Senior Lab Instructor
Jenia received her BSc in Biology from the University of Victoria and an MSc in Biology from UNBC. Jenia coordinates and teaches labs in first year biology, microbiology and limnology. Most recently she has coordinated field schools in tropical ecology and coral reef ecology.
Dr. Booth has a doctorate in environmental ethics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in environmental policy from York University. Her research interests include Environmental and Natural Resources Policy (Domestic and International); Environmental Philosophy and Ethics; Native American/First Nations Worldviews; Women and Environments; Sustainable Development and Communities; Community Based Resource Management; Environmental Education.
Regional Chair - NW, RCT, Associate Professor
Dr. Burton is interested in disturbance ecology, plant competition, forest regeneration, stand development and succession, silvicultural systems, forest restoration, old-growth dynamics, stand edge effects, and the ecology of understory shrubs. His current work explores the disturbance ecology of northern B.C. and the dynamics of stands attacked by mountain pine beetle.
Dr. Connell studies agricultural land use planning, farmland preservation, local food systems, farmers markets, community theory, social systems theory, planning theory, communal studies, and local economic development. Topics of particular interest include local food systems, agricultural planning and farmland protection, and communal living.
Dr. Coxson studies the diverse contribution of non-vascular plants, such as lichens and mosses, to ecosystem function along elevational gradients in Western Canada. This research draws on experimental approaches from many fields, including lichenology, plant environmental physiology, forest ecology, and conservation biology.
Dr. Dawson 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.
Dr. Egger 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 the influence of mycorrhizal communities on the migration of tree species due to climate change, impacts of disturbance on microbial communities, and anti-cancer and anti-microbial properties of BC mushrooms.
Associate Professor and Slocan-FRBC Endowed Chair in Mixedwood Ecology
Dr. Elkin is a forest ecologist whose research examines how climate and landscape disturbances interact to influence forest dynamics, landscape connectivity, and the spatial distribution of forest ecosystem services. His research also evaluates how forest management practices may be modified to increase the long term ecological and economic resilience of mixedwood forest systems.
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 impact of forest management on carbon stocks & fluxes; sub-boreal forest bryophyte and lichen diversity & function.
Dr. Gillingham is a quantitative ecologist with broad interests in population and wildlife ecology, modeling, plant-herbivore interactions, and behavioural ecology. Mike also serves as the Director of the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Green is a forest ecologist with interests in marginal environments and forest responses to climate change. His research activities have focused on sub-Arctic and Arctic environments. Community-based sustainability is an emerging interest, with new projects looking at local food production and forest ecosystem vulnerabilities in Yukon communities.
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.
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. He works at broad spatial scales using GIS, remotely sensed data, and advanced statistical models. Current research themes include cumulative impacts of resource development on Arctic wildlife, assessment of species-distribution models, and community-based conservation monitoring and planning.
Professor and Program Chair
Dr. Lewis is a forest pathologist 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. Lindgren received his undergraduate training in Sweden, and came to Canada for graduate studies at Simon Fraser University. His research focuses on forest insect community ecology and insect-plant interactions, chemical ecology, forest insect pest management.
Dr. Martins' research lies at the interface of organismal and population ecology of freshwater fishes found in temperate and tropical environments. He is particularly interested in the thermal ecology, movement ecology and population dynamics of freshwater fishes. His research methods combine biotelemetry and biologging technologies, to collect data from free-ranging fish, with advanced statistical and mathematical models.
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.
McGill, William (Bill)
Dr McGill’s research falls into two themes: 1) soil biogeochemistry; and, 2) the fate and transport of organic compounds in soils. Research related to these themes examines value added biomass ash utilization, seeks to develop algorithms for simulating trace gas fluxes from terrestrial ecosystems, evaluates soil-specific cropping systems, designs soil-specific reclamation and remediation strategies and seeks to understand how ecosystems function and evolve under changing environments and human intervention.
Senior Lab Instructor
Dr. Migabo obtained her PHD from Cornell University. Her research interest includes wildlife-habitat interactions, wildlife productivity, tropical ecology and rare and endangered plants, animals and ecosystems.
Dr. Murray studies molecular ecology (conservation genetics), molecular evolution and comparative immunogenetics of aquatic vertebrates (marine mammals and bony fishes) and their use in population level surveys of genetic variation.
Opio, Dr. Chris
Dr. Opio's research interests include forest management and policy, silviculture, environmental aspects of harvesting systems, land reclamation, woodlot management, tropical forestry and agroforestry.
Dr. Otter'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 ultimately reproductive output of forest generalist birds occupying post disturbance landscapes.
Dr. Parker's research interests include bioenergetic strategies of wildlife, plant-herbivore dynamics, and predator prey interactions. She is interested in the factors that constrain wildlife species and the flexibility that animals have to survive them. Her current focus is on trade-off decisions related to body condition, reproduction, and predation risk for ungulates in boreal and subarctic systems.
