Alumni

Yi-Chin (Sunny) Tseng. I was born and raised in a beautiful country called Taiwan. The cold weather in Vancouver often makes me miss the sun, the beach, and the food in the night markets. As an undergraduate student in National Taiwan University, I double majored in Physics and Forestry Conservation. During my graduate study in University of British Columbia, I continue pursuing my passion in developing mathematical models for forest resources management. In particular, I am most interested in applying machine learning techniques in analyzing bioacoustic data. When I am not sitting in the office, you can often find me being outside recordings bird sounds, hiking, swimming, or staying home making artworks.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson

sunny.tseng@alumni.ubc.ca


Nguyet Anh Nguyen. I am from Hanoi, Vietnam. I first joined Forest Biometrics Lab as a Mitacs Globalink Intern in 2016 and fell in love with UBC Forestry. Then, I decided to come back for my MSc program at UBC Forestry in 2017. I am interested in interdisciplinary research topics, which are the combination of technical applications and social dimensions in sustainable natural resources management. I love learning about forests and how public involvement and public perception affect forest management planning. I have a passion for applying models and building up a set of indicators for sustainable management planning, including the applications of geographic information systems.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson

nguyetanh.nguyen@alumni.ubc.ca


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Kyle Lochhead. I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Forest Management at UBC and a Registered Professional Forester in the province of Alberta. I spent 8 years in Alberta where I gained both forest industry experience and earned a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Alberta. While developing various models and decision support tools for the forest industry, I quickly gained a strong interest in quantitative methods which has led me to the exciting world of forest biometrics and modeling.

My research interests are focused on very large scale forest resource inventories with an emphasis on developing methods for imputing forest attributes and projecting the inventory through time. Currently, I am working with Canada’s National Forest Inventory to compare imputation approaches for mapping forest attribute information across the entirety of Canada’s Boreal Forest (~223 million hectares). This work is being conducted in collaboration with Natural Resources Canada for use in a large scale systems analysis of the Boreal forest sector.

Supervisors: Gary Bull and Valerie LeMay

kyle.lochhead@live.forestry.ubc.ca


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Grace Carsky. I am from San Francisco, California, and moved to Vancouver, BC in 2010. Despite not really enjoying the outdoors much as a kid (probably something to do with the California heat), I found myself joining the Faculty of Forestry and loving every minute of it. I joined the Forest Biometrics Lab in May 2014, initially to rebuild their website, and then continued working as an undergraduate research assistant. I have recently graduated from UBC with a B.Sc. in Forest Sciences and instead of trying to find a job, am starting my Master’s right here in the lab!

My research focuses on the growth and yield of mixed-species stands. My undergraduate thesis focused on the effects of density and species composition on the growth and yield of an interior forest stand. I am currently working with data from a long term experimental plot initiated by the BC Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. I will be looking at the effects of thinning on growth and size-structure dynamics over time, this time in coastal forests.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson

grace.carsky@ubc.ca


Kate Peterson. I am a Master’s student in the department of Forest Biometrics at UBC. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada where I received my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Winnipeg. While working towards my degree I was employed in several different areas of forestry, including tree and seedling growth as well as urban forestry.

My research interests are focused on forest ecology, wildfires, and fire-ecosystem interactions. Currently, I am working with pre- and post-fire data from US national forest inventory plots located in the Pacific Northwest in order to analyze the impact of fire on specific carbon pools.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson

k.peterson@alumni.ubc.ca


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James Halperin. James has a BA in Political Science from University of Southern Maine, an MS in Forestry from North Carolina State University, an AAS in GIS from Central Oregon Community College, and a PhD in Forest Biometrics from University of British Columbia. He has been working in natural resources for more than 20 years, including forest inventory and monitoring, GIS and remote sensing, forest management, and conservation planning. He has worked in different forests across Africa, southeast Asia, and North America and finds that any day in the forest is a good day. He enjoys finding solutions to forest monitoring challenges using open-source software and modeling tools. He is currently a Forestry and Climate Change Specialist with USAID/Indonesia.

Supervisor: Valerie LeMay

Webpage

j.halperin@alumni.ubc.ca


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Suborna Ahmed. I am a postdoctoral researcher and secondary instructor in the Forest Resources Management Department, UBC. My postdoctoral research is a collaboration work with BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations to analyze the effect from fertilization on growth of interior species. I did my PhD in Forest Biometrics at UBC and my focal area was Meta-analysis where I quantified growth and yield of improved genetics in the Canadian Boreal Forest. I have a Master’s and Bachelor degree in applied statistics from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. I teach introductory Biometrics distance learning course and was a teaching assistant in some graduate and undergraduate courses in UBC. Also, I taught undergraduate and graduate statistics courses in the University of Dhaka. In my Master’s in Bangladesh, I worked on Inferential Statistics to develop a robust normality test and due to my interest in applied statistics I started working in Forest Biometrics in UBC. My research interests include statistical modelling and computing in applied sectors, survival analysis, growth and yield of experimental designs and big data analysis.

Supervisor: Valerie LeMay

Webpage

suborna@mail.ubc.ca