Associate Professor
Forest Sciences Centre 2037
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Canada
work phone: 6048220029

Mike is an environmental psychologist whose research is focused on scenic beauty and aesthetics of the natural world, environmental visualization and geographic information systems, and sustainability planning. He is also quite interested in outdoor recreation, visual perception, human emotional processing, and decision making. Prior to coming to UBC, Mike was a children’s counselor working with the Tohono O’odham nation in southern Arizona. He has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects focused on: 1) public involvement in sustainable ecosystem planning efforts, 2) the projection of future forest conditions according to economic, ecological and social indicators of sustainability, 3) the management of spatial and temporal data at a scale required for landscape planning, and 4) distributed artificial intelligence modeling of human/landscape interactions with specific attention to issues of conflict in outdoor recreation and tourism.


Projects

Where do we want to go?  Have we arrived?  Improving transparancy, rigour and knowledge in complex multi-stakeholder processes.   (Principal Investigator)

MITACS

Development of multi-criteria decision support and analysis tools to assist community economic development and environmental planning (Principal Investigator)

MITACS

Visual resource management: new tools and potential solutions (Principal Investigator)

NSERC

Integrating modeling and assesment of forest harvest patterns (Principal Investigator)

NSERC

Improving TimberWest’s forest management in visually sensitive areas  (Principal Investigator)

NSERC

Post mountain pine beetle recreational usage survey (Principal Investigator)

BC MoFL&NRO


Unit Associations

Institute for Computing Information and Cognitive System (ICICS)

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Society APA
IEEE Computer Society
International Association for Society and Natural Resources IASNR
Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education STLHE

Awards

Nominated for the UBC Killam Teaching Award in 2005, 2006 & 2011
ildlife Habitat Canada Forest Stewardship Award (presented to CANFOR and scientists at UBC Faculty of Forestry for collaborative efforts to develop and implement a Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Framework in BC, , 2004

Current Graduate Students

Julian Gonzalez, PhD
The True, the Good, and the Beautiful of the sustainability shift – developing leaders for a new world
Angela Liu, MSc
Shape Perception, Harvest Design and Forest Aesthetics
Cluny South, PhD
Saving the Swan, the Serpent, and the Self: Can Motivational Conflict Within ENGOs Impede Biodiversity Conservation?
Lorien Nesbitt, PhD
Urban Green Space and Public Health

Current Courses

Summer 2016
No FRST course(s) were found for S2016 term.Summer 2016
No FRST course(s) were found for S2016 term.Summer 2016
No CONS course(s) were found for S2016 term.Summer 2016
No CONS course(s) were found for S2016 term.Summer 2016
No FRST course(s) were found for S2016 term.

