Alumni

Dan Adamson, 1993.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Dan graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1993. His masters project was entitled "Conservation Feature Indicators: A Methodology For Presenting Natural Resources Information For Conservation Management".

Jordan Benner, 2012.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
My research interests span a broad range of disciplines and topics, but generally involve using quantitative and qualitative tools to examine questions about forest management and sustainability. During my master’s degree, I conducted a fiber flow analysis and performed interviews in five communities across the interior of BC to look at the effect of tenure arrangements and policies on indicators of local benefits. Part of this research encompassed an evaluation of the ways in which communities make strategic choices and negotiate tradeoffs to best capture local value from forest management. For my PhD, I am working with the Hakai Network for Coastal People, Ecosystems and Management in collaboration with the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department to study ecosystem-based management (EBM) implementation on the Central Coast. This research uses an interdisciplinary research approach that combines elements of forest estate modeling, traditional knowledge, policy analysis, economics, silvaculture, and forest ecology to examine questions about EBM through the lens of western redcedar (Thuja plicata) management – a species of critical economic, ecological, and cultural importance.
Although I have focused the majority of my attention on research in recent years, I have also been involved in forest management and forest operations for the past decade and a half, including on my family’s woodlot license on Quadra Island. Past consulting projects range from developing forest management plans to conducting ecological inventories, and have allowed me to keep one foot in the office and the other in the forest. In particular, my ability to escape to our family woodlot to fall trees, drive big machines, plan logging operations, undertake silvaculture activities, and think about inter-generational sustainability in the context of small scale forestry is key to grounding my research in reality.

Stephen Bennett, 1994.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Stephen graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1994. His primary interests here were in forest ecology and ecosystem management. His masters project was entitled "Initiatives In Wildlife Tree Management: An Evaluation Of The High-Cut Stumping Technique". In this project he censused forest bird communities pre- and post-harvest to determine their response to varying densities of 3 m stumps left in clearcuts. High-cut stumping has since become a relatively common practice throughout BC.

Trent Berry, 1993.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Trent graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1993. His masters project was entitled "Ecosystem Health: Towards Definition and Assessment".

Laurel Brewster, 2005.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Laurel graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2005. Her masters project was entitled "Designing conservation covenants for conservation forestry: A case study from Cortes Island, British Columbia".

Dionne Bunsha, 2012.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Dionne graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2012. Her Masters project was entitled "Two Approaches to Ecosystem-based Management in coastal British Columbia".
Before coming to SFU, Dionne was a writer-photographer with Frontline magazine (www.frontline.in) in Mumbai, India, from 2001-2008, reporting on human rights, social justice and environmental issues. Her book on communal violence in India, Scarred: Experiments with Violence in Gujarat, was published by Penguin India in January 2006. Her career in journalism started as an intern at The Times of India newspaper, and I stayed on to work there as a Metro Correspondent for four years. One of her most memorable years was a sabbatical as a Knight International Journalism Fellow at Stanford University 2008-09. Her educational background is very varied - a Masters degree in Development Studies at the London School of Economics in 1999-2000, a Diploma in Social Communications Media at the Sophia Polytechnic, Mumbai in 1995 and a Bachelors degree in economics and commerce at the University of Mumbai.
Please check out her website: www.dionnebunsha.com

Kim Chapman, 2002.
B.Sc. (Biology, UVic)
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Kim graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2002. Her master's project was entitled "Early vegetation responses following gap-based logging at Date Creek, B.C." She is interested in applying disturbance ecology to forest management. Since graduation she has worked in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario as a research biologist with the Canadian Forest Service, studying the behavioural ecology of spruce budworm and as a project forester with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, studying tree instability in plantations.

Lana Cortese, 2011.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Lana graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2011. Her masters project was entitled "Picking patches: What is the utility of habitat fragmentation in determining habitat use by local populations of the Marbled Murrelet, Brachyramphus marmoratus?".

Naomi deVille
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Naomi's masters project is entitled "Forest light and structure in relation to disturbances: comparing mountain pine beetle, wildfire and salvage logging".

Brigitte Dorner, 2002.
Ph.D. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Brigette graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2001. Her dissertation was entitled "A comparative analysis of landscape structure in a managed and unmanaged watersheds".

