Phil Comeau, Ph.D, P.Ag.


Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
845 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1



Major Responsibilities/Research Interests:

I "retired" in 2017 but continue being involved in several research projects.  A major focus of the research being conducted by my team during the past 20 years has been in the area of silviculture and management of spruce-aspen mixedwood stands in the western boreal forests of Canada. We have also conducted research relating to vegetation management and silvicultural systems (shelterwood and selection) in B.C. and Alberta and have explored effects of silvicultural practices on species and structural diversity. An important component of our research is examination of effects of environmental conditions on survival and growth of trees, particularly in relation to competitive, site and climatic influences and the influences of silviculture practices.  In collaboration with Rob Vassov, Amalesh Dhar and others I have been involved in studies examining ecosystem recovery following oilsands reclamation.  I am a member of the research team working on refinements and enhancements to the Mixedwood Growth Model (MGM). We are currently working on refinements to a number of functions in the model and to develop capabilities to model climate change.  I have served as Chair of the Western Boreal Growth and Yield Association (WESBOGY) since 2003. 


  • Canadian Institute of Forestry Scientific Achievement Award (2016)
  • Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences - Teacher of the Year (2015, 2006)
  • Canadian Institute of Forestry Tree Life Award (2015)
  • Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences Research and Innovation Award (2007)

Featured Publications

Comeau, P.G.

Front. For. Clim. Change. 2020 December; 3

Oboite, F. and P.G. Comeau

Forestry. 2020 September; 2020

Oboite, F. and P.G. Comeau

Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 2020 August; 60

Dhar, A., Comeau, P., Naeth, M.A., Pinno, B., and Vassov, R.

Restoration Ecology. 2020 January; 28 (1):82-92

Cortini, F., Comeau, P.

New Forests. 2019 January; 51

Fang, C.D., Comeau, P., and Harper, G.

For. Ecol. Manage.. 2019 January; 434

Deogkyu Kweon⁎, Philip G. Comeau

For. Ecol. Manage.. 2019 January; 432

Deogkyu Kweon⁎, Philip G. Comeau

For. Ecol. Manage.. 2019 January; 438

Felix O. Oboite, Philip G. Comeau

For. Ecol. Manage.. 2019 January; 432

Bjelanovic, I., Comeau, P, White, B

Forests. 2018 January; 9 (113)

Dhar, A., Comeau, P., Karst, J., Pinno, B., Chang, S., Naeth, A., Vassov, R., and Bampfylde, C.

Environ. Rev.. 2018 January; 26

Cortini, F., Comeau, P., Strimbu, V., Hogg, T., Bokalo, M., and Huang, S.

For. Ecol. Manage.. 2017 January; 401