About CIT | Peer Reviewer Profiles
Dr. Anderson took her BA at Harvard in Biochemical Sciences and her PhD at UBC in Population Ecology. Prior to her current appointment she worked as a Research Associate at the School of Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University.
Dr. Anderson is interested in information management, and in how scientific understanding can be effectively communicated. To that end, she is currently developing skills for book indexing and for indexing documents in electronic environments, specializing in environmental and conservation topics.
In addition, she continues to explore the insights that evolutionary psychology may offer to applied ecology. Her remarkable article in Conservation Ecology is particularly relevant to her CIT peer review work. (See Judith L. Anderson. 1998. Embracing uncertainty: The interface of Bayesian statistics and cognitive psychology. Conservation Ecology [online] 2(1): 2. URL: http://www.consecol.org/vol2/iss1/art2 )
Dr. Beasley is a coastal ecologist with extensive field experience. She is presently Senior Research Associate at the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust. From 1997 to 2002 she served as Research Coordinator for the Long Beach Model Forest in Clayoquot Sound, and prior to that as a field researcher in a variety of locations in Canada and abroad.
Over the past eight years she has also served as an instructor for courses in coastal biodiversity and conservation, rainforest ecology, and marine behavioural ecology in the University Program at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and at the School for Field Studies in Bamfield. She has worked as a course writer in the same fields.
Carpenter, MA (UBC)
Alison Gill, BA
(Hull), MA (Alberta), PhD (Manitoba)
Dr. Gill is a social geographer who specializes in tourism. Her special interest in community development and planning issues in tourist environments evolved from an earlier research interest in the planning and design of single industry mining communities. Dr. Gill's recent research has focused on community processes associated with tourism-related change in mountain environments. She is also interested in coastal and marine tourism and has developed an active research node of the Ocean Management Research Network around the theme of "Linking science and local knowledge", along with colleagues in the Centre for Coastal Studies (where she serves as Director) as well as other colleagues from across the country. (See http://www.sfu.ca/coastalstudies/linking/index.htm)
Dr. Gill teaches Community Tourism Planning and Development at Simon Fraser University.
Alton S. Harestad,
BSc, MSc, PhD (UBC)
Alton Harestad earned a PhD in forest ecology at UBC before joining SFU’s faculty in 1982. For the past 20 years, Dr. Harestad has played an important role in researching habitat inventories and setting ecosystem priorities in the province’s old-growth forests. He has participated in some of the most difficult resource management disputes in British Columbia’s history.
His current research program is directed primarily at habitat selection by forest birds and mammals, ecology of Mustelidae (pine marten, wolverine, and fisher), and vertebrate pest management. Members of his research team examine factors that affect habitat use of wildlife and relationships to forest practices.
He was a member of the Scientific Panel on Sustainable Forest Practices in Clayoquot Sound. He collaborates with government agencies, conservation groups, and industry to develop strategies and prescriptions for management of forest wildlife resources.
Tony Hodge is a consulting engineer and president of Anthony Hodge Consultants Inc. He is an Associate with the International Institute for Sustainable Development, working on the Mining Minerals and Sustainable Development project. He is an adjunct Professor at both Royal Roads University (Graduate Program in Environment and Management), and the University of Victoria (School of Public Administration).
Through the past two decades Dr. Hodge has focused on bringing the idea of sustainability from theory to practical application. His interdisciplinary Ph.D. from McGill University (1995) addressed development of a practical approach to monitoring, assessing, and reporting on progress toward sustainability. In his PhD thesis he proposed an integrated treatment of human and ecosystem wellbeing as a foundation for continuous learning and improved decision-making.
Hodge has worked as a geological engineer in projects dealing with rock slope stability and groundwater issues, and from 1978-1980 he served as Director of Research, British Columbia Royal Commission of Inquiry, Environment and Health Safety of Uranium Mining. He served as President of Friends of the Earth Canada from 1989–1992. He was appointed to the Prime Minister's National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) in 1992 and continued as a member until April 1996. Throughout his tenure he chaired the Task Force on Reporting on Sustainable Development and during this time, edited the book, Pathways to Sustainability: Assessing our Progress (1995, NRTEE).
