Alison Munson

Professor,
Université Laval

Sciences du bois et de la forêt
Département des sciences du bois et de la forêt, Pavillon Abitibi-Price, Université Laval, Québec, QC G1V0A6
Tel: 418-656-7669
Fax: 418-656-3551
E-mail: alison.munson@sbf.ulaval.ca
Institution page



Education
  • Postdoctorate Université Laval Ecophys/Silviculture 1991
  • PhD University of Toronto Forest Soils/Ecology 1989
  • BSc. University of Guelph, Resource Management 1981


Research
Carbon stabilization in forest soils, Ecology and eco-physiology, Disturbance ecology (fire and cut) in black spruce and climate changes, Ecology and eco-physiology of pine and regeneration by silvicultural treatments, Ecological restauration, Spatial ecology, Payments for ecosystem services.

QCBS students
Previous students (since 2009)
Anthony Kerebel, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2013, End: 2015)
Thesis title: Modelling ecosystem services for regional landscapes
Vincent Poirier, Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2011, End: 2016)
Thesis title: Relevance of root functionnal traits to the mechanisms of soil organic matter stabilization
Juliette Boiffin, Ph.D.
(Start: 2009, End: 2013)
Thesis title: Carbon storage in vegetation and soils after fire
Miren de Lorente Oritz, Ph.D.
(Start: 2002, End: 2011)
Thesis title: Disturbance ecology of black spruce forests
François Hébert, Ph.D.
(Start: 2005, End: 2010)
Thesis title: Comparative ecophysiology of three ericads
Diatta Marone, Ph.D.
(Start: 2010, End: 2015)
Thesis title: Functional traits of agroforestry species and soil carbon
Alexandre Guay-Picard, M.Sc.
(Start: 2012, End: 2014)
Thesis title: Restuaration des peuplements mixte
Jason Laflamme, M.Sc.
(Start: 2010, End: 2013)
Thesis title: Restoration targets for the hardwood forest of Québec
Émilie Maillard, M.Sc.
(Start: 2006, End: 2009)
Thesis title: Quantity and quality of cabon in plantation forest soils
Eduard Mauri-Ortuno, M.Sc.
(Start: 2008, End: 2010)
Thesis title: Restoration of white pine in the context of TRIAD zoning
Sylvain Pelletier-Berge, M.Sc.
(Start: 2010, End: 2012)
Thesis title: Impact of salvaging on soil carbon on burned sites
Maud Touchette, M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Thesis title: Support capacity of non-regenerated forest sites
Courses
FOR 2025 - Aménagement écosystémique des forêts du Québec (NA)
FOR 2040 - Cycle, bilan et gestion du carbone forestier (Fall / Automne)
FOR 6006 - Projet de mémoire de maîtrise (Fall / Automne)
FOR 7018 - Sujets spéciaux en écologie, écophysiologie (Fall / Automne)
FOR 7022 - Bryophytes et lichens de la forêt boréale (Fall / Automne)
FOR 7024 - Aménagement écosystémique : principes et fondements (Fall / Automne)
FOR 7040 - Cycle, bilan et gestion du carbone forestier (Fall / Automne)
FOR 3207 - Écologie et gestion des sols forestiers (Winter / Hiver)

Publications
62- Quality of Biochars Made from Eucalyptus Tree Bark and Corncob Using a Pilot-Scale Retort Kiln
Djousse Kanouo B.M., Allaire S.E., Munson A.D.
2017 Waste and Biomass Valorization (Date Added: 2017-03-22)

61- Anthropogenic disturbances create a new vegetation toposequence in the Gatineau River Valley, Quebec
Laflamme J., Munson A., Grondin P., Arseneault D.
2016 Forests (Date Added: 2017-02-16)

60- Carbon storage in agroforestry systems in the semi-arid zone of Niayes, Senegal
Marone, D., Poirier, V., Coyea, M., Olivier, A., Munson, A.D.
2016 Agroforestry Systems (Date Added: 2016-06-13)

