Graphic promoting the UBC Forestry TLSS Seminar

WHEN: Friday, September 29, 2023, from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

WHERE: Virtual & In person (CAWP Caseroom, Rm. 2916)

SPEAKERS: Ethan Vayman, Ren Ellis, Faith Wong, Jaya Lumsden, Vanessa Leibel

This event is free and will be held virtually and in person. Lunch will be provided to the first 50 in-person attendees and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please bring your own drink.


Experiential learning is a key part of our Faculty of Forestry programs, helping students observe and understand real-life challenges. Interacting with local practitioners and communities gives them a unique and unforgettable opportunity to appreciate the complexities of forest management and conservation. Join us to hear from students who attended the Ecuador and Chile field schools in May 2023 as they reflect on their learning through these month-long journeys in two of the most fascinating and forestry-relevant countries in South America.

Students’ participation in these programs was supported generously by Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) funding from the Canadian Government, as well as support from Go Global at UBC.


Ethan Vayman is a 4th year Conservation student in the Science and Management major. He is passionate about the intersections between land management, ecosystem health and community wellbeing, especially in the contexts of wildfire and hydrology.

Ren Ellis is a 4th year student in Natural Resources Conservation major in the faculty of forestry. They attended the Ecuador Field School this past May and looks forward to speaking more about those experiences through the TLSS.

Faith Wong is a 4th year Human Geography major who loves nature, travelling and reading. Her time in Ecuador has played a pivotal role in strengthening her interest and love for nature. She aspires to contribute to international biodiversity conservation and to engage communities for reaching that goal.

Jaya Lumsden is a 4th year forestry student studying Forest Bioeconomy Science and Technology. She is passionate about energy policy and its profound impact on natural resources and land use management.

Vanessa Leibel is a 3rd year Land and Food Systems student majoring in Global Resource Systems with a minor in Spanish. She is specializing in environmental sustainability in Latin America focused on biodiversity conservation, sustainable food systems and resource management.