Jaime Sebastian-Azcona
PhD student, 2015 to
2018
Postdoc, 2019 to 2021

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Climate adaptation of white spruce and lodgepole pine: from phenotypes to genomes.
PhD: Supervisor: Uwe Hacke, co-supervisor: Andreas Hamann
Postdoc: Supervisor: Barb Thomas, co-supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PicturePhD thesis

Picture FGSR Graduate Scholarship and International Exchange Allowance 2015-2017 ($59K)


Took up a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Natural Resources and Agrobiology of Sevilla, Spain.



Ashley Hynes
MSc student, 2018 to 2020

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Climatic limitations to growth of white spruce across its North American distribution.
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


Picture Peer-reviewed journal article

PictureMSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M international dual degree student, Renewable Resources Recruitment Award 2018 ($3K), Indigenous Graduate Student Award 2018 ($15K), Individual Study Abroad Award 2019 ($4K), Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship 2019 ($12K), Deutschlandstipendium University of Freiburg 2020 ($6K), Desmond I Crossley Memorial Scholarship 2020 ($8K).

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Took up a position as Research Coordinator with Indigenous Climate Action.



Dante Castellanos-Acuna
PhD student, 2015 to
2019

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Climate data and bioclimate envelope models for Mexico and South Amercia.
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PicturePhD Thesis

Picture CONACyT International Graduate Stipend 2015-2017 ($67K)

PictureOpen access climate data for Latin America

PictureOpen access seedzone layers for Mexico

Took up a position as Research Assistant with the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science.



Logan Purdy
MF/MSc student, 2017 to 2019

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Validation of remotely sensed land surface phenology with leafing and flowering records from a citizen science network.
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann, Co-Supervisor: Elisabeth Beaubien


PicturePeer-reviewed journal articles

PictureMSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M international dual degree student, University of Alberta Study Abroad Award 2017 ($4K), College of Alberta Professional Foresters Graduate Award 2017 ($2.5K)

PictureProject website

Took up a position as Resource Analyst at FORCORP Solutions Inc in Edmonton, AB.



Ugbaad Kosar
MF/MSc student, 2017 to 2019

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Lodgepole pine grown as an introduced species in Europe: risks versus benefits.
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


PictureMSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M International Dual Degree Scholarship ($3K), Renewable Resources Recruitment Award ($3K), University of Alberta Study Abroad Award ($4K).

PictureProject website

Took up a position as Deputy Director of Policy with the Washington, DC-based NGO Carbon180.



Lauren Sinclair
MSc student, 2017 to 2019

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Drought adaptation of white spruce across the continent: physiology, phenology and field performance.
Supervisor: Uwe Hacke, Co-Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


PictureMSc Thesis

PictureProject website


Took up a position as Rangeland Ecologist/GIS Specialist with the Government of Montana, Natural Heritage Program in Helena, MT.



David Montwé
PhD student, 2012 to 2015
Postdoc, 2016 to 2018

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Identifying drought resistant genotypes of Douglas-fir and lodgepole pine in provenance trials through tree ring analysis
PhD Supervisor: Heinrich Spiecker, Co-supervisor: Andreas Hamann
Postdoc supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PictureDavid's website

Picture LGFG Scholarship: ($16K/yr), WFGA Critchfield Poster Award 2013 ($300), Feodor Lynen Fellowship 2016-2018 from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation ($115K)


PictureConference poster



Took up a position as Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, Dept Forestry, Vancouver, BC.

Jill Sekely
MF/MSc student, 2015 to
2018

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Conservation of forest genetic resources in Alberta
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


PictureMSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M international dual degree student

PictureProject website


Took up a PhD position at the Phillips University of Marburg, Dept. Biology, Germany,conductig conservation biology research in Patagonia (Jill Treks)



Jennifer Li
MF/MSc student, 2015 to
2017

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Comparing outlier detection methods to improve the quality of citizen science data
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann
, Co-Supervisor: Elisabeth Beaubien


PicturePeer-reviewed journal article

PictureMSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M international dual degree student


Took up a position as Environmental Scientist with Associated Engineering in Calgary, AB.