59- Traits to stay, traits to move: a review of functional traits to assess sensitivity and adaptive capacity of temperate and boreal trees to climate change
Aubin, I., Munson, A.D., Cardou, F., Burton, P.J., Isabel, N., Pedlar, J.H., Paquette, A., Taylor, A.R., Delagrange, S., Kebli, H., Messier, C., Shipley, B., Valladares, F., Kattge, J., Boisvert-Marsh, L., McKenney, D.
2016 Environmental Reviews (Date Added: 2016-06-13)

58- Silvicultural treatments and subsequent vegetation impact long-term mineral soil biogeochemistry in mixedwood plantations
Poirier, V., Coyea, M.R., Angers, D.A., Munson, A.D.
2016 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2016-03-28)

57- Total and pyrogenic carbon stocks in black spruce forest floors from eastern Canada
Soucémarianadin, L.N., Quideau, S.A., MacKenzie, M.D., Munson, A.D., Boiffin, J., Bernard, G.M., Wasylishen, R.E.
2015 Organic Geochemistry (Date Added: 2017-07-31)

56- Partial harvesting in boreal mixedwoods: A case for planned heterogeneity in industrial silvicultural prescriptions
Guay-Picard, A., Auty, D., Munson, A.D., Achim, A.
2015 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2015-10-13)

55- A systematic literature review of the supply chain operations reference (SCOR) model application with special attention to environmental issues
Ntabe, E.N., LeBel, L., Munson, A.D., Santa-Eulalia, L.A.
2015 International Journal of Production Economics (Date Added: 2015-10-13)

54- Early-season fires in boreal black spruce forests produce pyrogenic carbon with low intrinsic recalcitrance
Soucémarianadin, L.N., Quideau, S.A., Soucémarianadin, L.N., Quideau, S.A., Wasylishen, R.E., Munson, A.D., Munson, A.D.
2015 Ecology (Date Added: 2015-06-30)

53- Ecological controls on post-fire vegetation assembly at multiple spatial scales in eastern North American boreal forests
Boiffin, Juliette, Aubin, Isabelle, Munson, Alison D.
2015 Journal of Vegetation Science (Date Added: 2015-02-26)

52- Comparing large containerized and bareroot conifer stock on sites of contrasting vegetation composition in a non-herbicide scenario
Thiffault, Nelson, Jobidon, Robert, Munson, Alison D.
2014 New Forests (Date Added: 2014-07-17)

51- Three large fire years threaten resilience of closed crown black spruce forests in eastern Canada
Boiffin, J., Munson, A.D.
2013 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2016-07-05)

50- Managing Understory Vegetation for Maintaining Productivity in Black Spruce Forests: A Synthesis within a Multi-Scale Research Model
Thiffault, Nelson, Fenton, Nicole, Munson, Alison, Hébert, François, Fournier, Richard, Valeria, Osvaldo, Bradley, Robert, Bergeron, Yves, Grondin, Pierre, Paré, David, Joanisse, Gilles
2013 Forests (Date Added: 2013-08-12)

49- Physico-chemical and functional characteristics of soil charcoal produced at five different temperatures
Bergeron, Sylvain Pelletier, Bradley, Robert L., Munson, Alison, Parsons, William
2013 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Date Added: 2013-01-09)

48- Wildfire and forest harvest disturbances in the boreal forest leave different long-lasting spatial signatures
Lorente, Miren, Parsons, William F. J., McIntire, Eliot J. B., Munson, Alison D.
2013 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2012-07-05)

47- Soil and plant legacies associated with harvest trails in boreal black spruce forests
Lorente, Miren, Parsons, William F.J., Bradley, Robert L., Munson, Alison D.
2012 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-05-21)

46- Spectral analysis discerns pattern and feedback in natural? and anthropogenic?disturbed boreal black spruce forests
Lorente, Miren, Parsons, William F. J, Périé, Catherine, Munson, Alison D
2012 Oikos (Date Added: 2012-04-25)

45- Does Trait Plasticity of Three Boreal Nutrient-Conserving Species Relate to their Competitive Ability?
Hébert, François, Thiffault, Nelson, Munson, Alison D.
2011 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2012-09-19)

