Forest Sciences Centre 2114
2424 Main Mall
Forest Sciences Center- FRM
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048272059

My research focuses on using optical remotely sensed imagery to observe change in boreal forests over long time periods. These data that are generated can provide information on forest disturbances including indicators of severity, but also offer the ability to monitor recovery and regrowth of forests at an annual time step. This information is required for many tasks, but is becoming more and more pertinent with a changing climate.


My main role in the Forestry Department is to conduct classes in the MGEM program such as GEM 530 – Geospatial Data Analysis, GEM 580 – Geoinformatics Seminar, and GEM 599 – Project Proposal Development and Proof of Concept. I also support lecturing in GEM500 – Landscape Ecology & Management and GEM 511- Advanced GIS for Environmental Management

Research Areas

Remote Sensing
Geographic Information Science
Forest Disturbance & Recovery


Excellence in Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nominated at Arizona State University , 2018
Four Year Fellowship, University of British Columbia , 2012
Hamish Kimmins Scholarship in Forest Ecosystems, University of British Columbia , 2016
Mary and David Macaree Scholarship, University of British Columbia , 2015
Graduating with Summa Cum Laude with High Honors Masters Award, Clark University , 2007
Association of American Geographers National Council for Geographic Education Award for Excellence in Scholarship , 2006
Graduating with Magna Cum Laude with High Honors Bachelors Award, Clark University , 2006
The Idrisi Award for Excellence in GIS, Clark University , 2006
John O’ Connor Environmental Service Fellowship, Clark University , 2005
Illustrated Paper Competition Winner, The New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society , 2005

Previous Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Kerwin, R. 2018. The Development of Hydroelectric Power in Chilean Patagonia. Hons. BA, Arizona State University. Primary supervisor

Current Courses


Selected Publications

Frazier, R.J., Coops, N.C., Wulder, M.A., Hermosilla, T. and White, J.C. (2018). Analyzing spatial and temporal variability in short-term rates of post-fire vegetation return from Landsat time series Remote Sensing of Environment 205, 32-45.
Navrátilová, J., Hájek, M., Navrátil, J., Hájková, P., & Frazier, R. J. (2017). Convergence and impoverishment of fen communities in a eutrophicated agricultural landscape of the Czech Republic Applied Vegetation Science
Pickell, P.D., Hermosilla, T., Frazier, R.J., Coops, N.C., Wulder, M.A. (2016). Forest Recovery Trends Derived from Landsat Time Series for North American Boreal Forests International Journal of Remote Sensing 37(1): 138-49. doi:10.1080/2150704X.2015.1126375
Frazier, R.J., N.C. Coops, and M.A. Wulder. (2015). Boreal Shield Forest Disturbance and Recovery Trends using Landsat Time Series Remote Sensing of Environment 170: 317-27. doi:10.1016/j.rse.2015.09.015
Frazier, R.J., Coops, N.C., Wulder, M.A., and Kennedy, R. (2014). Characterization of aboveground biomass in an unmanaged boreal forest using Landsat temporal segmentation metrics ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. 92: 137-146