Student Stories


Cliff Ma (Wood Products Processing)
Co-op has been a program of personal and professional growth. This has also been an excellent opportunity to learn from the field, connect with individuals in the industry and apply course material and extracurricular experiences. My last 8 month co-op term was with Hinton Wood Products, a division of West Fraser located three hours west of Edmonton. West Fraser has provided a great deal of support as communication is encouraged to improve any process. Every project requires different approaches to identify and solve the underlying questions. Read more...


Carmen Taylor (Forest Sciences)
For my past work term, I was employed as an Undergraduate Research Assistant within the Forest Insect Disturbance Ecology Lab at UBC. During this work term, I have helped primarily with post-doctoral research, including working occasionally in other labs. The principal project I was involved in was looking into the effects of Mountain Pine Beetle range expansion on novel (unfamiliar) habitat. The diverse exposure within a lab environment has imparted a particular skill set complimentary to my previous fieldwork experience Read more...


Alexander Girard (Natural Resource Conservation)
This summer I have been working as a research assistant, with the Simard lab, in the Malcolm Knapp research forest at Maple Ridge. I work with a graduate student who is interested in below ground and above ground forest ecology, and how human activities may impact this ecosystem. I have been learning so much about the nuances of field research, and what it actually takes to pull off a complex ecological field trial. Each day is a bit of a different experience, and I always manage to learn something new! Read more...


Ho-Chun (Aaron) Chen (Urban Forestry)
This work term, I had the opportunity to work at the University of Alberta in Dr. Barb Thomas's Tree Improvement Lab funded partially by NSERC. In particular, I was assigned to a project looking at drought tolerance of lodgepole pine trees, which involved daily duties of watering, maintaining, harvesting, and data analysis of approximately 500 seedlings located within a university greenhouse. My work term has been a good balance of field and lab work, which has provided me valuable experiences and knowledge of tree research and improvement. Read more...


Emma Cunningham (Natural Resource Conservation)
For my second co-op term, I am working for the BC Conservation Foundation in partnership with Ducks Unlimited as a Spartina restoration field technician. My job includes the identification, mapping, and treatment of an invasive marine grass called Spartina. This co-op work term has provided me with a number of opportunities to obtain more qualifications and enhance my knowledge about environmental restoration. Read more...