Research

I am broadly interested in environmental change as it relates to terrestrial ecosystems and regions. Specifically, I am interested in the following areas of research:

  • Climate change impacts, adaptation, and mitigation;
  • Sustainable resource management;
  • Tree-ring science (dendrochronology);
  • Tree ecophysiology, and;
  • Knowledge mobilization.


Bridge Glacier in early September 2016 following a light dusting of snow (Photo: Bryan Mood). 

Current Research

Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Programme (PDF) – My current research is focused on knowledge mobilization in Saskatchewan. My research team and I are developing a shelterbelt decision support system to help the province’s landowners better understand what tree species they should be planting under a range of future climate conditions. Furthermore, we will illustrate the amount of CO2 sequestered by trees over time, their economic value, and much more though our internet-based application.

Complementing this research, I am modelling the dollar-value of trees based on future radial growth scenarios for three different RCPs. The information will help landowners and policy analysts understand the multi-layered value of shelterbelt trees as a climate change adaptation and mitigation tool.

Past Research Projects

UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Interactive Science Atlas – From 2018 to 2018, I helped to develop the UNESCO SNBR Interactive Science Atlas (www.scienceatlas.ca) in collaboration with the Nova Scotia Provincial Government and the Nova Scotia Community College Centre of Geographic Sciences’ Geomatics Research Group. The application allows a range of users to learn and understand their region and discover the incredible scientific research being conducted nearby. The web-based application has a number of interesting functions including educational materials and substantive background information.

Hydroclimatic Reconstructions in the Pacific Ranges (PhD) – From 2015 to 2019, my doctoral research focused on dendroclimatic reconstructions in the southwestern British Columbia with an emphasis on hydroclimatic variability over the past several centuries. As part of my Doctorate of Philosophy program, I developed several comprehensive reconstructions of hydrological variables as they relate to climate including streamflow, snowpack, lake levels, and more. This research is of immediate use to resource managers in the region and links the developed records to important low-frequency climate oscillations.

Two of the four chapters have been submitted to high impact journals and are currently under revision. The final two chapters are expected to be submitted by the end of 2019.

Before hiking to upper Joffre Lake to collect ecological information in 2015 with my field assistants, Lauren Farmer, Octavia Gordon, and Lee Britton (L-R) (Photo: Bryan Mood). 
After hiking to upper Joffre Lake to collect ecological information in 2015. Naps were needed (Photo: Bryan Mood).  

Coast Mountain Glacier History (MSc) – As part of my Master of Science degree (2013-2015) with Dr. Dan Smith and the UVTRL, I completed a research project that involved synthesizing our present understanding of Coast Mountain Holocene Glacier activity. The research project included a case study at Franklin Glacier, near Mt. Waddington in the Pacific Ranges off the BC Coast Mountains. This research project resulted in two publications: (1) a record of galcier activity at Franklin Glacier; and (2) a review of glacier activity throughout the Coast Mountains.

Tiedemann Glacier during the 2015 field season (Photo: Bryan Mood). 

Banff and Jasper National Parks (BSc) – I have conducted geomorphic and ecological research in the Canadian Rockies under the supervision on Dr. Colin P. Laroque from 2010-2012. Research projects included lichenometric studies of the Stutfield Glacier, dendrogeomorphology in the Cavell Valley, and glaciological surveys of the Saskatchewan Glacier.

Stu Murray, Cecilia Jennings, and myself (R-L) traversing the Stutfield Glacier forefield after a long day in the field in Jasper National Park, AB (Photo: Colin Laroque). 

Saskatchewan Agroforestry (Honours project, BSc) – From 2011 to 2013, I was part of a multi-university collaborative program that sought to understand and aid the agroforestry sector in Saskatchewan. I was part of a team that initated general dendrochronologic and dendroclimatic studies on shelterbelt tree species throughout southern Saskatchewan. My part in this collaborate included tree-ring studies of white spruce and the development of an interactive program to aid landowners decide which species to use when they wish to plant new shelterbelts on their land.