Growing up among the tall trees in Kerrisdale, BC, Ira developed an appreciation and curiosity for forests early on. He has explored extensively in the forests and mountains around Vancouver and has travelled widely abroad, often by bicycle or on remote forest research expeditions. Ira holds a BSc in Natural Resources Conservation from UBC (2012) and an MSc in Renewable Resources from McGill University (2015). His MSc thesis investigated the long-term recovery of ecosystem services following logging in BC coastal forests. After two years working in forestry and consulting arboriculture, Ira is now pursuing his PhD in UBC Forestry as a Vanier Canada Scholar. In an effort to engage the public to learn about old-growth forests he employs use of film, photography, and story-telling. He is the chair of the BC BigTree Committee, a Forester-in-Training and author of the online Vancouver Big Tree Hiking Guide www.vancouversbigtrees.com.