Research project

Evolution of growth and structural attributes of temperate forests following partial cuts using remote sensing data

Description

In North America, temperate forests are predominantly managed through partial cuts aimed at maintaining a permanent forest cover and allowing the return of characteristics of old forests essential for biodiversity preservation. Despite sustained management of these forests for several decades, little information exists regarding how the growth and condition of these forests evolved at a landscape scale. Determining whether partial cuts in temperate forests facilitate the maintenance of a complex structure and the return of characteristics of old forests remains a challenge.

To address this question, the project proposes to leverage ground forest inventory data, satellite imagery, and airborne LiDAR surveys conducted across the temperate forests of Quebec to measure the growth dynamics, as well as the evolution of the structure and composition of forests after intervention. The outcomes of this project will support the implementation of sustainable forest management and refine growth projections following partial cuts. This project can also significantly influence silvicultural practices in deciduous-dominated forests by developing new approaches for monitoring growth and yield.

The project will be realised in close collaboration with the Laboratoire sur les écosystèmes terrestres boréaux (EcoTer) at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and the ministère des Ressources Naturelles et des Forêts du Québec. The student will be part of a broader team addressing themes related to management and silviculture in the context of global changes.

Research Field

- Forestry
- Adaptive silviculture
- Remote sensing
- Forest management

Research Supervisor

Alexandre Morin-Bernard

Research Environment

Department of wood and forest sciences

The graduate student will have the opportunity to join the méta-équipe de travail sur l'adaptation des forêts (MÉTAFOR). MÉTAFOR brings together over 20 graduate students and research professionals collaborating to implement concrete projects with a comprehensive view of challenges in the forestry sector, from observing forest resources to their valorization into high value-added products, encompassing management and silviculture practices adapted to global changes.

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Financial Aid Available by Program of Study

Doctorate in Forestry Science

Program description

Financial Aid Available*

Financial Aid Related to Research Project

$25000 per year for 4 years.

Ph.D.: Guaranteed scholarship of $25,000 per year (for 4 years). The student will also have the chance to apply for faculty scholarships and participate in undergraduate teaching.

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Milestone Amount
Doctoral exam and submission of research proposal by the end of the 4th semester
$3,135
Favorable report from the supervising committee by the end of the 7th semester
$2,090
Initial dissertation submission by the end of the 9th semester
$4,180
Publication of an article in a scientific journal by the end of the 6th semester
$950
Total $10,355

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Funding source Amount
Leadership and Comittment Scholarship (Canadians & permanent residents)
$30,000
Citizens of the World Scholarship (International students) $30,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships or Research Visits (in French)
$1,000 to $2,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies   
$20,000 to $70,000$
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

Supplemental Tuition Fee Exemption Scholarship Program: Entitles international students to pay Canadian student tuition fees, for overall savings of around $40,000. If you are benefiting of this scholarship program, the doctoral admission scholarship will go toward paying your supplemental tuition fees. You will not receive the $2,000 scholarship amount directly; rather it will be applied over your first two semesters to the supplemental portion of your tuition fees.

* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Master's Degree in Forestry Science with thesis

Program description

Financial Aid Available*

Financial Aid Related to Research Project

$20000 per year for 2 years.

Ph.D.: Guaranteed scholarship of $25,000 per year (for 4 years). The student will also have the chance to apply for faculty scholarships and participate in undergraduate teaching.

Program-Specific Financial Aid

Graduate Studies Awards

Milestone Amount
Initial thesis submission OR fast-tracking to a doctorate by the end of the 5th semester
$1,000
Total $1,000

Université Laval: Student Financial Aid

Sources de financement Montant
Leadership and Comittment Scholarship (Canadians & permanent residents) $10,000
Citizens of the World Scholarship (International students) $20,000
Mobility Grant for Out-of-Province Internships or Research Visits (in French)
$1,000 to $2,000
Graduate Scholarships from Granting Agencies
$17,500 to $40,000
Online Directory of Graduate Scholarships (in French)
$500 to $50,000

* Amounts shown represent maximum financial aid available. Certain conditions apply. Subject to change without prior notice. For further information, contact sponsoring organizations directly.

Desired Profile

- Forestry, Geography and Geomatics
- Agroforestry
- Biology
- Natural and landscaped environment

Requirements and Conditions

The project focuses on the development of forest growth models following human disturbances (forest cutting) using modern remote sensing tools (e.g., airborne laser scanning, satellite imagery). We are therefore seeking an individual with a strong interest in modeling and remote sensing applied to forest growth. The student will develop their research project independently, collaborating with other team members, including colleagues from diverse backgrounds and cultures.

Candidates should possess: (1) a background in forestry, ecology, geography, environmental sciences, applied statistics, or any related discipline; (2) knowledge in one of the following areas: tree growth, forest dynamics and management, remote sensing, predictive modeling; (3) skills, or a strong willingness to learn, in statistical data analysis; (4) the ability to communicate in French and/or English, both orally and in writing; (5) personal motivation, autonomy, and critical thinking.

Required Documentation

- Lettre de recommandation
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitæ
- Student transcript
Applications: From now until the position is filled. Interested individuals should send: 1) A letter of motivation, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) university transcripts, and 4) the names of two references to Alexandre Morin-Bernard at alexandre.morin-bernard@sbf.ulaval.ca and Guillaume Moreau at guillaume.moreau@sbf.ulaval.ca.

Find Out More

Alexandre Morin-Bernard
Professeur adjoint et ing.f.
Faculté de foresterie, de géographie et de géomatique
alexandre.morin-bernard@sbf.ulaval.ca