Forrest Hisey

Forrest Hisey

PhD Student Dr. Andrea Olive, supervisor

Research and Professional Interests

I am a Ph.D. student in Human Geography at the University of Toronto. My interests focus upon human-environment interactions and socio-ecologic relations. Current research is focused toward transnational land policies, conservation, and interactions on public/crown lands in Canada and the USA. My past research focused on public pasture usage/conservation in Saskatchewan and ecological connectivity on public and private lands in central Alberta.

Why Geography, Geomatics and Environment at UTM?

I was interested in joining the Geography discipline at UTM due to its reputation and the work that my supervisor, Dr. Andrea Olive, has been focused on. The campus is absolutely gorgeous with an open and relaxing atmosphere. I also think that everybody at UTM is very supportive and genuine which creates a very inclusive community.

Honours and Awards

  • 2019-2020- G.E.F. Grant 
  • 2019 - Robin Hoffman Memorial Award for Scholarship and Service (Augustana College)


  • 2020 - Exploring the Saskatchewan Grasslands: An Exploration of Crown Lands and Appropriate Usage. Graduate Student Presentation University of Toronto
  • 2019 - AAG Session: Undergraduate Geography Experience
  • 2019 - AAG Session: GIS and Remote Sensing Gallery - “Understanding Place and Policy: Assessing the Connectivity of the Beaver Hills Moraine”


Research Supervisor/mentor: 
Dr. Andrea Olive


Ph.D Student – University of Toronto
M.A. in Geography - University of Toronto
B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Geography, Minor in Environmental Studies - Augustana College (Illinois)