Forest Sciences Centre 2214
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T1Z4
Canada
work phone: 6048271985

My research employs remotely sensed data and field measurements to map and describe the distribution, composition, structure and dynamics of forests in Canada (SW coastal British Columbia), Madagascar (Ambaro/Ambanja Bays, Mahajamba Bay, Maintirano, Tsiribihina-Manombolo Delta, Velondriake, Ambondrolava), Myanmar (entire coast), Nicaragua (targeted ecosystem types), the Philippines (Mindoro Island, Sierra Madre region), the UAE (Abu Dhabi, all northern Emirates) and the USA (all of Massachusetts, New York State Adirondack mountains). In Canada and the USA, these efforts support the management of forested ecosystems and enhanced further research possibilities within National and Provincial/State Park systems. In Nicaragua, ongoing work supports the development of Farm-Trace which automates deforestation assessment for small-holder farmers.  Ongoing work in Madagascar, Myanmar and the Philippines involves estimating total carbon stocks and investigating the natural and anthropogenic causes of forest loss.  In Madagascar and Myanmar, results support applied conservation initiatives through Blue Ventures’ Blue Forests Project, which aims to secure and sustain long-term livelihoods, safeguard biodiversity and mitigate climate change through mangrove conservation, restoration and managed-use.  In the Philippines, results support forest carbon projects, including within the ancestral domain of the Mangyan.

At Portland State University (Portland, Oregon) I taught Old Growth Forest Ecology and Management.

At UBC, I have taught Geospatial Data Analysis (GEM530), Geoinformatics Seminar Series (GEM580) and Project Proposal Development & Proof of Concept (GEM599). I have also co-taught Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management (FRST443/GEM520), the citizen science module in Landscape Ecology & Management (GEM500) and the remote sensing module in Land Information Acquisition & Analysis (FRST556).  I have guest lectured in Foundations of Conservation (CONS200) and Forests & Society (FRST516).  

In 2017, I taught remote sensing at two of our partner Universities in China – Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University and Nanjing Forestry University. 

In 2017, I helped design and led a workshop on Using R for Remote Sensing Data & Applications as part of the Biodiversity Research Centre Integrative Training & Education Workshop series.

I have helped develop curriculum for the Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) focusing on Locating, quantifying, and contextualizing dynamics in Madagascar’s mangroves.  

Outside the formal University setting, I’ve helped organize and lead geospatial and forest science training for colleagues, students, interns and volunteers, and members of numerous communities.


Research Areas

forest structure
tree species composition/distribution
forest dynamics
forest carbon stocks
forest biodiversity
remote sensing

Projects

The Blue Forests Project
https://blueventures.org/conservation/blue-forests/

Working to secure and sustain long-term livelihoods, safeguard biodiversity and mitigate climate change through mangrove conservation, restoration and managed-use.


Professional Affiliations

Blue Ventures Conservation, Advisor: Geospatial and Blue Forests Science
UNDP, Vetted Geospatial Expert
NatureBank, Advisor: Geospatial and Forest Science
Taking Root , Advisor: Geospatial and Forest Science

Awards

Canadian Remote Sensing Society (CRSS) Best PhD Thesis , 2011
Clark University: Graduation cum laude with High Honours , 2005

Previous Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

·   He, 2019. What is the relationship between Melaleuca plantations and local climate of Boano Island, Indonesia? MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Technical mentor.

·   Shen, 2019. The relationship between rice expansion and deforestation in Seram Island, Central Maluku district, Indonesia. MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Technical mentor.

·   Winters, 2019. How has the black-chinned monarch’s (Monarcha boanensis) habitat declined in extent and condition on Boano Island, Indonesia since 2014? MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Technical mentor.

·   Zhang, 2019. How has the area of oil palm plantations changed in Seram Island, Indonesia since 1989? MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Technical mentor.

·   Ciolkiewicz, 2018.  Applications of deep learning techniques to classification of remotely sensed data – case study: Ambaro / Ambanja Bays.  Graduate-level directed studies.  UBC.  Co-supervision. 

·   Gallipeau, 2018. Mapping the potential loss and migration of mangroves in Northwest Madagascar due to sea level rise.  MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Project mentor.

·   Lin, 2018. Estimating future mangrove distribution under the impact of sea level rise in northwestern Madagascar. MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Project mentor.

·   Pathak, 2018. Quantifying spiny forest dynamics in SW Madagascar from 1986-2016.  MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Project mentor.

·   Pinneo, 2018. Monitoring mangrove restoration efforts in NW Madagascar using freely available Google Earth imagery. MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Project mentor.

·   Sweeney, 2018. Systematic accuracy assessment of the global forest change dataset for mangroves in northwestern Madagascar. MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Project mentor.

·   Tekano, 2018. Quantifying forest cover change in the Squamish River Valley, BC, Canada.  MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Project mentor.

