Graduate Students

Lauren Arnold, Master of Arts
Lauren’s research focuses on cumulative effects assessment in the Northwest Territories. She is working to help determine what information and support tools regulators use and require to make informed decisions regarding development impacts to water quality.  The project involve work in NWT to interview regulators who issue Reports of Environmental Assessment, and Water Licenses under the Mackenzie Valley Resource Management Act. This project involves partnerships between UBC, the University of Saskatchewan and the NWT Cumulative Impact Monitoring Program.

Stephen Decker, PhD
Stephen’s work focuses on the human dimensions of wildlife management. His research is based in Newfoundland and Labrador where provincial resource managers face a range of wildlife management issues, including the impacts of resource use. Stephen’s research explores integrative approaches in Woodland caribou management. In many areas around the world failure to give more than token attention to the knowledge and opinions of local communities and resource users has resulted in opposition to resource and wildlife management efforts. This research will contribute to a better understanding of barriers and improving opportunities for collaboration between wildlife managers and local residents.

Rob Friberg, PhD
This research will advance existing knowledge about factors that contribute to the resilience of forest-based communities in the midst of a landscape changing due to mountain pine beetle. Rob’s study will also seek insights about steps that can be taken to enhance the resilient capacity of impacted communities. The work will generate measures of community vulnerability to forest disturbance applicable to communities across Alberta, increase understanding of what makes a natural-resource dependent community resilient and how to intervene to enhance that resilience, and advance a practical framework for assessing community resilience in natural resource dependent communities. Rob’s work is supported by the Foothills Research Institute.

Brandon Gregg, Master of Arts
In partnership with the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Brandon is working to develop a methodology for identifying historic trends in forest biodiversity. The ability of Geographical Information Systems to incorporate temporally and spatially diverse data for a range of variables, and from a variety of sources, may be a critical advantage of BC’s new Cumulative Effects Assessment Framework. Brandon’s research explores the feasibility of using a new protocol – including what data is needed and available, what software and tools are best suited, what level of detail is possible, and the practical potential for using some approaches in resource management.