Miriam Isaac-Renton
MSc student, 2011 to 2013,
PhD student 2013 to 2017

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PhD: Growth and survival of lodgepole pine genotypes under extreme climate events
MSc: Douglas-fir seed selection in Europe under changing climates
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PictureMiriam's website

Picture Alexander Graham Bell NSERC-PGS/M 2011 ($17K); Honorary University of Alberta Master's Scholarship 2011 ($17K); TRANSFOR-M International Graduate Stipend 2011 ($10K); Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement 2011 ($6K); Queen Elisabeth II MSc Scholarship 2012 ($10K); Queen Elisabeth II PhD Scholarship 2013 ($15K), Alexander Graham Bell NSERC-PGS/D 2014-2016 ($105K), President's Doctoral Prize of Distinciton (20K), Critchfield Presentation Award 2017 ($900)

Took up a position as Research Scientist with the Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, Victoria, BC.


Kensy Balch
MF student, 2016 to
2017

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Climate change risk management strategies for Alberta's natural resource sectors
Advisor for course-based Master's program: Andreas Hamann


Picture Herbert and Jeannette Hall Graduate Scholarship in Forestry 2017 ($3.3K)


Took up a position as Policy Analyst for Environment and Climate Change Canada's Strategic Relations Division in Edmonton, AB.



Dr. Laura Gray
PhD student, 2009 to 2011,
Postdoc, 2013 to 2016

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Climate change adaptation strategies for the forestry sector
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PicturePhD Thesis

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PictureConference poster

Picture Queen Elisabeth II Scolarship 2008 ($15K); Crossley Memorial Scholarship 2008 ($13K); Queen Elisabeth II Scolarship 2010 ($15K); FGSR Graduate Student Teaching Award 2010

  PicturePersonal website

Took up a position as Senior Analyst, now Manager at the Alberta Climate Change Office, Edmonton, AB




Sarah Booth
MF/MSc student, 2012 to
2016

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The nexus of science and story: data versus perceptions of climate change
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


PictureConference poster

MSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M International Graduate Stipend 2012 ($10K)



Dr. Stefan Schreiber
PhD student, 2008 to 2012,
Postdoc, 2014 to 2016

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PhD: Drought and frost ecophysiology of aspen and hybrid poplar
PhD supervisor: Andreas Hamann, co-supoervisor: Uwe Hacke
Postdoc supervisor: Barb Thomas, co-supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PhD Thesis

Picture Provost Doctoral Entrance Award 2008 (9K); Herbert and Jeannette Hall Graduate Scholarship in Forestry 2008 (3K); Max MacLaggan Scholarship 2010 (3K)



PictureStefan's website

PictureStefan's blog

Took up a position as Research Associate at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, AB.

Maria Herva
MF/MSc student, 2013 to
2016

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Lodgepole pine seed selection in Europe under changing climates
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


PictureConference poster

Picture TRANSFOR-M International Graduate Stipend 2012 ($10K)



Now works as Specialist in Forest Planning at UPM Biofore in Tampere, Finland.


Quinn Barber
MSc student, 2013 to
2015

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The velocity of climate change
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann
, co-supervisor: Scott Nielsen


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PictureMSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M International Graduate Stipend 2012 ($10K), Queen Elisabeth II MSc Scholarship 2014 ($11K), Max MacLaggan Scholarship ($3K)




Took up a position as Fire Science Analyst with the Canadian Forest Service, Northern Forestry Center in Edmonton, AB.


Cassandra Docherty
MSc student, 2013 to
2015

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Establishment, spread and impact of Carassius gibelio, a new invasive species in North America
Supervisor: Mark Poesch, co-supervisor: Andreas Hamann


PicturePeer-reviewed journal articles

PictureMSc Thesis

Picture TRANSFOR-M International Graduate Stipend 2013 ($10K)



Moved on to a position with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in Edmonton, AB.


