Jean-Martin Lussier

Image Lussier, Jean-Martin
Research Scientist

My research is focused on the development of mechanized partial-cutting systems for sustainable forest management, and on measuring their effects on production and regeneration.

More recently, I have been contributing to NRCAN's research program on the digitization of the Canadian forest value chain, through the improvement of forest management methods based on the use of artificial intelligence, data analysis and mathematical optimization.

Current research and/or projects

Jean-Martin's work focuses on the development of silvicultural systems adapted to mixed and coniferous forest stands, and on stand response to partial cutting.

More specifically, his research focuses on optimizing silvicultural thinning and selection prescriptions, taking into account stand yield, intervention costs and product value.

New projects are underway on the use of multifunctional harvester data to forecast harvest yields, and on assessing the accuracy of forest inventories for forest planning.

Professional activities / interests

  • Member of the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute scientific committee of the Moncton University.
  • Member of the ''Forestry'' committee - Réseau Innovation Forêt Québec.
  • Member of the ''Decision Making'' committee - Réseau Innovation Forêt Québec.
  • Member of the ''Forestry'' working group - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Education and awards


  • Bachelor's degree in Manegement of forest resources, Université Laval, 1988.
  • Masters’ degree in Renewable Resources, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, 1991.
  • Doctoral degree in Environmental Science, Université du Québec à Montréal, 1997.


  • Scholarship from the Fonds pour la Formation de chercheurs et l'aide à la recherche, 1993.
  • Scholarship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), 1991.
  • Alcan Scholarship, 1988.
  • Canadian Institue of Forestry Gold Medal Award, 1987.
  • Domtar Shcolarship, 1986.
  • NSERC scholarship for undergradute research, 1986.

Key publications

  1.  Boucher, D.;De Grandpré,L.; Kneeshaw,D.; St-Onge,B.;Ruel,J.-C.; Waldron,K.;Lussier,J.M. 2015. Effects of 80 years of forest management on landscape structure and pattern in the eastern Canadian boreal forest. Landscape Ecology 30: 1913 - 1929. doi:10.1007/s10980-015-0220-6.
  2. Ruel, J.-C.; Lussier, J.M.; Morissette, S; Ricodeau, N. 2014. Growth Response of Northern White-Cedar (Thuja occidentalis) to Natural Disturbances and Partial Cuts in Mixedwood Stands of Quebec, Canada. Forests 5(6):1194-1211. doi:10.3390/f5061194.
  3. Lussier, J.M; Meek, P. 2014. Managing Heterogeneous Stands Using a Multiple-Treatment Irregular Shelterwood Method. Journal of Forestry 112(3):287-295. doi:10.5849/jof.
  4. Soucy,M.;Lussier,J.M.;Lavoie,:L. 2012. Long-term effects of thinning on growth and yield of an upland black spruce stand. CJFR 42(9): 1669-1677. doi: 10.1139/x2012-10.
  5. Moore,T.Y.; Ruel, J.-C.; Lapointe, M.-A.; Lussier, J.M. 2012. Evaluating the profitability of selection cuts in irregular boreal forests: an approach based on Monte Carlo simulations. Forestry 85 (1):63-77

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

Research facility

1055, rue du Peps P. O. Box 3800
Sainte Foy, QC G1V 4C7


Adjunct professor at Université Laval and Université du Québec à Chicoutimi