Professor Emeritus
Research Interests:
Forest Sciences Centre 2045
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Canada
work phone: 6048223902

Areas of research include:

  • Forest level planning
  • Mathematical programming
  • Road Networks
  • Forest operations

Projects

Decision support systems for forest land use planning

NSERC


Awards

Killam Teaching Prize in Forestry, UBC , 1999

Current Graduate Students

Garrett McLaughlin, MSc
An analysis of carbon, WWFP and timber values
Steven Northway, PhD
Illegal logging – towards a forest sector model analysis.  Global analysis of illegal logging and policy options for reducing it.
Fattane Nadmini, PhD
Chip truck dispatching

Current Courses

Winter 2016

WOOD492 Modeling for Decision Support Sections

Applications of mathematical modeling, optimization, and simulation in forest planning and manufacturing; formulating models and interpreting results for decision support.

Selected Publications


Northway S., G.Q.Bull and J. Nelson (2012). Forest sector partial equilibrium models: Processing components Forest Science Vol. 59, No. 2, April 1, 2013 .p.151-156
Lyons, C. Kevin, Xing, Li, Nelson, John, D. (2010). Using LME in helicopter logging data -Society of American Foresters -Forest Science. 56(4):356-365
Crowley, M., Nelson, J. and Poole, D. (2009). Seeing the forest despite the trees: Large scale spatial-temporal decision making -McGill University -25th Conference on Uncertainty in Artifical Intelligence UAI 2009. June 19-21, 2009. Montreal, Canada.
Pavel, M. and Nelson, J., Fannin, J. (2009). An analysis of landslide susceptibility zonation using a subjective geomorphic mapping and existing landslides -Elsevier -Computers and Geosciences (2010) doi:10. 1016/j.cageo.2010.10.006
Seely, B., Nelson, J., Vernier, P., Wells, R., and Moy, A. (2008). Exploring opportunities for mitigating the ecological impacts of current and future mountain pine beetle outbreaks through improved planning: A focus on northeastern British Columbia -Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service -Mountain Pine Beetle working paper – 2008-08 ISBN 978-0-662-48888-0
Meitner, M., Berheide, D., Nelson, J. and Sheppard, S. (2008). Public perceptions of mountain pine beetle management alternatives Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Victoria Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper 2008-06 ISBN 978-0-662-48196-6
Pavel, M., Fannin, J. and Nelson, J. (2008). Comparing an artifical neural network and a physically-based model for landslide hazard zonation -Canadian Geotechnical Conference, GeoEdmonton’08 Proceedings of the 61st Canadian Geotechnical Conference, GeoEdmnoton’08, Edmonton, Alberta, Sept. 21-24, 2008. PP. 447-453.
Palma, C. and Nelson, J. (2008). A robust optimization approach protected harvest scheduling decisions against uncertainty -NRC Research Press -Can. J. For. Res. 39 (20: 342-3555.
Pavel, M., Fannin, J. and Nelson, J. (2008). Replication of terrain stability mappings using artifical neural networks -Elsevier -Geomorphology 97: 356-373.
Mathey, Anne-Helene and Nelson, John (2007). Decentralized Forest Planning Models – a Cellular Automa Framework -Springer -pp. 167-183 in K. Gadow and T. Pukkala (eds.), Designing Green Landscapes
Boyland, M., Nelson, J., Bunnell, F. and D’Eon, R. (2006). An application of fuzzy set theory for seral-class constraints in forest planning models -Elsevier For. Ecol. and Mgmt. Volume 223, Issues 1-3: 395-402.
Anderson, A.E., Nelson, J.D. and D’Eon, R.G. (2006). Determining optimal road class and deactivation strategies using dynamic programming. -NRC Press -Can. J. For. Res. 36: 1509-1518.
Nelson, J. (2006). Arrow IFPA Extension Note 7: Timber Economic Benefits -FORREX -BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management. Volume 7, Number 1:92-98
Wells, R. and Nelson, J. (2006). Arrow IFPA Extension Note 4: SFM Basecase Analysis: The Lemon Landscape Unit Pilot Project -FORREX -BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management. Volume 7, Number 1:67-75
Liu, G., Han, S., Zhao, X., Nelson, J., Wang, H., and Wang, W. (2006). Optimisation algorithms for spatially constrained forest planning -Elsevier -Ecological Modelling. 194: 421-428.
Meitner, M., Gandy, R. and Nelson, J. (2006). Application of texture mapping to generate and communicate the visual impacts of partial retention systems in boreal forests Elsevier For. Ecol. & Manage. Volume 228, Issues 1-3: 225-233.
Boyland, M., Nelson, J. and Bunnell, F.L. (2005). A Test for Robustness in Harvest Scheduling Models Forest Ecology and Management. 207: 121-132.
Crowe, K. and Nelson, J. (2005). An evaluation of the simulated annealing algorithm to the area-restricted harvest scheduling model using optimal benchmarks. -NRC Press -Can. J. For. Res. 35: 2500-2509.
