My first co-op position has been in the Tree Ring Lab at UBC as a field/research assistant. In the lab, I have been recording tree ring data and field data to record the frequency and severity of forest fires in western Canada.
For my final co-op term, I worked as a student researcher at the UBC lab CALP (Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning). My roles this term were twofold: to gather and summarize data from previous Coolkit findings, and to set up and document a surveying process for a neighbourhood in Surrey.
For my second co-op term, I was a research assistant in the Rhemtulla lab and UFORIA lab, and I worked on a project about the multi-functionality of community gardens in the City of Vancouver.
I am currently working in the City of Surrey with SNAP – Surrey’s Natural Area Partnership. While two other teams work on Outreach and Habitat Restoration, my team cares for trees.
Thanks to my introduction to the Cedar Research Working Group through my mentor, Dr. David Jones, I am working on a heartwood rot prediction study in western redcedar (Thuja plicata) in collaboration with Dr. Lori Daniel’s at UBC’s Tree Ring Lab and SFU’s Julie Nielsen, PhD candidate from the School of Resource & Environmental Management.
This summer I have been herding sheep for Ken Price Silviculture. As an alternative to mechanical brushing or herbacide we are using sheep to clear away the competing vegetation. Although it is seldom used, it is an economical and environmentally conscious practice.