Alana graduated from the forest science program at UBC in 2007, during which time she worked in Smithers as a field assistant. Determined to return to the Bulkley Valley, she connected with the BVRC to pursue a masters here in Smithers through the University of Alberta, supervised by Ellen Macdonald and Sybille Haeussler. She completed her MSc in 2010 on overstory-understory dynamics and forest change in northern populations of whitebark pine in the Coastal Mountains. Alana felt inspired to continue studying the ecology and informing conservation action for this endangered tree species, so in winter 2011, she began her PhD at UNBC under the supervision of Phil Burton and Eliot McIntire.
Alana's research now focuses on how climate change will influence the resilience and dynamics of the northern-most populations of whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) in the Coastal and Rocky Mountains. Incorporating local, global and stochastic processes of forest change to determine the relative resilience and future distribution of these threatened ecosystems, she hopes to delineate restoration priority areas across the northern extent under current and future climate conditions.
Alana now happily calls Smithers home, where she lives with her husband, a happy brood of chickens and an expanding garden. She loves hiking, canoeing, skiing and playing various sports in the Bulkley Valley, as well as sewing and knitting during the long winter nights.