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Amanda Mathys (Alumni)

Amanda Mathys (Alumni)

mathys-amanda-thumbI completed the MSc program in Soil Science at the UBC Faculty of Land and Food Systems. Originally from Switzerland, I moved to Canada to complete a BSc Honours in Environmental Science at Queen’s University. The multidisciplinary field helped me understand the importance of communication among stakeholders with different backgrounds and I became interested in climate change as an emerging global issue.

I really enjoy living in Vancouver for its many outdoor opportunities such as hiking, camping, skiing etc. I am also interested in traveling and other cultures which led me to pursue a CIDA internship with IOCARIBE-UNESCO on the effects of climate change on marine environments in Colombia. My research with the Biometeorology group looked at forest management responses to the mountain pine beetle (MPB) outbreak and how they affect carbon and water balances in British Columbia. The goalwas to determine whether partial harvesting is a viable management response that can improve carbon sequestration of the disturbed forest ecosystem. The research findings can be used for policy adaptation that maximizes forest productivity and at the same time reduces the effects of global change. By communicating the results, forest practitioners will be able to make an informed decision on the selection of a management response to MPB that enables forest recovery and enhances forest C stocks in BC.

In terms of climate change, I think we need to communicate our scientific findings to a wider audience and better inform the public and policy makers on the important subject matter. Our current knowledge has moved beyond the question of whether climate change is real and our research efforts should focus on policy adaptation and mitigation strategies. TerreWEB provides an opportunity to educate us on the much needed subject matter, enabling scientists to learn how to reach out to the broader community with their research findings.


NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting April 22 – 23, 2015

Presentation: Mapping of stress on native tree species across western U.S.A. & Canada: interpretation of climatically-induced changes using a physiologically-based approach, May 2014


1. Mathys, A., Black, T. A., Nesic, Z., Nishio, G., Brown, M., Spittlehouse, D. L., … & Meyer, G. (2013). Carbon balance of a partially harvested mixed conifer forest following mountain pine beetle attack and its comparison to a clear-cut. Biogeosciences, 10(8), 5451-5463.

2. Mathys, A., Coops, N. C., & Waring, R. H. (2014). Soil water availability effects on the distribution of 20 tree species in western North America. Forest Ecology and Management, 313, 144-152.

3.Waring, R. H., Coops, N. C., Mathys, A., Hilker, T., & Latta, G. (2014). Process-based modeling to assess the effects of recent climatic variation on site productivity and forest function across Western North America. Forests, 5(3), 518-534.

4.Hilker, T., Hall, F. G., Coops, N. C., Black, A. T., Jassal, R., Mathys, A., & Grant, N. (2014). Potentials and limitations for estimating daytime ecosystem respiration by combining tower-based remote sensing and carbon flux measurements. Remote Sensing of Environment, 150, 44-52.

5. Mathys, A. (2012). Impact of partial harvesting on the net ecosystem production of a mixed conifer forest following mountain pine beetle attack.


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