Ronnie Drever, 1999.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Ronnie graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1999. His masters project was entitled "Made in the shade: regenerating coastal Douglas-fir and western red-cedar under partial cutting treatments". As a result of this work Ronnie was able to predict growth rates of regenerating trees under various retention levels in partial cuts, as a function of the site type and light environment.
Ronnie is now at the Université du Québec à Montréal, in the 1st year of a PhD with Christian Messier and Yves Bergeron, working on a project entitled "Impacts of climate change on fire and wind disturbances for a deciduous forest landscape in Témiscamingue (Québec)". Previous to this, he worked as a registered professional biologist at the David Suzuki Foundation.

Pamela Dykstra, 2009.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Pamela graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2009. Her masters project was entitled "Ecological Thresholds and Their Application to Forest Management and Conservation".

Tyler Elm, 1993.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Tyler graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1993. His masters project was entitled "Managing Forests For Structural Diversity: Principles, Regulatory Constraints, and Application".

Joseph Fall, 1998.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Joseph graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management (REM) in 1998. His masters project was entitled "Reconstructing the Historical Frequency of Fire: A Modeling Approach to Developing and Testing Methods". Joseph's work in REM focussed on tools for spatially-explicit, stochastic simulation modelling (SELES) and methods for quantifying uncertainty in estimates of fire frequency made from fire interval data.

Laurie Flahr, 2002.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Laurie graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2002. Her masters project was entitled "Forests and First Nations Consultation: Analysis of the Legal Framework, Policies, and Practices in British Columbia". Laurie is currently working as a resource management consultant for Cortex Consultants Inc. Most of her work focuses on forest policy analysis and land use planning processes involving First Nations and other levels of government. Recent projects include endangered species policy analysis, technical writing, and collaborative work with First Nations on natural resource management issues.

Ian Giesbrecht, 2010.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Ian graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2010. His masters project was entitled "Understory Light and Vegetation in Two Floodplain Forests in Coastal British Columbia".

Alex Hall, 2011.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Alex graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2011. His masters project was entitled "The Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Burning Post-Harvest Debris Piles on Vancouver Island, British Columbia".

Emily Heyerdahl, 2000.
Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Lab
Adjunct Professor, School of Resource & Environmental Management, SFU
B.Sc. (Geology, OSU)
M.Sc. (Atmospheric Sciences, UW)
Ph.D. (Forest Ecosystems Analysis, UW)
Emily was a post-doctoral fellow (and resident tree-ring nut) in the forest ecology lab (1998-2000). Her research focuses on understanding the climate drivers of historical fire regimes through time and across space, at landscape scales, using tree rings. She has conducted this research in mixed conifer forests in the Pacific Northwest US, the southern interior of British Columbia (in the Stein Valley) and in the Sierra Madre Occidental of Mexico. She is currently exploring the drivers of historical fire regimes in the US Great Basin and Northern Rocky Mountains. For more information see her web page at the Fire Sciences Lab.

Melissa Hogg, 2011.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Melissa graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2011. Her masters project was entitled "Using Commercial Forestry for Ecosystem Restoration in Sensitive Badger Habitat".

Sara Howard, 2008.
B.Sc. (Biology, UVic)
Diploma (Coastal Integrated Resource Management, NCC)
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Sara came to the School of Resource & Environmental Management with a background in forest and stream ecology through her undergraduate degree in Biology at the University of Victoria, and diploma in Coastal Integrated Resource Management from Northwest Community College in Prince Rupert. Sara's research investigates the application of the Hydroriparian Planning Guide, an ecosystem-based management approach to conserving properties and functions of hydroriparian ecosystems during land use. Sara is using GIS to map hydroriparian features identified at the watershed scale and compare how variations in watershed size, gradient, hydrology etc. affect the area of identified hydroriparian features.

Josie Hughes, 2002.
B.Sc. (Ecology, UBC)
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Josie graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management (REM) in 2002. Her masters project was entitled "Modeling the effect of landscape pattern on mountain pine beetles". Since graduating from REM, Josie has been working as a forestry research consultant in British Columbia. Her recent work has mostly been on modeling and management of mountain pine beetles and other forest disturbance agents, but she has also dabbled in fire ecology, snowshoe hare population dynamics, metapopulation dynamics of birds in the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest, and algal evolutionary ecology. She is always keen to hear about interesting projects and possibilities.

Cheralyn King, 2001.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Cheralyn graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2001. Her masters project was entitled "Salmon and Sediment: The Role of Spawners in Bedload Transport Processes".

Miku Lenentine, 2009.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Miku graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2009. Her masters project was entitled "The Brave New World of Forestry: Designing a participatory strategy for Successful community based collaboration in Packwood, Washington".

Douglas Lewis, 2004.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Douglas graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2004. His masters project was entitled "Arboreal Lichens in Natural and Managed High Elevation Spruce-Fir Forests of the North Thompson Valley, British Columbia".

