Faculty

Faculty members in the Natural Resources and Environmental Studies graduate program accept students in one or more of the four degrees.

  • Dr. Annie Booth
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6649

    Annie received a PhD in environmental ethics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters in environmental policy at York University. She is also a Registered Professional Planner in BC. Her research interests include sustainability in its many forms, environmental and natural resources... more
  • Dr. Phil Burton
    B.Sc., M.S., Ph.D., R.P.Bio.
    • Professor / Northwest Chair, Regional Programs
    Phone:
    250-615-3333

    Philip J. Burton is a botanist and plant ecologist who has been studying ecosystem dynamics for more than 35 years. With applications in ecological restoration and sustainable forestry, he has published more than 70 refereed articles and book chapters, as well as the co-authored book "Salvage... more
  • Dr. David Connell
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5835

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Environmental Studies ; MNRES

    Dr. Connell's interests and current research cover four areas. (1) Local food systems. Research: community and economic benefits of farmers markets; strategic business planning; food hubs. (2) Agricultural land use planning. Research: national study of farmland preservation policy; evaluation... more
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6646

    Dr. Coxson is a Professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management program at the University of Northern British Columbia. Dr. Coxson has been actively involved at UNBC since its inception, previously holding positions on the UNBC Senate, Board of Governors, and Faculty Association. His research... more
  • Dr. Russ Dawson
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6068

    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... more
  • Dr. Sarah de Leeuw
    PhD
    • Associate Professor, Northern Medical Program and Geography
    Phone:
    250-960-5993
    Office Number:
    Room 9-383, NHSC

    An award winning researcher and creative writer whose work focuses broadly on marginalized peoples and geographies, Sarah de Leeuw grew up and has spent most of her life in Northern British Columbia, including Haida Gwaii and Terrace. She is the Research Director of the Health Arts Research Centre... more
  • Balbinder Deo
    • Associate Professor, Operations
    Phone:
    250-960-6462

  • Stephen Dery
    BSc, MSc, PhD Atmospheric Science
    • Canada Research Chair in Northern Hydrometeorology
    Phone:
    250-960-5193

    Dr. Déry's research focuses on hydrometeorological processes and their impacts on the surface energy and water budgets in high latitudes/altitudes within the context of climate change. Our research group has expertise and interest in: 1) the fundamentals of meteorology and meteorological... more
  • Dr. Keith Egger
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5860

    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 soil processes. He... more
  • Dr. Ché Elkin
    • FRBC/Slocan Mixedwood Ecology Chair
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    (250) 960-5004
    Office Number:
    LAB8-8-332

    I am a forest ecologist whose research focuses on how climate and landscape disturbances interact to influence forest dynamics, landscape connectivity, and the spatial distribution of forest ecosystem services. My research is premised on the idea that by improving our understanding of the... more
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5856

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Environmental Studies ; MA NRES Geography ; MNRES

    Dr. Fondahl’s research focuses on cultural and legal geographies of Indigenous land rights and claims, and land-based traditional activities in the Russian North; on the cultural, legal and historical geographies of First Nations in northern British Columbia; and on measuring and monitoring human... more
  • Dr. Arthur Fredeen
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5847

    Dr. Fredeen is a forest ecophysiologist. Primary research interests include the measurement of forest carbon stocks and storage as well as CO2 fluxes into and out of forests in central British Columbia using stable isotope, eddy covariance and leaf-level gas-exchange approaches. Other research... more
  • PhD, MSc, BSc
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6686

  • Michael Gillingham
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5825

    Dr. Gillingham has broad interests in population and wildlife ecology, modeling, plant-herbivore interactions, and behavioural ecology. He received his PhD from the University of British Columbia. Supervises in PhD NRES; MSc NRES Biology
  • Scott Green
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-9605817

    Scott teaches ENVS 306 Human Ecology. He has several sustainability interests and is active is UNBC’s weekly Farmer’s Market. Scott is a member of the Ecosystem Science and Management Program. Scott teaches ENVS 306 Human Ecology. Scott’s research training focused on plant and systems ecology, with... more
  • BA, MA, PhD
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5837

  • Greg Halseth
    BA, MA, PhD
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5826