·   Wang, 2018. Modelling the distribution and spread of Asian Gypsy moth in Canada for future climate change scenarios.  MGEM – Final Project Proposal & Proof of Concept. UBC. Project mentor.

·   Cristiani, 2017. Mapping seagrass distribution in Barkley Sound, BC.  MSc – Directed Study. Project supervisor. 

·   Pardo et al., 2016. Characterizing mangrove loss in the Mangoky River Delta, Madagacsar, 2000-2015. MA – Landscape Ecology and Management Project. Project co-supervision.    

·   Landesman, 2016. Characterizing mangrove distribution and change in Antsohihy, Madagascar. BA – Senior Honor’s Thesis. Clark University. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Thomas, 2015. A review of mangrove governance and management initiatives in Madagascar: lessons learned and suggestions for the way forward. MSc. University of Edinburgh. Thesis supervisor.

·   Cunningham, 2015. Mapping transition potential of coastal land-cover to pond aquaculture in southeast Asia using Landsat data. MSc. Clark University. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Ratefinjanahary, 2015. Assessment of the soil organic carbon of mangroves in Ambaro-Ambanja bays. DEA. University of Antananarivo. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Ravelonjatovo, 2015. Assessment of the above-ground biomass of mangrove in Ambaro-Ambanja bays. DEA. University of Antananarivo. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Andriamitantsoa, 2015. Evaluation of above- and below-ground carbon stocks of mangrove forests in Ambaro-Ambanja and Mahajamba Bays. DEA. University of Toliara. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Rabarison, 2014. Comparing methods for determining soil organic carbon: Walkley Black versus Loss on Ignition. DEA. University of Antananarivo. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Buame, Linda. 2014. Using remote sensing to assess the design of Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine reserve at the seascape level. MSc. Ghent University. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Teoh, 2014. Assessing the impact of anthropogenic degradation on mangrove carbon stocks in northwestern Madagascar. BSc Senior Thesis. Imperial College London.  Project co-supervision.

·   Haingonirina, 2013. Evaluation of carbon stocks in the mangrove soil in Ambaro/Ambanja and Mahajamba Bay, Madagascar. DEA. University of Toliara. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Winders, 2013. A comparison of qualitative and quantitative ecological assessment methods of mangroves in southwestern Madagascar. BSc Senior Thesis. Gettysburg College. Project co-supervision.

·   Jablonska, 2013. Effectiveness of sub-pixel analysis in detecting mangrove forest degradation based on Landsat 7 ETM+ study. MSc. Cranfield University. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Ranoelison, 2012. Estimating the carbon stock of Madagascar’s mangroves: Melaky Region. DEA. University of Antananarivo. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Rajoelina, 2012. Estimating the soil organic carbon stock of Madagascar’s mangroves: Melaky Region. DEA. University of Antananarivo. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Ratovoson, 2012. Mapping Madagascar’s mangroves for REDD+: Melaky Region. DEA. University of Antananarivo. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Rakotomanana, 2012. Contextualizing mangrove deforestation and degradation: Melaky Region. DEA. University of Antananarivo. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Roy, 2012. Study of the socio-economic impacts of REDD+ for Madagascar’s mangrove ecosystems. MSc. Institut Catholique des Arts et Metiers. Thesis co-supervision

·   Marq, 2012. Contribution to the socio-economic and political feasibility of mangrove REDD+ projects: Madagascar’s Bay of Assassins. MSc. Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Thesis co-supervision.

·   Gandhi, 2012. Preparing for REDD+: Identifying and mapping human threats to mangrove habitats. MSc. Kings College. Thesis co-supervision.


Current Courses

Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management (GEM520) (Winter Term I; co-taught with Dr. Piotr Tompalski)

Landscape Ecology & Management (GEM500) (Summer Term II; Remote Sensing and Citizen Science modules) (supporting Sarah Gergel)

Remote Sensing for Ecosystem Management (FRST443) (Winter Terms I,II; support lecturing for Dr. Nicholas Coops)

 

 

