Luiz Drummond, MSc Candidate
Area of Interest: Fire and forest ecology, environmental conservation
Advisor(s): Dr. Mike Flannigan and Dr. Vernon Peters
Academic Degree(s): BSC in Forestry, 2014, Universidaide Federal de Viçosa, Brazil
Luiz Drummond is a M.Sc. student at the Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, under the supervision of Dr. Mike Flannigan and Dr. Vernon Peters. Before completing his B.Sc in Forestry at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa (Federal University of Viçosa), Brazil, Luiz had the chance to spend 4 months in Jasper National Park on a volunteer internship with Parks Canada where he was involved with different monitoring programs in the conservation field including health assessments of whitebark pine stands. It was the mountains and the endangered tree species whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) that made Luiz leave his tropical country to come back to Canada.
Luiz is studying the influence of fire variables and stand-level factors on the natural regeneration of whitebark pine in burned areas across the Mountain Parks in Alberta, Canada. His main goal is to produce results that can help conservation agencies, such as Parks Canada and Alberta Environment and Parks, to address their research needs regarding the use of prescribed fire and wildfire management in whitebark pine restoration and conservation.
If Luiz has time, everything is within walking distance for him. Whether it is snowing, raining or sunny, a walk outdoors is always welcome. Being in Jasper introduced Luiz to what are now his favorite activities: Hiking and camping (not soccer). He doesn't want to go back home before hiking all of the trails in Jasper.