Selected Publications


Nesbitt, L.& Meitner, M. J. (2016). Access and benefits: Exploring urban green equity in North America. In 2nd International Conference on Urban Tree Diversity; Livesley, S. J., Morgenroth, J., Eds., Arboriculture Australia: Melbourne, Australia. p. 38.
Lim, S. S., Innes, J. L., & Meitner, M. (2015). Public awareness of aesthetic and other forest values associated with sustainable forest management: a cross-cultural comparison among the public in four countries Journal of environmental management, 150, 243-249.
Trousdale, W., Smailes, R., Kittel, A., Nesbitt, L., & Meitner, M. (2014). Defensible decisions and successful outcomes: A case study of the North Okanagan Regional Growth Strategy. Plan Canada.
Chamberlain, B., & Meitner, M. (2014). A New Visibility Analysis Toolset. ESRI International User’s Conference. San Diego, CA, July 2014.
Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. (2013). A Planning Tool for Natural Resource Management in Scenic Landscapes In Proceedings, 2013 ESRI International Users conference, July 2013, San Diego, California, ESRI Press.
Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. (2013). The Human-centered viewshed: a route-based visibility analysis for landscape management. Landscape and Urban Planning. 111(1), pp. 13-24.
Ferster, C.J., N.C. Coops, H.W. Harshaw, R.A. Kozak and M.J. Meitner. (2013). An Exploratory Assessment of Public Participation in Forest Fuels Measurement in the Wildland-Urban Interface Accepted in Forests, December 2013
Chamberlain, B.C., Meitner, M.J. (2012). Quantifying the effects of harvest block design on aesthetic preference. Can. J. For. Res. 42(12), pp. 2106-2117.
Chamberlain, B., Meitner, M. & Lambke, K. (2012). A GIS Tool for Managing Visual Quality in British Columbia. In Proceedings, 2012 ESRI International Users conference, July 2012, San Diego, California. (CD), ESRI Press.
Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. (2012). Comparing Scenic Quality of North American Highway Drives In Proceedings, 2012 ESRI International Users conference, July 2012, San Diego, California. (CD), ESRI Press.
Chamberlain, B., Meitner, M. & Patrizio, A. (2012). Measuring the Visible Effects of Harvesting: Calculating Percent Alteration. In Proceedings, 2012 ESRI International Users conference, July 2012, San Diego, California. (CD), ESRI Press.
Ding, C., L. McAuley, M.J. Meitner, Y.A. El-Kassaby. (2012). Evaluating interior spruce seed deployment with GIS-based modeling using British Columbia’s Prince George Seed Planning Zone as a model. -Silvae Genet. 61:271-279.
Teh, L.C., Teh, L.S. T.R., & Meitner, M.J (2012). Preferred Resource Spaces and Fisher Flexibility: Implications for Spatial Management of Small-Scale Fisheries. Human Ecology, 40(2), pp. 213-226.
Meitner, M. & Chamberlain, B. (2012). Visual Magnitude: A New Tool for Visual Landscape Management and Planning. IUFRO Forest for People Conference. Alpbach, Austria, May 2012.
Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. (2012). New Geographical Information Systems tools for Scenery Management. In Proceedings of National Association of Environmental Professionals, Visual Resource Track. Portland, OR., May 2012.
Chamberlain, B. and Meitner, M. (2011). Improving the Viewshed Analysis: the human-centric alternative. In Proceedings, 2011 ESRI International Users conference, July 2011, San Diego, California. (CD), ESRI Press.
Tooke, T.R., Coops, N.C., Voogt, J.A., Meitner, M.J (2011). Tree structure influences on rooftop-received solar radiation Landscape and Urban Planning. 102(2) 73-81
Meitner, M., South, C., and Wieler, C. (2011). Post-mountain pine beetle recreational usage survey: project final report. Prepared for the Competitiveness and Innovation Branch, BC Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. 81 pages.
Chamberlain, B., & Meitner, M. (2009). Automating the Visual Resource Management and Harvest Design Process. Elsevier Land. Urban Plan., 90(1-2), pp. 86-94.
Chamberlain, B., Ribeiro, C., & Meitner, M. (2009). Mapping the Amazon basin hydrography: an automated approach. In Proceedings, 2009 ESRI International Users conference, July 2009, San Diego, California. (CD), ESRI Press.
Ding, C., Meitner, M., El-Kassaby, Y., and McAuley, L. (2009). GIS-based forest seed deployment tracking over time and space. In Proceedings, 2009 ESRI International Users conference, July 2009, San Diego, California. (CD), ESRI Press.
Gandy, R., & Meitner, M. (2008). Advanced traveler information systems: Bringing environmental information to recreational driving. Land. Urban Plan., 85(3-4), pp. 185-194.
Chamberlain, B., & Meitner, M. (2008). Visual Aesthetics and Forest Harvest Design: An Automated Approach. ESRI Press. In Proceedings, 2008 ESRI Education Users conference, August 2008, San Diego, California. (CD)
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
Meitner, M. (2007). Remote sensing reveals protected forests not so protected. ESRI Press, Fall 2007, pp. 5.
