Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences
Forest Sciences Centre 3024
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
Canada
work phone: 6048275163

Research Areas include:

  • Mapping and Quantifying Ecosystem Services
  • Social-ecological Landscapes and Resilience
  • Historical Dynamics of Large River-floodplains
  • Mapping & Monitoring with First Nations and LEK
  • High Resolution Image Analysis (satellite imagery and historical aerial photographs)

Projects

Please see my lab website for more details:
http://landscape.forestry.ubc.ca

Unit Associations

Forest and Conservation Sciences

Current Graduate Students

David AR Williams, Msc
Mapping urban greenspace connectivity and equity in Vancouver using high spatial resolution imagery
Stephanie A Tomscha, PDF
Comparative ecosystem services assessments at broad scales: interactions with forest cover and riverine systems
Jennifer C Selgrath, PhD
Historical assessment of spatial resilience in coral reef ecosystems of the Phillipines
Tanya L Gallagher, PhD
Transborder groundwater monitoring using landscape indicators of human uses
Ian MS Eddy, MSc
Monitoring longterm dynamics of pastoral system degradation and recovery using vegetation indices: Applications in Kyrgyzstan
Kevin F Yang, Msc
Forest cover influences on agricultural productivity, ecosystem services, and livelihoods in Ethiopia
Karly Harker, MSc
Linking ecosystem services and environmental assessment: An example in the Skeena River

Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants

Stephanie Tomscha
Michelle Jackson

Current Courses

CONS452 – Global Perpectives Capstone

http://cons452.forestry.ubc.ca/

FRST504/MGEM500 – Landscape Ecology & Management, every August

Selected Publications


Selgrath, Jennifer, C., Roelfsema, C., Gergel S.E. and A.C. Vincent (2016). Mapping for coral reef conservation: Comparing the value of participatory and remote sensing approaches Ecosphere 7(5):e01325
Tomscha, S.A. and S.E. Gergel (2016). Ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies misunderstood without landscape history Ecology & Society 21(1):43
Jackson, Michelle M., Topp, E., Gergel. S.E., Martin, K.M., Pirotti, F. and T. Sitzia (2016). Expansion of subalpine woody vegetation over 40 years on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46:437-443
Pickell PD, Coops NC, Gergel SE, Andison DW and PL Marshall (2016). Evolution of Canada’s boreal forest spatial patterns as seen from space PLoS ONE 11(7): e0157736
Sutherland IJ, Gergel SE and EM Bennett (2016). Seeing the forest for its multiple ecosystem services: indicators for cultural services in heterogeneous forests Ecological Indicators 17:123-133
Tomscha SA, Sutherland I, Renard D, Gergel SE, Rhemtulla JR, Bennett EM, Daniels LD, Eddy IMS and E Clark (2016). A guide to historical datasets for reconstructing ecosystem services over time Bioscience, IN PRESS
Sutherland IJ, Bennett EM and SE Gergel (2016). Recovery trends for multiple ecosystem services reveal non-linear responses and long-term tradeoffs from temperate forest harvesting Forest Ecology and Management 374: 61-70
Sarah E Gergel and Monica G Turner, editors (2016). Learning Landscape Ecology, 2nd Edition Springer IN PRESS
Tomscha, S.A. and S.E. Gergel (2015). Historic land surveys present opportunities for reconstructing frontier settlement patterns in North America Landscape Ecology 30: 203-213
Eddy, I.M.S. and S.E. Gergel (2015). Why landscape ecologists should assist Life Cycle approaches Landscape Ecology 30(2):215-228
Jackson, M.E., S.E. Gergel, and K. Martin (2015). Citizen science and field survey observations provide comparable results for mapping Vancouver Island White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura saxatilis) distributions Biological Conservation 162-172
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
Thiel, B., S. Smukler, M. Krzic, S.E. Gergel, C. Terpsma (2015). Farmland hedgerow carbon storage and biodiversity in the Fraser River Delta of British Columbia Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 70(4): 247-256
Paul D. Pickell, David W. Andison, Nicholas C. Coops, Sarah E. Gergel, Peter L. Marshall (2015). The spatial patterns of anthropogenic disturbance in the western Canadian boreal forest following oil and gas development Canadian Journal of Forest Research 45 Issue: 6 Pages: 732-743
Jackson, M., Gergel, S.E. and Martin, K. (2015). Effects of climate change on habitat availability and configuration for an endemic coastal alpine bird PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142110.
Arnett, J., Coops, N.C., Gergel, S., Falls, R., and Baker, R., (2014). Detecting stand replacing disturbance using RapidEye imagery: a Tasseled Cap transformation and modified disturbance index Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing; 40(1): 1-14
Paul D. Pickell, Sarah E. Gergel, Nicholas C. Coops and David W. Andison (2014). Monitoring Forest Change in Landscapes Under-Going Rapid Energy Development: Challenges and New Perspectives Land 3(3): 617-638
Tallis, H. and J. Lubchenco and 238 co-signatories (2014). A call for inclusive conservation Nature 515: 27-28
Jones, T.G., Coops, N.C., Gergel, S. and Sharma, T. (2014). Employing Measures of Heterogeneity and an Object-Based Approach to Extrapolate Tree Species Distribution Data MDPI Diversity 6(3): 396-414
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
Caldwell, I.R. and S.E. Gergel (2013). Thresholds in seascape connectivity: Influence of mobility, habitat distribution, and current strength on fish movement Landscape Ecology Volume: 28 Issue: 10 Pages: 1937-1948 Published: DEC 2013
Morgan, J.L. and S.E. Gergel (2013). Automated analysis of aerial photographs and potential for historic forest mapping Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Volume: 43 Issue: 8 Pages: 699-710 Published: AUG 2013
Tomlinson, M.J., S.E. Gergel, T.J. Beechie, and M.M. McClure. (2011). Long-term changes in river-floodplain dynamics: Implications for salmonid habitat in the Interior Columbia Basin, USA Ecological Applications 21(5):1643-1658
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
Lantz, T.C., S.E. Gergel and G.H.R. Henry (2010). Response of green alder (Alnus viridis subsp. fruticosa) and plant community composition to fire and regional climate in Northwestern Canada Journal of Biogeography 37: 1597-1610
Morgan, J.L., Gergel, S.E., and N.C. Coops (2010). Aerial photography: A rapidly evolving tool for ecological management BioScience 60(1):47-59
Lantz, T.C., S.E. Gergel and S.V. Kokelj (2010). Spatial heterogeneity in the shrub tundra ecotone in the Mackenzie Delta Region, NWT: Implications for Arctic Environmental Change Ecosystems 13(2):194-204
Coops, N.C., Gillanders, S., Wulder, M.A., Gergel, S.E., Nelson, T., Goodwin, N.R (2010). Evaluation of forest fragmentation and loss of connectivity using multitemporal Landsat imagery: quantifying natural and anthropogenic disturbance Forest Ecology and Management. 259:2355-2365
Morgan, J.L. and S.E. Gergel (2010). Quantifying landscape heterogeneity from historic aerial photographs using object-based analysis Landscape Ecology 25: 985-998
Bater, C.W., Coops, N.C., Gergel, S.E., LeMay, V.M. and Collins, D. (2009). Estimation of standing dead tree class distributions in northwest coastal forests using lidar remote sensing NRC Press Canadian Journal of Forest Research 38: 6, 1080-1091.
Lantz, T.C., S.V. Kokelj, S.E. Gergel, and G.H.R. Henry (2009). Relative impacts of disturbance and temperature: persistent changes in microenvironment and vegetation in retrogressive thaw slumps Global Change Biology 15(7):1664-1675
Predick, K.I., Gergel S.E. and M.G. Turner. (2009). Effect of flood regime on tree growth in the floodplain and surrounding uplands of the Wisconsin River. River Research and Applications 25(3):283-296
