Human dimensions of urban forestry
Dr. Andrew Almas is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Urban Forestry Program. Andrew works on all aspects of the undergraduate program including teaching or co-teaching (UFOR100) Greening the City, (UFOR220) Urban Forest Inventory and Assessment, and (UFOR110) Introduction to Urban Forest Design, as well as leading Field Camp and the Capstone.
Like most people, Andrew’s love of trees stems from multiple sources, including growing up next to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario. While walking through the Carolinian Forest with the odd tree labeled so that passersby could identify the species, he took the opportunity to memorize and appreciate the vast diversity of species present. Eventually, this interest led to a career in urban forestry. Andrew brings a wealth of professional and academic urban forestry experience to UBC.
Andrew worked as an urban forester for the Town of Oakville (a city of 200,000 people), and later as an environmental consultant, where he worked on multiple large scale projects. Andrew’s Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Toronto explored the role of native species and other urban forest issues on municipal planning and resident attitudes, actions, and knowledge. He keeps an open-door policy and encourages students to seek guidance on cultivating their urban forestry interests and future career paths.
Outside of work Andrew enjoys rediscovering the world through the lens of my two children (Matthew -5, Audrey – 2) involving hiking, playing games, riding bikes, and asking questions about the world around him. He has also been known to play instruments, sing, and enjoy answering trivia questions from time to time.
Almas, A., and Conway, T.M. 2016. The role of native species in municipal urban forest planning and practice: A case study of Carolinian Canada. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 17(1) 54-62.
Almas, A., and Conway, T.M. 2017. Residential knowledge of native tree species: A case study of residents in four southern Ontario municipalities. Environmental Management 59(1) 21-33.
Almas, A. and Conway, T.M. 2018. Resident attitudes and actions toward native tree species: A case study of residents in four southern Ontario municipalities. Arboriculture & Urban Forestry 44(2) 101-115.
Conway, T.M., and Almas, A. 2019. Ecosystem services, ecological integrity, and native species planting: How to balance these ideas in urban forest management? Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 41(1) 1-5.