Oleg Melnik, MSc 

Area of Interest: Forestry, fire ecology and management, forest meteorology, remote sensing

Former Advisor: Dr. Mike  Flannigan


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

Bachelor of Science, Forestry, 1984, Ukrainian State University of Forestry, Lviv, Ukraine


Contact Information:  melnik@ualberta.ca


Fuel moisture content estimation is a key component of the wildland fire danger rating. Oleg Melnik’s interest in fire danger research includes fuel moisture content assessment using energy budget based approach. Fuel moisture content is strongly related to drought level which could be estimated using both meteorological and remote sensing data. Mass and energy exchange parameters and characteristics of the specific stand types vary significantly, and Oleg would like to focus on forest canopy–wind interactions.


Oleg’s work with the Remote Sensing Laboratory of the Institute of Ecological Genetics (1986-1991) and graduate studies with the Institute of Geography (1987 – 1990) of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova included development of remote sensing techniques for forest/agricultural ecosystems water stress assessment and for forest fire danger estimation. Subsequently, he spent 15 years supervising firefighting operations and forestry works with Uzda Area Forestry and continuing his research with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus. During that time Oleg also took part in the Collaboration and Professional Exchange Program on Wildfire Detection and Suppression between the Ministry of Forestry of Belarus and the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. After he moved to Canada, Oleg worked as a Survey Assistant with Maltais Geomatics Inc. (2006 - 2010).  Since 2007, Oleg has been a member of the Canadian Remote Sensing Society.


As a Master student with the Department of Renewable Resources of the University of Alberta Oleg worked with Dr. Mike Flannigan on the project for fuel moisture assessment using in-stand weather parameters.


On his free time, Oleg likes to go hiking, travel all over Alberta with his family and he wishes to have more time for hunting.

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