Flora Krivak-Tetley. I am a postdoctoral fellow in the UBC Forest Measurements and Biometrics Lab. My research focuses on partial harvesting in British Columbia’s interior cedar hemlock (ICH) forests. I am working to integrate the stand-level model SORTIE-ND with landscape-level modelling using LANDIS-II’s ForCS extension to compare carbon storage outcomes of different management approaches. I teach FRST 231: Introduction to Biometrics.

I have diverse research interests that include forest stand dynamics and carbon storage, invasive species, insect pest population dynamics, conservation biology, social-ecological systems, and sustainable agriculture and forestry. For my PhD (Dartmouth College, with advisor Matthew Ayres), I led a comparative study on the impacts and population dynamics of the invasive woodwasp Sirex noctilio across its native and invaded range (Spain, South Africa, Argentina, USA). I completed my MS with John Battles at UC Berkeley, where my research worked to identify early impacts of climate change, including decreasing growth rates and increasing mortality, in old growth Sierra Nevada forests.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson
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Lara Melo. I joined the UBC Forest Biometrics Lab in 2020 as a postdoctoral fellow to work on various growth modelling issues, which is the center of my research interest. My Ph.D. work focused on estimating the uncertainty arising from large area growth predictions in mixed forests in Quebec. I also did post-doctoral research on developing forest succession and recruitment models, and on studying optimal plot size for recruitment forest inventory. These experiences have allowed me to strengthen my skills in predicting forest growth, from sampling analysis, through model development, to propagation errors in predictions and the impact on decision-making.
My current responsibilities continue in the same field of interest, but the outlook is turned towards the forest context of climate change. These include: simulating the effects of different management regimes on carbon pools and working on climate-sensitive growth and yield models.

Supervisor: Bianca Eskelson