Philip G Comeau, Ph.D, P.Ag.

Professor Emeritus - Silviculture and Stand Dynamics, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept

Contact

Professor Emeritus - Silviculture and Stand Dynamics, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sci - Renewable Resources Dept
Phone
(780) 668-1879
Address
845 General Services Building
9007 - 116 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H1

Overview

About

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. 

Awards

  • 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)

Publications

Effects of thinning on dynamics and drought resistance of aspen-white spruce mixtures: results from two study sites in Saskatchewan.
Author(s): Comeau, P.G.
Publication Date: 12/14/2020
Publication: Front. For. Clim. Change
Volume: 3
Page Numbers: 621752
External Link: https://doi.org/10.3389/ffgc.2020.621752
Climate sensitive growth models for predicting diameter growth of western Canadian boreal tree species.
Author(s): Oboite, F. and P.G. Comeau
Publication Date: 9/30/2020
Publication: Forestry
Volume: 2020
Page Numbers: cpaa39
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1093/forestry/cpaa039
The interactive effect of competition and climate on growth of boreal tree species in western Canada and Alaska.
Author(s): Oboite, F. and P.G. Comeau
Publication Date: 8/30/2020
Publication: Canadian Journal of Forest Research
Volume: 60
Page Numbers: 547-564
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjfr-2019-0319
Plant community development following reclamation of oil sands mines using four cover soil types in northern Alberta
Author(s): Dhar, A., Comeau, P., Naeth, M.A., Pinno, B., and Vassov, R.
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Restoration Ecology
Volume: 28
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 82-92

Pests, climate and competition effects on survival and growth of trembling aspen in western Canada
Author(s): Cortini, F., Comeau, P.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: New Forests
Volume: 51
Page Numbers: 175-190
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11056-019-09726-9
Effects of red alder on growth of Douglas-fir and western redcedar in southwestern British Columbia
Author(s): Fang, C.D., Comeau, P., and Harper, G.
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: For. Ecol. Manage.
Volume: 434
Page Numbers: 244-254
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.12.023
Factors influencing overyielding in young boreal mixedwood stands in western Canada
Author(s): Deogkyu Kweon⁎, Philip G. Comeau
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: For. Ecol. Manage.
Volume: 432
Page Numbers: 546-557
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.09.053
Relationships between tree survival, stand structure and age in trembling aspen dominated stands
Author(s): Deogkyu Kweon⁎, Philip G. Comeau
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: For. Ecol. Manage.
Volume: 438
Page Numbers: 114-122
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2019.02.003
Release response of black spruce and white spruce following overstory lodgepole pine mortality due to mountain pine beetle attack
Author(s): Felix O. Oboite, Philip G. Comeau
Publication Date: 2019
Publication: For. Ecol. Manage.
Volume: 432
Page Numbers: 446-454
External Link: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.09.029
High resolution site index prediction in boreal forests using topographic and wet areas mapping attributes
Author(s): Bjelanovic, I., Comeau, P, White, B
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Forests
Volume: 9
Issue: 113
External Link: doi:10.3390/f9030113
Plant community development following reclamation of oil sands mine sites in the boreal forest: a review
Author(s): Dhar, A., Comeau, P., Karst, J., Pinno, B., Chang, S., Naeth, A., Vassov, R., and Bampfylde, C.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Environ. Rev.
Volume: 26
Page Numbers: 286-298
External Link: doi.org/10.1139/er-2017-0091
Survival functions for boreal tree species in northwestern North America
Author(s): Cortini, F., Comeau, P., Strimbu, V., Hogg, T., Bokalo, M., and Huang, S.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: For. Ecol. Manage.
Volume: 401
Page Numbers: 177-185
External Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2017.06.036