The 2018 Doug Little Memorial Lecture

Dr. Michael Wulder
Senior Research Scientist
Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada

Date:         Thursday, November 1, 2018
Time:         7:30 pm
Place:        Canfor Theatre (Room 6-213)

Michael Wulder is a Senior Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service of Natural Resources Canada. He uses remotely sensed and spatial data to study and monitor forests across Canada, over a range of scales, contributing to national and international programs.
Mike received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Waterloo and has worked at the Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, in Victoria, British Columbia since then. 
Research efforts are undertaken from the plot- to national scale, with data sources including lidar to a range of optical satellites, that are utilized to meet forest and vegetation related information needs. Dr. Wulder's major research publications include the book Remote Sensing of Forest Environments: Concepts and Case Studies (2003) and Forest Disturbance and Spatial Pattern: Remote Sensing and GIS Approaches (2006); with publication of over 300 articles in peer reviewed journals that have been cited > 13,000 times. 
Dr. Wulder is an adjunct professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Victoria and the Department of Forest Resources Management of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Wulder is on the USGS/NASA Landsat Science Team and played a key role in initiating the SilviLaser series of international conferences focused on laser remote sensing of forest environments, and co-chaired the 2002 and 2012 editions.

Status: @mikewulder

"Sometimes the Crazy Plan Comes Together:
How Open Data Unlocked Remote Sensing for Forest Monitoring"

Satellite remote sensing has been available for forest monitoring for decades. High costs for data, computing, and analytical options have limited the utility and ubiquity of outputs from remote sensing for inventory and monitoring over large areas. In recent years, satellite data at scales relevant to forest inventory and monitoring have become available on a free and open access basis. This open access has coincided with decreases in software and computing costs resulting in an ability to produce previously unavailabe information products. These information products have allowed us to characterize, for the first time, a systematic and consistent depiction of harvesting across Canada for a multi-decadal period in a systematic and repeatable fashion. Further, we have also been able to use time series remotely sensed data products to monitor the return of vegetation (and trees) on these sites following disturbance, essentially providing a more complete accounting of forest dynamics. 
New modelling opportunities continue to emerge that allow for enhanced integration of calibration / validation datasets such as from airborne laser scanning (lidar). Time series of data has proven powerful to not only capture change, but to strengthen models with additional evidence of status and trends. 
Scientists are increasingly limited by only ambition and questions posed, rather than cost and computing limitations. 
In this lecture I aim to provide some background on where we were as a community, what has changed, where we are now, and what we have learned. The lessons learned are both technological and ecosystem related.

The Doug Little Memorial Lecture will be webcast via livestream.
The link for this webcast will be as follows:

History of the Doug Little Lecture Series

The Doug Little Memorial Lecture Series was initiated by the Faculty of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies at the University of Northern British Columbia in the Fall of 1996.  The annual event commemorates the late J.D. Little, former Senior Vice-President Forest Operations, Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited.  Doug was a founding supporter of UNBC and a recipient in 1986 of the Distinguished Forester Award from the Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters.  Doug Little's philosophy was that with appropriate forest management, the resources of the forest can be sustained for future generations. 

The lecture series is supported by an ​endowment form Northwood Pulp and Timber Limited now Canfor.

Archive of past Doug Little Lectures

2017:  Dr. Andy MacKinnon, Forest Ecologist, Retired RPBio and RPF
Competition and Collaboration

2016:  Dr. Susan Wood-Bohm, Alberta Innovates - BIO Solutions
"BioCleantech: New Opportunities for Canada's Forest Sector"

2015:  No lecture

2014:  Dr. Richard H. Waring, Oregon State University
"Managing Forests That Won't Stand Still"

2013:  No lecture

2012:  Dr. Fred L. Bunnell, University of British Columbia
"Her Majesty, Social License and Astonishing Opportunity - Observations of a Bystander"

2011:  Dr. (M.A.) Peggy Smith, R.P.F., Lakehead University
"Giving Voice to First Nations' Views of Land Stewardship: Moving Beyond the Boreal Conservation vs. Development Debate"

2010:  Dr. Briony Penn, University of Victoria
"The Big Burn"

2009:  Dr. Robert Kozak, University of BC
"The Conservationist’s Axe and Other Thoughts About Forests and Communities  in Transition”

2008:  Dr. Winifred Kessler, US Forest Service, Alaska Region
"Revisiting Forestry's Crystal Ball"

2007: Dr. Christian Messier, Université du Québec à Montréal
"The Decline of the Forestry Profession: Causes and Solutions?"

2006: Dr. Ben Cashore, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
"Sustainable Forest Policy Development in the Global Era: What Role Ought British Columbia to Play?"

2005: Dr. David Lindenmayer, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies at the Australian National University
“Salvage Harvesting and Environmental Responses – Australian Perspectives”

2004: Dr. Raymond Guries, Forest Ecology and Management, University of Wisconsin
“Forestry Education:  Meeting Expectations in a Changing World”

2003: Dr. Yvan Hardy, Chief Scientist for Natural Resources Canada
“Natural Resources Management:  Positioning Science a Step ahead of the Issues”

2002: Larry Pedersen, Chief Forester, Ministry of Forestry, BC
“Bob Dylan was right – The times they are a changin!”

2001: Dr. John Zasada, US Forest Service, Grand Rapids, Minnesota
“Goods from the woods, Alaska and Minnesota Style”

2000: Dr. Gordon Weetman, University of British Columbia
“Distinctly Canadian silviculture and forest management”

1999: Dr. Linda Coady, MacMillan Bloedel Ltd.
“What I saw of the revolution that you won’t find on anybody’s website”

1998:Dr. Jack Ward Thomas, University of Montana
“The worst of times, the best of times:  Forestry at the millennium”

1997: Dr. Gordon Baskerville, University of British Columbia
“Canadian Forestry in the rear view mirror”

1996: Dr. Rod Carrow, University of Toronto
“Canada’s quest for forest sustainability:  Options, obstacles and opportunities”