44- Common challenges for ecological modelling: Synthesis of facilitated discussions held at the symposia organized for the 2009 conference of the International Society for Ecological Modelling in Quebec City, Canada, (October 6–9, 2009)
Larocque, G.R., Mailly, D., Yue, T.-X., Anand, M., Peng, C., Kazanci, C., Etterson, M., Goethals, P., Jørgensen, S.E., Schramski, J.R., McIntire, E.J.B., Marceau, D.J., Chen, B., Chen, G.Q., Yang, Z.F., Novotna, B., Luckai, N., Bhatti, J.S., Liu, J., Munson, A., Gordon, A.M., II, J.C. Ascough
2011 Ecological Modelling (Date Added: 2012-09-19)

43- Field photosynthesis measurements on black spruce (Picea mariana): Does needle age matter?
Hébert, F., Thiffault, N., Munson, A.D.
2011 Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

42- Comparative physiological responses of rhododendron groenlandicum and regenerating Picea mariana following partial canopy removal in northeastern Quebec, Canada
Hébert, F., Thiffault, N., Ruel, J.-C., Munson, A.D.
2010 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

41- Ericaceous shrubs affect black spruce physiology independently from inherent site fertility
Hébert, F., Thiffault, N., Ruel, J.-C., Munson, A.D.
2010 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

40- Soil carbon stocks and carbon stability in a twenty-year-old temperate plantation
Maillard, É., Paré, D., Munson, A.D.
2010 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

39-Fertiliser addition is important for tree growth on cut-over peatlands in eastern Canada
Caisse, G., Boudreau, S., Munson, AD, Rochefort, L.
2008 Mires and Peat ( Date Added: 2012-03-13)

38- Chemical composition of forest floor and consequences for nutrient availability after wildfire and harvesting in the boreal forest
Thiffault, E., Hannam, K.D., Quideau, S.A., Paré, D., Bélanger, N., Oh, S.-W., Munson, A.D.
2008 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

37- Investigating the soil acid-base status in managed boreal forests using the SAFE model
Thiffault, E., Bélanger, N., Paré, D., Hendershot, W.H., Munson, A.
2007 Ecological Modelling (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

36- Growth and physiological response of eastern white pine seedlings to partial cutting and site preparation
Boucher, J.-F., Bernier, P.Y., Margolis, H.A., Munson, A.D.
2007 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

35- Soil enzyme inhibition by condensed litter tannins may drive ecosystem structure and processes: The case of Kalmia angustifolia
Joanisse, G.D., Bradley, R.L., Preston, C.M., Munson, A.D.
2007 New Phytologist (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

34- How do forest harvesting methods compare with wildfire? A case study of soil chemistry and tree nutrition in the boreal forest
Thiffault, E., Bélanger, N., Paré, D., Munson, A.D.
2007 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

33- Use of spectral analysis to detect changes in spatial variability of forest floor properties
Périé, C., Munson, A.D., Caron, J.
2006 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

32- Canadian Journal of Forest Research: Preface
Kneeshaw, D., Munson, A., Burton, P.
2006 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

31- Optimum nutrient concentrations and CND scores of mature white spruce determined using a boundary-line approach and spatial variation of tree growth and nutrition
Quesnel, P.-O., Co?te?, B., Fyles, J.W., Munson, A.D.
2006 Journal of Plant Nutrition (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

30- Spatial patterns of soil microclimate, light, regeneration, and growth within silvicultural gaps of mixed tolerant hardwood - White pine stands
Raymond, P., Munson, A.D., Ruel, J.-C., Coates, K.D.
2006 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

29- Harvesting intensity at clear-felling in the boreal forest: Impact on soil and foliar nutrient status
Thiffault, E., Paré, D., Bélanger, N., Munson, A., Marquis, F.
2006 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

28- Response of fine roots to fertilized ingrowth cores in burned and harvested black spruce ecosystems
Smith, C.K., Coyea, M.R., Munson, A.D.
2005 Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

27- Silvicultural options to promote seedling establishment on Kalmia-Vaccinium-dominated sites
Thiffault, N., Titus, B.D., Munson, A.D.
2005 Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

25- Comparing height growth and biomass production of black spruce trees in logged and burned stands
Ruel, J.-C., Horvath, R., Ung, C.H., Munson, A.
2004 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

