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Lab Director

Dr. Lael Parrott
(PhD Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, McGill University)
Professor in Sustainability, Departments of Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences and Biology, UBC Okanagan

PLEASE NOTE THAT DR. PARROTT IS NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS.

 

Postdoctoral fellows

Dr. Rodolphe Gonzales
(PhD Université de Montréal, 2016)
Project: Mapping the social networks of stakeholder interactions for forest dependent communities

 

Students

Matthias Baß, PhD Student
(Diploma in Biology, Technische Universität Kaiserslautern)
Project: Social-ecological network analysis and community resilience to mountain pine beetle outbreaks

Bruno Carturan, PhD Student
(Master in Oceanography, Université Aix-Marseille 2)
Project: Spatial modelling of resilience of coral reefs to human and natural disturbances
(co-supervised by Jason Pither, UBC)

Luke Crevier, MSc Student
(B.Sc. Honours in Biology, UBC)
Project: Modelling human-bear interactions for the resort municipality of Whistler, BC

Rachel Field, PhD Student
(MSc in Biology, Simon Fraser University)
Project: Planning for ecological resilience in multifunctional landscapes

Rob Friberg, PhD Student
(MA, Royal Roads University)
Project: Assessing community resilience to mountain pine beetle outbreaks
(in co-supervision with Kevin Hanna, Geography)

Shane Pedersen, BSc Student
Project: Ecosystem services mapping for the Okanagan Valley

Fabian Cid Yanez, PhD Student
(M.Sc. Wood Sciences, Université Laval)
Project: Multi-objective management of the Boréal forest
(co-supervised by Frédéric Raulier, Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt, U. Laval)

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS & TECHNICIANS

Katey Kyle, Graduate Research Assistant
(M.Sc., Geomatics, U. Calgary)
Projects: Identification of priority conservation areas for maintaining wildlife habitat connectivity in the Okanagan Basin & Identification of priority areas for biodiversity conservation initiatives on agricultural land in the Okanagan
(Katey is pursuing a PhD in human geography at UBC)

 

Visiting Researchers 

Dana Reiter, PhD student, Queensland University of Technology

Dr. Doina Olaru, Associate Professor, University of Western Australia
Dr. Olaru was with us in April 2013. 

Dr. Jacques-André Landry, Professor, École de technologie supérieure, Montreal, Canada

 

* Recently graduated & moved on to meet new challenges *

Corrie Allen, MSc Student, completed November 2016
(B.Sc. Honours in Biology, UBC)
Project: Identifying wildlife corridors in the Okanagan Basin using a focal species approach

Christopher Kyle, GIS Research Technician, part-time
(M.Sc., Geomatics, U. Calgary)
Projects: Identification of priority conservation areas for maintaining wildlife habitat connectivity in the Okanagan Basin & Identification of priority areas for biodiversity conservation initiatives on agricultural land in the Okanagan

Jessa Marley, Undergraduate Research Assistant
(B.Sc. Mathematics student, UBC)
Project: Individual-based modelling of the impacts of bear aware education programs on human-bear encounter rates
(in co-supervision with Dr. Rebecca Tyson)

Dallas Chelick, Research assistant
(Double Major, B.Sc. in Earth & Env. Sciences, B.A. in Economics)
Project: Conservation and stewardship on agricultural lands to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Okanagan Valley

Joe Salkeld, Undergraduate Research Assistant, completed April 2016
(B.Eng. student, UBC)
Projects: (1) Individual-based modelling of bear foraging movements and interactions with humans in Whistler, BC (2) Simulating the resilience of future forests in BC to mountain pine beetle outbreaks
(co-supervised by Dr. Rebecca Tyson)

Jonathan Bepple, MSc Student, completed April 2016
(B.Sc. Biology, The University of British Columbia)
Project: Simulating impacts of future land use scenarios on water demand for the City of Kelowna, BC

Rodolphe Gonzales, PhD student, completed March 2016
(M.Sc. Geography, Université de Montréal)
Project: Analysis of the social-ecological network of the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia
(Co-supervised by Prof. Wayne Meyer, Soil and Land Systems, University of Adelaide)

Dr. Amalesh Dhar (post-doctoral fellow, May 2014-April 2016)
(PhD in Forestry, Institute of Silviculture, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria)
Project: Mapping the influence of mountain pine beetle outbreaks on ecosystem services

Dr. Li Xin (post-doctoral fellow, Feb 2015 – Jan 2016)
(PhD, College of Public Administration, Nanjing Agriculture University and Lecturer, School of Geodesy and Geomatics, Jiangsu Normal University)
Project: Multicriteria spatial optimization of future land use for the Okanagan Valley, BC

Jean-Sébastien Landry, PhD student (AT MCGILL UNIVERSITY), completed June 2015
(B.Sc. Physics; M.Sc. Environment, Université de Sherbrooke)
Project: Modelling the interactions between natural disturbances and climate in the Canadian Boreal forest.
(in co-supervision with Navin Ramunkutty, Dept. of Geography, McGill University)

Bruno Proulx, M.Sc. student, Completed January 2015
(B.Sc. Biology, Université de Sherbrooke)
Project: Study of humpback whale use of a marine sanctuary in the French Antilles

Corrie Allen, Undergraduate Honour’s Student, Completed April 2014
(B.Sc. Biology student)
Project: Agent-based modelling of jeep-cheetah interactions in the Maasai Mara
(in collaboration with Dr. William Bates, Biology, UBC)

Kristel Lucas, M.Sc. student, Completed, April 2014
(B.Sc. Geography, Université de Montréal)
Project: Exploration of management scenarios for the boreal forest that mitigate the impact of forest harvesting on woodland caribou populations
(Co-supervised by Daniel Fortin, Biology, U. Laval)

Maryssa Soroke, Undergraduate Honour’s Student, Completed April 2014
(B.Sc. Environmental Sciences student)
Project: Identification of priority conservation areas for maintaining wildlife habitat connectivity in the Okanagan Basin

 

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