Forest Ecology and Management Lab

Research projects

A major focus of our research is to improve understanding of the natural dynamics of the true boreal and boreal mixedwood forests of Quebec, Canada. In particular, we examine the impacts of catastrophic fire, as well as secondary disturbances caused by insect outbreaks, windthrow, ice storms, and other causes of stand mortality, on stand structure and species diversity. Several researchers within our group are also interested in spatio-temporal aspects of these disturbances. Research projects have occurred or are ongoing in the Abitibi, Témiscamingue, Portneuf, Cote Nord, and Gaspesie regions of Quebec. A number of studies also have links with boreal regions in other provinces of Canada as well as with the United States and Europe. 

The intent of our research is to provide information that aids in the development and implementation of silvicultural techniques and forest management approaches that are more consistent with forest ecosystem management. Additionally, we develop criteria and indicators that help to evaluate the impacts of human activities; notably, from research comparing and contrasting the characteristics and effects of anthropogenic and natural disturbances.

Forest management, particularly on crown lands, involves the integration of values, perceptions, and needs of various local stakeholders during the planning process. We study the mechanisms that have impacts on and/or facilitate agreement among all parties, critical to the development of ecologically and socially acceptable management policies and guidelines. In addition, we develop forest management strategies adapted for the First Nations through the creation of local criteria and indicators.