Co-op Profile

Chazel Solamo (Forestry)

Chazel Solamo (Forestry)

For my first co-op term this summer, I have had the wonderful opportunity to work for the Sunshine Coast Conservation Association as a Research and Outreach Coordinator. I have been heavily involved in doing research and compiling a brief report to save a proposed cut block under the Forest Stewardship Plan, which required on-site assessments and community engagement. I have no forestry-related job experience, which has led me to apply for the co-op program and this job has definitely allowed me to experience a fulfilling role.

Bilal Sayed (Conservation)

Bilal Sayed (Conservation)

Within the first couple weeks working with SNAP (Surrey’s Natural Areas Partnership) I had already learned so much thanks to the Green Timbers Heritage Society, the city of Surrey and the UBC Faculty of Forestry Co-op Program for getting me to this position. I learned about the importance of urban natural areas in our cities and all about invasive plant removal, the addition of tree wells around the base of urban trees for protection and much more.

Jessica Johanson (Conservation)

Jessica Johanson (Conservation)

I spent this summer, my first Co-op work term, as an intern for Icelandic Forest Research. As a research assistant, I have had the opportunity to engage in various projects and learn from many different scientists. These projects included measuring a progeny trial of poplar trees, traveling for the Icelandic Forest Inventory, and assessing birch for a study on insect damage.

Michael Vela (Forestry)

Michael Vela (Forestry)

My second and third co-op work terms are spread across two consecutive four month terms with Interfor, based out of their office in Sechelt, BC. My job has had me assisting mostly with cut-block layout and road location/design both in the field and the office. I’ve been able to learn and improve on a multitude of technical skills like compassing and GPS work, but the work experience as a whole has been the major benefit for me.

Doris Sun (Urban Forestry)

Doris Sun (Urban Forestry)

My first Co-op work term was with the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (or CALP) at UBC. I was fortunate enough to work in an interdisciplinary and supportive environment where there was something new for me to learn every day. My primary task was to work on a project called The Citizen’s Coolkit (in short the Coolkit), which for me was the amalgamation of everything I had wanted in a co-op placement.

Hugh Grady (Wood Products Processing)

Hugh Grady (Wood Products Processing)

On my second co-op work term through the department of Wood Science, I took part in a new project at FPInnovations focused on the development of wood products manufactured from underutilized wood waste, primarily from local demolition materials. The project was based in Vancouver, where annually 450 000 tons of waste wood material is either sent to the landfill or underutilized. With the growing number of demolitions in Vancouver I was inspired to be part of this timely and important initiative.

David Brandson (Wood Products Processing)

David Brandson (Wood Products Processing)

I spent the final co-op term of my undergraduate degree at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in the UK. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars are known for their extensive use of wood on the interior components of their automobiles. I was involved in a variety of projects seeing new wood and non-wood interior components into production within the Woodshop.

Christina Lam (Natural Resources Conservation – Global Perspectives)

Christina Lam (Natural Resources Conservation – Global Perspectives)

My 4th co-op term consisted of the development and delivery of programs aimed at reconnecting people to Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. In partnership with the Vancouver Aquarium, I’ve worked to engage guests through touch tables, talks, and various other activities designed to peek interest and build knowledge on the amazing work that both organizations are doing to maintain these special places.

Shucong (Ansel) Nie (Forestry – Forest Resources Management)

Shucong (Ansel) Nie (Forestry – Forest Resources Management)

For my first Co-op work term, I have been working as a research assistant in the Evenden Lab, which studies plant-insect interactions and insect chemical and behavioural ecology at the University of Alberta. This is an incredible opportunity for me to work with some excellent people in this summer. As a field and laboratory research assistant, I have learnt a lot about the endemic niche of mountain pine beetle which is the most damaging biotic disturbance agent in mature pines in western Canada.

Nicole Stevens – (Natural Resources Conservation – Global Perspectives)

Nicole Stevens – (Natural Resources Conservation – Global Perspectives)

Last summer I worked with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Uttarakhand, India for my second co-op work term. Not only was it an incredible experience personally, through being able to explore and engage with a new culture, but also professionally. My fellow college, Christina Howard, and I conducted research on the perceptions of Himalayan villagers towards climate change. We were able to spend time in the field conducting social surveys with the mountain communities.