Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest

Associate Researchers

Erica Lilles

Soil & Vegetation Scientist

Erica first worked in the field of forest science during her undergraduate years at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, where she was an intern in the forest dynamics lab. She gained more experience in temperate and boreal forest ecology during field jobs in Washington, Alaska, and interior British...

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Alana Clason

Adjunct Researcher

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...

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Dr. Amalesh Dhar

NSERC Industrial R&D Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Amalesh Dhar, an NSERC Industrial R&D Postdoctoral Fellow, started working for the Bulkley Valley Research Centre in November 2012. He is actively involved in different research projects including analysis of long-term Date Creek succession data, growth of understory and overstory secondary...

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Craig Nitschke

Adjunct Researcher

Craig's main research area is forest ecosystem response and vulnerability to climate change. Craig was born in Canada and he obtained his BSF (Hons) in forest resources management and Ph.D. in forest vulnerability and sustainable forest management under climate change and at the University of...

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Rasmus Astrup

Adjunct Researcher

Rasmus Astrup was the Senior Scientist with the Bulkley Valley Research Centre. His main research area was stand dynamics and growth predictions for complex mixed-species stands. Rasmus was born in Denmark and he obtained his BSF at the Royal Agricultural and Veterinarian University in Copenhagen....

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Hilary Thorpe

Adjunct Researcher

Hilary recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a PhD in forest ecology. She was hired by the BVRC to complete a project on crown shyness and is currently employed as a postdoctoral fellow in the Departments of Geography and Forest Sciences at the University of British Columbia....

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Chrissy Melymick

Integrated Systems Project Manager

Chrissy Melymick discovered the BVRC when she moved to the Bulkley Valley in 2012, after spent many years as a fishing guide on Haida Gwaii. She works with the centre on two projects, one involving assessing the cumulative effects of climate change and industrial development on salmon in northwest...

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Bob Westcott

Acting Integrated Systems Project Manager

Bob has been working in the environmental field since the early 1980s in a wide range of disciplines, from park management to aquatic biology to waste management. After graduating from BCIT, he started in BC Parks operations and later switched to a fisheries technical role with Ministry of...

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Julia Kobetitch

Julia started at the BVRC in 2014 as a summer student. We are pleased that she has returned after completing an undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries, at UNBC.

This summer, Julia is providing technical support and participating in fieldwork before...

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