Our team is made up of scientists from many different institutions, with different backgrounds and research interests, but they all have one thing in common: they want to learn the history of wildfire and landscape change in the southern Rockies. Get to know the people leading the research teams of Landscapes in Motion!
Team Leads and Strategic Vision
David Andison - Project Coordinator
David Andison is a consultant, the Program Lead of the fRI Research Healthy Landscapes Program, and an Adjunct Professor at the UBC Faculty of Forestry. He has spent much of his career understanding and modelling fire behaviour, but his passion lies in better understanding how natural ecosystems work and using that knowledge to better manage forested landscapes. However, David has come to the humbling conclusion that science alone is sometimes not enough to affect change. His efforts have thus expanded to include developing decision-support tools, engaging in dialogue, and developing outreach and education tools.
Lori Daniels - Fire Regime Team Lead
Lori Daniels is a Professor of Forest Ecology in the Forest and Conservation Sciences Department at UBC-Vancouver. She is a tree-ring nerd: Lori directs the Tree-Ring Lab at UBC where she investigates and reconstructs past disturbances like forest fires and insect outbreaks, plus the impacts of climate and humans on forest change. With her research team at UBC, Lori is researching wildfires and forest resilience to climate change in the foothills of Alberta, interior BC, and Rocky Mountain National Parks. She serves on BC’s Prescribed Fire and Fire Smart Councils and is member of the Canadian Wildfire Subject Matter Expert Committee.
Eliot McIntire - Modelling Team Lead
Eliot McIntire is a researcher from the Canadian Forest Service’s Pacific Forestry Centre in Victoria, BC, and an adjunct professor at both University of Laval and UBC Forestry. While he got into ecology to have fun outside skiing across glaciers to find pikas in Yukon and climbing Patagonian mountains to detect climate effects on southern forests, he is now stuck (happily) behind computers trying to solve some of the "Big Data problems". He is the leader of the SpaDES project and specializes in using computer models to understand how landscapes change over time. As a past Canada Research Chair at the University of Laval, Eliot’s focus has included understanding boreal wildfires and how to model them.
Eric Higgs - Oblique Photo Team Lead
Eric Higgs is a Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, and Past Chair of the Society for Ecological Restoration. He directs the Mountain Legacy Project, which over the last two decades has repeated more than 7,000 historical survey photographs, many of them in the southern Rockies. His work has helped to establish the repeat photography methods which will be used by Landscapes in Motion to track landscape change over a century or longer. His research is motivated by a sense of optimism that a better understanding of landscapes will lead to positive change.
John Stadt - Science-Policy Advisor
John Stadt is the Provincial Forest Ecologist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, where he translates science knowledge to forest managers and policy makers. He enjoys this role as it raises many questions about how forests function and change through time and how human activities affect them. These questions have led to his engagement in new science projects dealing with forest biodiversity and the impacts of harvest, climate change, fire, and mountain pine beetle. John was introduced to Alberta’s forests while studying long-term natural changes in Rocky Mountain lodgepole pine forests and never ceases to be amazed at how dynamic forests are.
Researchers and Collaborators
Cameron Naficy - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Fire Regime Team
Cameron is a landscape ecologist focusing on the causes and consequences of pattern in ecological systems. He has extensive research experience in the Rocky Mountains of North America and in mountainous regions of Patagonia, New Zealand and Tasmania.
Chris Stockdale - Collaborator (CFS)
Chris is a research scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, where he studies wildfire risk and how it changes over time and space. He is behind the novel methods used to document vegetation change from historical photographs, and has used these measures to model how fire behaviour has changed in this landscape. As a LiM Collaborator, he continues to untangle this complex landscape to better understand the drivers of vegetation change, historical changes in fire regimes, and the use of historical photography to study ecological change.
Ceres Barros - Post-Doctoral Fellow, Modelling Team
Ceres’ work is mainly driven by her passion for understanding how ecosystems cope with disturbances like climate warming and land-use change. She's looking forward to getting back in the field and conducting applied science to understand and predict mixed-severity forest fires.
Julie Fortin - Oblique Photo Team
Julie just completed her MSc studying biodiversity change in the Canadian Rockies using oblique repeat photography. She is working with Michael Whitney out of the Mountain Legacy Project lab to develop software for extracting spatially explicit data from oblique photographs. Her work will provide an additional line of evidence into historical fire patterns in southwestern Alberta.