Graduate Students

Current students

Andrea Lyall
Andrea LyallAndrea Lyall, Registered Professional Forester (RPF) began her Master of Science in Forestry program in 2014. She also works with the UBC Faculty of Forestry as Aboriginal Initiatives Coordinator and instructs a third-year university course Aboriginal Forestry. Andrea has over 16 years of experience and has worked with over 30 indigenous communities from British Columbia, Washington, Alaska and Ontario. By provincial order in council, Andrea was appointed to the Forest Practices Board of British Columbia for a third term in 2012. Andrea is a member of the Kwakwaka’wakw Nation and she is an alumna of the UBC Faculty of Forestry Forest Resources Management program.

Angela Mawdsley
Angela MawdsleyAngie is a PhD student in the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from UBC and a Master of Integrated Water Management from the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia. Her research interests include water governance, adaptive management and social-ecological systems with a PhD focus on water governance regimes to try and develop a framework to assess the appropriateness of different water governance regimes throughout British Columbia. Angie’s research motivation comes from a passion for water, BC’s new water sustainability act and inclusiveness promoting a shift towards co-governance and participatory management of natural resources. Prior to taking on the PhD journey, Angie had an active engineering career as section manager of engineering planning and design for the District of North Vancouver, design engineer of water and sanitation systems for First Nation communities and municipal design and inspection services.

Judah Melton
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Judah MeltonJudah is an MSc student from Davenport, Iowa, USA in the department of Forest Resources Management at UBC. He completed his BSc in Forestry with a concentration in Forest Biology at Colorado State University. During his time at CSU, Judah was a US Department of State Gilman International Scholar where he spent a semester at Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Brno, Czech Republic in 2012. Judah recently spent a summer working for the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota, USA as a Wilderness Ranger and currently serves as a member of the Programs Committee for the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to strengthen volunteer stewardship groups in wilderness areas in the United States. His research interests are centered around public and community involvement in forest management and finding ways for countries like Canada and the US to learn from each other to better sustain forest resources the world over.

Mahsa Mojahednia
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Mahsa MojahedniaI am an MSc student at the department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. I completed my Undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Isfahan- Iran (2003). I also have a Master of Arts in Economics (2012). I began my MSc in Forestry in 2013. My interests are mainly forest economics and policy. My research is focused on modeling timber supply for British Columbia. In my research, I am trying to explore what factors influence harvesting decisions including the relationship between market demand for low value fibre and its impact on harvest levels and also policy changes. I am trying to identify how industry structure, market conditions, and policies influence timber demand and what is harvested.

Rene Reyes
Rene ReyesRené Reyes is a PhD student at the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. He is holder of the “Becas Chile” program from the Chilean Government. He is a Forest Engineer of the Universidad de Chile (1992-1997) and Master in Forestry Science of the Universidad Austral de Chile (2002-2004). He was President and Vice-president of the Association of Forest Engineers for the Native Forest between 2001 and 2009, and Treasurer for the period 2011-2013. René Reyes was founder of the National Firewood Certification System (, iniciative mains to regulate and formalize the market of this energy source. Two thirds of the firewood used in Chile come from native forest (9 million cubic meters), representing one of the most important drivers of the native forest degradation. His doctoral research at UBC focuses on the impacts of the increment in the fossil fuel prices on the native forest degradation, due to the subtitution of fossil fuels by forest biomass in the Chilean Industrial Sector.

Past students

Jean-Michel Beaudoin
Jean-Michel BeaudoinJean-Michel Beaudoin is a PhD student at the Department of Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver. He is holder of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Doctoral Scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science in forest resources management from Laval University in Quebec City in 2007. He received his Master of Science in Forestry from Laval University in 2009. He is also a forest engineer in the province of Quebec. Jean-Michel was part of a research program on Quebec’s forest entrepreneurs. The program gained a better understanding of who forest entrepreneurs are, how to help them become more efficient, and how to improve their businesses. His Master was part of the program and he studied the development of Aboriginal business in the Ilnu community of Mashteuiatsh. His doctoral research at UBC focuses on the process of economic development of forest resources by Aboriginal communities. More specifically, the goal of the research is to understand how they engage in 1) the development of the vision and strategic plan and 2) the assessment of the conditions required for successful business development. His research will give an opportunity chance to Aboriginal communities to think strategically about what they want to accomplish in the forestry sector and how to best get there. The study is part of a research partnership developed among Canadian and US academic, governments, the forest industry and several Aboriginal communities and organizations from British Columbia and Quebec.

Ella Furness
Ella FurnessI’m orginally from England, where I did a degree (BAHons) in Geography, Environmental Studies and Development Studies at the University of Sussex. I also worked as a community worker and then trained as a cabinet maker. Most recently I set up a workshop as part of a community wood recycling organization ( I am doing an MSc where I am researching Community Forest Organizations (CFOs), which have been developed in BC to manage forests according to the needs and desires of local communities. The ecological effects of climate change in many of these communities are expected to be significant, and likely to have a detrimental effect on the health of the forests. The study is concerned with what CFOs need to have in place to adapt to climate change in their forests. ‘Adaptive capacity’ is a term used to describe an ability to adapt to change, and adaptive capacity depends upon governance, access to economic and physical capital, social networks, human skills and knowledge, technology, and guiding values. My study looks at the importance of each of these components of adaptive capacity to ascertain which of these factors most need to be present for a CFO to adapt. I have also worked at the Alex Fraser Research Forest during my time at UBC.

Philip Grace
Phil GraceI am an MSc student in the Department of Forest Resources Management in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC. I completed my undergraduate degree in Business and Economics at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia in 2008, and began my MSc in Forestry in 2009. My Master’s research is focused on small and medium-sized enterprises operating in the secondary wood products manufacturing sector and explores the drivers and barriers to success they face. This exploratory study, conducted through in-depth case studies, provides a basis for the formulation of further research questions around the implementation of a successful value-added strategy for the sector as a whole. At a broader scope, my research interests are in the stability and resiliency of resource dependent rural communities, and the challenges they will have to overcome in the face of changing markets, changing climate, and changes in the availability of resources. In addition to my thesis research, I have also been involved in projects looking at the socio-economic and forest management impacts of climate change adaptation strategies in the forest sector.

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