UBC-NPRC Weekly Seminar 2021


Lecture #5: Ecological Restoration Assessment Criteria and Indicators 

Chair: Dr. Guangyu Wang, Director of National Park Research Centre

November 19th, 4:00-6:00 pm PST 

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon

Ms. Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon is a research project manager with the Asia Forest Research Center. She is a dedicated environmental researcher, policy analyst, and advocate. With over 10 years of experience in sustainability, she has worked on a wide range of issues, including water resources management, biodiversity preservation, national commitments to climate change mitigation, and drivers of and trends in global deforestation. Her current focus continues to be on global forest loss. Her recent MSc thesis examined contradicting trends in tropical deforestation datasets. Ms. Kalifi Ferretti-Gallon presently working in UBC’s Department of Forestry, where she oversees research projects on forest sustainability at the Asia Pacific Forest Research Center. As Research Project Manager, she teaches forestry courses on campus and abroad, she helps facilitate research collaboration with partners in Latin America, and conducts tropical and temperate forest-related research. Her work so far has been featured in the National Geographic, the Economist, and the Globe and Mail, with articles published in academic journals.



Lecture #4: Forest Management Modelling Fundamental, Tools, and Application

Chair: Dr. Guangyu Wang, Director of National Park Research Centre

November 12th, 4:00-6:00pm PST 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Guoliang Liu

Dr. Liu is the President of aiTree Ltd. Dr. Liu has experiences in the management of large forested landscapes, diverse public objectives, decision support systems and models assist forest managers in dealing with this complexity, and provides the tools to develop ‘what if’ forecasts, evaluate an existing strategy or develop a new strategy. The model FSOS (Forest Simulation Optimization System) Guoliang Liu developed has been applied in more than 100 projects in the fields of timber supply analysis, forest carbon management, watershed management, wildlife habitat and biodiversity management.



Lecture #3: Mathematical Modelling in Forest Resource Analysis

Chair: Dr. Guangyu Wang, Director of National Park Research Centre

November 5th, 4:00-6:00pm PST 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gregory Paradis

Dr. Paradis is an Assistant Professor at the UBC Faculty of Forestry. His research spans a wide range of forest management problems, with a common thread being the application of operations research (OR) methods to formulate and solve complex decision problems as mathematical optimization problems. He uses a systems approach to modelling interactions between forest ecosystems, industrial supply chains, governments, and society. Currently, Dr. Paradis’s research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of forest science, forest economics, forest and industrial engineering, data science, computer science, and operations research.



Lecture #2: Climate Modelling and Forest Applications 

Chair: Dr. Guangyu Wang, Director of National Park Research Centre

October 29th, 4:00-6:00pm PST  

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tongli Wang

Dr. Tongli Wang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences and Associate Director of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics at the University of British Columbia.  His major research interests include: 1) developing climate models; 2) projecting bioclimate envelopes of ecosystems and species ranges for future climates; 3) building climate response functions for tree populations; and 4) developing a climate-based seed transfer system for BC. The output from these studies are being used for the AdapTree and CoAdapTree projects.



Lecture #1: Impacts of Forest Therapy on People’s Mental and Physical Health 

Chair: Dr. Guangyu Wang, Director of National Park Research Centre

September 17th, 4:00-6:00pm PST  

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mei He

Dr. He Mei is a postdoctoral fellow of the Multidisciplinary Institute of Natural Therapy, University of British Columbia. She is also an associate researcher at Jiangxi Academy of Forestry, membership of the American Society for Nature and Forest Health (ANFT), American ANFT International Certified Forest Conservator, as well as the direction leader of the Forest Therapy innovation team. Dr. He has participated in the completion of more than 20 national and provincial projects, published more than 30 scientific papers, and participated in the compilation of 2 books. At present, she is mainly engaged in the research on the effects, models and industrial development of forest therapy and nutrition, focusing on the analysis and utilization of plant essence, the practice and application of forest health and health therapy, and the development and construction of forest health and health development models.