Our Current Team

Elizabeth M WolkovichASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF FOREST & CONSERVATION SCIENCES

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I became interested in winegrape phenology over ten years ago when I heard how diverse winegrapes were in their flowering times. In the following years I developed collaborations and began gathering historical and current data from across the globe. I started working on understanding climate change impacts on winegrape harvests and wine quality in France and collected data in Davis, California. Since then my work has expanded: I now study phenological stages (budburst, flowering, veraison and maturity) and have a general aim to (1) understand and predict impacts on winegrape phenology, (2) to better understand and document variety diversity across the globe, and (3) improve predictions of variety change with continued climate change.

Geoffrey Legault – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW 

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I am a statistical ecologist interested in how populations and communities change over time. My current research focuses on developing more accurate models of winegrape phenology (i.e., timing of flowering, veraison) in order to help growers adapt to climate change and maximize harvest quality.

 

Faith Jones – POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

My background is in assessing global trends in biodiversity change. I have recently started focusing on winegrapes and how their distribution and growth will likely change with climate change. I am especially interested in modelling how hardy winegrapes can get over winter, so we can estimate which cold snaps might threaten grape crops and which areas might be more suitable for growing winegrapes as winters warm. My focus in mostly on the Okanagan wine growing area, which has undergone sufficient warming over the last few decades that new varieties are now able to grow there that were previously not hardy enough for the cold winters. 

Mira GarnerGRADUATE STUDENT

My background is in assessing global trends in biodiversity change. I have recently started focusing on winegrapes and how their distribution and growth will likely change with climate change. I am especially interested in modelling how hardy winegrapes can get over winter, so we can estimate which cold snaps might threaten grape crops and which areas might be more suitable for growing winegrapes as winters warm. My focus in mostly on the Okanagan wine growing area, which has undergone sufficient warming over the last few decades that new varieties are now able to grow there that were previously not hardy enough for the cold winters.  

Adam FongUNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

I am an undergraduate student studying Environmental Science at the University of British Columbia. As a student research assistant, I am interested in phenological data collection and data visualization through graphics. From this opportunity, I seek to understand the logistics involved with research and how findings are effectively communicated to peers and the public.

Phoebe Autio – UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCHER

I am an undergraduate assistant working on a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and a Master of Management as part of a dual degree program at the University of British Columbia. I am personally interested in sustainable community development and working to mitigate the effects that climate change will have on communities around that world. I have joined the Temporal Ecology Lab with the goal to develop a better understanding of the research process and to build a foundation in a science field.

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