Simon Landhäusser

Simon Landhausser

Professor and NSERC Industrial Chair. Forest land reclamation and applied forest ecology

Phone: 780-492-6381
Department: Renewable Resources
Office: 4-44A Earth Sciences
Office Hours: By appointment
Address: University of Alberta
4-44A Earth Sciences
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2E3

Job/Research Area: Forest Land Reclamation and Applied Forest Ecology

Major Responsibilities/Research Interests:  My research addresses questions related to the reclamation of disturbed lands to self-sustaining boreal forest ecosystems common to the boreal forest region. The research program focuses on the function and underlying processes of forest canopy cover as a prime factor in determining forest successional pathways.  Key research activities are the development of innovative strategies and techniques for the re-establishment of forests on surface mined lands and determining whether these forests develop and display processes and functions comparable to natural ecosystems. Currently the research focuses on the establishment of trembling aspen (an early successional fast-growing tree species native to the boreal forest) and its use as a nurse crop for forest development. Other active research and research interests are: ecophysiology (growth, photosynthesis, water relations, and carbon allocation) of boreal forest species in response to different abiotic and biotic factors, the effects of forest practices on aspen regeneration and boreal forest vegetation management, and the role of disturbance on forest establishment and tree species distribution.

Dr Landhäusser is a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE.

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Most Recent Publications

Quideau SA, DasGupta S, Landhäusser SM, & Mackenzie MD 2013. Microbial response to fertilization in contrasting soil materials used during oil sands reclamation. Soil Science Society of America (in press)

Goodsman DW, Lusebrink I, Landhäusser SM, Erbilgin N & Lieffers VJ 2013.Variation in carbon availability, defense chemistry and susceptibility to fungal invasion along the stems of mature trees. New Phytologist (in press)

Galvez DA, Landhäusser SM & Tyree MT 2013. Low root reserve accumulation during drought may lead to winter mortality in poplar seedlings. New Phytologist (in press)

Pinno BD, Lieffer VJ & Landhäusser SM 2012. Inconsistent growth response to fertilization and thinning of lodgepole pine in the RockyMountain Foothills is linked to site index. International Journal of Forestry Research 193975, DOI: 10.1155/2012/193975.

Norris CE, Quideau SA, Landhäusser SM, Bernard GM &Wasylishen RE 2012. Tracking stable isotope enrichment in tree seedlings with solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Scientific Reports 2: 719 DOI: 10.1038/srep00719.

Macdonald SE, Quideau SA & Landhäusser SM 2012. Rebuilding boreal forest ecosystems after industrial disturbance (pp123-161). In: Vitt D & Bhatti J, Restoration and Reclamation of Boreal Ecosystems, Attaining Sustainable Development. Cambridge University Press pp 424 ISBN:9781107015715

Landhäusser SM, Rodriguez-Alvarez J, Marenholtz EH & Lieffers VJ 2012. Effect of stock type characteristics and time of planting on field performance of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) seedlings on boreal reclamation sites. New Forests 43:679-693

Landhäusser SM, Pinno BD, Lieffers VJ & Chow PS 2012. Partitioning of carbon allocation to reserves or growth determines future performance of aspen seedlings. Forest Ecology and Management 275: 43–51

Landhäusser SM & Lieffers VJ 2012. Defoliation increases risk of carbon starvation in root systems of mature aspen. Trees: Structure and Function 26: 653–661

Pinno BD, Landhäusser SM, Mackenzie MD, Quideau SA & Chow PS 2012. Trembling aspen seedling establishment, growth, and response to fertilization on contrasting soils. Can. J. Soil Sci. 92:143-151.

Wolken JM, Landhäusser SM, Lieffers VJ & Silins U 2011. Seedling growth and water use of boreal conifers across different temperatures and near-flooded soil conditions. Can. J. For. Res. 41: 2292–2300.

Sorenson PT, Quideau SA, MacKenzie MD, Landhäusser SM & Oh SW 2011. Forest Floor Development and Biochemical Properties in Reconstructed Boreal Forest Soils. Applied Soil Ecology 49: 139– 147.