Roy completed a Bachelors of Science in Biological Sciences at California State University, Stanislaus in 1992, a Master of Science in Biology at UNBC in 1999 and a Doctoral Degree in Ecology at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences in 2014. Roy’s research interests are broad and include plant-animal interactions, moose-human interactions, mitigation of wildlife-vehicle collisions, considerations for critical habitat features in forest management and planning and science education.
After 11 years as a regional soil scientist in the BC Ministry of Forests, Dr. Sanborn joined UNBC in 2002. His research program builds on established local field studies of site productivity, nutrient cycling, and soil rehabilitation, and is developing a new emphasis on the role of soils as a recorder of long-term environmental change in northwestern Canada.
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.
John’s research and teaching interests focus on the social and cultural functions of protected areas and wilderness, parks planning and management, conservation science, and the psychological dimensions of recreation and tourism. Among other topics, he studies the impact of technology on the wilderness experience, neoliberalism and its effect on conservation, and park agency responses to declining park visitation.
Dr. Wood holds a PhD from the University of Victoria and is a Registered Professional Forester in BC. Her research interests include forest and plant ecology and post-harvest silviculture.
Current areas of research include the impacts of climate dynamics on forest productivity and wood quality, and the use of chemical herbicides in forest operations.
Dr. Wright completed undergraduate degrees in biology and in outdoor recreation management from Lakehead University and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in natural resource management from Ohio State University. Her research focuses on conservation-based approaches to protected areas design, planning and management; managing and monitoring the ecological integrity of protected areas; indigenous tourism; and the social and ecological impacts and benefits of tourism and recreation on wild spaces.
Associate Professor and West Fraser - FRBC Endowed Chair in Growth and Yield and Forest Valuation
Industry, Trade and Economics, Natural Resources Canada
Pacific Forestry Centre, 506 W. Burnside Road, Victoria, BC
Canada, V8Z 1M5
Areas of Expertise:
Biology, Anthropology, Botany
Semiarid Prairie Agricultural Research Centre
PO Box 1030 Swift Current, Saskatchewan S9H 3X2
Areas of Expertise:
- Phosphorus cycling in soil, manure and water
- Phosphorus-31 NMR spectroscopy
Sustainability Manager, UNBC
Research interests include sustainability assessment of energy systems.
Ministry of Forests and Range
Soil Science, landslides and terrain analysis. Effects of climate change on natural hazards.
John Prince Research Forest, Chuzghum Resources Corporation
Box 2378, Fort St James, BC V0J 1P0
Sue Grainger is a registered professional forester, with 20 years work experience in the BC forest industry. Raised in Prince George, BC, her post-secondary education includes a forest technology diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and a degree in Forest Management at Oregon State University. Sue has worked throughout coastal and interior BC for a variety of forestry employers including the BC Ministry of Forests, and various forestry consultants and forest products companies, as well as in the U.S. with Oregon State University and the Intertribal Timber Council
Haeussler, Dr. Sybille
Sybille Haeussler, PhD, RPF is a forester and research scientist whose work addresses the dynamics and diversity of plant communities and ecosystems — with special interests in complex systems dynamics and the challenges of adapting to climate change. Her fieldwork across northern BC extends from floodplain forests of the Skeena River to whitebark ecosystems of the interior mountains and boreal mixedwoods of northeastern BC. Sybille is a founder and past-President of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre and proprietor of Skeena Forestry Consultants in Smithers, B.C.
Doug's research interests centre on the effect of predation risk from wolves and bears on the distribution, abundance and management of caribou, moose and mountain goat
Community Studies, Cape Breton University
Climate change adaptation, environmental engineering, environmental planning, outdoor recreation management and conservation.
Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University
Dr. Pypker's research focuses on how disturbance affects biophysical processes of managed ecosystems at scales ranging from the leaf to whole watersheds. His research has covered the fields of Hydrology, Ecology, Micrometeorology, and Tree Physiology.
Dr. Stewart studies conservation biology and ecology, with particular interest in biological soil crusts and biogeochemical cycling.
Strong, Ward, Ph.D. P.Ag.
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands , and Natural Resources
Kalamalka Forestry Centre
3401 Reservoir Road
Vernon, BC V1B 2C7
Dr. Strong's research involves the life history, ecology and management of cone and seed insects, as well as pest expertise in breeding for pest resistance. Breeding of economically-important forest tree species for traits such as pest resistance is one of the most cost-effective silvicultural treatments available to us. Cone and seed insects are a major limitation to seed production of these genetically-improved trees. Dr Strong's research seeks to address both the development of genetically-improved trees, and their deployment for reforestation.