Ted Needham

Professor, Stand Dynamics and Silviculture


Forestry and Environmental Management

Forestry/Geology 212


1 506 447 3483

Academic interests

  • Problem based learning
  • Outcomes based assessment
  • Structured problem solving
  • Stand intervention design

Brief biography

Dr. Ted Needham joined the Faculty in 1987. Originally from Utah, he grew up with a love and appreciation of the forest from fishing, hunting, and camping first in the Rockies and then in the Piedmont and Allegany Mountain regions of the southern US. He carried his passion for the outdoors to his academic studies where he obtained a BSc in Forest Management, a MSc in Forest Photogrammetry, and a PhD in Forest Soils and Silviculture from Virginia Tech. Prior to moving to New Brunswick, he worked for a piano parts manufacturer in process improvement.

Ted’s speciality is silviculture and stand management, but his true passion lies in teaching and learning. In the late 90’s, Ted and others in our Faculty introduced “Problem Based Learning” and “Outcome Based Assessment” to the curriculum, and our programs gained national and international recognition their innovative approach to education.

Ted has been Chair of the Forest Engineering Department, Manager of UNB’s Forest Lands, Coordinator of UNB’s Teaching and Learning Services Center, and Dean of Renaissance College, UNB’s Faculty of Leadership. He has been recognized as a UNB Teaching Professor and received a UNB Distinguished Service Award.

He currently teaches ‘structured decision making’ in our Environmental Management program and works closely with the forestry and environmental communities to identify challenging environmental management projects for students. His main goal is to help them develop their problem solving, teamwork, and project management abilities. When he is not being an educator, Ted is learning permaculture and adopting it to his hobby farm.

Courses taught

  • Applied Environmental Management
  • Environmental Management Practicum
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Silviculture and Stand Intervention Design
  • Introduction to Forestry

Selected research

Kuruganti, U., T.D. Needham, and P.E. Zundel. 2012. Patterns and rates of learning in two problem based learning courses using outcomes based assessment and elaboration theory. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. 3(1).

Burgess, D., G Adams, T. Needham, C Robinson, R Gagnon. 2010. Early development of planted spruce and pine after scarification, herbicide and fertilizer treatments in NB. Forestry Chronicle. 86(4).

Zundel, P.Z. and T.D. Needham. 2000. Outcomes-based forestry education – an application in NB. Journal of Forestry. 98(2):30-35.

Needham, T. D., J.A. Kershaw, D.A. MacLean, Qiong Su. 1999. The effects of mixed stand management in controlling spruce budworm damage and balsam fir yield. Northern J Applied For. 16(1):19-24.