Graduate Students



Pramila Khatri Chhetri. I was born in Pokhara, Nepal. There used to be a program in national television in Nepal “Green forest- the wealth of Nepal”. I was so interested to know the benefits that trees provide through this program and I realized its importance. I chose to do B.Sc. in forestry and completed it in 2007 from Institute of Forestry, Tribhuvan University. In 2008, I joined M.Sc. in Biodiversity and Environmental Management in Botany Department, Tribhuvan University. It was supported by NOMA scholarship and 2nd semester was done in University of Bergen, Norway. I worked as a Livelihood Promotion with RERL/AEPC and as a Program manager with Ecological Services Centre. Currently, I am doing my PhD in Forestry under Prof. Peter L. Marshall. My research interests are in Forest carbon dynamics, modelling, REDD+, climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Supervisor: Peter Marshall

Liam Gilson. I’m a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Bianca Eskelson, and started my program in fall of 2020.  My research interests center around applying techniques from statistics and biometrics to answer challenging questions surrounding forest management under climate change. Existing decision support tools, such as growth models, often lack adequate sensitivity to climatic factors. For my dissertation work, I will develop methods and tools to examine genotype-environment interactions in the timber species of BC in order to better predict growth performance under future conditions.

I did my undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota, from which I graduated in 2018 with a BSc. in Forest Management. I decided to pursue forest biometrics at a graduate level, and I graduated from Oregon State University in 2020 with my MSc in Sustainable Forest Management; my thesis examined the environmental drivers of Douglas-fir growth in Oregon and New Zealand, quantifying the principle causes of improved exotic-range growth performance.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson

Christina Howard. I am a PhD student within the UBC Forest Measurements and Biometrics Lab under the supervision of Dr. Bianca Eskelson. I completed my BSc in Natural Resources Conservation in 2017 and went on to defend my MSc in Forestry thesis in December 2020, obtaining both degrees within UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. My past research has been focused on bioenergy and biomass supply throughout BC, and I am broadly interested in how climate change is affecting the forest sector and how we can better inform forest managers and policy makers on appropriate climate change mitigation strategies. My PhD dissertation is focused on developing climate sensitive growth model components for tree species in Southern Québec, to support the continued development of climate sensitive decision support tools. I am an avid hiker, completing a through-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2017, while also training for and competing in triathlon, cycling, and running races.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson


Sushil Nepal. I am from Nepal. My research interests include Forest Biometrics, sampling, and spatial and temporal analysis techniques. My research focus is on the application of spatial statistics to characterize spatial patterns of individual trees, stands, and landscapes. I am a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Bianca Eskelson. In my research project I am applying spatial analysis techniques to compare the forest structure at spatial scales over time in the Black Mountain Experimental Forest (BMEF), California, USA. I am using historical inventory data and recent inventory and LiDAR data from the BMEF.

B.Sc., Tribhuwan University, 2011
M.Sc., Tribhuwan University, 2014
M.Sc., Northern Arizona University, 2017

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson

Kea Rutherford. I am a MSc student under the co-supervision of Dr. Lori Daniels and Dr. Bianca Eskelson. I have a BSc in Ecosystem Management and Forestry and a BSc in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. I am broadly interested in wildfire science and proactive wildfire management strategies. In my research, I assess the efficacy of alternative fuel hazard treatments to mitigate extreme fire behaviour in the seasonally dry montane forests of southeastern British Columbia, Canada. My work is in collaboration with the BC Community Forest Association and BC Wildfire Service.

Supervisors: Bianca Eskelson & Lori Daniels