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Dr. Robert S. Rempel

Job Title: Research Scientist
Employer: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Adjunct Professor at Faculty of Forest and at Dept. of Biology, Lakehead University
Place of Birth: Claresholm, Alberta, Canada
Public School attended: Prince Charles, British Columbia
High School attended: Princess Margaret, British Columbia
Further Education: University of British Columbia (B.Sc.), University of Waterloo (M.Sc., Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario (boreal region)

Brief synopsis of current research:
fire As part of my research in sustainable forest management, I study landscape- and region-scale effects of forestry on riparian and terrestrial habitats. Much of my work involves comparing effects caused by natural disturbance (esp. wildfire) to effects caused by various logging practices. I also develop GIS-based analysis tools (e.g. Patch Analyst) to support multiscale analysis and forest management planning.

Photo:Aerial photo showing effects of fire on streamside and lakeside riparian habitat. North of Pickle Lake, Ontario


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Recent Publications:

Elkie, P. C., and R. S. Rempel. 1999. Detecting relevant scales of pattern in boreal forest landscapes as a component of emulating natural disturbance. For. Ecol. Manage. (accepted 1999).

Rempel, R.S., P. Elkie, A. R. Rodgers, and M. J. Gluck. 1997. Timber-management and natural-disturbance effects on moose habitat:landscape evaluation. J. Wildl. Manage. 61:517-524.

Rempel, R. S., K. F. Abraham, T. R. Gadawski, S. Gabor, and R. K. Ross. 1997. A simple wetland habitat classification for boreal forest waterfowl. J. Wildl. Manage. 61:746-757.

Rempel, R.S. and P.J. Colby. 1991. A statistically valid model of the morphoedaphic index. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 48:1937-1943

Rempel, R.S. and J.C.H. Carter. 1987. Modelling the effects of accelerated development and reduced fecundity on the population dynamics of aquatic Diptera. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 44: 1737-1742.