Dr. Vern Peters
Vern graduated with a BSc from the University of Manitoba in 1995 and a PhD from the University of Alberta in 2003. His main research interests include fire ecology, using prescribed fire as a management tool for restoring certain pine populations, and the seed predator dynamics and restoration of the Limber Pine through community-based restoration initiatives. His other research projects include seedling establishment and growth restoration plantings, and greenhouse-based germination and survivorship experiments.
- Biol 211 – Organisms in their Environment
- Biol 330 – Ecology
- Biol 340 – Plant Diversity
- Biol 395/495 – Biology Seminar
- Biol 436 – Conservation Biology
- Biol 438 – Plant Ecology
Fire Ecology of Endangered 5 –Needle Pines
Using fire severity measurements, and microsite data for regenerating seedlings, we are investigating the use of prescribed fire as a management tool for restoring whitebark and limber pine populations in high elevation ecosystems.
Restoration Ecology of Limber Pine
We are engaged in implementing recovery plan actions using community-based restoration initiatives that use field and greenhouse approaches to involve university students, high schools, and church communities in tree-planting efforts.
- Fire severity and 5-needle pine regeneration
- Reproductive ecology of limber pine and seed predator dynamics
- Seedling establishment and growth in restoration plantings
- Greenhouse-based germination and survivorship experiments
Peters, V.S. 2014. Are Northern Limber Pine Populations Seed or Substrate Limited? Nutcracker Notes 26: 12-14.
Peters, V.S. 2012. Limber pine seed mutualisms: between the devil and the deep blue sea, Nutcracker Notes: 22:11–13.
Peters, V.S., and Gelderman, M. 2011. High cone years give limber pine “the edge,” Nutcracker Notes. 21: 12–13.
Peters, V.S., and Vandervalk, L. 2009. Cone predation of limber pine by red squirrels. Nutcracker Notes. 17:10-12.
Associate Professor, The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, MI, USA
Adjunct Professor, The University of Alberta
Scientific Reviewer, Provincial and Federal Recovery Plans for Whitebark and Limber Pine