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.


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.

Amy Wotherspoon

Amy Wotherspoon is originally from Ontario. A year into her B.Sc. at the University of Guelph, she realized the Molecular Biology and Genetics program wasn’t for her. She made the switch to Environmental Biology, with a focus in Forest Science, and has been amongst the trees ever since. She loved UoG so much, she stayed to complete her M.Sc. in agroforestry.

To further her academic career, she had to follow the trees. This took her to the Université de Sherbrooke in Québec to complete her PhD in the field of Forest Ecology. There, she studied the interactions between silviculture treatment and climate through a diversified approach of functional ecology, tree physiology and dendrochronology.

Now as a Postdoctoral Fellow, Amy is a part of the Silva@21 project and involved in the generation of climate envelopes and the development of climate modifiers to identify their corresponding effect on tree growth in Canadian forests using dendroclimatology.

Outside the world of academia, Amy is a nutrition coach and Crossfitter. She enjoys working out as a way to prepare for hiking/camping season and to balance out patio beers and restaurant-exploring.