M. Fernanda Tomaselli

Lecturer and Land One Coordinator
Forest Sciences Centre 4202
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

My teaching and research interests revolve around generating awareness about global sustainability challenges and exploring effective ways of communicating sustainability concepts to the broader population.

In my teaching, I believe it is essential to incentivize students to think critically and holistically about the complex challenges our world is facing. I aim to inspire students to become more engaged in conservation issues and in finding solutions to current sustainability dilemmas. I am keen on using interactive and dynamic methods of instruction during my lectures, and am a proponent of experiential learning.

My research interests include:

  • Sustainability and climate communications

  • Message framing

  • Mental models, public opinion and environmental perception

  • Ecological economics

  • Community forestry and sustainable livelihoods


Environmental Communication Alumni Award (USFQ, Ecuador) , 2017
Edward JC Hossie Leadership Award (UBC, Canada) , 2011

Current Courses

Winter 2019

CONS210 Visualizing Climate Change Sections

Introduction to climate change through the lens of local landscapes and future scenarios, using visual media to communicate the underlying science and psychology, and engage communities in local climate change solutions.

Winter 2019

CONS200 Foundations of Conservation Sections

Conceptual foundations of conservation; means of conserving nature and natural resources.

Winter 2019

FRST110 Land One: First-year Integrative Seminar Sections

Current issues and cases in Forestry and Land and Food Systems are examined with a focus on integration of first-year subjects and exposure to both First Nations and Western perspectives.


Selected Publications

Tomaselli, M.F., J. Timko, R.A. Kozak, J. Bull, S. Kearney, J. Saddler, S. Van Dyk, G. Wang and X. Zhu (2020). SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure – Anticipating the Potential Impacts on Forests and Forest-Based Livelihoods Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK
Tomaselli, M.F., R.A. Kozak, S. Sheppard and R. Gifford (2019). What do Canadians think about Economic Growth, Prosperity and the Environment? Ecological Economics 161(2019):41-49.
Tomaselli, M.F., Hajjar, R., Ramon Hidalgo, A.E., & Vasquez-Fernandez, A.M. (2017). The problematic old roots of the new green economy narrative: How far can it take us in re-imagining sustainability in forestry? International Forestry Review, 19:1-13
Tomaselli, M.F., Hajjar, R., Timko, J. Jarjusey, A., Camara, K. & Kozak, R. (2014). Small forest-based enterprises in The Gambia: Opportunities and challenges IUFRO World Series Vol. 32 – Forests under pressure: Local responses to global issues
Tomaselli, M.F., Timko, J. & Kozak, R. (2013). Assessing small and medium forest enterprises’ access to microfinance: Case studies from The Gambia Journal of Development Studies, (49) 3:334-347
Tomaselli, M.F., Timko, J. & Kozak, R. (2012). The role of government in the development of small and medium forest enterprises: Case studies from The Gambia Small-scale Forestry, (11) 2:237-253
Tomaselli, M.F. & Hajjar, R. (2011). Promoting community forestry enterprises in national REDD+ strategies: A business approach. Forests, (2) 1:283-300