PhD thesis Research at UBC September 2018 - Present
I am Vanier PhD student in the UBC Faculty of Forestry supervised by Dr. Jeanine Rhemtulla. My research broadly centers around the benefits (ie, ecosystem services) provided by forests, and how forests change through space and time.
More specifically, My PhD takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate the historical dynamics of forested landscapes across BC. My interest to focus on this is peaked by recent and unprecedented natural disturbances (insect outbreak and wildfire), which have impacted 20 million hectares of forests across BC and caused widespread impacts on community health, ecosystem services, and the forest industry. These recent disturbances are unprecedented in terms of size, frequency, and their social impact, and are believed to be driven by a changing climate and past forest management. These recent disturbances fundamentally challenge much of what we understand about forest landscapes and how me need to manage and conserve them through time.
To uncover the historical dynamics in BC forests I am compiling historical datasets on disturbance, ecosystem services, and drivers of these variables across BC, which is a heavily forested mountainous land area roughly one million km2 in size. While some historical data derives from available government geodata, much of it is compiled manually through historical archival maps and documents. This data will provide an empirical lens to identify drivers and consequences of changes across a large landscape from a nearly pre-colonization state through to industrialization and during recent climate change related disturbances. This research will contribute a more nuanced perspective of the complex interactions among factors leading up to current trends and help inform management of forests into the future.
Past Research Projects
Data Consultant at CIFOR Feb 2017 - April 2017
Field coordinator for inventory of the UBC Malcolm Knapp Research Forest
Masters of Science thesis research at McGill Sept 2013 - Aug 2015
|First thesis manuscript, published in Forest Ecology and Management (link)|
Research Assistant at Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Mar 2013 - July 2013
Panama City, Panama
Undergrad Research Assistant at the Below-ground Ecology Lab at UBC May 2012 - Aug 2012
Undergrad directed studies project of the UBC Urban Tree Canopy Jan 2012 - May 2012