Education and Experience (see pdf for full CV)

Full Name Sarah Smith-Tripp
Current Position PhD Student in the [Integrated Remote Sensing Studio](
Interests Ecosystem Succession, Disturbance Ecology


  • 2025
    PhD in Forestry
    University of British Columbia
    • collaborative project with [Silva21](
    • Structural forest regeneration after stand replacing disturbance
    • Satellite monitoring of structural forest composition
  • 2021
    MSc in Geography
    University of British Columbia
    • Forest structure and microclimate dynamics in disturbed forests
  • 2019
    BA in Geosciences (minor in Biological Sciences)
    Wellesley College
    • Magna Cum Laude, Dept. Honors
    • Honors Thesis, alterations in stream flow associated with Gypsy Moth outbreaks

Research Experiences

  • 2020
    Remote Sensing Consultant / Visiting Scholar
    Metro Vancouver Watershed and Environmental Management Division
    • Outlined remote-sensing forest health monitoring program
    • Completed remote-sensing (satellite and lidar) assessment of forest health in watershed
  • 2019
    Forest Inventory Research Assistant
    University of New Mexico
    • Collected tree and vegetation data for forest carbon assesstments
  • 2019
    Albright Institute of Global Affairs Fellow
    Wellesley College
    • Collaborated with interdisciplinary team to learn about nationalism in Brazil. Presented collaborations to honored guest Ambassador Samantha Powers
  • 2018
    Interdiscplinary Research Assistant
    Rutgers University
    • Conducted anthropologic research; interviewed herders on weather variability
    • Assisted in wild fish behavioral trials, looking specifically at species boldness
  • 2018
    Guest Student in [BOOMLAB](
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    • Completed sample preparation for oceanographic cruise monitoring carbon sequestration in the North Atlantic
  • 2017
    Ecology Intern
    Alberta Parks Department
    • Developed trail use monitoring program for Kananaskis front country
  • 2016 - 2019
    Interdisciplinary Research Assistant
    Wendy Paulson 1969 Ecology of Place
    • Constructed remote sensing temperature array to constantly measure pond temperature profile
    • Organized diverse group of stakeholders to define layered landscape values

Teaching Experience

  • University of British Columbia
    • Remote Sensing of the Environment (FRST 443); Term 2 2021, Term 2 2022
    • Advanced Geomatics for Natural Resource Management (FRST 538); Term 1 2021
    • Atmospheric Environments (GEOB 200); Term 1 2020
    • Environmental Impact Analyses (GEOB 314); Term 2 2020
  • Wellesley College
    • Environmental Geochemistry; Spring 2019
    • Ecosystem Science; Fall 2018