Thompson, S.D. and S.E. Gergel (2008). Conservation implications of mapping rare habitats using high spatial resolution imagery: Recommendations for heterogeneous and fragmented landscapes Landscape Ecology 23(9):1023-1037
Thompson, S.D., Gergel, S.E. and N.C. Coops (2008). Classification of Late seral Coastal Temperate Rainforests with High Spatial Resolution QuickBird Imagery Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing: 34(S2): 460-470
Gillanders, S.N., Coops, N.C., Wulder, M.A., Gergel, S.E., Nelson, T. (2008). Multitemporal remote sensing of landscape dynamics and pattern change: Describing natural and anthropogenic trends. Progress in Physical Geography: 32(5) 503-528.
Gergel, S.E. (2007). New directions in landscape pattern analysis and linkages with remote sensing Taylor and Francis. in M.A. Wulder and S.E. Franklin (editors), Understanding Forest Disturbance and Spatial Pattern: Remote Sensing and GIS Approaches.
Gonzales, E. K. and S. E. Gergel. (2007). Testing assumptions of cost surface analysis: A tool for invasive species management Landscape Ecology 22(8): 1155-1168
Gergel, S.E. and M.G. Turner, editors. (2007). Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques. In Korean. Life Science Publisher Co, Seoul, Korea.
Gergel, S.E., Y. Stange, N.C. Coops, C. Bater, K. Johansen, and K.R. Kirby. (2007). What is the value of a good map? An example using high spatial resolution imagery to aid riparian restoration. Ecosystems 10: 688-702
Jewell, K.J. P. Arcese, S.E. Gergel (2007). Robust predictions of species distribution: spatial habitat models for a brood parasite Biological Conservation 140: 259-272
Gergel, S.E., and T. Reed-Andersen (2007). Modeling ecosystem processes Life Science Publisher Co, Seoul, Korea in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques. In Korean
Gergel, S.E., M.G. Turner and D.J. Mladenoff (2007). Collecting spatial data at broad scales Life Science Publisher Co, Seoul, Korea in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques.
Greenberg, J.G., S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (2007). Understanding landscape metrics II: Effects of changes in scale Life Science Publisher Co, Seoul, Korea in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques. In Korean
Turner, M.G., D.B. Tinker and S.E. Gergel (2007). Landscape disturbance: location, pattern and dynamics Life Science Publisher Co, Seoul, Korea in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques. In Korean
Johansen, K., N.C. Coops, S.E. Gergel, Y. Stange. (2007). Application of high spatial resolution satellite imagery for riparian and forest ecosystem classification. Remote Sensing of Environment 110(1): 29-44
Langford, W., S.E. Gergel, T.G. Dietterich, W. Cohen. (2006). Map misclassification can cause large errors in landscape pattern indices: examples from habitat fragmentation. Ecosystems 9(3):474-488
Cardille, J.A., M.G. Turner, M. Clayton, S.E. Gergel and S. Price. (2005). METALAND: Characterizing spatial patterns and statistical context of landscape metrics. Bioscience 55(11)983-988
Gergel, S.E. (2005). Spatial and non-spatial factors: when do they impact the utility of landscape indicators of water quality? Landscape Ecology 20(2):177 – 189
Gergel, S.E., S.R. Carpenter, and E.H. Stanley. (2005). Do dams and levees impact nitrogen cycling? Simulating the effects of flood alterations on floodplain denitrification Global Change Biology 11:1352-1367
Turner, M.G., S.E. Gergel, M.D. Dixon, and J.R. Miller. (2004). Distribution and abundance of trees in floodplain forests of the Wisconsin River: environmental influences at different scales. Journal of Vegetation Science 15: 729-738
Gergel, S.E., E.M. Bennett, B.K. Greenfield, S. King, C.A. Overdevest, and B. Stumborg (2004). A test of the environmental Kuznets curve using long-term watershed inputs Ecological Applications 14(2):555–570
McClain M.E., E.W. Boyer, C.L. Dent, S.E. Gergel, N.B. Grimm, P.M. Groffman, S.C. Hart, J.W. Harvey, C.A. Johnston, E. Mayorga, W.H. McDowell, and G. Pinay (2003). Biogeochemical Hotspots and Hot moments at the Interface of Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecosystems Ecosystems 6:301-312
Nancy B. Grimm, Sarah E. Gergel, William H. McDowell, Elizabeth W. Boyer, C. Lisa Dent, Peter Groffman, Stephen C. Hart, Judson Harvey, Carol Johnston, Emilio Mayorga, Michael E. McClain, Gilles Pinay (2003). Merging aquatic and terrestrial perspectives of nutrient biogeochemistry Oecologia 442:485-501
Gergel, S.E., M.G. Turner, J.R. Miller, J.M. Melack, and E.H. Stanley (2002). Landscape indicators of human impacts to riverine systems Aquatic Sciences 64:118-128
Gergel, S.E. (2002). Assessing cumulative impacts of levees and dams on floodplain ponds: A neutral-terrain model approach. Ecological Applications 12(6):1740-1754
Gergel, S.E., M.D. Dixon, and M.G. Turner (2002). Consequences of human-altered floods: Levees, floods, and floodplain forests along the Wisconsin River. Ecological Applications 12(6):1755-1770
S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner, editors (2001). Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques Springer-Verlag, NY
Gergel, S.E and T. Reed-Andersen. (2001). Modeling ecosystem processes Springer-Verlag, New York Pp. 266-277 in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques.
Gergel, S.E., M.G. Turner and D.J. Mladenoff (2001). Collecting spatial data at broad scales Springer-Verlag, New York. Pp. 9-16 in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques.
Greenberg, J.G., S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner. (2001). Understanding landscape metrics II: Effects of changes in scale Springer-Verlag, New York. Pp. 101-111in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques.
Turner, M.G., D.B. Tinker and S.E. Gergel. (2001). Landscape disturbance: location, pattern and dynamics Springer-Verlag, New York. Pp. 147-165 in S.E. Gergel and M.G. Turner (eds.), Learning Landscape Ecology: A Practical Guide to Concepts and Techniques.
Gergel, S.E., M.G. Turner, and T.K. Kratz (1999). Dissolved organic carbon as an indicator of the scale of watershed influence on lakes and rivers Ecological Applications 9(4):1377-1390
Harris, L.D., T.S. Hoctor and S.E. Gergel. (1996). Landscape processes and their significance to biodiversity conservation. University of Chicago Press, Chicago. Pp. 319-347 in O.E. Rhodes, R.K. Chesser and M.H. Smith (eds.), Population Dynamics in Ecological Space and Time.