Ribeiro, C., Meitner, M., Chamberlain, B. & Soares, V.P. (2007). Delimitacao automatica de apps: Uma verdade inconveniente. In Proceedings, 12th Brazilian Conference on Environmental Law, May 2007, Sao Paulo, Brazil., pp. 43-52.
Swindells, C., MacLean, K.E., Booth, K.S., & Meitner, M. (2007). Exploring Affective Design for Physical Controls. ACM Press. In Proceedings of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), CHI Letters, 9(1),
Gandy, R., & Meitner, M. (2007). The effects of an advanced traveler information system on scenic beauty ratings and the enjoyment of a recreational drive. Land. Urban Plan., 82(1-2), pp. 85-93.
Swindells, C., MacLean, K., Booth, K., & Meitner, M. (2006). A case-study of affect measurement tools for physical user interface design. In Procs. Graphics Interface, Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society, 2006, Quebec City, Canada, June 2006. 9pp.
Sheppard, S.R.J., M. Meitner, N. Wilson, H. Harshaw and C. Pearce. (2006). Arrow IFPA Series Note 3 of 8. Public processes in sustainable forest management for the Arrow Forest District. FORREX BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management , 7 (1): 57-66
Meitner, M., H. Harshaw, S.R.J. Sheppard, and P. Picard. (2006). Arrow IFPA Series: Note 8 of 8. Criterion 9: Quality of Life Benefits. FORREX BC Journal of Ecosystem Management. 7(1), pp. 57-66.
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.
Ribeiro, C., Veiga, M. & Meitner, M. (2006). Environmental Protection in Brazil: Where the Truth Lies. ESRI Press. In Proceedings, 2006 ESRI International Users conference, August 2006, San Diego, California. 16pp (CD),
Maedel, J., Meitner, M., & Aron, I. (2006). Using Oracle/SDE to teach ArcGis in an active directory environment. ESRI Press. In Proceedings, 2006 ESRI Education Users conference, August 2005, San Diego, California. 14pp (CD),
Gandy, R. & Meitner, M. (2006). ManGo: a GIS based environmental education and entertainment system. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vancouver, BC., June 4-7, 2006.
Masupayi, P. & Meitner, M. (2006). Participatory/community forestry in Malawi. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vancouver, BC., June 4-7, 2006.
Meitner, M., Gandy, R. Welham, C., Gonzalez, J., & Chamberlain, B. (2006). Visualizing natural disturbances: implications for assessing public perceptions of salvage and recovery operations. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vancouver, BC., June 4-7, 2006.
Gonzalez, J. & Meitner, M. (2006). Participatory societies and personal awareness. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vancouver, BC., June 4-7, 2006.
Ribeiro, C., Meitner, M. & Chamberlain, B. (2006). Towards a digital atlas of permanent preservation forest areas for the Brazilian Amazon. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vancouver, BC., June 4-7, 2006.
Chamberlain, B., & Meitner, M. (2006). Placing community preferences in the context of surrounding landscape character. In Proceedings of the Twelfth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Vancouver, BC., June 4-7, 2006.
Gandy, R. & Meitner, M. (2006). In Vehicle Entertainment: Bringing Geographic Information to the Masses. ESRI Press. In Proceedings, 2006 ESRI International Users conference, August 2006, San Diego, California. (CD),
Chamberlain, B., & Meitner, M. (2006). Designing Variable Retention Using Harvest and Retention Planner (HaRP). ESRI Press. In Proceedings, 2006 ESRI International Users conference, August 2006, San Diego, California. (CD),
Meitner, M., Gonzalez, J., Chamberlain, B. & Gandy, R. (2006). Visualizing Management Responses to the Pine Beetle Epidemic in British Columbia. ESRI Press. In Proceedings, 2006 ESRI International Users conference, August 2006, San Diego, California. (CD),
Rice, J., R.A. Kozak, M.J. Meitner and D.H. Cohen (2006). Appearance Wood Products and Psychological Well-Being. Wood and Fiber Science 38(4):644-659.
Meitner, M., Sheppard, S., Cavens, D., Gandy, R., Picard, P., Harshaw, H., & Harrison, D. (2005). The multiple roles of environmental/data visualization in evaluating alternative forest management strategies: Lessons learned, errors uncovered and decisions elucidated. Elsevier Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, 49, pp. 192-205.
Meitner, M.J., Gandy, R., Sheppard, S.R.J. (2005). The Role of Visualization in Communicating and Understanding Forest Complexity. ACM Press IEEE Proceedings, IEEE Computer Society, International Conference on Information Visualisation IV05
Meitner, M., Gandy, R., & D’eon, R. (2005). Human perceptions of forest fragmentation: Implications for natural disturbance management. In Proceedings, Our Shared Landscape, May 2005, Ascona, Switzerland. 9pp (CD)
Chamberlain, B., Meitner, M. & Gandy, R. (2005). Visualizing international deforestation trajectories using ArcGIS. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI International Users Conference, August 2005, San Diego, California. 11pp (CD)
