Samuel Bartels

Bartels, Dr. Samuel

PhD Forest Sciences (Lakehead University), MSc Forestry (Lakehead University)

Assistant Professor
Prince George

Research and Expertise

My research interests center on forest ecological dynamics, particularly the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on biodiversity, productivity, and stand development processes. Specific areas of inquiry include: understanding how these disturbances interact to produce long-term patterns and dynamic changes in the forest ecosystem, particularly within the context of global climate change; identifying factors and mechanistic pathways towards their recovery; and investigating the nature and influence of hierarchical interactions among forest layers on species diversity, ecosystem function, and forest structural development. Ultimately, I am interested in how this knowledge can be applied to conservation and sustainable forest management.

Research Fields
  • Biodiversity/Ecology
  • Conservation
  • Forestry
  • Natural Resources
Areas of Expertise
forest biology; applied forest ecology, silviculture, forest management
Currently accepting graduate students
Supervises In
NRES Forestry, NRES Biology
Available to be contacted by the media as a subject matter expert

Selected Publications

Bartels, S.F., Gendreau-Berthiaume, B. & Macdonald, S.E. (2019) The impact of atmospheric acid deposition on tree growth and forest understory vegetation in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. Science of the Total Environment, 696, 133877.

Bartels, S.F., Macdonald, S.E., Johnson, D., Caners, R.T. & Spence, J.R. (2018) Bryophyte abundance, diversity and composition after retention harvest in boreal mixedwood forest. Journal of Applied Ecology, 55, 947-957.

Bartels, S.F., Chen, H.Y.H., Wulder, M.A. & White, J.C. (2016) Trends in post-disturbance recovery rates of Canada’s forests following wildfire and harvest. Forest Ecology and Management, 361, 194-207.

Bartels, S.F. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2013) Interactions between overstorey and understorey vegetation along an overstorey compositional gradient. Journal of Vegetation Science, 24, 543-552.

Bartels, S.F. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2012) Mechanisms regulating epiphytic plant diversity. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences, 31, 391-400.

Bartels, S.F. & Chen, H.Y.H. (2010) Is understory plant species diversity driven by resource quantity or resource heterogeneity? Ecology, 91, 1931-1938.