Jim Johnson is Managing Principal of Pacific Analytics Inc. and is a specialist in quantitative and financial analysis, computer modeling, econometrics, and input-output analysis. In his earlier career, Jim was Manager of Econometric Analysis and Economic Accounts with the BC Ministry of Finance. Responsibilities included the construction of the B.C. Econometric Model, the development of the Provincial Economic Accounts, and undertaking economic impact assessments using the BC Input-Output Model.
Since starting Pacific Analytics in 1990, Jim has developed and/or overseen the development of several software products, as well as constructing econometric, input-output, and end-use models.
Kimmins, B.Sc (N.Wales),
MSc (Calif., Berkeley), MPhil, PhD (Yale), RPF (hon)
Dr. Kimmins is currently the Canada Research Chair in Modeling the Sustainability of Forest Ecosystems; a director of the Forest Ecosystems Management Simulation Group at UBC; a member of UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology; and an associate of the Liu Centre for the Study of Global Issues at UBC.
His research interests include: modeling the sustainability of ecosystems in managed forests; the ecological role of disturbance in forest ecosystems; mixedwood management modeling,; landscape-level modeling; spatially-explicit, individual tree modeling; nutrient cycling; carbon allocation in forests and carbon storage; snags and coarse woody debris; and biosolids recycling in forests and modeling biosolids in forest ecosystems.
Lertzman, MA, PhD
Dr. David Lertzman’s area of expertise centers on aboriginal/resource industry relations, and the integration of western science and traditional ecological knowledge. Dr. Lertzman's doctoral research focused on the scientific panel process for the development of Clayoquot Sound, which involved the forestry industry, university-based scientists, and West Coast aboriginal peoples.
Dr. Lertzman was appointed the first Suncor Energy Visiting Scholar in Environmental Management & Sustainable Development in the Faculty of Management at the University of Calgary. During his tenure as Suncor Visiting Scholar he acted as guest lecturer for PhD, MBA, and BComm students and also hosted lectures for industry and university groups. During this period he developed a new focus on energy pipelines and aboriginal peoples in Alberta.
Dr. Lertzman has also been Research Associate, Arctic Institute of North America, and Instructor, Theme School of Northern Planning and Development Studies, both located at the University of Calgary. As well, he has held the position of Executive Assistant, Canadian Polar Commission, Government of Canada.
BA, MA, MPA, PhD
Dr. Mitchell holds a B.A. (Sociology), M.A. (Political Science), M.P.A., and Ph.D. in Public Administration. She spent three years as a federal government employee in Ottawa, a summer with the B.C. government, and 11 years with the Saskatchewan public service in a variety of positions, mainly concerned with financial management, policy development, and program design. In 1989, she embarked on a career in public policy consulting and has worked with more than 20 public and private sector clients on a wide range of issues, including economic development in rural communities, First Nations governance and administration, and the management of commercial clam fisheries.
Dr. Mitchell holds an Adjunct appointment at the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria. Her principal research area is the management of common pool resources, and particularly the development of community-based arrangements for the management of fishers and non-timber forest products. She is now the Founding Director of the Centre for Non-Timber Resources at Royal Roads University.
John D. Nelson, BSF, MBA (UBC), PhD (Oregon),
Dr. Nelson’s interests are in Forest level planning, Mathematical programming, and Forest operations. His current research projects include:
Dr. Pearson has a Ph.D. in forest ecology from the University of Washington where she studied with Dr. Jerry Franklin, a world expert in old-growth forests and the originator of New Forestry. Her areas of research are natural disturbances in coastal temperate rain forests and their application to ecosystem-based management. She has worked on research projects in Haida Gwaii, Clayoquot Sound, the Central Coast and Bamfield.
M. Power, PhD (Princeton)
Dr. Thomas Power has taught and conducted research for almost 35 years at the University of Montana. He specializes in natural resource economics and regional economic development. He is the author of five books, a dozen book chapters, and more than a hundred reports dealing with the economic role of natural resources in determining the economic well-being of households and the economic vitality of communities across North America, with a particular emphasis on the Mountain West and the Pacific Northwest. Both the forest products industry and National Parks are an important part of the economic base of the regions in which he lives, the Pacific Northwest and Western Montana.