Gonzalez, J. & Meitner, M. (2005). Working together for environmental management: A collaborative learning approach. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI International Users Conference, August 2005, San Diego, California. 20pp (CD)
Pacheco, S., Gonzalez, J. & Meitner, M. (2005). Land use planning in the Yungas biosphere reserve in Argentina. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI International Users Conference, August 2005, San Diego, California. 19pp (CD)
Meitner, M., Gonzalez, J., Gandy, R. & Maedel, J. (2005). Critical thinking, knowledge retention and strife: Reflections on active-learning techniques. ESRI Press In Proceedings, 2005 ESRI Education Users conference, August 2005, San Diego, California. 8pp (CD)
Meitner, M. & Gandy, R. (2005). Using image mapping techniques to model and visualize our changing forests. In Proceedings, Italy-Canada Workshop 2005, 3D digital imaging and modeling: Applications of heritage, industry, medicine and land, May 2005, Padua, Italy. 10pp (CD).
Sheppard, S.R.J. & Meitner, M. (2005). Using Multi-Criteria Analysis and visualisation for Sustainable Forest Management planning with stakeholder groups Elsevier Forest Ecology and Management, 207(1-2), pp 171-187.
Meitner, M., Gandy, R., & D’eon, R. (2005). Human perceptions of forest fragmentation: Implications for natural disturbance management. Forestry Chronicle, 81(2), pp 1-9.
Meitner, M. (2004). Human limitations in understanding forest complexity. Society of American Foresters In Proceedings, CIF/SAF Joint 2004 annual general meeting. October 2004, Edmonton, Alberta. 11pp (CD)
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.
Meitner, M. (2004). Scenic beauty of river views in the Grand Canyon: relating perceptual judgments to locations. Elsevier Land. Urban Plan., 68(1), pp. 3-13.
Meitner, M. (2004). Perceptions of Forest Landscapes. Elsevier J. Burley, J. Evans, and J.Z. Youngquist, (eds.), pp. 435-440, Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego.
Meitner, M.%, Gandy, R. & Fairhurst, K. (2004). Automating the visualization of variable retention: new tools for the timely assessment of visual landscape characteristics. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Keystone, CO., June 2-5, 2004.
Meitner, M. & Gandy, R. (2004). Visualizing spatial forestry data: knowledge management in the 3rd dimension. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI International Users Conference, August 2004, San Diego, California. 11pp (CD)
Dodds, T. & Meitner, M. ( (2004). Enhancing GIS education in university forestry and conservation degree programs. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI Education Users Conference, August 2004, San Diego, California. 84pp (CD)
Hill, D., Daniel, T. & Meitner, M. (2004). Environmental perceptual assessments on the internet: some methodological tests. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Keystone, CO., June 2-5, 2004.
Daniel, T., Hill, D., & Meitner, M. (2004). Public perceptions of alternative futures for northern forests. In Proceedings of the Tenth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Keystone, CO., June 2-5, 2004.
Meitner, M., Gandy, R., & Sheppard, S.R.J. (2003). Exploring, forecasting and visualizing alternative ecosystem management scenarios. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI International Users Conference, July 2003, San Diego, California. 10pp (CD)
Sheppard S.R.J. & Meitner, M. J. (2003). Using multi-criteria analysis and visualization for sustainable forest management planning with stakeholder groups. IUFRO In Procs. Decision Support for Multiple Purpose Forestry IUFRO Conference, Vienna, Austria, April 23-25, 2003. 14pp (CD)
Harshaw, H.W. and M.J. Meitner (2003). People, places and principles: The management of outdoor recreation in British Columbia. In: S. Watts and L. Tollins (eds.) Forestry Handbook for British Columbia, 5th ed. Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Cavens, D., Vogt, F., Fels, S., & Meitner, M. (2002). Interacting with the big screen: pointers to ponder. ACM Press. ACM SIGCHI ’02 Conference on Human Factors in Computing System, Companion Proceedings, p181-182
Meitner, M. (2002). Making complex spatio-temporal data available for the general public: New tools for interactive public input into and exploration of the forest planning process. In Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Bloomington, IN., June 2-5, 2002.
Meitner, M. (2001). Visualization as a decision support tool. In Compendium of the Visual Resource Management Conference, Seeing Beyond the Trees: Visual Stewardship of the Working Forest, Kamloops, BC, April 17-19, 2001., Pp. 191-192.
Daniel, T.C. & Meitner, M.J. (2001). Tampa bay estuary program values assessment: charting publicly preferred passages. In a Science Advisory Board Workshop Report of an EPA/SAB Workshop “Understanding Public Values and Attitudes Related to Ecological Risk Management”, Washington, DC. EPA-SAB-EC-WKSP-01-001, 36pp.
Daniel, T., & Meitner, M. (2001). Representational validity of landscape visualizations: the effects of graphical realism on perceived scenic beauty of forest vistas. Elsevier Journal of Environmental Psychology, 21(1), pp. 61-72.
Gimblett, R., Daniel, T., Cherry, S. & Meitner, M. (2001). The simulation and visualization of complex human-environment interactions. Elsevier Land. Urban Plan., 54(1), pp. 63-78.
Gimblett, H.R., Roberts, C., Daniel, T., Ratliff, M., Meitner, M., Cherry, S., Stallman, D., Bogle. R., Allred, R., Kilbourne, D., & Bieri, J. (2001). Intelligent Agent Modeling for Simulating and Evaluating River Trip Scheduling Scenerios for the Grand Canyon National Park. Santa Fe Institute/Oxford University Press. In: H.R. Gimblett (ed.), Integrating GIS and Agent-Based Modeling Techniques for Understanding Social and Ecological Processes. (pp. 245-276).
Cavens, D. , Sheppard, S., & Meitner, M. (2001). Tracking visual change: image database applications. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI Users Conference, July 2001, San Diego, California.
Meitner, M., Cavens, D., & Sheppard, S. (2001). Semi-automated metadata capture systems: how to elicit compliance within a democratic setting. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI Users Conference, July 2001, San Diego, California.
Meitner, M. (2001). Representational validity of landscape visualizations. Branchlines, UBC Faculty of Forestry Newsletter 12(3):3.
Meitner, M., Sheppard, S., Harshaw, H. & Wilson, N. (2001). Arrow IFPA social values mail survey: general summary. Technical report. Arrow Forest District, Innovative Forest Practices Agreement, Sustainability Project.
Sheppard, S., & Meitner, M. (2001). Arrow forest district innovative forest practices agreement socio-economic technical report. Technical report. Arrow Forest District, Innovative Forest Practices Agreement, Sustainability Project.
Meitner, M., Sheppard, S., Harshaw, H. & Wilson, N. (2001). Arrow forest district public values survey: putting your finger on the pulse of the district. Project final report. Arrow Forest District, Innovative Forest Practices Agreement, Sustainability Project.
Sheppard, S.R.J., D. Cavens, J. Salter, and M. Meitner. (2001). Seeing the big picture: the benefits of digital landscape immersion. -American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)/Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) -Procs. LANDTECH ASLA/CSLA Annual Meeting, 24 September 2001, Montreal, Canada.
Gimblett, R., Daniel, T., & Meitner, M. (1999). An Individual-based Modeling Approach to Simulating Recreation Use in Wilderness Settings. 1999 May 23-27; Missoula, MT. Proceedings RMRS-P-15-VOL-4. Ogden, UT: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. In: Cole, David N.; McCool, Stephen F.; Borrie, William T.; O’Loughlin, Jennifer, comps. 2000. Wilderness science in a time of change conference-Volume 4: Wilderness visitors, experiences, and visitor management;
Daniel, T., & Meitner, M. (1997). Predicting future environmental conditions through visual representations. In Proceedings of ASPRS/ACSM/RT: Seattle, Bethesda, MD: American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 276-287.
Meitner, M., & Daniel, T. (1997). Predicting human response to future environments through data visualizations. In Proceedings of ACSM/ASPRS Annual Convention & Exposition, April 1997, Seattle, Washington, pp. 276-287.
Meitner, M., & Daniel, T. (1997). The effects of animation and interactivity on the validity of human responses to forest data visualizations. In B. Orland (Ed.) Proceedings of Data Visualization ’97, St. Louis, MO.
White, T., & Meitner, M. (1997). MetroLink: St. Louis light rail transit system. In B. Orland (Ed.) Proceedings of Data Visualization ’97, St. Louis, MO.
Daniel, T., Orland, B., & Meitner, M. (1997). Data visualization for forest health management decision support. In L. Tian-shen & T. Daniel (Eds.), Proceedings of Resource Technology 1997: Beijing, 239-249.
Meitner, M., & Daniel, T. (1997). Vista Scenic Beauty Estimation Modeling: A GIS Approach. ESRI Press In Proceedings, ESRI Users Conference, July 1997, San Diego, California.
Daniel, T., Meitner, M., & Orland, B. (1997). Public perceptions and expert assessments: the effects of false-color in forest visualizations. Project final report. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
Meitner, M., & Daniel, T. (1997). Effects of animation and interactivity on human responses to a visualized forest site. Project final report. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
Weidemann, E., Meitner, M., & Daniel, T. (1997). Comparison of perceptual judgments of verbal/data and visual representations of forest stands. Project final report. USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Protection, Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.