Postdoctoral Fellows

Tristan Goodbody

TristanGoodbodyTristan Goodbody was born in the wild, cow-wrangling city of Calgary, Alberta. He grew up an expat in Ecuador, Malaysia, and Scotland prior to his admission to the UBC Faculty of Forestry in 2010. His involvement in the co-op program there afforded him hands-on experience working in the forest industry with West Fraser Timber Ltd. in Chetwynd, BC, and in research based forestry operations with the Alex Fraser Research Forest in Williams Lake, BC. Tristan graduated with a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation in 2015 and decided that he was not yet prepared for the real world.

Tristan’s research with the IRSS will use drone-captured imagery and semi-global matching to predict residual timber volumes following selective harvesting, to gauge stand regeneration success, and to map the extent and perimeter of local fires in the Alex Fraser Research Forest. In his spare time, Tristan can be found with his dog, Kyra, or anywhere there is good food.


Chen Shang

Chen Shang grew up in Beijing, China. When he was 18, he moved to Central China for his undergraduate degree in GIS and cartography at Wuhan University. Two years later, he started his journey in Canada through a joint program with University of Waterloo in Ontario, where he earned his second undergraduate degree in geomatics. Deeply impressed with the power of remote sensing, he stayed at Waterloo for his masters, working on a land cover change project using high spatial resolution imagery. Realizing the limitation of optical data, Chen moved to Kingston, Ontario, for his PhD at Queen’s University, where he got his hands dirty with LiDAR data for forestry applications.

Now as a Postdoctoral Fellow with IRSS, he is applying what he learned over the past years to Canada-wide land cover mapping with long time series of image composites. When Chen is not working in front of a computer, he enjoys reading, longboarding and the occasional flute playing.


Piotr Tompalski
PiotrTompalskiPiotr was born and raised in Poland and studied forestry at the University of Agriculture in Krakow. He spent 6 months on exchange at Wageningen University in the Netherlands where he became very interested in GIS and remote sensing, then deciding to write a master’s thesis at UAKrakow concerning applications of terrestrial laser scanning in forestry.

After obtaining his M.Sc. in forestry in 2008, Piotr began his PhD studies, expanding his research on the applications of various geotechnologies for forestry and nature conservation with a focus on vegetation growth in greatly disturbed areas. His research employs both airborne and terrestrial laser scanning data in addition to satellite imagery. He often uses OBIA tools to process his data, skills he acquired during his internship at Trimble Geospatial Division in Munich, Germany (2010). His research methods were influenced not only by the scientists at his home university but also by the researchers at Vienna University of Technology, where he spent a short time as a visiting PhD candidate.

Aside from his scientific work, Piotr enjoys teaching and loves photography and travelling; he often listens to jazz or progressive rock.