    Greg Halseth is a Professor in the Geography Program at the University of Northern British Columbia, where he is also the Canada Research Chair in Rural and Small Town Studies and Director of UNBC’s Community Development Institute. His research examines rural and small town community development,... more
  • Dr. Neil Hanlon
    Phone:
    250-960-5881

    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... more
  • Dr. Ian Hartley
    • Professor
    • Program Chair, Physics
    Phone:
    250-960-6054
    Office Number:
    10-2008

    Supervises in: MA NRES Forestry ; PhD NRES ; MSc NRES

    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... more
  • Dr. Steve Helle
    PhD, BEng, MEng
    • Associate Professor
    • Co-Director, Environmental Engineering
    Phone:
    250-960-5206
    Office Number:
    LAB 8-307

    Supervises in: MSc NRES ; MA NRES

  • MCIP, RPP, PhD (ABD)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6052

    Darwin's research interests build on his more than 25 years of professional planning practice working with communities at the local through the international scale, including First Nations, enhancing community resilience and sustainability. Darwin's PhD research focused on the social... more
  • Dr. Dezene Huber
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5119

    Current work in our lab includes mountain pine beetle functional genomics, tree defences against herbivores and pathogens, insect chemical ecology, bark beetle cold tolerance physiology, stored pest feeding deterrents, weevil foraging behavior, and aquatic insect biodiversity and food web research... more
  • Dr. Asif Iqbal
    PhD
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6708

    Asif Iqbal is an Assistant Professor in the Master of Engineering in Integrated Wood Design program right here at UNBC. Asif grew up with a passion for science and technology. He studied Civil Engineering for Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees before moving to New Zealand for a PhD from University of... more
  • Peter Jackson
    Phone:
    250-960-5985

    Dr. Jackson is a mesoscale meteorologist whose research mostly concerns the interaction between the atmosphere and complex terrain (i.e. in mountains and along coastlines) and how this affects wind, precipitation and climate. He also investigates environmental applications including dispersion of... more
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5357

    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... more
  • PhD, C.Chem, MCIC
    • Head, Northern Analytical Laboratory Services
    Phone:
    250-960-5168
    Office Number:
    #4-257

    Supervises Masters and PhD of Environmental Science (NRES) and Masters of Chemistry Hossein is a Chemist with many years of experience as a senior analytical, environmental and material chemist and a team leader in both academia and industry with extensive background on synthesis, characterization... more
  • PhD (University of British Columbia)
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6500
    Cell:
    250-960-5744

    Dr. Loraine Lavallee has an interdisciplinary background having completed a BA in history, a Ph.D. in social psychology, and a postdoctoral fellowship in the faculty of forestry at UBC. Her research work has focused on social components of resource use including investigating factors that influence... more
  • Dr. Kathy Lewis
    • Program Chair - ESM, Professor and Program Chair
    Phone:
    250-960-6659

    Kathy is chair of the Ecosystem Science and Management Program, which houses the Environmental Studies degrees. Kathy 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... more
  • Dr. Jianbing Li
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6397
    Office Number:
    LAB 8-408

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MSc NRES

  • Dr. Hugues Massicotte
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5813

    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. Supervises in PhD NRES; MSc NRES Biology; MSc NRES Forestry; MNRES
  • Bill McGill
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5308

    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... more
  • Zoë Meletis
    • Associate Professor

    Zoë teaches ENVS 309 Gender and Environmental Studies. She is a member of the Geography Program. Zoë's work to date has focused on tourism and ecotourism development, local perceptions of environment and place, consumption (the politics of; the impacts of; alternative forms of), international... more
    • Professor (On Sabbatical)
    Phone:
    250-960-6266

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MSc NRES Environmental Science ; MSc NRES Geography

    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... more
  • Philip Mullins
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5509

    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)... more
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6683

    Supervises in: PhD NRES

    Dr. Murphy's research addresses the moral and legal foundations of indigenous self-determination, particularly in relation to the fundamental tenets of democratic theory. Michael investigates new and emerging means of realizing indigenous self-determination in practice, and the implications of... more
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5638

    Dr. Murray's research revolves around three central themes: molecular ecology (conservation genetics), molecular evolution and comparative immunogenetics. This research focuses on the characterization, organization and evolution of genetic variation at both neutral (e.g. mitochondrial) and... more
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5875

