The Master of Geomatics for Environmental Management (MGEM) program is a 9 month course-based program within the Faculty of Forestry at UBC, providing the blend of geospatial skills and landscape ecology context needed to tackle pressing environmental issues.  This site provides program information for current, former, and prospective students, and resources for anyone with an interest in geomatics.

Information on how to apply here.


MGEM News and Updates


2018/2019 Cohort Orientation – August 9th – 10th
Welcome to UBC! The new MGEM cohort will be hosted through some fun events over the orientation period. On August 9th (Thursday), students will be taken on tours through the Forest Sciences Centre (FSC) and the UBC campus, including a visit to the Museum of Anthropology (MOA). On August 10th (Friday), students will gather at Koerner’s Pub (3:30 – 5:30 pm) for some refreshments, food, and good acquainting with peers and professors!


Geomatics Networking Event at UBC – March 2nd

The MGEM program is hosting a Geomatics Networking Event on Friday March 2 from 1:00-3:30 pm in the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre – Jack Poole Hall. We will start with brief overviews from participating organizations. Following the presentations, each organization will have a table where students can ask further questions (e.g., regarding employment opportunities). Free refreshments will be provided. All graduate-level students are welcome to attend, however an RSVP is required: please sign-up using this form.


MGEM Applications Opening for 2018-2019 – October 16

Starting on October 16, 2017, applications for the 2018-2019 MGEM program will be open. The application deadline for the Summer 2018 intake is March 23, 2018. Learn more about the application process and requirements here.


Loon Lake 2017 – Photos Up Now

Photos from the 2017 GEM 500 Field School are now posted in the Gallery section of the site! As part of GEM 500: Landscape Ecology and Management, MGEM students spent 3 days at Loon Lake Lodge and Retreat Center in UBC’s Malcolm Knapp research forest. At the Field School, students learned about introductory landscape ecology, remote sensing, drone use and safety, and more.


Upcoming MGEM Orientation – August 17-18 2017

The MGEM program will officially start with a two day orientation, 9 am – 5 pm, Thu Aug 17 and Fri Aug 18. We will meet at 9 am on Thu Aug 17 in the MGEM room, 2435 on the second floor of the Forest Sciences Centre (FSC) – please do not be late. Stay tuned for a detailed schedule.


First Course of 2017 – GEM 500: Landscape Ecology and Management with Sarah Gergel

MGEM instructor Sarah Gergel with landscape ecology students in summer 2016

Following orientation, GEM 500 (Landscape Ecology & Management) will commence on Sun Aug 20. The first portion of this two-week long intensive course will occur at Loon Lake, at UBC’s Malcolm Knapp Research Forest. Transportation will be provided from UBC, returning to campus on Wed Aug 23. In the coming weeks, Aria Guo, the course TA, will be contacting incoming students regarding various logistics (e.g., food preferences / allergies, emergency details, etc.). A schedule outlining the trip to Loon Lake will be provided during orientation – full course details will be provided at the start of the course.