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Trevor Gareth Jones

Adjunct Professor & MGEM Advisor

Forest Sciences Centre
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z4

I use remotely sensed data and field measurements to map and describe the distribution, composition, structure and dynamics of forests in Canada (SW coastal British Columbia), Madagascar (Ambaro/Ambanja Bays, Mahajamba Bay, Maintirano, Tsiribihina-Manombolo Delta, Velondriake, Ambondrolava), Myanmar (entire coast), Nicaragua (small-holder farms), the Philippines (Mindoro, Palawan, Sierra Madre region), the UAE (Abu Dhabi, all northern Emirates) and the USA (all of Massachusetts, New York State Adirondack mountains). In Canada and the USA, these efforts support the management of forested ecosystems and enhanced further research possibilities within National and Provincial/State Park systems. In Nicaragua, ongoing work supports the development of Farm-Trace which automates deforestation assessment for small-holder farmers.  Ongoing work in Madagascar, Myanmar and the Philippines involves estimating total carbon stocks and investigating the natural and anthropogenic causes of forest loss.  In Madagascar results support applied conservation initiatives through Blue Ventures’ Blue Forests Project, which aims to secure and sustain long-term livelihoods, safeguard biodiversity and mitigate climate change through mangrove conservation, restoration and managed-use.  In the Philippines, results support developing forest carbon projects.

At Portland State University (Portland, Oregon) I taught Old Growth Forest Ecology and Management.

At UBC, I taught Geospatial Data Analysis (GEM530), Geoinformatics Seminar Series (GEM580) and Project Proposal Development & Proof of Concept (FCOR599). I also co-taught Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management (FRST443/GEM520), the citizen science module in Landscape Ecology & Management (GEM500) and the remote sensing module in Land Information Acquisition & Analysis (FRST556).  I guest lectured in Foundations of Conservation (CONS200) and Forests & Society (FRST516).  

In 2017, I taught remote sensing at two of our partner Universities in China – Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University and Nanjing Forestry University. 

In 2017, I helped design and led a workshop on Using R for Remote Sensing Data & Applications as part of the Biodiversity Research Centre Integrative Training & Education Workshop series.

I have helped develop curriculum for the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) focusing on Locating, quantifying, and contextualizing dynamics in Madagascar’s mangroves.  

Outside the formal University setting, I’ve helped organize and lead geospatial and forest science training for colleagues, students, interns and volunteers, and members of numerous communities.

In July, 2020 I stepped down from my MGEM Coordination role – I am currently an Adjunct Professor and provide support / advice to the MGEM Program. 


The Blue Forests Project


Working to secure and sustain long-term livelihoods, safeguard biodiversity and mitigate climate change through mangrove conservation, restoration and managed-use.


Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) Best PhD Thesis 2011
Clark University: Graduation cum laude with High Honours 2005

