Ellen Whitman

Area of Interest: Spatial analysis, fire ecology, remote sensing
Advisors: Drs. Mike  Flannigan and Dr. Marc-AndrĂ© Parisien
Academic Degree(s):
Bachelor of Community Design, Honours in Environmental Planning, 2011, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Master of Environmental Studies, 2013, Dalhousie University, Hallifax, Nova Scotia

Contact Information:
Department of Renewable Resources
University of Alberta
751 General Services Building
Edmonton, AB T6G 2H1


Office:             713F GSB
Email:              ewhitman@ualberta.ca

Ellen began her academic career with a focus on environmental planning for urban development, which led to an interest and specialization in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for land management. Because of this she pursued a master of environmental studies where she specialized in the spatial analysis of peri-urban fire risk. This project sparked a strong interest in wildfire and eventually prompted a move to Alberta to work as a spatial data analyst in the Fire Unit at the Canadian Forest Service, where she worked for two years researching spatial ecology of wildfire and fire regimes. Today her research focuses on the spatial analysis of burn severity, postfire ecological impacts, and the temporal and spatial distribution of fire on the landscape. She is studying these topics using multispectral satellite imagery and field data collected in the northwestern boreal forest.

In her spare time Ellen enjoys hiking and running, as well as baking and cooking.

Objectives of Core Research and Education Program

  • Ensure that Canadian wildland fire science research continues to contribute to government priorities, and provides support for decision making, and the development of policies, regulations, and best practices;
  • Create opportunities for greater integration of science within Canada and improve collaboration with national and international partners;
  • Ensure wildland fire science educational (undergraduate and graduate levels) opportunities continue to be available, and;
  • Promote the highest standard of scientific and education excellence to help wildland fire agencies (forestry, natural resource and park agencies) to deliver on its program policy and services responsibilities.