UNBC Ecosystem and Science Management Professor Dr. Phil Burton has been named the Co-Editor of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
Burton, who also serves as the Regional Chair for UNBC’s Northwest Campus in Terrace, will oversee the assignment of manuscripts to an editorial board of 47 Associate Editors who invite anonymous reviewers and serve as subject matter specialists.
A volunteer position, Burton will share the editor role with Co-Editor Tim Fahey from Cornell University.
“It is certainly an honour to become one of the editors-in-chief for a journal in one’s field,” said Burton. “I think I was asked because of the breadth of topics I addressed in my role as associate editor (since 2011), in my own research and writing, and in my role as lead editor for the book, Towards Sustainable Management of the Boreal Forest (published in 2003).”
The Canadian Journal of Forest Research is one of the foremost forest science journals in the world and receives an average of 500 manuscript submissions every year, of which it publishes an average of 180 papers.
Burton added it is also an appropriate role for an Ecosystem Science and Management professor from UNBC, in that the ESM program historically has been one of the university’s strongest, one that accurately reflects the importance of forest science to the economy and culture of northern B.C.
“Our faculty, staff and students do a remarkable job of exploring the science behind forestry issues, and in extending curiosity-driven research to practical land and business management applications,” he said. “I hope I can promote such linkages in my new role as editor for this well-respected journal.”