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Thom Erdle

Professor of Forest Management


Forestry and Environmental Management

Forestry/Geology 301C

1 506 453 4937

Academic interests

  • Forest management and forest estate planning
  • Stand growth and yield
  • Forest inventory
  • Critical thinking on environmental issues

Brief biography

Dr. Thom Erdle received his BSc Forestry from UNB, his Masters in Forestry from University of British Columbia and then returned to UNB for his PhD.

Thom spent the first 20 years of his professional career as a practicing forester. He was head of forest management planning in the New Brunswick Department of Natural Resources where he was responsible for forest inventory, growth and yield, and forest management planning in the province. During that time he supervised installation of the world’s first ARC/INFO geographic information system, which is the worldwide standard today.

He followed this with six years working as a forestry consultant to numerous government, industry, and NGO agencies. In 1996 he joined the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management at UNB where he now teaches several undergraduate courses and is the Assistant Dean.

Courses taught

  • Management of Natural Systems
  • Forest Inventory & Growth
  • Forest Management
  • Forest Landscape Design & Management
  • Quantitative Forest Characterization

Selected research

C. Ward and T.A. Erdle. 2015. Evaluation of forest management strategies based on Triad zoning. The Forestry Chronicle, Vol. 91, No. 01 : pp. 40-51.

T.A. Erdle. 2014. Review of the Bachelor of Forestry Science degree programme at the School of Forestry, University of Canterbury. NZ Journal of Forestry, Vol. 59, No. 2, pp. 37-40.

C.R. Hennigar, T.A. Erdle, J.J. Gullison, D.A. MacLean. 2013. Re-examining wood supply in light of future spruce budworm outbreaks: A case study in New Brunswick. The Forestry Chronicle, Vol. 89, No. 01 : pp. 42-53.

Ryan E. Cameron, Chris R. Hennigar, David A. MacLean, Greg W. Adams, and Thom A. Erdle. 2013. A Comprehensive Greenhouse Gas Balance for a Forest Company Operating in Northeast North America. Journal of Forestry, 111(3): pp. 194–205.

Erdle, T.A. and C. Ward. 2008. Management alternatives for New Brunswick's public forest. Report of the New Brunswick Task Force on Forest Diversity and Wood Supply. 2008. Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Erdle, T.A. and J. Pollard. 2002. Are plantations changing the tree species composition of New Brunswick's forest? The Forestry Chronicle, 2002, 78(6): 812-821