The Bartels Research Lab at UNBC 

Lab Members

Samuel Bartels, Principal Investigator

Samuel Bartels is fascinated by the structural organization and biological composition (including trees, shrub and herbaceous species, fungi, bryophyte, and lichen communities) of forests and terrestrial ecosystems and conducts investigations into how their diversity, species interactions, and functions are impacted by environmental changes caused by humans.

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Current lab members

Julia Bizon, MSc. Candidate 2023-

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, and having completed her BSc in Biology at UBC Vancouver, Julia is slowly making her way North. She is interested in the impacts of human land use and climate change and is focused on solution-based approaches to the rapidly changing environment. For her master's project, she is studying ecosystem memory and ecological restoration of wildlife forage and understory diversity in a young pine monoculture plantation in Central-Interior BC. Her project concerns regrowth of understory vegetation after disturbance, with a focus on the efficacy of forest management practices to support wildlife. 

MSc. Student (Incoming 2024-)

Past members/ Alumni

Master of Science (MSc)

Simran Gill, MSc. 2024.  Testing nitrogen and iron based compounds as environmentally safer alternative to control broadleaf weeds in turfgrass.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Lainie Shandro, BSc. 2024.  A review of management responses to spruce beetle and mountain pine beetle in British Columbia.

Nolan Buchi, 2023.  The role of silviculture in mitigating the adverse effects of drought in British Columbia's forests.

Gareth Anderson, BSc. 2022.  Fire risk potential of different coarse woody debris retention techniques in British Columbia.

Graeme McGuffie, BSc. 2022.  Ecological benefits of trembling aspen retention in silvicultural brushing operations in British Columbia.

Chiara Chirico, BSc. (Thesis) 2022. Interactions among understory forest vegetation layers along a harvesting disturbance gradient in boreal mixedwood forests.

Jennifer Kubos, BSc. 2021. The effects of riparian management on ecology of small streams in British Columbia.

Samantha Nuyens, BSc. 2021. Live free or grow hard: Is British Columbia’s free growing standard compatible with modern forest values and stewardship principles?

Marcel Schneider, BSc. (co-supervised) 2019. Spatial and temporal variation of post-fire forest understory vegetation in the boreal forest.

Amanda MacDonald, BSc. (co-supervised) 2017. Effects of pipeline corridors on vegetation in west-central Alberta: implications for woodland caribou and grizzly bear habitat.