Bulkley Valley Research Centre - Science in the Public Interest


Irene Ronalds


Irene Ronalds (RPBio) moved to Smithers in 1993 to work on the Protected Areas Strategy, get to know the region’s diverse landscapes, and enjoy the outdoors. Her work has focused on Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping, ecosystem restoration and monitoring, and resource management planning. She admires...

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Johanna Pfalz


Johanna Pfalz has extensive experience providing GIS services to the natural resource sector within northwest BC. Prior to working as a consultant for the past nine years, Johanna spent 10 years working with the provincial government in GIS. She also has a Bachelor of Science from Simon Fraser...

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Ken White


Ken has lived in Smithers since 1996, and works as an entomologist with the Provincial Government. He has a Masters of Pest Management form Simon Fraser University. He is active in volunteer work with several groups, including the Smithers Public Library and the local community radio station. His...

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Alana Clason

Post Doctoral Research Associate / Board Member

When Alana first came to the Bulkley Valley in 2009, she was lucky enough to work closely with the BVRC, and couldn’t be happier to be back in that position again. Alana completed her PhD at UNBC in 2017, focusing on understanding the current limits to whitebark pine’s northern distribution and...

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Adriana Almeida-Rodriguez

Board Member

Adriana is a biologist with a Ph.D. in Forest Biology and Management. She has studied the physiological responses, gene expression, and phenotypic plasticity of plants exposed to abiotic stresses and in plant-fungi associations. Adriana is currently working as a Senior Environmental Protection...

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Ché Elkin

Board Member

Ché Elkin is an Associate Professor and the FRBC-Slocan Mixedwood Ecology and Management Research Chair at UNBC. He is a forest ecologist whose research examines how climate and landscape disturbances interact to influence forest dynamics, landscape connectivity, and the spatial distribution of...

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Kira Hoffman

Post Doctoral Research Associate / Board Member

Dr. Kira Hoffman is an ecologist, conservationist and former wildland firefighter who was born and raised in Smithers. Hoffman's research focuses on how humans have used fire for millennia to manage and enhance their natural surroundings. Combined with traditional ecological knowledge, she uses...

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Paula Bartemucci


Paula Bartemucci has worked in the fields of plant ecology, forest research, botany and rare species conservation since 1995 when she first came to Smithers as a biology co-op student. She was fortunate to stay on and work for four years at the Ministry of Forests Research Section, where she...

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Evelyn Hamilton

Board Member

Evelyn Hamilton worked in the Research Branch of the BC Forest Service for much of her career. She started as a Field ecologist working on fire ecology and ecosystem classification. Before retiring in 2010, Evelyn managed the Ecology and Earth Sciences Section, a team of research scientists and...

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Sam Coggins

Board Member

Sam is a Registered Professional Forester with over 25 years' experience in natural resource management. Originally from the UK, Sam has a technical diploma in forestry and woodland management, a bachelor’s degree in forest resources management, and a PhD in forestry from the University of British...

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Brad Martin

Board Member

Brad started working in wildfire in 1984 while living in Dease Lake, where he spent 6 years on an initial attack crew before becoming a Resource Assistant in Protection and Engineering. Brad moved to Smithers in 1994 and continued to shift and grow into various roles related to wildfire management,...

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