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Ellen MacDonald

Ellen Macdonald, PhD

Professor (Forest Ecology), Department Chair

Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences

Renewable Resources

About Me

Job/Research Area: Professor (Forest ecology and plant biodiversity)

1983 B.Sc. (with distinction) Environmental Biology, University of Calgary

1988 Ph.D. Plant Ecology, University of Calgary. 


  • Ed and Peggy Tyrchniewicz Award for Innovation in Teaching (2015)
  • Canadian Institute of Forestry Scientific Achievement Award (2014)
  • Izaak Walton Killam Annual Professor (2007/08)
  • Faculty of Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences - Teacher of the Year (2004, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring, Dept. of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta (1999) 


Major Responsibilities/Research Interests: The influence of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on the ecology and plant biodiversity of the boreal forest (see EMEND projects). Regeneration processes and successional dynamics of boreal mixedwood forest. Restoration ecology in northern ecosystems.


RenR 322/721 Forest ecosystems: Fall 2014 - present

RenR 299 Spring Field School: Annually since 1989