former FRESHies


Joris Jun

Joris Jun grew up in Nanjing, China, which was honoured as one of the most suitable cities for people to live. She holds a BSc in Forest resources management from UBC. Now, she is the graduate student in FRESH lab and pursuing her MSc degree. Joris developed her interests in forest product marketing during her university study and now is currently researching Chinese consumers’ perception of Canadian Aboriginal value-added wood products. She is also working as a research assistant to edit and post lecture videos for UBC branch at APFNet (Asia-Pacific Network for sustainable forest management and rehabilitation). Joris has always been a sports and outdoors enthusiast. Skiing, hiking and volleyball are among her favourite activities. She is also an amateur composer and photographer and developing her own music fashion blog.


Enes Satir, MSc

Enes came to UBC under the “study abroad” scholarship program offered by the Turkish government.  In forest management, each year only two students are awarded this competitive scholarship. For his thesis Enes has worked on the use and development of spatial forest databases related to carbon sequestration in the Arikaya region, Turkey, showing pathways to a successful multifunctional management of the forests in the region. He graduate in December 2017.


Placeholder_Vertical  Saeed Ghafghazi, PhD
Senior modeller with NRCan
Saeed was a researcher at FRESH between 2011 and 2017. During his time as a postdoctoral researcherSaeed focused on supply chain management and optimization.
His PhD work focused on “Multi Criteria Evaluation of Wood Pellet Utilization in District Heating Systems”. Before joining UBC, Saeed earned a Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from Isfahan University of Technology (Iran), as well as a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Sharif University of Technology (Iran). Since 2016 Saeed has started working as a sessional lecturer in the Forestry undergraduate program at the faculty.

  Kahlil Baker (PhD)
Kahlil successfully defended his thesis in forest economics in summer 2017.His research focuses the design of reforestation programs that work with farmers in low-income countries. He is also the Executive Director of Taking Root, a non-profit agency that works with farmers in Nicaragua to make reforestation an economically viable land-use option. He holds a Master’s degree in forest biometrics from the University of British-Columbia, a degree in economics from Concordia University, a permaculture design certificate from Costa Rica, and a professional specialization certificate in business development. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish and is currently learning German.

 Picture_CristianVasco  Christian Leopoldo Vasco Perez
Postdoctoral Fellow with FRESH 2016/2017

Cristian was born in Quito, Ecuador. His research focuses on exploring the linkages between economic development and forest resources use among colonist and indigenous populations in the Ecuadorian Amazon. He obtained his PhD from the Department of Development Economics and Agricultural Policy at the University of Kassel, Germany. Since 2014 he is a lecturer at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Central University of Ecuador. Currently he is a postdoctoral-fellow at the Department of Forest Resources Management with a scholarship from the Secretariat for Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of the Republic of Ecuador (SENESCYT).

  David J. Jackson
Postdoctoral researcher with FRESH 2017

David holds a Master’s in Forestry from Auburn University (Alabama), a PhD in Forest Resources from Mississippi State University, as well as a PhD in Forest Policy from the University of Idaho. With his broad expertise in the are of forest management, forest economics, forest policy and wood utilization David contributed to a variety of projects during his time with FRESH.

Suborna Ahmed Suborna Ahmed
PhD (2016)

Suborna graduated with a PhD in 2016 and has moved into a Postdoctoral position in another lab at UBC.

  Wanggi Jaung
PhD (2017)

Wanggi holds a Master’s in Food and Resource Economics, and a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation. He has worked with the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) on several projects as a consultant and intern. His PhD research supported CIFOR’s market studies for a “Forest Certification for Ecosystem Services (ForCES)” project led by Forest Stewardship Council. His personal interests include languages, travel, swimming, and popping, a street dance and one of the original funk styles that came from California during the late 1960s–1970s.