Ramona Maraj, 1999.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
P.Biol.
Ramona graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1999. Her masters project was entitled "Bird Habitat Associations in Managed Douglas-fir Forests on the East Coast of Vancouver Island". Ramona is currently pursuing her academic career at the University of Calgary and is also the Carnivore Biologist for the Yukon Territory.

Kendra Marr-Lange, 2009.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Kendra graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2009. Her masters project was entitled "The Effects of Human and Environmental Disturbances on Predatory-Prey Interactions".

Rachel McGhee, 1996.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Rachel graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1996. Her masters project was entitled "Ecology and Management of Hardwoods in Coniferous Forests: A Case Study of Vine Maple Persistence".

David Meleia, 2011.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
David graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2011. His masters project was entitled "Assessing Stewardship in Community Forests".

Volker Michelfelder, 2004.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Volker graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2004. His masters project was entitled "A Study of Forest Understories in Two Parts: Community Structure of Forage Plants Consumed by Coastal Black Bears and Effects of Partial Cutting on Understory".

Jennifer Passmore, 2007.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Jennifer graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2007. His masters project was entitled "Age and Growth of Tree Seedlings in Canopy Gaps in a Montane Temperate Rainforest".

Eva Riccius, 1998.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Eva graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1998. Her masters project was entitled "Scale Issues in the Fire History of a Fine-Grained Landscape". Her research project examined fire history at multiple scales in dry forest types of a highly dissected landscape, the Lower Canyon of the Stein Valley, in the southern interior of BC Her results show that differences occur in some of the fire regime parameters at different scales, providing strong support for fine scale sampling regimes in landscapes highly dissected by topography. Eva currently holds a position as ParkWatch Coordinator for Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (BC Chapter).

Audrey Roburn, 2003.
B.Sc. (Biology, minor International Development Studies, McGill)
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Audrey graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2003. Her masters project was entitled "Light transmission and understory vegetation in two old-growth riparian forests: a study in spatial pattern"

Catherine Rogers, 1993.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Cathy graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1993. Her masters project was entitled "Describing Landscapes: indices of structure".

Sari Saunders, 1993.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Ph.D. (Forest Science, MTU)
Sari graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1993. Her masters project was entitled "Relationships between Wildlife Richness and Characteristics of Protected Areas in British Columbia".
Sari is currently a Research Assistasnt Professor through Michigan Technological University , and primarily does research for the North Central Research Station of the USDA Forest Service. Physically, she actually resides in Juneau, AK, and can watch the bears wandering on the avalanche chute outside her office window.
Sari works within the interagency Great Lakes Assessment, a Regional effort that has two roles: assembling spatial data on ecological and socioeconomic factors within the northern Great Lakes Region, and analyzing trends in these variables to provide information on sustainability of land management practices. Most recently, the Assessment has been studying historic and current patterns of land cover, factors influencing modern fire regimes, and landscape structure induced by roads and management.
Sari's research interests fall within three general categories: the multiscale nature of ecosystems: the impacts of human versus natural disturbances on community and ecosystem characteristics; and the implications of the above for conservation and planning of protected areas. Particularly, she is interested in the concordance of patterns of structural, functional, and composition features across landscapes, the interrelationships of these patterns across scales, and the implications of these associations for understanding inherent and induced edge effects.
Outside of official research, Sari is trying to take advantage of the spectacular landscape of Alaska and the community of Juneau. She is busy birding with the Juneau Audubon Society, helping with local bird and invertebrate surveys, and doing as much hiking and camping as one can with two small children and passels of bears. MRM alumnae always have a place to stay if they want to come to Juneau to fish, hike, or just sit and wonder at the glacier.

Jason Smith, 2005.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Jason graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2005. His masters project was entitled "Seral Stage, Site Conditions, and the Vulnerability of Understory Plant Communities to Forest Harvesting".

Jonathan Stamp, 2003.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Jonathan graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2003. His masters project was entitled "The Abundance of Grizzly Bear Forage Plants in the North Cascades, British Columbia".

Kelly Squires, 2013.
Ph.D., M.Sc., Registered Professional Biologist
Kelly graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2013. Her Ph.D. thesis is entitled "Implications for Forest Management of Bird-Vegetation Relationships in the Mixedwood Boreal Forest of Northeastern British Columbia".

Matthew Tutsch, 2009.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Matthew graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2009. His masters project was entitled "People are the Problem and the Solution: Characterizing Wildfire Risk and Risk Mitigation in a Wildland-Urban Intermix Area in the Southern Gulf Islands".

