Being affected by wildfires herself, Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz was forced to evacuate the Williams Lake area this summer, but has returned to work on her forest fire management research. Kelsey’s research work focuses on traditional ecological knowledge, and in implementing proactive strategies with dealing with wildfire. Working collaboratively with the Williams Lake Community Forest managers, including the Williams Lake Indian Band, her research utilizes both qualitative inquiry methods (such as focus groups and participatory mapping) and quantitative tree-ring studies to provide a more holistic understanding of the historic fire regime in this location.
About the award
The UBC Public Scholars Award builds connections, community, and capacity for doctoral students who are interested in explicitly linking their doctoral work to an arena of public benefit and integrating broader and more career-relevant forms of scholarship into their doctoral education process.
The Faculty of Forestry has a total of four graduate students in the PSI Network this year; read more about their research.