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Research facilities within ForEM

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

  • Research and 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.

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.