In the Spotlight

UBC Forestry’s In the Spotlight series introduces you to the stories and people that drive our Faculty forward. As we share their breadth of knowledge and lived experiences, we hope to inspire all to reflect and learn about how our Forestry community can work together to build a brighter future.

In the Spotlight: Tom Booker

September 21, 2023
Tom Booker joins UBC Forestry as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest & Conservation Sciences. His research draws on population and quantitative genetics, bioinformatics, statistics and ecology. 

In The Spotlight: Tzeng Yih Lam

Tzeng Yih Lam joins the UBC Faculty of Forestry as an Assistant Professor of Forest Measurements in the Department of Forest Resources Management. His research interests are tree measurement, forest sampling, and quantitative silviculture.

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In The Spotlight: Peter Wood

August 30, 2023
Peter Wood joins the Faculty of Forestry at UBC as a lecturer and coordinator for the Master of International Forestry (MIF) program. He has worked in the field of international forest policy, human rights and sustainability for over two decades in a variety of roles.

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In The Spotlight: Tahia Devisscher

August 17, 2023
Tahia Devisscher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Forest Resources Management and focuses on how to manage forests and other green spaces in and around cities to support human well-being and build social-ecological resilience to climate change. She is interested in developing practical strategies to address the increasing disconnect between people and nature caused by rapid urbanization.

In The Spotlight: Dr. Haibo Feng

August 9, 2023
Haibo Feng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wood Science at UBC. His research area focuses on green building, building information modelling, life cycle assessment and building energy performance. He has extensive industrial and research experience in promoting sustainable building construction with the integration of advanced building systems and renewable energy supports.

In the Spotlight: Jaya Joshi

March 8, 2023
Jaya Joshi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wood Science at UBC. Her research focuses on improving the yield and nutritional values of crops, guided by the aim of successful implementation of carbon farming by 2050.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Alex Moore

December 10, 2022
Dr. Alex Moore is an Assistant Professor at UBC, jointly appointed to the faculties of Forestry and Science. Their research focuses on how predator-prey interactions impact coastal wetland ecosystems and explores culture's role in ecosystem restoration and conservation. Through their work, Dr. Moore seeks to directly engage with communities historically marginalized in STEM fields and encourage people to reconnect with their environment.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Juliet Lu

October 7, 2022
Juliet Lu is an Assistant Professor with both the Faculty of Forestry and UBC’s School for Public Policy and Global Affairs. She is a political ecologist focused on the implications of China’s growing investments in land and other resources in Southeast Asia and beyond.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Felix Wiesner

September 28, 2022
As a leader in sustainable timber engineering, UBC Forestry warmly welcomes Dr. Felix Wiesner to our Department of Wood Science as an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Timber-Built Environment – Fire Safety.

In the Spotlight: Dr. Minghao Li

September 16, 2022
UBC Forestry welcomes Dr. Minghao Li, Associate Professor in Sustainable Timber-build Environment, to the Department of Wood Science. With an extensive research background in high-performance engineered wood products and connection systems, multi-story mass timber and timber-steel hybrid structures, Dr. Li joins the newly formed Wood Building Science and Technology Cluster to continue to advance innovative solutions to complex structural issues.