Verena Griess

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

sustainable forest management
forest management planning
decision support systems
forest economics
mixed species
near natural/ close to nature forestry
plantation forests

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I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
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I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).

Graduate Student Supervision

Master's Student Supervision (2010-2017)
Creating criteria and indicators for use in forest management planning : a case study with four First Nations communities in British Columbia (2017)

In British Columbia (BC), Canada, there is a rapid shift in forest management systems as a result of historic and recent title cases involving Indigenous communities. Today, modern treaties mean more decision making power for the Indigenous communities that treaties involve. This research is built on that progression and was part of a collaboration with four Indigenous communities in BC to develop sustainable forest management plans for their traditional territories. Community members were interviewed to determine their forestry related goals and values. Alongside economic goals, these included habitat conservation for important game species, water quality, berry production, and the use of sustainable harvesting methods. To represent these findings, criteria, indicators and targets were developed for use with forest estate modeling software, such as Woodstock. A scenario that encompassed the current forest management practices and three alternative scenarios were created to support the goals and values of the community members. The three alternative scenarios that used the criteria, indicators, and targets developed from the goals and values of the community members did differ from the scenario of the status quo forest management practices.

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Recent Tri-Agency Grants

The following is a selection of grants for which the faculty member was principal investigator or co-investigator. Currently, the list only covers Canadian Tri-Agency grants from years 2013/14-2016/17 and excludes grants from any other agencies.

  • The effectiveness of higher needle monoterpenes in western redcedar seedlings on browsing damage - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Engage Grants Program (2016/2017)
  • From clear cut to permanent forest cover: developing cost-effective strategies for a transition towards multi-objective resource management - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Engage Grants Program (2015/2016)
  • Science driven decision support systems for a multifunctional sustainable forest management - Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) - Discovery Grants Program - Individual (2015/2016)



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