Dr. Burton is interested in seed ecology, plant competition, plant community organization and vegetation dynamics. His research has explored aspects of forest regeneration and restoration, silvicultural systems, stand development modelling, old-growth attributes, stand edge effects, and the ecology of understory shrubs. His current work explores the disturbance ecology of northern B.C.
Dr. Connell draws upon his varied experiences in community, economic, and business development to understand the world we live in. David’s research focusses on sustainable communities, with a particular interest in re-creating our food system as a foundation for societal change. Recent research topics include a national study of protecting Canada’s farmland, agricultural land use planning by local governments, socio-economic benefits of farmers markets, and protecting BC’s inland temperate rainforest (ancient cedars).
Michelle is the UNBC campus coordinator for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS). She has an MSc in forest ecology from UNBC.
Dr. Costello's research interests lie in the application of science-based research to the management and conservation of native fishes in Canada, particularly as it relates to improving the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of wild populations and their habitats. The majority of Allan's research has focused on the area of molecular ecology and conservation genetics of cold-adapted fishes (trout, salmon, and related species).
Dr. Coxson is a plant environmental physiologist. He gained his PhD from McMaster University in 1983. Dr. Coxson studies the functional importance of biodiversity in tropical and north temperate environments, examining issues from plant survival strategies to ecosystem nutrient cycling and the role of keystone components.
Dr. John Curry holds a PhD from the School of Community and Regional Planning (UBC), and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Planning Institute of British Columbia. He is interested in sustainable communities; more specifically, the physical planning of communities in a northern context, the restructuring of community economies to incorporate concepts of sustainability, and the institutional structures that impede change towards sustainability.
Russ is an avian ecologist whose interests include determining the important proximate and ultimate factors influencing reproductive effort and success in birds. Specific areas of interest include mate choice, sexual selection, parasitology, and the mediating role that variation in environmental conditions has for the evolution of life-history traits. He holds a PhD from the University of Saskatchewan.
Stephen studies the effects of climate change in the polar regions of the Northern Hemisphere, where global warming is already having a significant effect. That trend is expected to continue: over the next century, the temperature increase in the Far North is predicted to be higher than any other region on earth. His research focuses on hydrometeorology, the study of rising air temperatures on the water cycle. Much of his research will be based at UNBC’s Quesnel River Research Centre.
Keith, who obtained his PhD from the University of Victoria, uses molecular approaches to study microbial ecology, biodiversity and phylogeny. His research is focused on the link between biodiversity and ecosystem function, particularly mycorrhizal fungi and microbes involved in nitrogen cycling. He has research projects underway on impacts of fire on mycorrhizal communities in boreal forest and on impacts of global warming on microbial communities in the arctic.
Daniel’s research interest is in the genetic characterization of fish originally from the Pacific watershed that migrated through natural events into the Arctic watershed. Two such species are Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) and Mountain whitefish (Prosopium williamsoni). Rainbow trout are a culturally and recreationally important species for the interior of British Columbia. Due to the recreational importance of this species, however, several of the “preferred” strains have been reared in hatchery systems and stocked throughout the interior.
Dr. Fondahl¹s research focuses on cultural and legal geographies of indigenous land rights and claims, and land-based traditional activities. She has worked extensively in the Russian North on these topics. Gail also is interested in cultural, legal and historical geographies of First Nations in northern British Columbia.
Dr. Fredeen is a forest ecophysiologist. Primary research interests include the measurement of CO2 fluxes into and out of forests, logged areas and pastures in central British Columbia using Bowen Ratio and Eddy Covariance approaches. Other research interests include ecophysiology of mixedwood and interior cedar/hemlock forests, and the spiral phyllotaxis of lodgepole pine.
Dr. Gantner is an Adjunct Professor in the Environmental Science Program at UNBC who conducts research on aquatic ecosystems in the Canadian Arctic, British Columbia and beyond; His research interests lie in the interactions amongst biota, their interactions with their abiotic environment, and how this environment is shaped by local and global drivers, or disturbed by stressors (e.g., climate change, pollution, or land use changes). This requires Dr. Gantner to think and work collaboratively across multiple disciplines, a challenge which he greatly enjoys. His research in the Canadian Arctic is centered around environmental issues and explores the food web transfer of contaminants (mercury) in lake ecosystems; In British Columbia, he is involved in research into the environmental impacts of the Mount Polley mine tailings impoundment breach in August of 2014 on Quesnel Lake and adjacent aquatic ecosystems.
