Sarah Gergel, Professor, Landscape Ecology & Conservation

Landscape Ecology Lab, Forest and Conservation Sciences

Ingrid Jarvis, CIHR CGS-D, 4YF


PhD candidate (Forestry), University of British Columbia, 2017-present

BSc (Natural Resources Conservation Hons.), University of British Columbia, 2016

BA (Psychology), University of British Columbia, 2012

Research Interests

My research interests include urban ecology, ecosystem services, and human health and well-being. In my current research project, I investigate how environmental exposures, including green and blue spaces, influence the health and development of Metro Vancouver residents. By linking existing health data to high resolution land cover and land use maps, I identify potential differences in health associations depending on different types of natural environments (e.g., vegetation and water) and forms of human-nature contact (access to parks versus residential exposure). I also explore regulating ecosystem services of urban nature by analyzing potential indirect health benefits of nature exposure through reduction of air pollution and noise. 

In the future, I hope to extend my research to examine whether natural environments can contribute to alleviating health consequences of socioeconomic inequalities.


Jarvis, I., Gergel, S., Koehoorn, M., & van den Bosch, M. (2020). Greenspace access does not correspond to nature exposure: Measures of urban natural space with implications for health research. Landscape and Urban Planning194, 103686.

Jarvis, I., Koehoorn, M., Gergel, S. E., & van den Bosch, M. (2020). Different types of urban natural environments influence various dimensions of self-reported health. Environmental Research186, 109614.

van den Bosch, M., Brauer, M., Burnett, R., Davies, H. W., Davis, Z., Guhn, M., Jarvis, I., Nesbitt, L., Oberlander, T., Rugel, E., Sbihi, H., Su, J., & Jerrett, M. (2018). Born to be Wise: a population registry data linkage protocol to assess the impact of modifiable early-life environmental exposures on the health and development of children. BMJ Open8(12), e026954.

Arbellay, E., Jarvis, I., Chavardès, R. D., Daniels, L. D., & Stoffel, M. (2018). Tree-ring proxies of larch bud moth defoliation: Latewood width and blue intensity are more precise than tree-ring width. Tree Physiology38(8).

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