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:
- successional processes, natural disturbance and ecosystem management of coastal temperate rainforests of British Columbia,
- historic fire regimes, fire-vegetation-climate interactions in montane forests of the Canadian Cordillera,
- temporal dynamics and function of coarse woody debris in terrestrial and riparian forests, and
- mechanisms of change and influence of climate variation on altitudinal treelines
Current Graduate Students
Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants
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.
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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.
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