Dr. Travis G. Gerwing, a.k.a. Dr. Worm, is an ecosystem ecologist who uses invertebrates to assess ecosystem health. Dr. Gerwing's particular area of expertise is using marine invertebrates, especially Polychaete worms, to understand the forces that structure marine ecosystems. Currently, Dr. Gerwing is working to develop an ecosystem model of the Skeena Watershed, from headwater to tidewater. At the moment, Dr. Gerwing has students exploring mudflats near Prince Rupert, remote clam beaches off the north coast, and freshwater locations throughout the Skeena Watershed. This information will be integrated and then expanded (to include mammals, hydrology, plants, etc.) in an effort to develop a holistic ecosystem concept of the entire Skeena Watershed.
Dr. Gillingham has broad interests in population and wildlife ecology, modeling, and behavioural ecology. Much of my work involves the application of quantitative analyses and modeling to aspects of behavioural ecology, and wildlife ecology, and management. My current work includes Assessing Caribou Survival in Relation To Moose and Wolf Distribution and Abundance, examining factors associated with recent moose declines in British Columbia, and various aspects of biodiversity assessment.
Dr. Green is a forest ecologist with a background in tree physiology. His research activities focus on tree/ecosystem adaptive responses to environmental variation. He has a particular interest in the responses of northern and high-elevation forests to climate change
Greg Halseth is the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies at UNBC. He has research interests in social geography, community economic development, and community change and conflict. His current research focuses on household and community strategies for coping with economic change in BC's resource-based towns.
Dr. Hanlon's does research in health geography, focusing particularly on the implications of provincial health policy reform on communities and regions. He is also interested in issues of health care utilization and how one's geographical location can influence issues of access and patterning of care. His research is primarily concerned with health and health care issues in rural and remote settings.
Sybille Haeussler is an adjunct professor in Ecosystem Science and Management at UNBC and an Associate Researcher with the Bulkley Valley Research Centre in Smithers, BC. Her research concerns the dynamics, diversity and resilience of terrestrial ecosystems of northern BC, with a focus on the restoration of rare ecosystems (whitebark pine, floodplains and grasslands) and on the effects of silvicultural practices on forest plant communities. Dr. Haeussler hold degrees from UBC, Oregon State and the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Dr. Hartley's research interest is in wood quality (ultra-structure and anatomy) and wood physics (wood-water interactions, diffusion, sorption, lumber drying and NMR) pertaining to forest products issues for Northern British Columbia. He has a keen interest in examining wood properties based on wood characteristics and how it pertains to processing issues.
Doug's research interests center on how the risk of predation from wolves and bears affects the behaviour and population dynamics of caribou, moose and mountain goats.
Steve’s primary research interests include the production of bioenergy and biofuels from forest industry by-products, with an emphasis on the optimization of fermentation processes. Other research interests are waste and wastewater treatment, including biological, physical and chemical treatment processes.
Dr. Henry's research interests are broad, and include biological invasions and the impact of various facets of anthropogenic changes on mammalian populations (habitat fragmentation, resource exploitation and climate change).
Dr. Huber studies the interactions between insects and plants with a specific focus on the ability of forest pest insects to withstand the defensive toxins produced by trees. Because of the complexity of insect/plant interactions, his work involves field research, molecular biology, and analytical chemistry.
Dr. Jackson is a mesoscale meteorologist whose research mostly concerns wind in complex terrain (i.e. in mountains and along coastlines) and environmental applications including dispersion of atmospheric pollutants and insects in those environments. In pursuing this theme, he and his research group use both in-situ (from surface-based weather stations) and remote observations, as well as mesoscale numerical atmospheric models. These are run on the UNBC High Performance Computing systems.
Dr. Johnson's research integrates the disciplines of wildlife, landscape, and conservation ecology to plan for and mitigate the influences of human developments on the environment. Typically working at broad spatial scales using GIS, remotely sensed data, and advanced statistical models, Chris also has an appreciation for field investigations and multiscale phenomena. Current research themes include cumulative impacts of resource development on Arctic wildlife, assessment of species-distribution models, and community-based conservation monitoring and planning.