Schmiegelow, BSc (hon) (Guelph), MSc (Guelph), PhD (UBC)
Dr. Schmiegelow’s general interests are in the areas of community and landscape ecology, and applied conservation biology. Much of her research focuses on the broad-scale effects of land use policies and practices on wildlife, with an emphasis on northern forests. She uses both field-based and modeling approaches to develop a better understanding of the interactions between human activities and natural diversity, in order to evaluate existing, and explore potential, land management strategies. Dr. Schmiegelow works on a variety of species, in a variety of systems.
Within the Sustainable Forest Management Network, Dr. Schmiegelow serves as leader of the Boreal Ecology and Economics Synthesis Team. That work is highly integrative, emphasizing landscape-level planning and management issues across multiple sectors, at multiple spatial scales. Most recently, Dr. Schmiegelow initiated the Canadian BEACONs Project, a large-scale analysis of conservation needs and strategies in Canada’s boreal forest. She also continues long-term research on the Calling Lake Fragmentation Project.
Dr. Schmiegelow’s current research interests include the effects of various forestry and seismic activities on wildlife community dynamics, with an emphasis on habitat fragmentation and landscape ecology.
BA (Waterloo), MSc (UBC), PhD (Waterloo)
Dr. Slocombe’s research focuses on the challenge of managing diverse human activities in large regions while maintaining environmental integrity and sustainability. In his work over the last ten years, recurring themes have been nonequilibrium systems approaches, protected areas, sustainability, ecosystem health and integrity, ecosystem-based management, and environmental planning and policy. Dr. Slocombe’s other areas of long-standing interest include environmental education, environmental thought, and the uses and design of information technology.
Dr. Slocombe has long been involved with a number of non-governmental organizations. He is currently Past-President of the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) and recently finished a long term on the Board of the Canadian Network for Environmental Education and Communication (EECOM). He also spent several years on the Environment Committee of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). He is a Fellow of NESH - the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health, and a member of IUCN - The World Conservation Union's World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). In the past he has been involved with the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG) and with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE).
As Senior Science Advisor to the Director General, Knowledge Integration Directorate, Dr. Smith is responsible for developing analytical tools that integrate State of Environment Reporting, Canadian Information Systems for the Environment, and Knowledge Strategies within Environment Canada.
Previously she was Assistant Director, Environmental Reporting Branch, Environment Canada, and directed development of reports on the state of Canada’s environment and the collection and development of ecosystem-based monitoring programs and protocols, with a particular focus on community-based monitoring.
Dr. Ussif Rashid Sumaila is Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at UBC Fisheries Centre. He specializes in marine ecosystem valuation, bio-economics, and the analysis of global fish trade. Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region; Namibia and the Southern African region; and Hong Kong and the South China Sea. He has recently published articles in Journal of Bioeconomics; Land Economics; ICES Journal of Marine Science; Environmental and Resource Economics; and Ecological Economics. Sumaila’s work has generated a great deal of interest, and has been cited by, among others, the Economist, the Boston Globe, and the Vancouver Sun.
Current research activities include the ecological, economic and social impacts of subsidies to the fishing sector; the economics of shared fish stocks (including previous work on the development of game theory models to study the bioeconomic effects of cooperative and non-cooperative management of the coo-capelin stocks in the Barents Sea and Namibian hake in the Benguela upwelling marine ecosystem); values from marine ecosystems; globalization, fish trade and marine ecosystem sustainability; economics of marine protected areas; and the economics of aquaculture.
Walters, BS (Humboldt State), MSc, PhD (Colorado State),
Dr Walters is the author of several seminal works in theories of adaptive management and a continuing authority on the subject. His main research focus is in applied ecology, with emphasis on fisheries management, and more particularly harvest management. He is interested in methodologies for modeling large-scale management problems, and designing experiments for testing these models and discovering better policies through experience. His modeling and design work is carried out largely through a series of case studies ranging from the Florida Everglades to the Great Barrier Reef. He also supervises students working on plankton community structure and juvenile life histories of Pacific salmon.
A member of several of NSERC's grant committees since 1970, he has done extensive fisheries advisory work for public agencies and industrial groups. His areas of research also include the development of techniques for teaching systems analysis and mathematical modeling to biologists and resource managers. He has conducted numerous workshops for the Canadian Fisheries Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, among many others.
Dr. Walters has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Applied Mathematics and Computation, the Northwest Environmental Journal and the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada.