Maria Sharpe, MSc 

Area of Interest: Fire Ecology, Fire Behavior and Landscape Management

Former Advisor: Dr. Victor Lieffers 

Committee Members: Dr. Mike Flannigan and Dr. Jennifer Beverly

Academic Degree(s): Master of Science, Forest Biology and Management, 2016, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada;

Bachelor of Science, Forest Management, 2007, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada; 

Diploma in Forest Technology, 2003, College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada


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IMaria took a leave of absence from her position as a silviculture forester in Slave Lake to return to school to investigate the use of understory burning as a silvicultural tool for forest companies faced with overstory disturbance and loss in timber supply of pine dominated forests. Maria was particularly interested in understanding to what extent fire intensity influences germination and growth of pine seedlings under a MPB-killed pine overstory. Limiting factors in pine regeneration include both seedbed preparation and cone opening. Her research contributes to understanding how fire influences these factors and whether these influences change once a tree is dead.


Since completion of her Master degree with the Canadian Partnership of Wildland Fire Science at the University of Alberta, Maria has been working as a Wildfire Management Specialist for the Alberta Government in the Lac La Biche Forest Area. As a Wildfire Management Specialist, Maria deals with landscape-level management issues. Her research with the partnership compliments her work by providing the opportunity to examine the science behind the decisions made with respect to forest management. During the fire season, Maria provides fire behaviour intelligence to forest area level staff as the resident fire behaviour analyst. 

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