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Amanda Mathys

Name: Amanda Mathys           Degree:  PhD Candidate


I am a PhD student in the Faculty of Foresty at UBC. Originally from Switzerland, I moved to Canada to complete a BSc Honours in Environmental Science at Queen’s University followed by an MSc in Soil Science at UBC. 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 PhD research involves mapping forest species distribution in Western Canada and how it is affected by climate change. I will be using remote sensing techniques as well as involving the public to gather field observations on a regional scale. My communication strategy involves using Social Media to create an online platform that will serve as an interactive tool for public advice, where citizens can provide information related to the research project. This method of citizen science is an integrative approach by combining scientific research with field observations through public participation. By predicting the change in tree distribution over time, appropriate mitigation strategies can be established to increase biodiversity in forest ecosystems. During my MSc, I was already part of TerreWEB and look forward to continuing to improve my communication skills with the program. It is a great initiative to encourage new ways of sharing information related to global change with a wide audience and collaborate with different stakeholders.

Thesis Topic: Incorporating interannual climatic variability into ecosystem climate envelope models used for climate change adaptation.

Supervisor: Dr. Nicholas Coops


Refereed Journal Articles:

Mathys A., Coops, N. and Waring, R. 2015. An ecoregion perspective of projected tree species vulnerabilities over the next century. Global Change Biology (in prep).

 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.

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.

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.

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.

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


Mathys A., Coops, N. and Waring, R. 2015. Mapping tree species vulnerabilities to climate shifts in western North America. Oral presentation at the 14th FAO World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa, Sept 7-11, 2015.

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

Mathys A. 2014. 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



Mathys A., Coops, N. and Waring, R. 2015. Mapping tree species vulnerabilities to climate shifts in western North America. Technical congress paper at the 14th FAO World Forestry Congress, Durban, South Africa.

Mathys, A. 2015. What will future forests look like? Blog post at the #Forests2015 blog from the 14th World Forestry Congress. https://forests2015.wordpress.com/2015/08/12/what-will-future-forests-look-like/

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