Professional Master’s Panel Discussion

November 17, 2022 10am - 11am


2022 Professional Master's Panel Discussion

When: November 17, 2022, at 10am (PST)
Where: Online

UBC Forestry’s accelerated Professional Master’s degrees offer the opportunity to deepen your technical skills, hone your leadership abilities and expand your professional networks – all in only 9 to 14 months.

Led by world-renowned faculty members and experienced industry professionals, our programs are developed to give students the core foundation in rapidly developing fields – such as climate adaptation, forest carbon management and geomatics – to advance in their careers.

Join us on November 17, and learn directly from program directors, instructors and advising staff in our exclusive panel discussion, and find out which program is right for you.

Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management

Over 9-months, the Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) provides essential training in the use and application of geospatial tools used to plan, develop, manage, and evaluate programs to protect and regulate natural habitats and renewable natural resources.


Dr. Paul Pickell

With an extensive background in sustainability and environmental studies across numerous sectors, Dr. Pickell brings his expertise as an Assistant Professor of Teaching to our MGEM Program. Dr. Pickell has been teaching geographic information systems at UBC since 2017 and has worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at UBC, a lecturer at Simon Fraser University, and more recently as a remote sensing scientist with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Currently, he is writing an open-access textbook on geographic information systems.

Master of Sustainable Forest Management

Master of Sustainable Forest Management (MSFM) is a 9-month master’s program that prepares students for careers as professional forest land managers in North America and overseas, emphasizing the foundations of land management, land information acquisition and analysis, site-level management and sustainable land management.

Ken Byrne

Dr. Ken Byrne

Dr. Byrne is a professional forester with a background in natural disturbance modelling and extensive practice working with practitioners to implement research – specifically in the fields of harvesting and silviculture system modelling, adapting to the impacts of climate change and leveraging technologies in the forest sector. He enjoys sharing these passions and embraces continuous improvement teaching for the benefit of students beginning their careers in forestry.

Master of Urban Forestry Leadership

Entirely remote, the Master of Urban Forestry Leadership (MUFL) is a comprehensive online, 14-month, program that provides an interdisciplinary perspective of urban forestry, with a focus on strategic management, decision-making, and creativity. An optional field experience in Europe complements the online program and provides opportunities to liaise with fellow students and urban forestry leaders.

Sara Barron

Dr. Sara Barron

As the program director for the MUFL program, Dr. Barron brings an expansive background in working with interdisciplinary teams to explore the various aspects of urban green space contributions to climate adaptation and human well-being. She is a member of the Green Infrastructure Research Group at the University of Melbourne and the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning at UBC.

Master of International Forestry

The Master of International Forestry (MIF) is a 10-month, course-based master’s program that provides the knowledge, skills, and tools required to address the social, environmental, and economic challenges of global forest and natural resources management. The program offers a 6-12 week placement or guided study working directly with partner organizations upon completion of the program. Previous placements include working with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) and the Asia-Pacific Network For Sustainable Forest Management and Rehabilitation.

Dr Agni Klintuni Boedhihartono

Dr. Agni Klintuni Boedhihartono

Equipped with a multidisciplinary background (Anthropology, Fine Arts, Cinematography, and Natural Sciences), Dr. Boedhihartono has worked with teams in remote locations in tropical landscapes and seascapes in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Her work uses visual techniques to explore landscape scenarios and other participatory methods to maximize the involvement of diverse stakeholder groups. to support Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

Dr. James Langston

As the coordinator of the MIF program, Dr. Langston pursues transdisciplinary science in forested landscapes where the UBC International Forestry program seeks to enable more sustainable and inclusive development. He is passionate about ensuring that forestry professionals receive an education that best prepares them for the rigours of seeking, negotiating, and implementing solutions for complex global forest challenges.

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