What is TRANSFOR-M?

The Transatlantic Forestry Master (TRANSFOR-M) is a 2-year program that is a partnership with other European and Canadian Universities. This partnership is a unique course-based educational experience, which provides students with the opportunity to explore forestry both in Europe and Canada.

Each UBC TRANSFOR-M student will receive upon completion of the program the UBC Master of Forestry (MF) degree and one of the degrees offered by the European Host University: Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg (Germany – MSc Forest Sciences), Bangor University (Wales, UK – MSc Agroforestry / MSc Conservation and Land Management / MSc Environmental Forestry) or University of Eastern Finland (Finland – MSc Agriculture and Forestry).


Current Students

Connor profileConnor Bolton

I am from Big Cedar, Ontario. I have recently graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a BSc in Biology. I am excited to begin my studies in the TRANSFOR-M program this September in Wales. I look forward to spending the duration of this degree in exciting and scenic locations with strong ties to forestry and the environment. In addition to a childhood spent immersed in the outdoors, I have developed an interest in the field of forestry and the environment through various positions with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. A great deal of my free time is devoted to running, and leisure activities include cross-country skiing, snowboarding, fishing, canoeing and wood-working.

 

Annie profileAnnie Bennett

I am from Canada’s neighbor to the south. I love the forest and the Pacific coast, so I am very happy to be a part of the MSFM program. I got my undergraduate in Environmental Science from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. Since then I have been traveling and working. I love to be in nature hiking, running, and swimming and I find plants and ecology incredibly interesting. I’m excited to go back to school and especially excited to be able to attend both UBC and the University of Freiburg!

 

 

Alysia Bixler profileAlysia Bixler

I am from the central coast of California. From a young age, I explored the Mediterranean chaparral and rugged beaches of my home. The oak woodlands and sage scrub inspired me with a love of the natural world. This led me to study environmental science at the University of California Santa Cruz where I focused on agroecology. After graduating I grew exceedingly interested in sustainable agriculture, working on organic vegetable and flower farms. I am passionate about creating a just food system through land stewardship and community empowerment. I’m super excited to begin the MF program and explore the forests of BC!

 

AlisonprofileAlison Chadwick

I am excited to be a part of the TRANSFOR-M program (2017-2019). I completed my BA in Environmental Geography at Simon Fraser University in 2015. Ever since I left Canada to explore South East Asia and East Africa I have been fascinated with the relationship between agriculture, forestry, food security, and environmental issues that arise within this correlation. My travels have influenced my studies at Simon Fraser University, as well as my desire to apply to the TRANSFOR-M program, and have shaped my interest and knowledge about forestry, agriculture, and sustainability. I want to pursue a career in agroforestry to increase access to nutritious foods while conserving and restoring forests and surrounding ecosystems. I anticipate that the TRANSFOR-M program will put me on a path towards a career in relieving food scarcity through community-based agroforestry projects in developing countries.

 

Maithili profileMaithili Devadas

I am from India. I have an immense ardor for our planet’s forests and wildlife. Considering today’s situation, I decided to do my Master’s dedicated towards conservation. The TRANSFOR-M program offers everything I was looking for! I found it to be a perfect blend of theoretical and practical learning. Being a graduate student of Biotechnology, I plan to use the technical skills I’ve acquired for the purpose of conservation. I’ve assisted with projects at Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and Environment, Bangalore and carried out my dissertation at Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. I am a very outdoorsy person and I love going on adventures. Camping in the middle of the woods and hiking are among my favorite activities. I’d love to try skiing, snowshoeing and snorkeling. I’m looking forward to meeting new people from across the world and experience the beautiful amalgamation of cultures!

 

Christiana profileChristiana Kittel

I grew up in Rhode Island and Oregon, but lived in Portugal for a year and Costa Rica for a year. I received my BSc in Forest Operations Management from Oregon State University in 2015. I first became interested in forestry because I wanted a career that allowed me to travel and work outside, and my family has a history of logging. I have been working for the Coquille Indian Tribe on the southern coast of Oregon for the past two years as a Forester. During my summer breaks at OSU, I was a wildland firefighter for the US Forest Service. I spent six months on Vancouver Island in Gold River working in forestry and engineering the summer and fall of 2014, and I fell in love with the forests of BC. I applied to the TRANSFOR-M program because I want to continue exploring the different global forest management practices. I spend my free time exploring, laughing, hiking, running, biking, cooking and reading. I am excited to start this new adventure!”