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Geography

    Dr. Nolin's current research projects explores the twin concepts of violence and development in the context of the Canadian mining companies operating in Guatemala and Peru. Qualitative, community-based research explores the social and political dimensions of natural resource extraction on... more
  • Dr. Chris Opio
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5868

    Dr. Opio's research interests include forest management and policy, silviculture, environmental aspects of harvesting systems, land reclamation, woodlot management, tropical forestry and agroforestry. Supervises in PhD NRES; MSc NRES Forestry; MNRES
  • Dr. Ken Otter
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5019

    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... more
  • Phil Owens
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6177

    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... more
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5812

    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... more
  • Dr. Margot Parkes
    • Associate Professor, Health Sciences. UNBC
    • Cross-Appointed, Northern Medical Program, UBC
    • Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems & Society
    Phone:
    250-960-6813

    Margot Parkes grew up and completed her medical training in New Zealand, prior to subsequent work and training in public health, human ecology and ecohealth in Europe and the Americas. Margot’s publications and international collaborations focus on research, education and capacity to link health,... more
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6645

    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... more
    • Assistant Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6124

    Dr. Poirier's research interests include insect behaviour and ecology; chemical ecology and management of forest insects; aquatic entomology. Supervises in MSc NRES Biology; MSc NRES Forestry
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5885

    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... more
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6661

    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... more
  • Dr. Andrew Seidel
    • Professor
    • Chair of Environmental Planning
    Phone:
    250-960-5359

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Environmental Studies

    Andrew's research interests include the creation of sustainable environments at personal and community levels. Dr. Seidel has recently completed the book "Social Effects of the Building Environment". Andrew is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Architectural and... more
  • Dr. Mark Shrimpton
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5991

    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... more
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5640

    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,... more
  • Dr. Jueyi Sui
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6399
    Office Number:
    8-416

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MA NRES Environmental Studies ; MA NRES Geography ; MSc NRES Environmental Science ; MSc NRES Geography

    Jueyi has expertise in cold region hydraulics and hydrology (river ice hydraulics and snow hydrology) and fluvial hydraulics.
  • Tracy Summerville
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6637

    Tracy has published papers on political economy and public policy as they relate to Canadian natural resources and the environment. She serves as a member of the BC Studies Editorial Board, and is the Past-President of the BC Political Studies Association. Tracy has also been actively involved in... more
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5190

    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... more
  • Dr. Thomas Tannert
    PhD, Dipl-Ing, MASc, PEng
    • BC Leadership Chair,
    • Tall Wood and Hybrid Structures Engineering,
    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6710

    Thomas Tannert joined the University of Northern British Columbia in 2016 as BC Leadership Chair in Tall Wood Construction. Thomas received his PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, a Master’s degree in Wood Science and Technology from the University of Bio-Bio in Chile, and a... more
  • Dr. Ron Thring
    PhD, MSc, MASc, BSc
    • Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-5804
    Office Number:
    10-2544

    Supervises in: PhD NRES ; MSc NRES ; MSc NRES Forestry

    PhD (1990) Chemical Engineering, University of Sherbrooke MSc (1984) Chemical Engineeering, University of Saskatchewan MASc (1980) Chemical Engineering, University of Bradford (UK) BSc (1978) Mathematics, Physics & Chemistry, University of Botswana and Swaziland
    • Associate Professor
    • West Fraser - FRBC Endowed Chair in Growth and Yield and Forest Valuation
    Phone:
    250-960-5424
    Office Number:
    LAB8 8-334

    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... more
  • Roger Wheate
    • Associate Professor (On Sabbatical)
    • Acting Chair, NRES Graduate Program
    Phone:
    250-960-5865
    Office Number:
    LAB8 307

    Dr. Wheate's interests cover the application of remote sensing and GIS across the spectrum of NRES (Natural Resource and Environmental Studies) research areas. His main focus lies in the integration of the geomatic sciences, cartographic output, feature extraction and terrain visualisation;... more
  • Dr. Todd Whitcombe
    • Associate Professor
    • Chair, Chemistry, Environmental Science & Environmental Engineering
    Phone:
    250-960-6678
    Office Number:
    LAB 8-439

    Supervises in: MSc NRES

    • Associate Professor
    Phone:
    250-960-6353

    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... more