Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Forest Sciences Centre 3040
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048223442

My research investigates the impacts of natural and anthropogenic disturbance and climate variation on temperate forest dynamics using a combination of permanent research plots and historical reconstructions based on tree rings.

My research program has four major themes:

  1. successional processes, natural disturbance and ecosystem management of coastal temperate rainforests of British Columbia,
  2. historic fire regimes, fire-vegetation-climate interactions in montane forests of the Canadian Cordillera,
  3. temporal dynamics and function of coarse woody debris in terrestrial and riparian forests, and
  4. mechanisms of change and influence of climate variation on altitudinal treelines


Henry C. Cowles Award for Excellence in Publication , Biogeography Specialty Group, Association of American Geographers , 2005
Killam Teaching Award, Faculty of Arts, University of British Columbia , 2007
Physical Geography Professor of the Year (2009-10, 2005-6, 2003-4), Geography Students Association, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia

Current Graduate Students

Carmen Wong, PhD Candidate
Tom Maertens, PhD Candidate
Greg Greene, PhD
Andrew Innerd, PhD
Helene Marcoux, MSc
Raphael Chavardes, MSc

Current Courses

Winter 2014

FRST211 Forest Classification and Silvics Sections

Forest classification and the application of silvics in forest management, including world forest classification systems, the Biogeoclimactic Ecosystem Classification system, and ecosystem diagnosis in the field.

Winter 2014

FRST320 Abiotic Disturbances: Fire and Climate Sections

Ecological effects of fire and climatic (wind, temperature, and snow) disturbances; fire danger rating, principles of fire management and prescribed fire use; windthrow risk modeling and management.

Selected Publications

Chavardes, R.D., Daniels, L.D., Waeber, P.O., Innes, J.L., and Nitschke, C.R. (2013). Unstable climate-growth relations for white spruce in southwest Yukon, Canada Climatic Change 116: 593-611.
Daniels, L.D., S.T. Martin, J. Fegyverneki, R. Belvas, A. Connelly, S. Des Roches, M. Hilborn, T. James, M. LEbonte, S. Ravensbergen, H. Tench and J. Thompson. (2013). Reconstruction of historical western spruce budworm outbreaks in interior Douglas-fir forests of British Columbia Draft Report to the BC Ministry of Natural Resource Operations. March 2013. 81pp.
Marcoux, H., Gergel, S.E., and L.D. Daniels (2013). Mixed-severity fire regimes: How well are they represented by existing fire-regime classification systems? Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Volume: 43 Issue: 7 Pages: 658-668 Published: JUL 2013
Daniels, L.D. (2012). Ages of selected whitebark pine and limber pine growing in Waterton Lakes National Park. Report to Parks Canada Agency. March 2012. 21p.
Daniels, L.D. and Z. Gedalof (2012). Mixed-severity fire regimes in the dry forests of British Columbia: historical reconstructions using tree-ring evidence. Report to Ecosystem Restoration, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Victoria, BC. March 2012. 21p.
Chavardès, R.D., Daniels, L.D., Waeber, P.O., Innes, J.L. and Nitschke, C.R. (2012). Did the 1976-77 switch in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation make white spruce in the southwest Yukon more susceptible to spruce bark beetle? The Forestry Chronicle 88: 513-518
Thorpe, H.C. and L.D. Daniels (2012). Long-term trends in tree mortality rates in the Alberta foothills driven by stand development Canadian Journal of Forest Research 42: 1687-1696.
Amoroso, M.M., M.L. Suarez, and L.D. Daniels (2012). Nothofagus dombeyi regeneration in declining Austrocedrus chilensis forests: effects of overstory mortality and climatic events Dendrochonologia 30: 105-112.
Amoroso, M.M., L.D. Daniels and B.C. Larson (2012). Radial growth decline in Austrocedrus chilensis forests in Northern Patagonia. Forest Ecology and Management 265: 62-70.
Jones, E.L. and L.D. Daniels (2012). Assessment of dendrochronological year-of-death estimates using permanent sample plot data Tree Ring Research 68: 3-16.
Amoroso, M.M., L.D. Daniels, M. Bataineh and D.W. Andison (2011). Evidence of mixed severity fire in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains of west-central Alberta, Canada Forest Ecology and Management 262: 2240-2249.
Daniels, L.D., T.B. Maertens, A.B. Stan, S.P.J. McCloskey, J.D. Cochrane and R.W. Gray (2011). Direct and indirect impacts of climate change on forests: three case studies from British Columbia. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 33:108-116.
Malanson, G.P., L.M. Resler, M.Y. Bader, F.K. Holtmeier, D.R. Butler, D.J. Weiss, L.D. Daniels, D.B. Fagre (2011). Mountain treelines: a roadmap for research orientation Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 43: 167-177.
Maertens, T.B., Stan, A.B., C. Wootnon, L.D. Daniels, B. Klinkenberg, and S. Zeglan (2011). Investigative pathology: spatial and temporal patterns of Nootka cypress decline in British Columbia Proceedings of the Annual WIFDWC Meeting, Leavenworth, WA, October 2011.
Daniels, L.D. Z. Gedlaof, M.F.J. Pisaric, C.J., Courtney Mustaphi, E. DaSilva, H. Marcoux, V. Mather, J. Nesbitt, E. Paul-Limoges, Jl. Perrault, C. Steele. (2011). Historic climate-fire-vegetation interactions of the west versus east Kootenays: implications of climate change and fire suppression Report to Tembec Industries, R.W. Consulting Inc., B.A. Blackwell and Associates, BC Ministry of Natural Resource Opersionas, and BC Parks. July 2011. 33p.
Daniels, L.D. Z. Gedlaof, M.F.J. Pisaric, C.J., Courtney Mustaphi, E. DaSilva, H. Marcoux, V. Mather, J. Nesbitt, E. Paul-Limoges, Jl. Perrault, C. Steele. (2011). Historic climate-fire-vegetation interactions of the west versus east Kootenays: implications of climate change and fire suppression. Final Report to Natural Sciences and Engineering Council (NSERC) Strategic Grants. July 2011. 57p.
Soverel, N.O., Coops, N.C., Perrakis, D.B., Daniels, L., & Gergel, S. (2011). The transferability of a dNBR derived model to predict burn severity across ten wildland fires in Western Canada. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 20: 1 – 14
McLane, S.C., Daniels, L.D., and S.N. Aitken (2011). Climate impacts on lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta) radial growth in a provenance experiment Forest Ecology and Management 262: 115-123.