UBC_20180501_3959 - Tahia Devisscher

Dr. Tahia Devisscher

Post Doctoral

Forest ecosystems, social-ecological dynamics, resilience, climate change adaptation

Dr. Tahia Devisscher is a Banting Research and Teaching Fellow at the UBC Faculty of Forestry. She is currently studying the extent to which forests and other greenspaces in and around cities increase social-ecological resilience, and how to strengthen ways in which urbanites connect with nature. Tahia is also teaching Urban Forest and Well-Being (UFOR200), Urban Forestry Administration, Policy and Law (UFOR402), and Urban Forest Inventory and Assessment (UFOR220). In past work with the Stockholm Environment Institute, Tahia implemented and led applied research to support climate change adaptation through Nature-based Solutions. She has worked in 20 countries with local communities, NGOs, and governments alike. Tahia has an interdisciplinary background and a PhD in ecosystems science from the University of Oxford.

Tahia is also a yoga teacher, forest and nature therapy guide, and loves dancing and spending time in forests, mountains, and water.

Selected Publications


Devisscher, T., Konijnendijk, C., Locatelli, B., Girardin, C., Malhi, Y. Designing Forest-based Solutions to Climate Change: A Social-Ecological Systems Framework. (In preparation for People and Nature – British Ecological Society).

Devisscher, T., Mitchell, M., Konijnendijk, C. Synergies and trade-offs between actual and perceived forest benefits and risks along an urban-rural gradient: A case study in Metro Vancouver, Canada. (In preparation for Landscape and Urban Planning).

Devisscher, T., Spies, J. and Griess, V.C. Time for Change: Learning from Community Forests to Enhance the Resilience of Multi-Value Forestry in British Columbia, Canada. Journal of Land Use Policy (Accepted for publication).

Barona, C.O., Devisscher, T., Dobbs, C., Aguilar, L.O., Baptista, M.D., Navarro, N.M., da Silva Filho, D.F. and Escobedo, F.J. (2020) Trends in urban forestry research in Latin America & the Caribbean: a systematic literature review and synthesis. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 47: 126544.

Devisscher, T., Konijnendijk, C., Nesbitt, L., Lenhart, J., Salbitano, F., Cheng, Z.C., Lwasa, S., van den Bosch, M. (2020) SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities: Impacts on Forests and Forest-based Livelihoods. In: Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People (Ed. Katila, P. et al). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-48699-6

Spies, J., Devisscher, T., Bulkan, J., Tansey, J. and Griess, V.C. (2019) Value-oriented criteria, indicators and targets for conservation and production: A multi-party approach to forest management planning. Biological conservation 230: 151-168.

Devisscher, T., Nesbitt, L., Bardekjian, A. Main findings and trends in urban forestry. (2018) In: Forestry in the Midst of Global Changes. CRC Press. ISBN 9781138197084

Devisscher, T., Malhi, Y., and Boyd, E. (2018) Deliberation for wildfire risk management: Addressing conflicting views in the Chiquitania, Bolivia. The Geographical Journal 185(1): 38-54.

Devisscher, T., Vignola, R., Coll Besa, M., Cronenbold, R., Pacheco, N., Schillinger, R., Canedi, V., Sandoval, C., Gonzalez, D. and Leclerc, G. (2016) Water security and adaptation in Latin American landscapes: understanding the socio-institutional context using a process of science-society engagement. Ecology and Society 21(4): 48.

Devisscher, T., Anderson, L.O., Aragão, L.E.O.C., Galván, L. and Malhi, Y. (2016) Increased wildfire risk driven by climate and development interactions in Bolivian Chiquitania, southern Amazonia. PLoS ONE 11(9): 1-29.

Devisscher, T., Boyd, E. and Malhi, Y. (2016) Anticipating future risk in social-ecological systems using fuzzy cognitive mapping: the case of wildfire dynamics in the Chiquitania, Bolivia. Ecology and Society 21(4): 18.

Devisscher, T., Malhi, Y. Rojas Landívar V.D. and I. Oliveras (2016) Understanding ecological transitions under recurrent wildfire: A case study in the seasonally dry tropical forests of the Chiquitania, Bolivia. Forest Ecology and Management 360: 273–286.

Aide, T.M., Albaladejo Montoro, J., Borras Jr., S.M., et al. (2012). Land Chapter. In: Global Environmental Outlook Report (GEO-5). Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme.

Fleming, R., Kanowski, P., Brown, N., et al. (2011). Emerging perspectives on forest biodiversity. In: Emerging issues in our global environment. UNEP Year Book 2011. Nairobi: United Nations Environment Programme.

O’Brien, G., Devisscher, T., O’Keefe, P. (2011) The Adaptation Continuum: Groundwork for the Future. Saarbrücken: LAP LAMBERT, ISBN 9783843381437