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Jordan Burke

December 8, 1982 - July 14, 2019

Jordan Burke died on July 14, 2019, after battling malignant melanoma. He is survived by his wife, Caleigh Minshall, also of Vancouver, his mother April L. Burke, his father Garrett C. Burke, his sister Liz Burke, his step-father Richard Flynt, and his step-mother Laura Budniakiewicz.

Jordan was born in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 1982 and lived in Alexandria, Virginia, attending T.C. Williams High School. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Forest Entomology from the University of British Columbia. He met his future wife in Vancouver and they were married on June 2, 2018. Jordan will be remembered as friendly, exuberant, and engaging. Professionally he enjoyed and succeeded in researching and communicating the science of climate change and its impacts to North American forest health.

Please visit for a description of the UBC Faculty of Forestry scholarship being established in Jordan’s honor to financially assist future graduate students at UBC who excel in teaching and inspiring students. He will be greatly missed by his colleagues.