Céline Boisvenue

Research scientist

Climate Change and Carbon Forest Modelling

Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects


I have always loved forests. I never imagined a job that would not be somehow related to forests. From summer camps, to canoe guide, to professional forester via resource technician, my path always took me back to the woods. Eventually I realized that we needed to describe it better, we needed numbers and graphs to show people what was going on in forests. So I went back to school and signed-up for a master’s in forest biometrics (statistics). Eventually, that was still not enough and I went to study the interactions between forests and the atmosphere. I am now a specialist in forest modelling using both mechanistic models and statistical models, at small and large spatial scales. I work with the Carbon Accounting Team trying to improve our estimates of carbon exchanges between forests and the atmosphere.

Research and/or project statements

Current Research Project:

  • Carbon dynamics in Sb under Spruce Budworm disturbance: reporting and projections in eastern Sb.
  • Strategies to Assimilate Remote Sensing Estimates of Forest Productivity into CBM-CFS3.
  • 2016/2017 National Forest Carbon Monitoring Accounting and Reporting System (NFCMARS): Science, Synthesis and Reporting (100%) (Carbon / Carbone).
  • 2016/2017 Integrated assessment of the response of boreal black spruce forests to increasing spruce budworm herbivory resulting from CC (0%) (Climate Change Adaptation / Changements climatiques - adaptation).
  • Linkage of the work of Joanne White and Mike Wulder (National Forest Information and Assessment) on Forest Data and Resource Survey Statistics and Estimators with CBM-CFS3 using the platform that Eliot McIntire (Pacific Forest Centre) has developed (SpaDES - http://spades.predictiveecology.org/). 

Professional activities / interests

  • Guest and speaker at many conferences.
  • Review of scientific texts.
  • Field training of new students in the fields of Forestry and Research.

Education and awards


Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Natural Resource Management, Laval University, 1993.

M.Sc. in Biometrics, University of British Columbia, 2000.

Ph.D., University of Montana, USA, 2008.


Post-doctoral fellowship, Université du Québec à Montréal, Modelling and Carbon Science Lab, 2009.

Post-doctoral fellowship, Fonds de recherche du Québec Nature et technologies, 2009.

George E. Bright Memorial Fellowship, University of Montana, College of Forestry and Conservation, 2004-2005.

P.E.O. Sisterhood Scholar Award, 2004.

Key publications

  1. Wu, C.; Hember, R.A.; Chen, J.M. et al. 2014. Accelerating Forest Growth Enhancement due to Climate and Atmospheric Changes in British Colombia, Canada over 1956-2001. Sci. Rep. 4. doi:10.1038/srep04461.
  2. Boisvenue, C.; Running, S.W. 2014. Controls on Provisioning Services and Forest Productivity: Responses and Risk under Changing Environmental Conditions. Climate Vulnerability, 4.12. Pielke R.A. Ed. Academic Press, Oxford: Page 129-Page 149. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-384703-4.00415-9.
  3. Gonsamo, A.; Chen, J.M.; Price, D.T. et al. 2013. Improved assessment of gross and net primary productivity of Canada's landmass. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 118(4). 2013JG002388. doi:10.1002/2013JG002388.
  4. Kurz, W.A.; Shaw, C.H.; Boisvenue, C. et al. 2013. Carbon in Canada’s boreal forest — A synthesis1. Environmental Reviews 21(4). Page 260-Page 292. doi:10.1139/er-2013-0041.
  5. Deluca, T.H.; Boisvenue, C. 2012. Boreal forest soil carbon: distribution, function and modelling. Forestry. doi:10.1093/forestry/cps003.

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