Galvez DA, Landhäusser SM & Tyree MT 2011. Root carbon reserve dynamics in aspen seedlings: does simulated drought induce reserve limitation? Tree Physiol 31: 250–257.

Teste FP, Lieffers VJ & Landhäusser SM 2011. Viability of forest floor and canopy seed banks in Pinus contorta var. latifolia (Pinaceae) after a mountain pine beetle outbreak. Am J Bot 98: 1-8.

Landhäusser SM 2011. Aspen shoots are carbon autonomous during bud break. Trees 25:531–536.

Teste FP, Lieffers VJ & Landhäusser SM 2011. Seed release in serotinous lodgepole pine forests after mountain pine beetle outbreak. Ecol Appl 21: 150-162.

Schoonmaker, AL, Hacke, UG, Landhäusser, SM, Lieffers, VJ, and Tyree, MT. 2010. Hydraulic acclimation to shading in boreal conifers of varying shade tolerance. Plant Cell and Environment 33: 382–393.

Goodsman DW, Lieffers VJ, Landhäusser, SM & Erbilgin N 2010. Fertilization of lodgepole pine trees increased diameter growth but reduced root carbohydrate concentrations. For Ecol Manage 260: 1914-1920.

Landhäusser, SM, Deshaies, D, & Lieffers, VJ. 2010. Disturbance facilitates rapid range expansion of aspen into higher elevations of the Rocky Mountains under a warming climate. Journal of Biogeography 37: 68–76.

Landhäusser SM, Wan X., Lieffers VJ & Chow P 2010. Nitrate stimulates root suckering in trembling aspen (Populus tremuloides). Can J For Res 40: 1962-1969.

Snedden J, Landhäusser SM, Lieffers VJ, & Charleson L 2010.Propagating trembling aspen from root cuttings: impact of storage length and phenological period of root donor plants. New For 39: 169-182.

Wolken, JM, Lieffers, VJ, Landhäusser, SM, & Mulak, T 2010. Spring frost and decay fungi are implicated in suppressing aspen re-growth following partial cleaning in juvenile stands. Annales of Forest Science 66: 805.

Wolken JM, Landhäusser SM, Lieffers VJ, & Dyck M 2010 Differences in initial root development and soil conditions affect establishment of trembling aspen and balsam poplar seedlings. Bot 88: 275-285.

Bryant, JP, Clausen, TP, Swihart, RK, Landhäusser, SM, Stevens, MT, Hawkins, CDB, Carriere, S, Kirilenko, AP, Veitch, AM, Popko, RA, Cleland, DT, Williams, JH, Jakubas, WJ, Carlson, MR, Lehmkuhl Bodony, K, Cebrian, M, Paragi, TF, Picone PM, Moore, JE, Packee, EC, and Malone T. 2009. Fire Drives Transcontinental Variation in Tree Birch Defense against Browsing by Snowshoe Hares American Naturalist 174: 13-23.

Gradowski, T, Lieffers, VJ, Landhäusser, SM, Sidders, D, Volney, J, & Spence, JR. 2009. Regeneration of Populus nine years after variable retention harvest in boreal mixedwood forests. Forest Ecology and Management 259: 283–289.

Renkema, KN, Landhäusser, SM, and Lieffers, VJ. 2009. Suckering response of aspen to traffic-induced-root wounding and the barrier-effect of log storage Forest Ecology and Management 258: 2083-2089.

Renkema, KN, Lieffers, VJ, and Landhäusser, SM. 2009. Aspen regeneration on log decking areas as influenced by season and duration of log storage New Forests 38: 323-335.

Lennie, AD, Landhäusser, SM, and Lieffers VJ. 2009. Regeneration of aspen following partial and strip understory protection harvest in boreal mixedwood forests Forestry Cronicle 85: 631-638.

Landhäusser SM. 2009. Impact of slash removal, drag scarification, and mounding on lodgepole pine cone distribution and seedling regeneration after cut-to-length harvesting on high elevation sites Forest Ecology and Management 258: 43-49.