Contact & Opportunities

Keunhyun Park

Phone: 604-827-0191

Forest Sciences Centre 4615
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4


Summer 2024 Update: UNDER LAB is currently recruiting a new Master’s student. We do not have a specific deadline or start date at this time.

At the University of British Columbia, I am seeking enthusiastic, disciplined, and collegial graduate students in Ph.D. in Forestry or Master of Science in Forestry programs. We offer a full funding package, which includes stipends, a personal computer, travel support for conference presentations, and physical lab space. The funding covers 4 years for Ph.D. students and 2 years for Master’s students.

If interested, please email me at with the following (general inquiries are also welcome):

  • A brief statement (1-2 paragraphs) describing your research interests and your motivation for joining UNDER Lab
  • Your CV
  • Your academic transcripts (unofficial)
  • Writing samples that you are most proud of (e.g., publication, thesis, report)
  • Information on whether you have applied for external funding or intend to so (see examples here)
  • Your favorite city and why, in no more than three sentences 🙂

My mentoring philosophy is to ensure that all students, irrespective of their backgrounds, have multiple opportunities to contribute to advancing science in urban forestry and related fields, while staying engaged with real world issues. I strive to foster a welcoming learning environment that promotes a growth mindset, respect for diversity, analytical thinking, and peer-to-peer training.

I recognize that historically, urban forestry has lacked racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, compared with other disciplines (Bardekjian et al., 2019; Kuhns et al., 20022004Urban Forestry, 2020). One of my core training goals is to involve students from diverse backgrounds, as I believe diversity fosters more ideas. To promote an equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning environment, I recruit and mentor underrepresented students, accommodate flexible time management needs (e.g., family care), enhance cross-cultural collaborations beyond my research group (e.g., Urban Forest Research Hub), and pursue research that benefits underrepresented communities (e.g., environmental justice, green equity, systemic bias in demographics).

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