Bendickson D.F., J.D. Nelson and R.J. Fannin. (2005). Forest Engineering pp. 703-723 in S.B. Watts and L. Tolland (eds.), Forestry Handbook for British Columbia. Fifth Edition. University of British Columbia Forestry Undergraduate Society, Vancouver, BC.
Peter, B. and Nelson, J. (2005). Estimating harvest schedules and profitability under the risk of fire disturbance -NRC Press -Can. J. For. Res. 35:1378-1388.
Nelson, J.D. (2004). Forest level planning -University of British Columbia Forestry Undergraduate Society, Vancouver, BC. -pp. 25-45 in S.B. Watts and L. Tolland (eds.), Forestry Handbook for British Columbia. Fifth Edition.
Anderson, A.E., and Nelson, J.D. (2004). Projecting vector based road networks with a shortest path algorithm NRC Press Can. J. For. Res. 34 (7): 1444-1457
Boyland, M., Nelson, J. and Bunnell, F.L. (2004). Creating land allocation zones for forest management: a simulated annealing approach Canadian Journal of Forest research. 34(8): 1669-1682.
Seely, B., Nelson, J., Wells, R., Peter, B., Meitner, M., Anderson, A., Harshaw, H., Sheppard, S., Bunnell, F., Kimmins, K. and Harrison, D. (2004). The application of a hierarchical decision support system to evaluate multiple objective forest management strategies: A case study in northeastern British Columbia Forest Ecology and Management, 199(2-3), 2004, pp. 283-305.
Crowe, K. and Nelson, J. (2003). An indirect search algorithm for harvest scheduling under adjacency constraints Society of American Foresters Forest Science. 49(1):1-11.
Nelson, J.D. (2003). Forest-level models and challenges for their successful application NRC Press Can. J. For. Res. 33: 422-429
Crowe, K., Nelson, J. and Boyland, M. (2003). Solving the area-restricted harvest scheduling model with the branch and bound algorithm NRC Press Can. J. For. Res. 33(9): 1804-1814
Nelson, J.D. (2001). Assessment of harvest blocks generated from operational polygons and forest cover polygons in tactical and strategic planning. NRC Press Can. J. For. Res. 31:682-693
Liu, G., J.D. Nelson and C. Wardman. (2000). A target oriented approach to forest ecosystem design – changing the rules of forest planning. -Elsevier Ecological Modelling 127 (200):269-281.
Nelson, J. and R. Wells. (2000). The effect of patch size on timber supply and landscape structure. -UBC Press pp. 195-207 in R. D’Eon, J. Johnson and A. Ferguson (eds.), Ecosystem Management of Forested Landscapes Conf., Nelson, B.C. UBC Press, Vancouver, B.C.
Bunnell, F.L., R.W. Wells, J.D. Nelson, and L.L. Kremsater. (1999). Effects of harvest policy on landscape pattern, timber supply and vertebrates in an East Kootenay watershed. Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. pp. 271-93 in J.A. Rochelle, L.A. Lehmann and J. Wisniewski (eds.), Forest Fragmentation: Wildlife and Management Implications.
Nelson, J.D. (1999). Operations Manual – ATLAS/FPS. Faculty of Forestry, University of BC, Vancouver, BC. 67p.
Nelson, J.D. (1999). ATLAS/FPS Database Manual. Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC. 105p.
Lyons C. K., McNeel J. F., Nelson J. D. (1999). Fight Roger Spatial modeling of helicopter logging in dispersed and aggregated partial cutting systems -Oregon State University Proceedings of the international mountain logging and 10th Pacific Northwest skyline symposium, Corvallis.
Nelson, J.D. and R. Wells. (1998). The effect of patch size on timber supply and landscape structure in Landscape Unit 26 – Golden Timber Supply Area. Contract report prepared for the Land Use Coordination Office, BC Ministry of Forests, Victoria, BC. 31p.
Sahajananthan, S., D. Haley and J.D. Nelson. (1998). Planning for sustainable forests in British Columbia through land use zoning. Canadian Public Policy XXIV (Special Supplement):74-81.
Nelson, J.D. and L. Price. (1997). Modelling regional land-use plans in British Columbia. -European Forest Forest Institute Forest Scenario Modelling for Ecosystem Management at the Landscape Level, European Forest Institute, EFI Proceedings No. 19. Wageningen, The Netherlands. June 26-July 3, 1997. pp. 89-99.
Nelson, J.D. and R. Wells. (1996). Forest planing using the ATLAS/SIMFOR models: A case study in the Revelstoke Timber Supply Area. Contract report prepared for the BC Ministry of Forests, 46 p.
Sahajananthan, S., D. Haley and J.D. Nelson. (1996). Opportunities for forest land zoning. -FERIC In: Proceedings of the International Mountain Logging and Pacific Northwest Skyline Symposium, May 12-16, 1996, Campbell River, BC. FERIC Special Report SR-116, Vancouver, BC. pp. 118-123.
Sahajananthan, S., David Haley, and John Nelson. (1996). Planning for sustainability of forestry in British Columbia through land use zoning. -Canadian Forest Service Working Paper, Pacific Forestry Centre, Can. For. Serv., Victoria. 39 pp.