Graduate Students


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PhD candidate

Kathleen graduated from UBC with a Masters in Sustainable Forest Management. She returned to UBC in 2016 to obtain a PhD with FRESH. Besides her research work that is focused on teaching methods in higher education with a focus on forest education, she is TAing various courses in the Forestry undergraduate program as well as the professional Master’s program in Sustainable Forest Management. Kathleen can be seen walking her dog Cedar around the block.

Donald S. McPhee Fellowship (2018)

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PhD Student

Federico comes from Buriasco, a small village in the foothills of the Italian Alps. As long as he can remember, he has been passionate about the natural world. This passion has deeply affected his life choices. He studied forestry and environmental science at the University of Turin. After receiving his masters degree there in 2015, he became a research assistant in the forest economics department. Since then, the focus of his research has been the study of relationships between human society and forestry.Federico joined the FRESH lab in August, 2018 where he will assist in building an economic model accounting for the social consequences of the spread of forest insects and alien species on the Canadian forests as a part of the BioSAFE project.Outside the lab Federico really loves photography and aquatic sports.

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Thais Almeida Lima
PhD candidate

Thais is originally from Brazil and started her PhD at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry in September 2015. She is a Forester trained at Brasilia University, Brazil (2006) and holds a Master’s degree in Tropical Forest Sciences from the National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), Brazil (2009).

Thais’ research is driven by the overall question of how to enhance response times to illegal timber harvest operations in primary forests across Amazonas State. Her current research interests cover the dynamics of timber harvest operations as well as policy and governance within Brazil’s Amazon boundaries. At FRESH she aims to connect and compare Canadian Forest policies with regulations currently in place in Brazil. In her free time, she trains Capoeira and studies Italian.

Thais is currently visiting the European Union’s Joint Research Center in Ispra, Italy.

 ITTO Fellowship (2016)

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PhD student

Vivek comes from Varanasi, India and started his PhD at UBC’s Faculty of Forestry in January 2017. He is a trained forester (H.N.B Garhwal University, (India)) and holds a Master’s degree in Remote Sensing and GIS (Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS)). His passion is remote sensing and GIS applications in forest inventory and management with a focus on the development of species distribution models. Previously he has worked on assessing changes in land use/land cover, species distribution and ecosystem vulnerability to climate change in Darjeeling Himalaya, India at the IIRS, India Space Research Organization, Dehradun. His current work in the Genome Canada funded research project bioSAFE focuses on the preparation of current and future RDMaps of forest invasive alien species (FIAS) under climate change using spatial distribution models. Vivek will integrate modeled output into a model based decision support system to assist the management and mitigation of FIAS. In his free time he loves hiking, trekking and exploring the unexplored.

Hammish Kimmins Scholarship in Forest Ecosystems (2018)
Mary & David Macaree Fellowship (2018)
MITACS Globalink Research Award (2018)

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PhD candidate

Devyani arrived from India in 2005 to pursue a career in corporate finance. She holds an MBA (finance) from the University of Iowa, and has worked as a senior financial analyst in the United States. Her true passion, however, are the environmental sciences and, in 2010, she decided to switch careers by enrolling for a M.Sc. in Environmental Science at The Ohio State University. Devyani is currently obtaining a Ph.D. in Environmental Finance at the Faculty of Forestry, UBC. Her research focues on estimating the impacts of local scale biomass estimation on carbon financing for improved cook-stoves.In 2015 she was selected to attend the prestigious summer program at IIASA, Austria. Here she worked with Dr. Shonali Pachuari on the ‘displacement of wood due to increased LPG use in India’. Devyani also teaches undergraduate level courses within the faculty of forestry during the school term. Recently, she has been selected to be part of the public scholar’s initiative at UBC. During her free time, Devyani plays Ultimate Frisbee on the competitive Vancouver women’s club team.

UBC Public Scholar (2017)
Mary and David Macaree Fellowship (2016)
Adam Polinko
PhD CandidateAdam is a silviculturist and PhD candidate in the Forest Resources Management department at the University of British Columbia. His PhD research investigates wood quality as a way to meet sustainable forest management objectives, using British Columbia, Canada as an example. Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, his research background spans from the dry mixed-conifer forests of the American Southwest to reclaimed mine sites in the Athabasca oil sands region of Alberta. Adam’s research interests include silviculture, stand dynamics and modelling. Particularly using silvicultural tools and applying stand dynamics in novel environments and situations.

* PhD students become PhD candidates after successfully passing their comprehensive exam

 Master students


Emmanuel Adoasi-Ahyiah

Emmanuel was born and raised in Ghana. He recently completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Resources Management at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), where he received the Youth Excellence League Award from the Beige Foundation. Emmanuel has always been fascinated by the human dynamic relationship with nature and topical emerging environmental issues which led him to study of sustainable forest and natural resources management. Prior to his Master’s studies at UBC in September 2018, Emmanuel worked as a teaching and research assistant at the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resources, KNUST. At FRESH, he intends to explore the use of models and decision support systems in the sustainable management of forest and natural resources.

Outside of working hours, Emmanuel loves volunteering, exploring new areas and learning about cultures, making friends, cooking and music.

UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholar (2018)


Tolulope Afolabi

Tolulope is from Ekiti State, Nigeria in Africa. She completed her undergraduate degree in Forestry and Wood Technology at the Federal University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria.

She will have her first research experience with her Masters of Science in Forestry under the supervision of Prof. Griess and the FRESH lab crew. This is quite exciting, as she can’t wait to really explore the world of science as a need-driven researcher whose incentive of accomplishment is arriving at substantial solutions to environmental challenges endemic to the African continent and the world at large.

When she isn’t buried in books and career related subjects, she enjoys singing, listening to gospel music, creative writing, cooking and the company of family and friends.

UBC Mastercard Foundation Scholar (2018)

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Amber Hansen

Amber grew up on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Southwest British Columbia. She achieved an undergraduate degree from UBC Forestry, specializing in Integrated Resources Management. Amber has worked in the forestry industry on Vancouver Island for Western Forest products, in the Southern Interior for the Alex Fraser Research Forest, and in Northern BC for Canfor, before beginning her Master’s studies in January 2017. In her work, she is assessing the impact of using western redcedar seedlings higher in monoterpenes to mitigate ungulate browsing pressure in young stands.

Amber loves animals, science fiction, and being active in the great outdoors. She recently joined the UBC logger sports team where she holds the position of Safety Officer.

Branham G. Griffith Memorial Scholarship (2019)
William John Splan Scholarship in Forestry (2016)
Harry G. Smith Award, Forest Res. Management (2015)


Marie-Eve Leclerc

Marie- Eve has recently completed her Forestry undergraduate degree at UBC in the Forest Resources Management program. She previously worked in BC’s beautiful interior both for the Alex Fraser research forest as well as Forsite Consultants Ltd. During her work she gained much field experience performing block and road layout. She has also previous research experience from working under Dr Lori Daniel’s supervision in the Tree Ring lab with a post-fire regeneration study. She has been a member of FRESH for the last year and has started her Master’s program in May 2016. Her research interests include the effects of the new forest order on timber supply and carbon sequestration in the Great Bear Rainforest, as well as how to reduce ungulate browsing on cedar seedlings in BC’s coastal forests.

Marie-Eve is heavily involved with the logger’s sports program at UBC and has competed throughout British Columbia and the United States. She also enjoys any outdoor activity such as downhill skiing, climbing, and hiking.

MITACS Campus France Research Award (2018)
Braham G. Griffith Memorial Scholarship in FRM (2017)


Stefanie Lumnitz

Stef grew up in a small German town close to the European Alps. She received her BSc in Geography in 2017 from the Ludwigs-Maximilians University with a minor in Land Management from the Technical University in Munich. Early in her studies she worked for the German Space Agency and discovered her interest for Remote Sensing. In 2016 she pursued a BSc thesis with the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion), later becoming a research assistant there. Her passion for the environment and her experiences with the power of data science lead her to question how new technologies could be used to facilitate environmental management and improve environmental policy.

Her research at FRESH will explore how convolutional neural networks in combination with Google street view images, LiDAR data and satellite imagery can improve bio surveillance and early eradication of invasive alien species in urban areas. As a Masters student she will be part of the BioSafe team and closely collaborate with the Integrated Remote Sensing Studio and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Outside of the lab, Stef is an avid explorer always looking for new adventures on the rock, in the snow or in the ocean.


Galen Maennicke

Galen has joined FRESH in September 2017. His research will include an economic and ecological analysis of switching from single species, even-aged forest plantations to ‘close-to-nature’ forestry in the tropics, with a case study in Panama.

Galen holds a BS in Forestry from Northern Arizona University, with a certificate in Fire Ecology. He has recently returned from Senegal, where he spent the past two years volunteering with the US Peace Corps as an agroforestry extension agent. In the past, he has worked as wildland firefighter in Arizona, certified arborist in California, and forester in Washington State.

When not in the lab, Galen enjoys backpacking, fishing, mountain biking, and cooking.

Brenda Hanson Memorial Scholarship in Forestry (2018)
Mary & David Macaree Fellowship (2018)


Seraphine Munroe

Seraphine’s interest in graduate studies is based on both her professional and personal experiences. She is Dakelh and Sto:lo (BC First Nations). Dakelh are people of the Forest, as such, her culture is strongly tied to the land. The rapid disappearance of forests contributes to the continued erasure of her cultural way of life.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Anthropology from Thompson River University. After completing her bachelors she worked as professional Archaeologist, conducting research and cultural assessments in her home territory. She holds field director status and was, in recent years, working mainly on topics related to the forest industry, such as assessing proposed forest cut-blocks.

The limited measures employed to protect both the cultural heritage and lifeways of the Dakelh people made her feel overwhelmed and underutilized, and she wanted to understand the context of forestry and Aboriginal relations in more depth.

Her research today focuses on how Indigenous legal systems can affect better forest practices, enhancing forestland and culture. Specifically, she is working with traditional groups to understand the challenges faced during the implementation of Forest Management Plans.

St. Mary’s Anglican Church First Nations Bursary (2017)
Native Indian Brotherhood Award (2016)
Irving K. Barber Award (2016)
Mary & David Macaree Fellowship (2016)

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