Ph.D., Biogeography, C.U. Boulder (2000)
M.Sc., Forest Sciences, UBC (1994)
B.Sc., Ecology, U. Manitoba (1991)
I am an “outdoor” ecologist – I am happiest when working in the forest! My research applies dendroecological methods to investigate population and vegetation dynamics of temperate forests, particularly in the context of disturbance and climate variation. My interests in conservation and natural resource management complement my expertise in forest ecology and biogeography. As a result much of my work is applied research and collaborative with NGOs, government agencies and private companies. In addition to my long-term research program investigating climate change and disturbance regime impacts on in the forests of coastal British Columbia, I have research projects studying fire regimes and forest dynamics in the Canadian Cordillera – in the foothills of Alberta, Rocky Mountain National Parks, Kootenay, Okanagan and Cariboo regions of BC. I continue to collaborate with colleagues from Argentina, conducing research on forest decline and altitudinal treelines dynamics in the southern Andes.
Courses at UBC
In Forestry, I teach a variety of forest ecology courses including:
Forest Classification and Silvics (FRST 211)
Abiotic Disturbances: Weather and Fire (FRST 320)
Forestry Field School or “Fall Camp” (FRST 351)
Visit the Forestry Faculty website to learn more about the undergraduate and graduate courses and programs.
Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems (GEOB 102)
Introduction to Biogeography (GEOB 207)
Biogeography and Global Change (GEOB 307)
Geography Field School (GEOB 309)
Vegetation Dynamics: Distubance, Climate and Human Impacts (GEOB 407)
Tree-ring Research: Theory and Application (GEOG 506)