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Peter Duinker

Professor (on sabbatical until 30 June 2017)

School for Resource and Environmental Studies

Email: peter.duinker@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-7100
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

  • Nitoslawski, S.A., and P.N. Duinker.  2016.  Managing tree diversity: a comparison of suburban development in two Canadian cities.  Forests 7: 119.  doi:10.3390/f7060119
  • Sinclair, A.J., M. Doelle, and P.N. Duinker.  2016.  Looking up, down, and sideways: reconceiving cumulative effects assessment as a mindset.  Environmental Impact Assessment Review: dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eiar.2016.04.007
  • Steenberg, J.W.N., A.A Millward, P.N. Duinker, D.J. Nowak, and P.J. Robinson.  2015.  Neighbourhood-level urban-forest ecosystem classification.  Journal of Environmental Management 163:134-145.
  • Duinker, P.N., C. Ordóñez, J.W.N. Steenberg, K.H. Miller, S.A. Toni, and S.A. Nitoslawski.  2015.  Trees in Canadian cities: indispensable life form for urban sustainability.  Sustainability 7:7379-7396.  doi:10.3390/su7067379
  • Toni, S.A. and P.N. Duinker.  2015.  A framework for urban-woodland naturalization in Canada.  Environmental Reviews 23(3):321-336.  dx.doi.org/10.1139/er-2015-0003

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

  • Associate Editor, Urban Forestry and Urban Greening
  • Member, Nova Scotia Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee