfolio which includes the supervision of one case study, their participation in two other related case studies and the supervision of 10 community identified directed research projects each semester. Lectures, workshops, labs, field trips are utilized within discussion-oriented decision-based case studies. In addition faculty offer community workshops and lectures based on needs assessments.

Requirements: Ph.D. or Masters Degree with at least four years of practitioner/applied experience. Relevant work/living in British Columbia or similar temperate coastal zone ecosystems. At least 2 years teaching at the undergraduate level with full course responsibility, a demonstrated commitment and passion to innovative teaching programs, experience working with applied conservation/management issues in a diverse community context, proven leadership skills in a start-up institution, desire to facilitate education of highly motivated students, wit and good humor in an intensive, immersion educational setting.

For more information or to apply, please call or e-mail/fax cover letter, CV and 3 references (addresses and e-mail/phone numbers) to:

Dr. David Silverberg, Director
School for Field Studies
GPO Bamfield
British Columbia V0R 1B0
604-728-2390 phone; 604-728-2391 fax

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