24- Black spruce seedlings in a Kalmia-Vaccinium association: Microsite manipulation to explore interactions in the field
Thiffault, N., Titus, B.D., Munson, A.D.
2004 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

23- The influence of partial harvesting and forest floor disturbance on nutrient availability and understory vegetation in boreal mixedwoods
Frey, B.R., Lieffers, V.J., Munson, A.D., Blenis, P.V.
2003 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

22- Group and single-tree selection cutting in mixed tolerant hardwood-white pine stands: Early establishment dynamics of white pine and associated species
Raymond, P., Munson, A.D., Ruel, J.-C., Nolet, P.
2003 Forestry Chronicle (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

21- Performance and physiology of large containerized and bare-root spruce seedlings in relation to scarification and competition in Québec (Canada)
Thiffault, N., Jobidon, R., Munson, A.D.
2003 Annals of Forest Science (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

20- Mechanisms of interaction between Kalmia angustifolia cover and Picea mariana seedlings
Wallstedt, A., Coughlan, A., Munson, A.D., Nilsson, M.-C., Margolis, H.A.
2002 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

19- Bridging boundaries among disciplines and institutions for effective implementation of criteria and indicators
Yamasaki, S.H., Kneeshaw, D.D., Munson, A.D., Dorion, F.
2002 Forestry Chronicle (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

18- Radiation and soil temperature interactions on the growth and physiology of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) seedlings
Boucher, J.-F., Bernier, P.Y., Munson, A.D.
2001 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

17- The inhibition of ammonium uptake in excised birch (Betula pendula) roots by batatasin-III
Wallstedt, A., Sommarin, M., Nilsson, M.-C., Munson, A.D., Margolis, H.A.
2001 Physiologia Plantarum (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

16- Ten-year responses of soil quality and conifer growth to silvicultural treatments
Perie, C., Munson, A.D.
2000 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

15- Soil carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus stocks and dynamics under disturbed black spruce forests
Smith, C.K., Coyea, M.R., Munson, A.D.
2000 Ecological Applications (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

14- Impact of precommercial thinning in balsam fir stands on soil nitrogen dynamics, microbial biomass, decomposition, and foliar nutrition
Thibodeau, L., Raymond, P., Camiré, C., Munson, A.D.
2000 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

13- Washing procedure for mixed-bed ion exchange resin decontamination for in situ nutrient adsorption
Thiffault, N., Jobidon, R., De Blois, C., Munson, A.D.
2000 Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

12- Leaf level response of planted eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) seven years after intensive silvicultural treatments
Boucher, J.-F., Wetzel, S., Munson, A.D.
1998 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

11- Nitrogen and phosphorus release from humus and mineral soil under black spruce forests in Central Quebec
Smith, C.K., Munson, A.D., Coyea, M.R.
1998 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

10- Foliar absorption of dew influences shoot water potential and root growth in Pinus strobus seedlings
Boucher, J.F., Munson, A.D., Bernier, P.Y.
1995 Tree Physiology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

9- Seasonal nutrient dynamics in white pine and white spruce in response to environmental manipulation
Munson, A.D., Margolis, H.A., Brand, D.G.
1995 Tree Physiology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

8- Soil nitrogen dynamics and nutrition of pine following silvicultural treatments in boreal and Great Lakes - St. Lawrrence plantations
Munson, A.D., Timmer, V.R.
1995 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

7- Intensive silvicultural treatment: impacts on soil fertility and planted conifer response
Munson, A.D., Margolis, H.A., Brand, D.G.
1993 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

6- Comparing natural and planted black spruce seedlings. II.Nutrient uptake and efficiency of use
Munson, A.D., Bernier, P.Y.
1993 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

5- Soil microbial community response to silvicultural intervention in coniferous plantation ecosystems
Ohtonen, R., Munson, A., Brand, D.
1992 Ecological Applications (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

4- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt. V. Humus nitrogen availability
Munson, A.D., Timmer, V.R.
1991 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

3- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt. IV. Nitrogen loading response
Timmer, V.R., Munson, A.D.
1991 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

2- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt. III. Biomass and nutrient allocation
Munson, A.D., Timmer, V.R.
1990 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

1- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt.: I. Early performance
Munson, A. D., Timmer, V. R.
1989 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-09-19)