Dr. Lautensach's research expertise extends into environmental ethics and human behaviour, determinants of human security in the areas of health and environmental support structures, science education and affective learning outcomes, teaching and learning for sustainability, and bioethics education and cultural safety. He is also associate editor of the Journal of Human Security in charge of educational and environmental aspects of human security. As deputy director of the Human Security Institute he is involved in numerous international collaborations.
Dr. Loraine Lavallee’s interdisciplinary background includes a BA in history, a Ph.D. in social psychology, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the faculty of forestry at UBC. Her current research work investigates the social factors that influence the individual’s willingness to adopt resource conserve practices and to move toward more environmentally-sustainable lifestyles. She also conducts research in the area of psychological health and well-being. She is Chair-elect of the Environmental Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association.
Dr. Lewis is a forest pathologist/microbial ecologist with research interests in the role of pathogenic fungi in natural ecosystem processes, and the long term effects of forest practices on forest health. In particular Kathy studies the relationship between biotic disturbance agents and stand dynamics, and the population genetics of forest pathogens as influenced by forest management practices.
Dr. Li's interests include: modeling of groundwater flow and contaminant transport in porous media, groundwater hydrology, soil and groundwater remediation, coupled simulation and optimization for environmental management, uncertainty modeling of environmental pollution control systems, water resources management, and environmental risk assessment.
Dr Lindgren's area of interest is forest insect ecology and management. His current research activities involve forest insects and their role or impact on stand or landscape level processes, biodiversity, and host selection mechanisms.
Dr. Pat Maher is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community Studies at Cape Breton University. His research covers three areas of intersection: 1) the meanings that visitors take from their outdoor experiences with remote/polar regions; 2) the pedagogical models, such as experiential learning, which help people action their experiences; 3) and the linkages to global sustainability challenges that result due to changing behaviour and values. Dr. Maher is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and earned his PhD as a Commonwealth Scholar at Lincoln University in New Zealand.
Dr Massicotte's research interests include the structure and biodiversity of mycorrhizae, tree and rhizosphere biology, and forest mycology. He has published extensively in a number of international scientific journals.
Biogeochemical cycling with an emphasis on C and N sequestration in or bioavailability to microbes within terrestrial ecosystems, and exchange of C and N between terrestrial ecosystems and the atmosphere. Tools and practical applications include, simulation modeling of C and N dynamics, resource recovery from by-products, land remediation, soil conservation, and greenhouse gas mitigation. Recent work has focused on hydrocarbon-induced soil hydrophobicity and transformations of xenobiotics in soil on one hand and modeling of trace gas emissions from soils on the other.
Zoe’s research focuses on the themes of: tourism and ecotourism development; local perceptions of environment and place; consumption (the politics of; the impacts of; alternative forms of); international development and conservation; and justice issues related to inadequate planning and environmental management. Her work is informed by theory from a variety of disciplines but draws heavily from geography, related to: tourism studies; studies of place and identity; political ecology of conservation, development and environmental management; consumption studies; justice, power, and resistance studies.
Brian's research is aimed at understanding past and present climate change in western Canada. He specializes in using annually-laminated lake sediments to reconstruct long-term patterns of hydro-climatic variability from mountain watersheds. He research interests also include production and mobility of fine-grained sediments in mountain systems and surface hydrologic processes. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2003
Inspired by his work in developing nations, Phil critically interprets dominant Western environmental ethics and management practices in ecotourism, adventure travel, and outdoor recreation. He strives to understand how travel activities (a) mediate cross-cultural and environmental learning, and (b) influence socio-environmental sustainability and self-determination of communities. Currently, he is investigating if and how senses of place and movement develop through canoe tripping. He is interested in skill as a way of learning, understanding, and teaching about landscapes, environments, and communities.
Dr. Murray's research revolves around three central themes: molecular ecology (conservation genetics), molecular evolution and comparative immunogenetics. This research focuses on the characterisation, organisation and evolution of genetic variation at both neutral (e.g. mitochondrial) and selected loci, with particular emphasis on the immune system genes (i.e. MHC) in aquatic vertebrates (marine mammals and bony fishes) and their use in population level surveys of genetic variation.
