Brian G. Eddy

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Research Scientist

Integrated Ecosystems Modelling and Assessment, Science-Policy Integration

Current research and/or projects


Since a very young age, I have always been fascinated by maps and nature, and I carried this passion into my career. With my background in geoscience and geomatics, I became involved in a wide range of applications conducted across Canada and internationally including geological and natural resources mapping; oceanography and coastal zone management; mapping land cover, biodiversity and protected areas; and integrated resource and environmental management. My doctorate research took on the subject of mapping sustainability indicators, with a focus on integrating socio-economic and biophysical data in a spatially explicit manner. Since joining NRCan and CFS in 2009, I have been actively applying this research as a co-leader for a national integrated assessment as part of the CFS Forest Change initiative under the Canada’s Adaptation Platform. My main project now is mapping Canada's Forest Ecumene as a flexible framework for integrating socio-economic and biophysical dimensions in a spatially explicit manner.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Projects:

  • Mapping Canada’s Forest Ecumene for bio-physical and socio-economic data integration and modelling in Adaptive Ecosystems Management.
  • Development of Areas of Influence methodology for spatially-explicit analysis of multi-stakeholder values in Sustainable Forest Management.
  • Development and application of principles of Information Ecology for use in science-policy integration and adaptive management.

Professional activities / interests


  • Forest Change Initiative (1.0 and 2.0) – Core Team member/AFC Representative (2011-current).
  • Boreal Ecosystems Research Initiative – graduate student research committee: partnership between Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus and Atlantic Forestry Centre, Corner Brook Research Division.
  • Masters in Applied Geomatics (MAG) program committee – Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus and College of the North Atlantic, Corner Brook, NL

Education and awards


  • Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Studies, Carleton University, 2006
  • M.Sc. in Earth Sciences, University of Ottawa, 1996
  • B.Sc. (Hons.) in Geology, Acadia University, 1987


  • Recipient of a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement at the Ph.D. Level, Carleton University, 2006
  • SSHRC Research Assistant, 2003-2006
  • SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, 2003-2005
  • Graduate Studies and Research Scholarship, Carleton University, 2001-2005
  • SSHRC/Statistics Canada Scholarship – Summer Program in Data Analysis, York University, 2004
  • Jack F. Fleming Scholarship, Carleton University, 2003-2004
  • NSERC Research Assistant, 1993-1994

International experience and/or work

  • Project Manager: INTARIS (Integrated Arctic Resource Information System) - 1995-1998.   A $1.6M CIDA project for institutional development, geomatics technology transfer and conversion of 80 years of historical sea-ice and meteorological data for the Russian Arctic (St. Petersburg, RU)


Key publications

  1. Matthew Miller, L., B. Eddy and M. van Zyll de Jong (2017). "Assessing Climate Change Vulnerabilities in Northern Boreal Forests." International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses 9: 20.
  2. McKenney, D., D. Yemshanov, J. Pedlar, D. Allen, K. Lawrence, E. Hope, B. Lu and B. Eddy (2016). Canada's timber supply: current status and future prospects under a changing climate. Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada.
  3. Ste-Marie, C. B., P.; Eddy, B.; Edwards, J.; Gauthier, S.; Mathey, A.-H.; McKenney, D.W.; Parfett, R.; Pedlar, J.H.; Price, D.T.; Stinson, G. (2015). Forest Change — the Canadian Forest Service program on adaptation on climate change. XIV World Forestry Congress. Durban, South Africa: 8.
  4. Eddy, B. G.; Hearn, B.; Luther, J.E.; Van Zyll de Jong, M.; Bowers, W.; Parsons, R.; Piercey, D.; Strickland, G.; Wheeler, B. 2014. An information ecology approach to science–policy integration in adaptive management of social-ecological systems. Ecology and Society 19(3): 40. doi:10.5751/ES-06752-190340.
  5. Greene, R.; Devillers, R.; Luther, J.; Eddy, B. 2011. GIS-Based Multiple-Criteria Decision Analysis. Geography Compass 5/6: 412-432. doi:10.1111/j.1749-8198.2011.00431.x.
  6. Eddy, B.G.; Dort, A. 2011. Integrating Socio-Economic Data for Integrated Land Management (ILM): Examples from the Humber River Basin, western Newfoundland. Geomatica, Vol. 65, No. 3, p. 283-291. doi:10.5623/cig2011-044.
  7. Greene, R.; Luther, J.; Devillers, R.; Eddy, B. 2010. An approach to GIS-based multiple criteria decision analysis that integrates exploration and evaluation phases: Case study in a forest-dominated landscape. Forest Ecology and Management 260, 2102-2114. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2010.08.052.
  8. McAfee, B.; de Camino, R.; Burton, P.; Eddy, B.; Fähser, L.; Messier, C.; Reed, M.; Spies, T.; Vides, R. 2010. Managing Forested Landscapes for Socio-Ecological Resilience. In : Mery, G.; Katila, P.; Galloway, G.; Alfaro, R.; Kanninen. M.; Lobovikov, M.; Varjo, J. (eds.). 2010. Forests and Society - Responding to Global Drivers of Change. IUFRO World Series Volume 25. IUFRO, Vienna, Austria.

For more publications by this author, consult the CFS publications database.


Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF)
Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG)
Ecological Society of America (ESA)