Peter Duinker

Professor Emeritus

Phone: 902-494-3632
Mailing Address: 
Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building
Dalhousie University
6100 University Ave, Suite 5024,
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Forest
  • Biodiversity
  • Public engagement
  • Environmental assessment
  • Resource management
  • Climate change
  • Urban forests


  • BScAgr, University of Guelph
  • MES, Dalhousie University
  • PhD, University of New Brunswick
  • PDF, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Research interests

Dr. Duinker currently focuses his research efforts on urban forests.  He studies both the biophysical and socio-political dimensions of sustainable urban-forest management and policy.  Other major interests include environmental assessment and climate change.  Most of his research is conducted on ecosystems in Canada and Europe.

Selected publications

  • Quinton, J., J. Ostberg, and P.N. Duinker. 2020. The influence of cemetery governance on tree management in urban cemeteries: A case study of Halifax, Canada and Malmö, Sweden. Landscape and Urban Planning 194.
  • Quinton, J, P.N. Duinker, K.A. Gallant, J.W.N. Steenberg, and J. Charles. 2019. To tree or not to tree: user and management perspectives of cemetery trees. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 43: 126385.
  • Thompson, K., K. Sherren, and P.N. Duinker. 2019. The use of ecosystem services concepts in Canadian municipal plans. Ecosystem Services 38: online.
  • Steenberg, J.W.N., P.N. Duinker, and S.A. Nitoslawski. 2019. Ecosystem-based management revisited: updating the concepts for urban forests. Landscape and Urban Planning 186:24-35.
  • Quinton, J. and P.N. Duinker. 2019. Beyond burial: Researching and managing cemeteries as urban green spaces, with examples from Canada. Environmental Reviews 27(2):252-262. doi: 10.1139/er-2018-0060
  • Yeung, A.C.Y., A. Paltsev, A. Daigle, P.N. Duinker, and I.F. Creed. 2019. Atmospheric change as a driver of change in the Canadian boreal zone. Environmental Reviews 27(3):346-376. (doi: 10.1139/er-2018-0055)
  • Steenberg, J.W.N., P.N. Duinker, I.F. Creed, J.N. Serran, and C. Ouillet Dallaire. 2018. Alternative scenarios for the future of Canada’s boreal region. Environmental Reviews:27(2):185-199. (
  • Creed, I.F., P.N. Duinker, J.W.N. Steenberg, and J.N. Serran. 2018. Managing risks to Canada’s boreal zone: transdisciplinary thinking in pursuit of energy security. Environmental Reviews 27(3):407-418. (doi: 10.1139/er-2018-0070)
  • Ma, J., P.N. Duinker, and T.R. Walker. 2018. Scholar and practitioner views on science in environmental assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal 36(6):516-528. (doi: 10.1080/14615517.2018.1519978)
  • Keys, K., D. Burton, G. Price, and P.N. Duinker. 2018. Forest floor chemistry and mineral soil ion exposure after surface application of alkaline-treated biosolids under two white spruce (Picea glauca) plantations in Nova Scotia, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management 417:208-221.

Selected awards and honours

  • International Association for Impact Assessment 2015 Individual Award
  • Award for Planning Excellence Merit Award from the Canadian Institute of Planners for the HRM Urban Forest Master Plan (2014)

Service & Activity

  • Editorial Board Member, Forests (MDPI)
  • Member, Nova Scotia Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee