Peter L Marshall

Director, Asian Strategies
Forest Sciences Centre 2022
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4
work phone: 6048224918
fax: 6048228645

I am interested in quantifying and forecasting stand and forest dynamics, particularly with respect to uneven-aged and/or mixed species (complex) stands. I also have a long-running interest in designing sampling approaches for various natural resources applications. In the last few years, much of my sampling design work has focused on efficient methods of quantifying downed dead woody material (coarse woody debris). I have been active professionally throughout most of my university career. My professional work has taken place essentially on two fronts: (1) service to the province, via membership on several technical committees and individual or university-based contracts, and (2) service to the forestry profession through my membership on the governing council of the Association of B.C. Professional Foresters, Board of Examiners of the Association of B.C. Professional Foresters, as the B.C. representative on the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board, membership on the Forest Science and Technology Board of the Canadian Institute of Forestry, and work with two U.S./Canadian growth and yield co-operatives. I am particularly interested in forestry curriculum development and accreditation.


Validation of CrosBas/PipeQual (ForValueNet)
Dynamics of Interior Douglas-fir stands following pre-commercial thinning


Canadian Forestry Achievement Award , 2005

Current Graduate Students

Yonas Abreham, PhD
Anna Shcherbinina, MSc
Validation of Growth and Yield Models

Current Courses

Winter 2019

FRST239 Tree and Stand Level Measurements Sections

An introduction to measurement of individual trees and stands; use of aerial photographs, maps, and various measurement instruments.

Winter 2019

FRST339 Forest Level Measurement and Productivity Sections

Obtaining and forecasting information for stands and forests.

Winter 2019

FRST421 Quantitative Forest Management Sections

Introduction to the quantitative tools necessary in forest management. Available only through Distance Education.

Winter 2019

FRST498 B.Sc. Thesis in Forestry Sections

An independent study or research project of a subject of special interest to the student under the direction of a staff member. Available only to students in the BSFS Honours specialization.

Winter 2019

FRST556 Land Information Acquisition and Analysis Sections

Principles and application of data acquisition and use.

Winter 2019

FRST497 Communications and Professionalism Sections

Preparing professional reports and presentations; professionalism and professional ethics.

Selected Publications

Jang W., B.N.I. Eskelson, P.L. Marshall, and I. Moss (2018). A stand table projection system for interior Douglas-fir in British Columbia, Canada Elsevier Forest Ecology and Management 409:434-443
Mulverhill, C., N.C. Coops, P. Tompalski, J.C. White, P.L. Marshall, and T. Bailey (2018). Improving ALS-derived estimates of stem size distribution in a boreal mixedwood forest. Forests 9(95) doi:10.3390/f9020095
Han, M., F. Peng, and P. Marshall. (2018). Linking pecan orchard management to pecan morphology in southeastern China Annals of Applied Biology 172:160-169. DOI: 10.1111/aab.12408
Tompalski, P., Coops, N.C., Marshall, P.L., White, J.C., Wulder, M.A., Bailey, T. (2018). Combining multi-date airborne laser scanning and digital aerial photogrammetric data for forest growth and yield modeling. Remote Sensing 10 (347). DOI:10.3390/rs10020347
Addo-Danso S.D., C.E. Prescott, R.D. Guy, A. Duah-Gyamfi, S. Moore, K. Owusu-Afriyie, P.L. Marshall, D.I. Forrester, S. Adu-Bredu, and Y. Malhi, (2018). Fine-root exploitation strategies differ in tropical old-growth and logged-over forests in Ghana. Biotropica: DOI: 10.1111/btp.12556
Xu, D., J. Liu, P. Marshall, Z. He, and S. Zheng (2017). Leaf litter decomposition dynamics in unmanaged Phyllostachys pubescens stands at high elevations in the Daiyun Mountain National Nature Reserve. Journal of Mountain Science 14(11):2246-2256. DOI:
Lei, X., L. Fu, Z. Hu, W. Zeng, S. Tagn, P. Marshall, L. Cao, X. Song, L. Yu, J. Liang. (2017). Integrating regional climate change into allometric equations for estimating tree aboveground biomass of Masson pine in China. Annals of Forest Science 2(74):1-15. Annals of Forest Science 2(74):1-15.
Goodbody, T.R.H., N.C. Coops, P.L. Marshall, P. Tompalski, P. Crawford. (2017). Unmanned aerial systems for precision forest inventory purposes: A review and case study. For. Chron. 93(1):71-81.
Pickell, Paul D., Nicholas C. Coops, Sarah E. Gergel, David W. Andison, Peter L. Marshall. (2016). Managed boreal forests drive rapidly changing landscape patterns over the last three decades in Canada. PLOS ONE Spatial and Landscape Ecology.
Jucker, Tommaso, John Caspersen, Cécile Antin, Nicolas Barbier, Frans Bongers, Jérôme Chave, Michele Dalponte, Karin Y. van Ewijk, David I. Forrester, Matthias Heani, Steven I. Higgins, Robert J. Holdaway, Yoshiko Lida, Michael Keller, Craig Lorimer, Peter L. Marshall, Stéphane Momo, Glenn R. Moncrieff, Pierre Ploton, Lourens Poorte, Kassim Abd Rahman, Michael Schlund, Bonaventure Sonké, Frank J. Sterck, Anna T. Trugman, Vladimir A. Usoltsev, Mark C. Vanderwel, Peter Waldner, Beatrice Wedeux, Christian Wirth, Murray Woods, Wenhua Xiang, Niklaus Zimmermann and David A. Coomes. (2016). Allometric equations for integrating remote sensing imagery into forest monitoring programs. Global Change Biology DOI:10.1111/gcb.13388.
Halperin, J., V. LeMay, E. Chidumayo, L. Verchot, and P. Marshall. (2016). Model-based estimation of above-ground biomass in the miombo ecoregion of Zambia. Forest Ecosystems 3:14. DOI:10.1186/s40663-016-0077-4
Halperin, J., V. LeMay, N. Coops, L. Verchot, P. Marshall, and K. Lochhead (2016). Canopy cover estimation in miombo woodlands of Zambia: Comparison of Landsat 8 OLI versus RapidEye imagery using parametric, nonparametric, or semiparametric methods. Remote Sensing and the Environment 179:170-182
Schneider, R., T. Franceschini, M. Fortin, O. Martin, V. Gauthray-Guyenet, G.R. Larocque, P. Marshall and A. Bérubé-Deschênes. (2016). Growth and yield models for predicting tree and stand productivity. Taylor & Francis Group /CRC Press. pp. 142-178.
Pickell, P.D., D.W. Andison, N.C. Coops, S.E. Gergel, and P.L. Marshall (2015). The spatial pattern of anthropogenic disturbance in the western Canadian boreal forest following oil and gas development. Can. J. For. Res. 45:732-743.
Nogueira, G.S., P.L. Marshall, H.G. Leite, and J.C.C. Campos. (2015). Thinning intensity and pruning impacts on Eucalyptus plantations in Brazil. International Journal of Forest Research, Volume 2015, Article ID 168390. 10 p.
Redelsheimer, C.L., R. Boldenow, and P.L. Marshall (2015). Adding value to the profession: The role of accreditation. J. Forestry 113(6):566-570.