 

Moritz profileMoritz Kramer

My passion for nature has led me to study forestry and environment at the University of Freiburg in Southern Germany with a semester abroad at the University of Life Sciences in Ås, Norway. After various trips to Canada including an internship at the Nature Conservancy on Galiano Island, I am now thrilled to become academically involved in the unique ecosystems the Pacific Northwest has to offer. During my studies, I developed a special interest in forest conservation, sustainable forest management and soil sciences. Gaining hands on knowledge in forest conservation and management from previous jobs and internships, I am now working as a student assistant at the Chair of Soil Ecology in Freiburg, researching greenhouse gas fluxes from forest soils.

To me, the Transatlantic Forestry program is a huge opportunity to gain a more international and holistic perspective on forest related issues and I am very excited to be part of this exchange of knowledge

 

Anita profileAnita Li

I grew up in Zhengzhou, China and I enjoyed getting out in nature and spending lots of time travelling with my parents when I was a child. After I completed high school, I came to Vancouver and obtained my B.Sc. in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia. I worked as a silviculture forester for two summers in BC and have been interested in learning everything about the forestry industry ever since. Last summer, I was working as a forest analyst at a consulting company in BC where I assisted with timber supply analysis and developed forest management plan. I was admitted to the TRANSFOR-M program in 2016 and studied at the University of Eastern Finland last year. Thanks to this program, I am able to learn forestry in another country, and also meet new people and travel to new places. In my spare time, I like to go hiking, skiing, drawing, and travelling.

 

Gavyn profileGavyn Mewett

I’m from Eastbourne in England and am now (finally) following a long held ambition to live in different places around the world. I have worked and volunteered in various jobs, from forest warden through cetacean surveyor to taxman. I’m always looking for new challenges and the opportunity to learn. I am arriving from a year in Freiburg, Germany and hope to meet and enjoy my time here with my new colleagues. I have studied geography, anthropology, taxation studies, environmental assessment and management and now forestry. I love the outdoors and am looking forward to exploring BC as much as possible.

 

Kyi Phyu Aung profileKyi Phyu Aung

I was born in the small town located in the upper part of the Myanmar. I received a Bachelor of Forestry degree awarded by the University of Forestry, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar in 2012. My workplace is also at the Forest Research Institute, Nay Pyi Taw. My position title is Range Officer/Research Assistant-2. I enjoy learning the social forestry science and modern forestry practices. I’m so excited at being a TRANSFOR-M student. I believe that this program will bring amazing and valuable experiences.

 

 

Braydi profileBraydi Rice

Having grown-up in the Kootenays, I took my studies as time to travel and explore other areas of Canada and completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Upon finishing my degree in Newfoundland, I returned home to BC to accept a position with the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program through the BC Government in 2015. During my year as an Aboriginal Youth Intern, I worked as a Junior Policy Analyst in the Tree Improvement Branch within the Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Department. I had the privilege of working on climate-based seed transfer policy with respect to Aboriginal engagement; this project inspired me to continue my education in UBC’s TRANSFOR-M program. Having finished the first year of the program in her Master of Science in Conservation and Land Management at Bangor University in Wales, I am now continuing at UBC in her Master of Forestry. My Master’s project was inspired through my education in traditional medicine and is built around that knowledge focusing on cultural inclusion within practices of remediation and reclamation.

 

Jonas profileJonas Werle

I am from Germany. I grew up loving nature and the outdoors. After high school, I visited Canada for the first time and my experiences there were a major reason why I decided to study forestry at Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg. During my undergraduate studies, I studied one year abroad at the University of Toronto and worked with the US Forest Service in the state of Washington. I did the first year of my Master’s in Freiburg as part of the TRANSFOR-M program and I am excited to spend the second year at UBC. In my free time, you will usually find me outside, running, hiking, biking or climbing. I am excited to move to Vancouver and I look forward to connecting with all the other graduate students.