Dr. Nolin's research interests focus on Guatemalan structural & political violence with particular emphasis on gendered experiences of state-sponsored & contemporary violence. Critical development studies enables me to analyze: (1) the ways in which Canada and the Canadian extractive industry is deeply implicated in contemporary violence in the name of development; and (2) the structural violence surrounding control and decision-making around natural resources. Additionally, I have a long-standing interest in transnational forced migration to Canada from Central America, social justice, indigenous rights, and transnational solidarity. Dr. Nolin earned her PhD from Queen's University.
Dr. Opio's research interests include forest management and policy, silviculture, environmental aspects of harvesting systems, land reclamation, woodlot management, tropical forestry and agroforestry.
Ken's research addresses how habitat disturbance affects both reproductive and communication behaviour in forest birds. Using a combination of ecological, genetic and behavioural techniques, he and his students are interested in the impact of habitat on signal reliability, mating strategies and ultimatly reproductive output of forest generalist birds occupying postdisturbance landscapes. Ken received his PhD from Queen's University.
Phil’s research interests are on how water, sediment and chemicals (such as nutrients and pollutants) move through the landscape. In particular, he is interested in how landscapes respond to changes in climate and land management, including the effects of wildfire and other forms of disturbance. He has undertaken research on soil nutrients dynamics and soil erosion, and the transport and storage of sediment and associated contaminants in agricultural, forested and mountain environments. Much of his research will be based at UNBC’s Quesnel River Research Centre.
Dr. Parker's research interests include bioenergetic strategies of wildlife and the trade-off decisions for survival, plant-herbivore interactions, and the contribution of individual animal requirements within large-scale ecosystem processes.
Dr. Petticrew’s research interests involve fluxes to and in aquatic systems, at a variety of scales. Fluxes of sediment, nutrient and contaminants have been investigated in recent research including 1) the influence of forest harvesting on sediment yields to British Columbian lakes, 2) the transport and storage of fine sediments in highly productive fish bearing streams, 3) the role of organic matter in the morphology and settling characteristics of freshwater flocs and 4) restoration of a northern residential eutrophic lake.
Dr. Poirier's research interests include Insect behaviour and ecology; chemical ecology and management of forest insects; aquatic entomology.
Dennis, is a science specialist in the Education Program, who holds a PhD in Entomology (Univ. of Alberta) and a B.Ed. (Univ. of Calgary). He has worked as an ecologist from the Antarctic to the High Arctic, and from South America, through South Asia, to Southern Africa. Dennis has a keen interest in working with, and on behalf of, northern First Nations particularly in furthering science education in F.N. high schools.
Roy's research interests include determining strategies for mitigating wildlife-related vehicular collisions, brush management, plant-animal interactions, field-based education and considerations for special landscape features (e.g., mingeral licks, bear dens, etc.) in forest planning and management.
Michael Rutherford has research interests in several areas related to soil science and environmental science: (i) the chemistry, biology and ecotoxicity of contaminated soils, (ii) biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen, (iii) the utilization of various waste materials for environmental restoration, and (iv) the bioremediation of contaminated environments. In the past, Michael has conducted research into natural-occurring radioactivity (e.g radon gas) in soils and industrial wastes.
Dr. Ryan's research interests lie in the area of environmetrics: the application and development of statistical techniques in the environmental sciences. This area of research allows him to combine his strong belief that we must be more sensitive to the delicate balance of nature, with his academic strengths that include a quantitative, precise approach to problems and an intense curiosity about the world around us. Dr. Ryan's specific areas of interest include: high-dimensional classification, mixed linear models; bootstrap techniques and their application to model building; weighted distributions and their use in the identification of selective stresses on a population; sampling natural areas; and classification using mixed linear models.
r. Kishan Sambaraju is a Research Scientist with the Laurentian Forestry Centre (Natural Resources Canada) where he works in epidemiological modeling of forest disturbance agents
Paul’s research interests reflect his diverse career involving both the applied forestry and basic pedological aspects of soil science. His major research emphasis since joining UNBC in 2002 has been the role of soils as a recorder of environmental change in northwestern Canada. This work has involved field studies in Yukon, NWT, and central and northern BC. Most recently, he has collaborated with an interdisciplinary research team to examine the role of soil processes in the functioning of ecosystems and watersheds on the BC central coast.
