Faculty Biographies and Contact Information


Blair, Jenia

Senior Lab Instructor

Phone: 250-960-5843
Email: jenia.blair@unbc.ca

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. 

Booth, Annie


Phone:  250-960-6649
Email:  annie.booth@unbc.ca
Web: https://www.unbc.ca/people/booth-dr-annie

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.

Burton, Phil

Regional Chair - NW, RCT, Associate Professor

Phone: 250-615-3333
Email: phil.burton@unbc.ca

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.

Connell, David

Associate Professor

Phone: 250-960-5835
Email: david.connell@unbc.ca
Web: www.unbc.ca/david-connell

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.

Coxson, Darwyn


Phone: 250-960-6646
Email: darwyn.coxson@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~wetbelt/biography-coxson

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.

Dawson, Russ​


Phone: 250-960-6068
Email: russ.dawson@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~dawsonr

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.

Egger, Keith


Phone: 250-960-5860
Email: keith.egger@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~egger

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.

Elkin, Ché

Associate Professor and Slocan-FRBC Endowed Chair in Mixedwood Ecology

Phone: 250-960-5004
Email: che.elkin@unbc.ca
Web: www.unbc.ca/che-elkin

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.

Fredeen, Arthur


Phone: 250-960-5847
Email: fredeena@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~fredeena/alf

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.

Gillingham, Micha​el​


Phone: 250-960-5825
Email: michael.gillingham@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~michael

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.

Green, S​cott​

Associate Professor

Phone: 250-960-5817
Email: scott.green@unbc.ca
Web: scottgreenunbcca.ipage.com

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.

Hartley, Ian


Phone: 250-960-6054
Email: ian.hartley@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~hartley

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.

Huber, Dezene


Phone: 250-960-5119
Email: huber@unbc.ca
Web:  http://blogs.unbc.ca/huber/research/

Dr. Huber and the researchers in his lab study various aspects of forest and aquatic entomology including chemical ecology, and insect-plant interactions, insect genomics, and biodiversity.

Johnson, Chris

Associate Professor

Phone: 250-960-5357
Email: chris.johnson@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~johnsoch

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.

Lewis, Kathy​

Professor and Program Chair

Phone: 250-960-6659
Email: kathy.lewis@unbc.ca
Web: www.unbc.ca/lewis

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.

Lindgren, Staffan

Professor Emeritus

Phone: 250-960-5846
Email: staffan.lindgren@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~lindgren

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.

Martins, Eduardo

Assistant Professor

Phone:   250-960-5855
Email:     eduardo.martins@unbc.ca
Website: https://www.ffishlab.ca

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.

Massicotte, Hugues​​


Phone: 250-960-5813
Email: hugues.massicotte@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/forestry/hugues

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)


Phone: 250-960-5308
Email: bill.mcgill@unbc.ca

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.

Migabo, Saphida

Senior Lab Instructor

Phone: 250-960-5009
Email: saphida.migabo@unbc.ca

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.

Mullins, Philip

Associate Professor

Phone:  250-960-5509
Email:  philip.mullins@unbc.ca
Web:  www.unbc.ca/phil-mullins

Murray, Brent

Associate Professor

Phone: 250-960-5638
Email: brent.murray@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~murrayb

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


Phone: 250-960-5868
Email: chris.opio@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/forestry/opio

Dr. Opio's research interests include forest management and policy, silviculture, environmental aspects of harvesting systems, land reclamation, woodlot management, tropical forestry and agroforestry.

Otter, Ken


Phone: 250-960-5019
Email: ken.otter@unbc.ca
Web: www.unbc.ca/ken-otter

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.

Parker, Ka​therine


Phone: 250-960-5812
Email: katherine.parker@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~parker

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.

Poirier, Dr. Lisa​

Assistant Professor

Phone: 250-960-6124
Email: lisa.poirier@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~poirierl

Dr. Poirier's research interests include Insect behaviour and ecology; chemical ecology and management of forest insects; aquatic entomology.

Rea, Roy​

Sr Lab Instructor

Phone: 250-960-5833
Email: roy.rea@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~reav

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.

Sanborn, Paul

Associate Professor

Phone: 250-960-6661
Email: paul.sanborn@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~sanborn

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.

Shrimpton, Mark


Phone: 250-960-5991
Email: mark.shrimpton@unbc.ca
Web: web.unbc.ca/~shrimptm

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.

Shultis, John

Associate Professor

Phone: 250-960-5640
Email: john.shultis@unbc.ca

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.

Wood, Lisa

Assistant Professor

Phone: 250-960-5352
Email: lisa.wood@unbc.ca

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.

Wright, P​am

Associate Professor

Phone: 250-960-6353
Email: pamela.wright@unbc.ca
Web: www.unbc.ca/pamela-wright

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.

Venter, Oscar

Associate Professor and West Fraser - FRBC Endowed Chair in Growth and Yield and Forest Valuation

Phone: 250-960-5424

Email: oscar.venter@unbc.ca
web: http://oscarventer.net

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 undertakes this work through applied and policy relevant case studies at broad and regional scales using geographic information systems (GIS), ecological economics and simulation modelling. 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.

Adjunct Faculty

Bleiker, Kathy

Phone: 250-298-2365
Email: katherine.bleiker@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca
Web: cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/employees/read/kbleiker

Research Scientist, Bark Beetle Ecology, Pacific Forestry Centre
506 Burnside Road West, Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 1M5

Bogdanski, Bryan

Phone: 250-298-2348
Fax: 250-363-0797
Email: bryan.bogdanski@nrcan.gc.ca

Industry, Trade and Economics, Natural Resources Canada
Pacific Forestry Centre, 506 W. Burnside Road, Victoria, BC
Canada, V8Z 1M5

Burton, Carla

Areas of Expertise:

Biology, Anthropology, Botany

Cade-Menun, Barbara

Phone: 306-770-4500
Fax: 306-770-4411
Email: barbara.cade-menum@agr.gc.ca

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

Gaudreau, Kyrke

Phone: 250-960-6623
Email: kyrke.gaudreau@unbc.ca

Sustainability Manager, UNBC
Research interests include sustainability assessment of energy systems.

Geertsema, Marten

Phone: 250-565-6923
Fax: 250-565-6671
Email: marten.geertsema@gov.bc.ca

Ministry of Forests and Range
Soil Science, landslides and terrain analysis. Effects of climate change on natural hazards.

Grainger, Susan

Manager - John Prince Research Forest
Phone: 250-996-0028
Email: susan.grainger@unbc.ca
Web: researchforest.unbc.ca/jprf/jprf.htm

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

Email: haeussl@unbc.ca

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.

Heard, Doug

Email: dougcheard@gmail.com

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

Jull, Mike

Manager - Aleza Lake Research Forest
Phone: 250-960-6674
Email: jullm@unbc.ca
Web: alrf.unbc.ca

Maher, Patrick

Email: pat_maher@cbu.ca

Community Studies, Cape Breton University

Picketts, Ian

Phone: 604-898-7808
Email: ian.picketts@questu.ca

Climate change adaptation, environmental engineering, environmental planning, outdoor recreation management and conservation.

Schuster, Richard

Libero Ero Fellow
Carleton University
Phone: 250-635-2321
Email:  mail@richard-schuster.com
Web:  https://richard-schuster.com/

Richard is a quantitative conservation biologist and his research focuses on finding ways to optimize the allocation of sparse conservation funds using citizen science data. The goal is to pinpoint where conservation actions should focus in the places where species breed, overwinter or stop over during migration. The second main focus of his work is data visualization and creating tools for people to explore and engage with the data we collect and process. These tools range from basic exploratory to decision support tools. These tools increase the accessibility of data to anyone with access to a browser and can help empower users to use data in a knowledge informed decision-making processes.

Pypker, Thomas

Assistant Professor, Thompson Rivers University
Phone: 250-828-5414
Email: tpypker@tru.ca

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.

Stewart, Katherine

Phone: 867-456-8651

Dr. Stewart studies conservation biology and ecology, with particular interest in biological soil crusts and biogeochemical cycling.

Strong, Ward,  Ph.D.  P.Ag.

Research Scientist
BC Ministry of Forests, Lands , and Natural Resources
Kalamalka Forestry Centre
3401 Reservoir Road
Vernon, BC  V1B 2C7
Phone:  250-260-4763
Cell:  250-309-5865
Fax:  250-542-2230

Thompson, Mark, RPBio

9516 Old Summit Lake Road
Prince George, BC
V2K 5S8

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.

Mark Thompson, MSc, MEd, RPBio is a herpetologist. He works as a senior research ecologist with a consulting firm in Prince George. He supervises projects into the research and management of amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats. He recently completed a five-year study into amphibians in the Peace Region of BC. Aquatic and terrestrial habitats were classified using systematic surveys to study the behaviour, migration, abundance, distributions, and diversity of amphibians in northern environments. Mark is interested in ecological research methods, sampling design, GIS, and conservation science. He completed his BSc (wildlife biology) at UNBC in 1998, his MSc thesis (Zoology - Phylogeography of long-toed salamanders) in 2003 at the UofC, and his MEd thesis (Multidisciplinary Leadership - Biophilia and Ecoliteracy of Amphibians). He is also the current president of the BC Association of Professional Biology.