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New ForEM publications
We are embarking on a new initiative to highlight the latest research generated by ForEM graduate students, staff, and faculty. Explore here to find more information on the latest scientific publications led by, or in collaboration with, ForEM researchers.


Research facilities within ForEM

Tree Improvement at D'Orangeville Lab

PI: Loic D'Orangeville, PhD.

There is a growing concern among scientists and forest stakeholders regarding the capacity of our forests to withstand increasing temperatures and water stress. The D'Orangeville Lab uses innovative experimental and observational methods to document the sensitivity and adaptive capacity of eastern Canadian tree species to climate change. Research focus is on the roles that species and environmental drivers play, at multiple spatial scales, in shaping tree growth response to a warming climate.

The D'Orangeville Lab is located at UNB Fredericton Campus, and housed under the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.


Forest Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour Lab

PI: Joe Nocera, PhD.

Research in the Forest Wildlife Ecology and Behaviour Lab (FEWB) takes an integrative approach to cross-disciplinary questions in population ecology by modeling wildlife-habitat relationships from a management perspective. We work largely in forested systems, particularly the Acadian forest, although we address conservation issues using data from a wide range of habitat types.

The FEWB Lab is located at UNB Fredericton Campus, and housed under the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.


Watershed and Aquatics Research and Monitoring Lab:

The Watershed and Aquatics Research and Monitoring Lab (WARM Lab) focus is on research of biota and water quality to study anthropogenic influences on freshwater systems to understand and inform future management or mitigation.

PI: Michelle A. Gray, PhD Associate Professor, Environment & Ecosystem Management, and Science Fellow, Canadian Research Institute.

The WARM Lab is located at UNB Fredericton Campus, and housed under the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.


Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI)

Director: Michelle A. Gray, PhD.

The Canadian Rivers Institute’s vision: to make every river a healthy river.

Defining exactly what characteristics constitute “healthy” however remains to be a significant scientific challenge. For this reason, the CRI continues to work in collaboration with partner institutions, governments, and non-governmental organizations to develop a broad science-based framework for assessing the health of Canadian river ecosystems. Our approach to assessing river health is carried out through the development of core metrics broadly derived from measures of water quality, water flow, and biota. By improving our ability to measure these features of river systems, we move closer to an understanding of what conditions or thresholds must be met for a river to be classified as healthy.

The CRI as an entity is hosted at the University of New Brunswick, reporting to the VP-Research, and CRI Operations is physically located in the Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.


Wood Science Technology Centre

The Wood Science Technology Centre (WSTC) specializes in wood engineering and wood product manufacturing and offers services to clients in the areas of:

  • Research & Development
  • Product Testing/Quality Assurance
  • Technology Transfer

The Centre is housed at the Hugh John Flemming Forestry Centre in Fredericton. The WSTC is also home to the Canadian BioEnergy Centre (CBEC) through its active involvement in development and testing of solid biofuels.


Forest Watershed Research Centre

Paul Arp, PhD is the lead of the Forest Watershed Research Centre which uses scientific methods to address biophysical issues that arise from forest management operations, using watersheds as primary research and management units. The centre is a partnership of industry, university and government dedicated to the development, application, and communication of watershed research (water, nutrients, air, energy, vegetation and soils) to promote sustainable and integrated forest management policies and practices.


Remote and Wood Sensing Laboratory

PI: Brigitte Leblon, PhD.

The Remote and Wood Sensing Laboratory specializes in the development of various remote sensing and wood manufacturing applications such as:

  • Wildfire danger monitoring
  • Crop disease and fertilization management
  • Permafrost mapping in the Arctic
  • Saltmarsh and eelgrass bed restoration monitoring
  • Sensors for the wood manufacturing sector
  • Applications for UAV multispectral imagery
  • Geese habitat mapping

The laboratory benefits from state-of-art facilities that are located at the UNB Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management.


Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative

ED: Kevin Percy

The Atlantic Forest Research Collaborative (AFRC) helps Canadian forest managers and stewards find knowledge-based solutions to today’s forest management challenges. We match those who own, manage, and govern our forests with scientific organizations, researchers, and Knowledge Holders with the expertise to provide objective and scientifically-sound advice and information.

A not-for-profit, science-based, consensus-driven organization with members from the academic, Indigenous, government, industry, small business, and conservationist communities.

The AFRC is located at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, on the traditional territory of the Wolastoqey Nation and the Wabanaki Confederacy.

The AFRC promotes and facilitates collaborative research, public awareness and professional development in the forestry sector in Atlantic Canada.

The focus is to bridge knowledge gaps between frontline forest managers, owners, and the scientific community, creating opportunities for impactful collaboration and improved forest practices.