Selected Publications


S Gandhi, TG Jones (2019). Identifying Mangrove Deforestation Hotspots in South Asia, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing MDPI
Jonathan Sanderman, Tomislav Hengl, Gregory Fiske, Kylen Solvik, Maria Fernanda Adame, Lisa Benson, Jacob J Bukoski, Paul Carnell, Miguel Cifuentes-Jara, Daniel Donato, Clare Duncan, Ebrahem M. Eid, Philine zu Ermgassen, Carolyn Ewers, Leah Glass, Selena Gress, Sunny Lynn Jardine, Trevor Jones, Peter Macreadie, Eugene Ndemem Nsombo, Md. Mizanur Rahman, Christian Sanders, Mark Spalding and Emily Landis (2018). A global map of mangrove forest soil carbon at 30 m spatial resolution Environmental Research Letters IOP Science
Nathalie Bodonirina, Lena M. Reibelt, Natasha Stoudmann, Juliette Chamagne, Trevor G. Jones, Annick Ravaka, Hoby V. F. Ranjaharivelo, Tantelinirina Ravonimanantsoa, Gabrielle Moser, Arnaud De Grave, Claude Garcia, Bruno S. Ramamonjisoa, Lucienne Wilmé and Patrick O. Waeber (2018). Approaching Local Perceptions of Forest Governance and Livelihood Challenges with Companion Modeling from a Case Study around Zahamena National Park, Madagascar Forests MDPI
Lisa Benson, Leah Glass, Trevor Gareth Jones, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana and Cicelin Rakotomahazo (2017). Mangrove Carbon Stocks and Ecosystem Cover Dynamics in Southwest Madagascar and the Implications for Local Management Forests
Charlie J Gardner, Zo Andriamahenina, Aude Carro, Trevor G Jones, Louise D Jasper (2016). Rapid assessments and local knowledge reveal high bird diversity in mangroves of north-west Madagascar Springer Wetlands Ecology & Management DOI: 10.1007/s11273-016-9501-3
Trevor G Jones, Leah Glass, Samir Gandhi, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Aude Carro, Lisa Benson, Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, Chandra Giri, Dannick Randriamanatena, Garth Cripps (2016). Madagascar’s Mangroves: Quantifying Nation-Wide and Ecosystem Specific Dynamics, and Detailed Contemporary Mapping of Distinct Ecosystems MDPI Remote Sens. 8(2), 106
Trevor Gareth Jones, Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, Aude Carro, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Leah Glass, Marianne Teoh, Lisa Benson, Garth Cripps, Chandra Giri, Bienvenue Zafindrasilivonona, Raymond Raherindray, Zo Andriamahenina, Mialy Andriamahefazafy (2016). The mangroves of Ambanja and Ambaro Bays, northwest Madagascar: Historical dynamics, current status and deforestation mitigation strategy Springer Estuaries: A Lifeline of Ecosystem Services in the Western Indian Ocean Chapter 5, pp 67-85
Trevor G Jones, Harifidy Rakoto Ratsimba, Lalao Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, Leah Glass, Lisa Benson, Marianne Teoh, Aude Carro, Garth Cripps, Chandra Giri, Samir Gandhi, Zo Andriamahenina, Rado Rakotomanana, Pierre-Francois Roy (2015). The Dynamics, Ecological Variability and Estimated Carbon Stocks of Mangroves in Mahajamba Bay, Madagascar MDPI J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 3(3), 793-820
Jones, T.G., Coops, N.C., Gergel, S. and Sharma, T. (2014). Employing Measures of Heterogeneity and an Object-Based Approach to Extrapolate Tree Species Distribution Data MDPI Diversity 6(3): 396-414
Jones, T.G., Ratsimba, H.R., Ravaoarinorotsihoarana, L., Cripps, G., and Bey, A. (2014). Ecological variability and carbon stock estimates of mangrove ecosystems in northwestern Madagascar MDPI Forests, 5(1), 177-205
Jones, T.G., P. Arcese, T. Sharma & N.C. Coops (2013). Describing avifaunal richness with functional and structural bioindicators derived from advanced airborne remotely sensed data Taylor & Francis International Journal of Remote Sensing Volume 34, Issue 8
TG Jones (2013). Editorial: Shining a light on Madagascar’s mangroves Madagascar Conservation & Development Vol 8, No 1
Jones, T.G., Coops, N.C., Sharma, T (2012). Assessing the utility of LiDAR to differentiate among vegetation structural classes Taylor & Francis Remote Sensing Letters 3:3 231-238
Trevor G Jones, Nicholas C Coops, Tara Sharma (2011). Exploring the utility of hyperspectral imagery and LiDAR data for predicting Quercus garryana ecosystem distribution and aiding in habitat restoration Wiley Restoration Ecology Volume 19, Issue 201, pages 245–256
Trevor G Jones, Nicholas C Coops, Tara Sharma (2010). Assessing the utility of airborne hyperspectral and LiDAR data for species distribution mapping in the coastal Pacific Northwest, Canada Elsevier Remote Sensing of Environment Volume 114, Issue 12, Pages 2841–2852
Jones, T.G., Coops, N.C., Sharma, T. (2010). Employing ground-based spectroscopy for tree-species differentiation in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve Taylor & Francis International Journal of Remote Sensing 31: 1121 – 1127
Christopher D Lippitt, John Rogan, Zhe Li, J Ronald Eastman, Trevor G Jones (2008). Mapping Selective Logging in Mixed Deciduous Forest American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing, Number 10, pp. 1201-1211(11)