Modelling long term dynamics of Mountain Pine Beetle under climate change

The long-term effects of climate change and outbreaks of mountain pine beetle (MPB) on forests in western Canada are not well understood. In this project, we will develop quantitative models to assess the impacts of climate change and forest resilience on MPB outbreaks and persistence in forests. These models will be informed by the MPB expertise of the partner organization and, where possible, computer code relating to these models will be made available through collaboration with the partner organization. This project will benefit from the synergistic relationship between the partner organization and the interns, in that the models developed will be informed by government and industry stakeholders, and the important results from the research will be more easily translated to those stakeholders.

Kevan Rastello;Micah Brush
Faculty Supervisor: 
Mark Lewis;Mark Lewis
Partner University: