Burton, Phil

Dr. Phil Burton
B.Sc., M.S., Ph.D., R.P.Bio. Professor / Northwest Chair, Regional Programs

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 Logging and its Ecological Consequences" (2008, Island Press) and the edited book "Towards Sustainable Management of the Boreal Forest" (2003, NRC Research Press). Current research addresses the adaptation of forests and forestry to a changing climate, and the recovery of forests after events such as wildfire, insect outbreaks, and mining. As Chair of UNBC’s Northwest Region, Phil oversees the delivery of professional programs in Terrace and other northwestern campuses, and is promoting new and evolving regional programs in Science and in First Nations Studies. Working with Indigenous and Settler communities in the Northwest, he matches UNBC programs to post-secondary educational needs in this unique and spectacular part of the world.