Ellen Whitman, PhD Candidate
Area of Interest: Spatial analysis, fire ecology, remote sensing
Advisors: Dr. Mike Flannigan and Dr. Marc-André Parisien
Academic Degree(s): Master of Environmental Studies, 2013, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada;
Bachelor of Community Design, Honours in Environmental Planning, 2011, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Ellen began her academic career with a focus on environmental planning for urban development, which led to an interest and specialization in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for land management. Because of this she pursued a master of environmental studies where she specialized in the spatial analysis of peri-urban fire risk. This project sparked a strong interest in wildfire and eventually prompted a move to Alberta to work as a spatial data analyst in the Fire Unit at the Canadian Forest Service, where she worked for two years researching spatial ecology of wildfire and fire regimes. Today her research focuses on the spatial analysis of burn severity, postfire ecological impacts, and the temporal and spatial distribution of fire on the landscape. She is studying these topics using multispectral satellite imagery and field data collected in the northwestern boreal forest.
In her spare time Ellen enjoys hiking and running, as well as baking and cooking.