Joel Ussery, 1997.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Joel graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1997. His masters project was entitled "Managing Invasive Plant Species in Garry Oak Meadow Vegetation Communities: A Case Study of Scotch Broom".

Elizabeth Vincer, 2012.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
B.E.S. Honours Environment and Resource Studies Co-op, Joint Honours Biology, University of Waterloo, Ontario (2009)
Through the experiences of her undergraduate co-op terms, Elizabeth has developed an interest in wildlife biology and wildlife conservation. Her research in REM focuses on the microhabitat selection of a Species At Risk in BC: the Western Skink. The Western Skink is a small lizard with a bright blue tail that is found only in a small portion of the Okanagan region of BC. She is interested in determining the habitat needs for this lizard and how that will inform management decisions for the species. Elizabeth is also interested in determining how management of skink populations might impact the resilience of the skink's specialist predator, the Desert Nightsnake which is listed as Endangered in BC. She will use simulation modeling to generate population dynamics for both species, and analyze the resilience of these populations when they are affected by different management scenarios.

Ralph Wells, 1996.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Ralph graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1996. His masters project was entitled "Developmental Trends in Stand Structure and Tree Mortality in Coastal Western Hemlock Forests".

Rachel White Collings, 2012.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
BSC Honours Geography, University of Victoria
Rachel grew up in North Vancouver and loves the mountains, the ocean, and of course, the rain. Before starting a Masters at REM, she worked as a Program Coordinator for children and youth programs, a GIS Technician, a Naturalist, a Forest Technician with the Ministry of Forests doing projects on Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification and Old Growth Dynamics, and a Watershed Roundtable researcher with the Sliammon First Nation.
Rachel’s research at REM was a component of a riparian restoration project in Haida Gwaii entitled, “Yahgudang: a respectful act. Restoring the land and honouring the history of Tllga kun Gwaayaay (Lyell Island).” Her thesis is entitled "Riparian Restoration on Lyell Island, Haida Gwaii: Understory vegetation and canopy light". It involved looking at the effects of riparian restoration on the understory light and plant community on Lyell Island in Haida Gwaii. But don’t think that Rachel will ever be a specialist! She will always be finding ways to integrate her diverse interests including terrestrial and marine ecology, sustainable community planning, environmental education, and conflict resolution, among others.

Darren Witt, 2006.
Darren Witt
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Darren graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 2006. His masters project was entitled "Use of Prescribed Fire in Ecological Restoration: Lessons from Chittenden Meadow, Skagit Valley, British Columbia".

Anthony Wong, 1994.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Tony graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1994. His masters project was entitled "Alternative Silviculture Systems and Forest Management in The Roberts Creek—Mountain Elphinstone Forest: Public Attitudes and Preferences".

Carmen Wong, 1999.
B.Sc. (1995, Limnology, McGill)
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU), RP Bio.
Carmen graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management (REM) in 2000. She is currently the principal of Senlin Ecological Consulting (Vernon, BC, 250-558-5292). She has eight years experience conducting data analyses and field sampling, five of which are specific to describing the dynamics of natural disturbances in British Columbia. She works with forest industry, government agencies, non-profit organizations and other Lertzman lab alumni linking research on forest dynamics with policy for sustainable forest management. Recent projects include: developing a decision support framework for incorporating forest health into management decisions, developing a spatially explicit landscape fire model for estimating the range of natural variability in interior Douglas-fir forest structure, conducting reviews of natural disturbance literature to aid land use planning and park management plans, researching financial and legislative mechanisms to encourage conservation in high value forests, and using the range of natural variability in interior Douglas-fir forest processes and structure to guide forest management.
Her REM thesis, "Memories of natural disturbances in ponderosa pine- Douglas-fir age structures, southwestern British Columbia", was comprised of two chapters. The first chapter explores the influence of uncertainty in tree age on inferences made from age-class distributions (see Wong and Lertzman. 2001. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 31:1262-1271). The second chapter addressed two key questions in the lower Stein Valley near Lytton, BC: What are the relative roles of regional climate, topography, low-severity fires and other natural disturbances of varying severity in maintaining this particular forest? What was the range in variability of forest structure in the lower Stein valley before European settlement of the Fraser Canyon?

Nils Zimmermann, 1992.
M.R.M. (Resource & Environmental Management, SFU)
Nils graduated from the School of Resource & Environmental Management in 1992. His masters project was entitled "Old Growth Forest Reserves: A Process for Conservation Planning".