Associate Professor
Research Interests:
Forest Sciences Centre 3030
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

Research Areas

Forest dynamics
Disturbance regimes
Climatic variation and change
Human impacts on forests


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

Alexandra Pogue, MSc
MarcAntoine Leclerc, MSc
Wesley Brookes, MSc
Greg Greene, PhD
Raphael Chavardes, PhD
Andrew Innerd, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Dr. Estelle Arbellay (PDF)

Current Courses

Winter 2016

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 2016

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. and L.D. Daniels (2016). Altered mixed-severity fire regime has homogenized montane forests of Jasper National Park International Journal of Wildland Fire 25: 433-444
Daniels, L.D and J. Liu. (2016). Age of spruce seedlings from Kluane National Park Report to Yukon Field Unit, Parks Canada Agency. 4p.
Daniels, L.D.and J. Liu (2015). Effects of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation on yellow-cedar growth and mortality Report to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Nanaimo BC. July 2015. 25p.
Daniels, L.D., T. Jackman, I. Jarvis and X. Xu (2015). Analysis of western redcedar growth in a plantation Report to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Cowichan Lake Research Station and the Michael Smith Laboratory, UBC, Vancouver. June 2015. 6p.
Chavardes, R.D. and L.D. Daniels (2015). Wildfire Legacies in Jasper National Park. Banchlines 26(1):18-19
Amoroso, M.M., L.D. Daniels, R. Villalba and P. Cherubini (2015). Does drought incite decline and death of Austrocedrus chilensis forests? Journal of Vegetation Science 26: 1171-1183
Arnett, J.T.T., N.C. Coops, L.D. Daniels, and R.W. Falls. (2015). Detecting Forest Damage after a Low-Severity Fire using Remote Sensing at Multiple Scales International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 35: 239–246. doi:10.1016/j.jag.2014.09.013
Marcoux, H.M., L.D. Daniels, S.E. Gergel, E.D. Silva, Z.M. Gedalof and P.F. Hessburg (2015). Differentiating mixed- and high-severity fire regimes in mixed-conifer forests of the Canadian Cordillera Forest Ecology and Management 341, 1 April 2015, Pages 45–58
Axelson. J.N., D.J. Smith, L.D. Daniels and R.I. Alfaro. (2015). Multicentury reconstruction of western spruce budworm outbreaks in central British Columbia, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management 335:235-248
Daniels, L.D., H. Erasmus, B. Forge, G.A. Greene and S. Lavallee. (2014). Monitoring fire intensity and severity: 2013 prescribed burn at the Westside Unit, Vaseux-Bighorn National Wildlife Area Report to the Canadian Wildlife Service, Delta, BC. October 2014. 28p.
Lori Daniels and Suzie Lavallee (2014). Better safe than sorry: Planning for safe and successful fieldwork Ecological Society of America Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America
Stan, A.B. and L.D. Daniels. (2014). Growth releases across a natural canopy gap-forest gradient in old-growth forests Forest Ecology and Management 313:98-103
Bataineh, M.M. and L.D. Daniels (2014). An objective classification of largewood in streams. Forest Ecology and Management 313:1-9.
Greene, G.A., O.Villemaire-Côté and L.D. Daniels. (2014). Climate change, wildfire and landscape homogenization in western Canada: 2014 Report Report to the Rocky Mountain Trench Society, Cranbrook, BC. March 2014. 13pp.
Maertens, T.B., L.D. Daniels, Z. Gedalof. (2014). Late-winter climate dynamics and extreme weather in stands of declining yellow-cypress. Report to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Report to the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Nanaimo, BC. 15pp.
Daniels, L.D., Z. Gedalof, M.F.J. Pisaric, K.A. Moser, V. Stretch, C. Colin Mustaphi3, R. Chavardes, T. Dinh, E. Davis and H. Marcoux. (2013). Climate change, wildfire and landscape homogenization in western Canada: Research update Report to Foothills Research Institute, Hinton Wood Products and Alberta Newsprint Company. Hinton, AB. 18pp.
L.D. Daniels and A. Dobko. (2013). CSI – Cedar Science Investigations Branchlines 24(3):12-13
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.