Marla Schwarzfeld received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in insect taxonomy. She is interested in the ecology and taxonomy of all insects, especially parasitoid wasps and aquatic insects. She is currently working on stream biodiversity and food webs, using molecular and morphological methods.
Dr. Shrimpton earned his Phd from the University of British Columbia. He has interests in the physiological response of fish to environmental disturbance, particularly how physical changes in the environment affect endocrine, biochemical, physiological and molecular factors that regulate growth and development in fish.
Dr. Shultis' research interests focus on the historical and contemporary socio-cultural forces affecting protected areas, outdoor recreation, wilderness, interpretation and resource-based tourism. Examples of recent research include the impact of neoconservatism on protected area management, the impacts of technology of the wilderness experience, the role of the 'risk society' on outdoor recreation and resource-based tourism, and the effects of the recreational use of protected areas on individuals and society.
r. Sui’s main research interests lie in water resources and environmental engineering. Jeuyi has expertise in cold region hydraulics and hydrology (river ice hydraulics and snow hydrology) and fluvial hydraulics.
Tracy’s research interests include: resource communities in transition, the political realities of Canada’s provincial norths, and resource and environmental policy in Canada. Tracy believes that it is important for the northern, rural and remote communities to have access to research that will help them to realize their community vision and goals.
Youmin’s research uses sophisticated numerical models and mathematical tools to predict seasonal climate and put confidence limits on the predictions – a significant new approach among researchers in this field. Previously, he has developed ENSO (El Nino Southern Oscillation) prediction models with the knowledge that more accurate seasonal climate prediction is of vital importance to various sectors of the economy: agriculture, forest management, fisheries, tourism, and power generation.
Dr. Thring's research interests include: - Chemicals, fuels and biosolids from natural resources - Reaction engineering principles and catalysis applied to pulp and paper, polymer, oil and gas processes - Plastics and rubber characterization and processing - Environmental engineering (soil remediation, green house gases control, waste & wastewater treatment) - Value-added processing and product development - Mass transfer with chemical reaction - Mixing of Floating Solids - Biodegradable Materials (production, characterization and applications).
Dr Venter’s research integrates the disciplines of conservation biology, forestry, economics and landscape design to understand the trade-offs and synergies among economic production, ecosystem services and conservation in forested ecosystems. He has a strong interest in forest management and conservation issues in the tropics, especially South East Asia, and BC-focused research is currently an emerging area of research for his group.
Dr. Wheate's interests cover the application of remote sensing and GIS across the spectrum of NRES (Natural Resource and Environmental Studies) faculty areas. His main focus lies in the integration of the geomatic sciences, cartographic output, feature extraction and terrain visualisation; special interests include mountain cartography / and glacier mapping using remote sensing.
Todd's research interests are in the broad area of ""bio-inorganic"" chemistry and specifically in the area of reaction kinetics of biomimetic systems. He is also interested in the speciation and functional role of metal ions in the ecosystem; he has a strong interest in the area of the ""public understanding of science"".
Dr. Wilkening’s research focuses on the science-policy interface of international environmental issues, especially in the Asia and Pacific region. He has worked on acid rain in Northeast Asia, Asian dust (desertification and long-range transport of dust in Asia), trans-Pacific air and marine pollution, and intercontinental transport of air pollutants. Other interests include East Asian environmental security, Asian environmental history, and the overall relationship between science, technology, and environmental change.
Dr. Wilkerson earned his PhD from the University of Victoria. His primary research interests include community sustainability, environmental auditing, information strategies, and the impacts of energy development. Other interests are community and environmental policy, and environmental thought.
Dr. Wright's research focuses on conservation-based approaches to protected areas design, planning and management; the social and ecological impacts and benefits of tourism and recreation on wild spaces. Other research interests include the development of systems-based monitoring approaches for sustainable forest management.
Dr. Young has research interests in ethnobotany (particularly medicinal uses of plants), organic fertilizers and plant growth, and plant adaptation in aquatic ecosystems. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.