Andrew is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Urban Forestry Program. He works on all aspects of the undergraduate program including teaching or co-teaching Greening the City (UFOR100), Urban Forest Inventory and Assessment (UFOR220), and Introduction to Urban Forest Design (UFOR110), as well as leading Field Camp (UFOR 400) and the Capstone (UFOR 401). Like most people, Andrew's love of trees stems from multiple sources, including growing up next to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, Ontario. While walking through the Carolinian Forest with the odd tree labeled so that passersby could identify the species, he took the opportunity to memorize and appreciate the vast diversity of species present. Eventually this interest led to a career in urban forestry. Andrew brings a wealth of professional and academic urban forestry experience to UBC. He worked as an urban forester for the Town of Oakville (a city of 200,000 people), and later as an environmental consultant, where he worked on multiple large scale projects. Andrew’s Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Toronto explored the role of native species and other urban forest issues on municipal planning and resident attitudes, actions, and knowledge. He keeps an open-door policy and encourages students to seek guidance on cultivating their urban forestry interests and future career paths. To contact Andrew, visit his faculty web page: https://profiles.forestry.ubc.ca/person/andrew-almas/.
Outside of work Andrew enjoys rediscovering the world through the lens of his two children (Matthew -5, Audrey - 2) involving hiking, playing games, riding bikes, and asking questions about the world around me. He has also been known to play instruments, sing, and enjoys answering trivia questions from time to time.