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

J. Maxwell M. Yancho, Trevor Gareth Jones, Samir R. Gandhi, Colin Ferster, Alice Lin and Leah Glass (2020). The Google Earth Engine Mangrove Mapping Methodology (GEEMMM) Remote Sensing 2020, 12(22), 3758
S Gandhi, TG Jones (2019). Identifying Mangrove Deforestation Hotspots in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing MDPI
Jonathan Sanderman, Tomislav Hengl, Gregory Fiske, Kylen Solvik, Maria Fernanda Adame, Lisa Benson, Jacob J Bukoski, Paul Carnell, Miguel Cifuentes-Jara, Daniel Donato, Clare Duncan, Ebrahem M. Eid, Philine zu Ermgassen, Carolyn Ewers, Leah Glass, Selena Gress, Sunny Lynn Jardine, Trevor Jones, Peter Macreadie, Eugene Ndemem Nsombo, Md. Mizanur Rahman, Christian Sanders, Mark Spalding and Emily Landis (2018). A global map of mangrove forest soil carbon at 30 m spatial resolution Environmental Research Letters IOP Science
Nathalie Bodonirina, Lena M. Reibelt, Natasha Stoudmann, Juliette Chamagne, Trevor G. Jones, Annick Ravaka, Hoby V. F. Ranjaharivelo, Tantelinirina Ravonimanantsoa, Gabrielle Moser, Arnaud De Grave, Claude Garcia, Bruno S. Ramamonjisoa, Lucienne Wilmé and Patrick O. Waeber (2018). Approaching Local Perceptions of Forest Governance and Livelihood Challenges with Companion Modeling from a Case Study around Zahamena National Park, Madagascar Forests MDPI
Lisa Benson, Leah Glass, Trevor Gareth Jones, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana and Cicelin Rakotomahazo (2017). Mangrove Carbon Stocks and Ecosystem Cover Dynamics in Southwest Madagascar and the Implications for Local Management Forests
Charlie J Gardner, Zo Andriamahenina, Aude Carro, Trevor G Jones, Louise D Jasper (2016). Rapid assessments and local knowledge reveal high bird diversity in mangroves of north-west Madagascar Springer Wetlands Ecology & Management DOI: 10.1007/s11273-016-9501-3
Trevor G Jones, Leah Glass, Samir Gandhi, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Aude Carro, Lisa Benson, Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, Chandra Giri, Dannick Randriamanatena, Garth Cripps (2016). Madagascar’s Mangroves: Quantifying Nation-Wide and Ecosystem Specific Dynamics, and Detailed Contemporary Mapping of Distinct Ecosystems MDPI Remote Sens. 8(2), 106
Trevor Gareth Jones, Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, Aude Carro, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Leah Glass, Marianne Teoh, Lisa Benson, Garth Cripps, Chandra Giri, Bienvenue Zafindrasilivonona, Raymond Raherindray, Zo Andriamahenina, Mialy Andriamahefazafy (2016). The mangroves of Ambanja and Ambaro Bays, northwest Madagascar: Historical dynamics, current status and deforestation mitigation strategy Springer Estuaries: A Lifeline of Ecosystem Services in the Western Indian Ocean Chapter 5, pp 67-85
Trevor G Jones, Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Leah Glass, Lisa Benson, Marianne Teoh, Aude Carro, Garth Cripps, Chandra Giri, Samir Gandhi, Zo Andriamahenina, Rado Rakotomanana, Pierre-Francois Roy (2015). The Dynamics, Ecological Variability and Estimated Carbon Stocks of Mangroves in Mahajamba Bay, Madagascar MDPI J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 3(3), 793-820
Jones, T.G., Coops, N.C., Gergel, S. and Sharma, T. (2014). Employing Measures of Heterogeneity and an Object-Based Approach to Extrapolate Tree Species Distribution Data MDPI Diversity 6(3): 396-414
Jones, T.G., Ratsimba, H.R., Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, L., Cripps, G., and Bey, A. (2014). Ecological variability and carbon stock estimates of mangrove ecosystems in northwestern Madagascar MDPI Forests, 5(1), 177-205
Jones, T.G., P. Arcese, T. Sharma & N.C. Coops (2013). Describing avifaunal richness with functional and structural bioindicators derived from advanced airborne remotely sensed data Taylor & Francis International Journal of Remote Sensing Volume 34, Issue 8
TG Jones (2013). Editorial: Shining a light on Madagascar’s mangroves Madagascar Conservation & Development Vol 8, No 1
Jones, T.G., Coops, N.C., Sharma, T (2012). Assessing the utility of LiDAR to differentiate among vegetation structural classes Taylor & Francis Remote Sensing Letters 3:3 231-238
Trevor G Jones, Nicholas C Coops, Tara Sharma (2011). Exploring the utility of hyperspectral imagery and LiDAR data for predicting Quercus garryana ecosystem distribution and aiding in habitat restoration Wiley Restoration Ecology Volume 19, Issue 201, pages 245–256
Trevor G Jones, Nicholas C Coops, Tara Sharma (2010). Assessing the utility of airborne hyperspectral and LiDAR data for species distribution mapping in the coastal Pacific Northwest, Canada Elsevier Remote Sensing of Environment Volume 114, Issue 12, Pages 2841–2852
Jones, T.G., Coops, N.C., Sharma, T. (2010). Employing ground-based spectroscopy for tree-species differentiation in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Taylor & Francis International Journal of Remote Sensing 31: 1121 – 1127
Christopher D Lippitt, John Rogan, Zhe Li, J Ronald Eastman, Trevor G Jones (2008). Mapping Selective Logging in Mixed Deciduous Forest American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Number 10, pp. 1201-1211(11)