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.