Mariya Chechina
PhD student, 2009 to
2015

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Phenology, ecology, and management of Philippine Dipterocarp species
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PicturePhD Thesis

PictureConference poster

Picture Max McLaggan Graduate Scholarship 2012 ($3K), Queen Elisabeth II PhD Scholarship 2014 ($15K)


PictureProject website


Received a Fulbright Fellowship from the United States for postdoctoral research in the Phillipines.


Chen Ding
PhD student, 2009 to
2015

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Ecological and quantitative genetics of Populus tremuloides in western Canada
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PicturePhD Thesis

Picture Provost Doctoral Entrance Award 2009 ($9K); WFGA Critchfield Presentation Award 2013 ($600)




Moved on to a position as Geneticist, Tree Improvement Program of the Texas A&M Forest Service at College Station, TX.




Dr. Dave Roberts
PhD student, 2007 to 2013,
Postdoc, 2013 to 2014

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Postdoc: Assessing the adaptive portfolio of forest trees for future climates
PhD: Biogeographic histories and genetic diversity of western North American tree species
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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PicturePhD Thesis

Picture In the news

PictureConference poster

Picture Queen Elisabeth II Scolarship 2009 ($10K); Graduate Citizenship Award 2010 ($2K); Alexander Graham Bell NSERC-PGS/D2 2011 ($42K); President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction 2011 ($10K), Alberta Ingenuity Graduate Award 2011 ($23K)


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Took up a position as Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany.



Erin Russell
Dual-degree MSc/MF student,
2012 to 2014

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Conservation planning for forests, tree species, and their genetic populations
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann.


Picture MSc Thesis

PictureProject website


Picture TRANSFOR-M International Graduate Stipend 2012 (10K)




Katharina Liepe
Dual-degree MSc student,
2012 to 2014

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Genetic variation in lodgepole pine and interior spruce: adaptation to climate and implications for seed transfer
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann.


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Picture MSc Thesis

PictureProject website


Picture TRANSFOR-M International Graduate Stipend 2013 (10K)



Took up a position as Forest Geneticist with the Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut, Hamburg, Germany




Dr. Elisabeth Beaubien
PhD student, 2007 to
2012

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Long-term trends in spring phenology of Alberta flowering plants
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann.


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PhD Thesis

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Now works as Research Associate at the University of Alberta



Tim Gylander
MSc student, 2008 to 2011

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The potential of aspen clones and hybrids for enhanced forest management in Alberta
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann.


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Picture MSc Thesis

PictureExtension note


Manages the aspen tree improvement program of Weyerhaeuser Corporation




Dr. Xianli Wang
Res Associate., 2008 to 2011

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Landscape ecology and global change biology
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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Took up a permanent position as Scientist at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste. Marie


Dr. Michael Mbogga
PhD student, 2007 to 2010

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Forest management under climate change: dealing with uncertainty
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann


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Picture Provost Doctoral Entrance Award 2007 (9K); ESRI Canada Student Scholarship Award 2008


Picture Became a faculty member at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Makere University, Uganda


Haitao Li
MSc student, 2008 to 2010

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Detecting adaptive patterns of genetic variation in aspen with remote sensing
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann.


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Picture MSc Thesis

PictureExtension note


Moved on to a position as GIS Specialist at the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute




Dr. Pei-yu Chen
Res Associate, 2007 to 2010

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Ecological genetics and climate change impact research
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann

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PictureExtension note

Took up a position as GIS technician with the Government of Alberta.

Dr. Shibi Chandy
Postdoc, 2008 to 2010

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Plant-pathogen-climate interactions
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann

Took up a position as lecturer at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, AB.

Cedar Welsh
Research Assistant 2008

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Dougals-fir Dendroclimatology
Supervisor: Andreas Hamann

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Peer-reviewed journal articles

Took up a position as Instructor, Dendrology Lab, at the University of Northern British Columbia in Terrace, BC.