Alice Chang

Project Manager (PCIGR)

Chief Operations Officer (CFIGR)

EOS South 359
(604) 822-3458

Alice is a research project manager with the Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR), where she assists with grant facilitation and public relations, and has a partial technical role with light stable isotope instrumentation. Alice is also the chief operations officer for the Canadian Facility for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (CFIGR), a joint facility between PCIGR and RADSIMS at the University of Alberta. As COO, Alice coordinates communications and meetings on behalf of the facility, and assists with grant facilitation. Alice is an EOAS alumna, obtaining a B.Sc. in 1995 and an M.Sc. in 1997.


  • 2018: Dipl., Publishing, Langara College, Vancouver
  • 2017: Cert., Editing, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • 2004: Ph.D., Department of Earth Sciences, Carleton University, Ottawa
  • 1997: M.Sc., Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences (now EOAS), UBC
  • 1995: B.Sc. (Hon., First Class), Department of Geology (now EOAS), UBC

Other Experience

  • Academic Editor, freelance
  • Project Coordinator, BeeHIVE UBC Research Excellence Cluster, UBC
  • Desktop Publisher, Environmental Resources Management, Ltd., Vancouver
  • Facilities Manager, Belowground Ecosystem Group, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, UBC
  • Lab Manager, Stable Isotope Facility, Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, UBC
  • PDF/Research Associate: School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria, Victoria

Research Interests

  • marine sedimentology, laminated sediments
  • marine micropaleontology, diatoms
  • marine geochemistry: biogenic proxies, carbon and nitrogen isotopes, trace elements
  • analytical instrumentation: isotope ratio mass spectrometer

Other Skills

  • technical and academic writing and editing (science, engineering, humanities)
  • graphic design
  • desktop publishing
  • website development and content management

Teaching Experience (as teaching assistant, substitute lecturer)

  • University of Victoria: courses in third-year chemical and geological oceanography, paleontology
  • Carleton University: courses in first-year geology, third-year paleontology, second- and fourth-year field geology; first-year geology lab coordinator
  • UBC: courses in first-year geology, third-year paleontology, fourth-year marine geology

Arbellay, E., Daniels, L.D., Mansfield, S.D., and Chang, A.S. 2017. Cambial injury in lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta): mountain beetle vs fire. Tree Physiology, 37(12), 1611–1621, doi:10.1093/treephys/tpx102.

Chang, A.S., Pichevin, L., Pedersen, T.F. Gray, V. and Ganeshram, R. 2015. New insights into productivity and redox-controlled trace element (Ag, Cd, Re, and Mo) accumulation in a 55-kyr long sediment record from Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California. Paleoceanography, doi:10.1002/2014PA002681.

Chang, A.S., Pedsersen, T.F. and Hendy, I.L. 2014. Effects of productivity, glaciation, and ventilation on late Quaternary sedimentary redox and trace element accumulation on the Vancouver Island margin, western Canada. Paleoceanography, 29, 730–746, doi:10.1002/2013PA002581.

Patterson, R.T., Chang, A.S., Prokoph, A., Roe, H.M. and Swindles, G.T. 2013. Influence of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, El Niño-Southern Oscillation and solar forcing on climate and primary productivity changes in the northeast Pacific. Quaternary International, 310, 124-139, doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2013.02.001.

Chang, A.S., Bertram, M.A., Ivanochko, T., Calvert, S.E., Dallimore, A. and Thomson, R.E. 2013. Annual record of particle fluxes, geochemistry and diatoms in Effingham Inlet, British Columbia, Canada, and the impact of the 1999 La Niña event. Marine Geology, 337, 20–34, doi:10.1016/j.margeo.2013.01.003.

Chang, A.S., Pedersen, T.F. and Hendy, I.L. 2008. Late Quaternary paleoproductivity history on the Vancouver Island margin, western Canada: a multiproxy geochemical study. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 45, 1283–1297, doi:10.1139/E08-038.

Cosma, T.N., Hendy, I.L. and Chang, A. 2008. Chronological constraints on Cordilleran Ice Sheet glaciomarine sedimentation; stratigraphy of MD02-2496, Vancouver Island. Quaternary Science Reviews, 27, 941–955, doi:10.1016/j.quascirev.2008.01.013.

Chang, A.S. and Patterson, R.T. 2007. Corrigendum to “Climate shift at 4400 years BP: Evidence from high-resolution diatom stratigraphy, Effingham Inlet, British Columbia, Canada”. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 243, 471–473, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2006.08.007.

Chang, A.S. and Patterson, R.T. 2005. Climate shift at 4400 years BP: Evidence from high-resolution diatom stratigraphy, Effingham Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 226, 72–92, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2005.05.004.

Patterson, R.T., Prokoph, A., Kumar, A., Chang, A.S., and Roe, H.M. 2005. Late Holocene variability in pelagic fish scales and dinoflagellate cysts along the west coast of Vancouver Island, NE Pacific Ocean. Marine Micropaleontology, 55, 183–204, doi:10.1016/j.marmicro.2005.02.006.

Patterson, R.T., Prokoph, A. and Chang, A.S. 2004. Late Holocene sedimentary response to solar and cosmic ray activity influenced by climate variability in the NE Pacific. Sedimentary Geology, 172, 67–84, doi:10.1016/j.sedgeo.2004.07.007.

Patterson, R.T., Prokoph, A., Wright, C., Chang, A.S., Thomson, R.E., and Ware, D.M. 2004. Holocene solar variability and pelagic fish productivity in the NE Pacific Ocean. Palaeontologia Electronica, 7(1), 17 p. Available from

Chang, A.S., Patterson, R.T. and McNeely, R. 2003. Seasonal sediment and diatom record from late Holocene laminated sediments, Effingham Inlet, British Columbia, Canada. Palaios, 18, 477–494, doi:10.1669/0883-1351(2003)018<0477:SSADRF>2.0.CO;2.

Patterson, R.T., Wright, C., Chang, A.S., Taylor, L.A., Lyons, P.D., Dallimore, A. and Kumar, A. 2002. Atlas of common squamatological (fish scale) material in coastal British Columbia, and an assessment of the utility of various scale types in paleofisheries reconstruction. Palaeontologia Electronica, 4(2), 88 p. Available from

Chang, A.S. and Grimm, K.A. 1999. Speckled beds: Distinctive gravity-flow deposits in finely laminated diatomaceous sediments, Miocene Monterey Formation, California. Journal of Sedimentary Research, 69, 122–134, doi:10.2110/jsr.69.122.

Chang, A.S., Grimm, K.A. and White, L.D. 1998. Diatomaceous sediments from the Miocene Monterey Formation, California: A lamina-scale investigation of biological, ecological and sedimentary processes. Palaios, 13, 439–458., doi:10.1043/0883-1351(1998)013<0439:DSFTMM>2.0.CO;2. [Recipient of Society for Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) 1998 Outstanding Paper Award]