Lael Parrott

Lael Parrott is a Professor in Sustainability in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science and Director of the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience and Ecosystem Services (BRAES).  

Dr. Parrott is cross-appointed in the Departments of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences and Biology, and serves as Associate Dean for Faculty & Research in the Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science. Prior to joining UBC, she was an Associate Professor in Environmental Geography and Director of the Complex Systems Laboratory at Université de Montréal (2001-2012).

She leads an internationally recognized research program in modelling and characterising contemporary regional landscapes and ecosystems as complex human-environment systems. Dr. Parrott promotes a holistic, complex systems vision of managing land and water resources at the landscape scale. She has extensive experience in leading multipartite groups to share this vision to find sustainable management solutions that reconcile ecological, societal and economic objectives. 


Dr. Lael Parrott

Professor, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences; Department of Biology


Research Themes

  • Integrated modeling
  • Mapping


Integrated Modeling

Creation of a tool to explore watershed outcomes in the context of different management trade-offs and climate change with Corrie Allen


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“My role is to contribute a scientific perspective that looks at landscapes and watersheds in particular as complex, interconnected human-environment systems. We will be developing an integrated modeling framework that brings together a lot of the scientific and Indigenous knowledge about the watershed into a single platform.”

– Dr. Lael Parrott, integrated modeling

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