Peter Duinker

Professor Emeritus (Retired)

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
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  • 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

  • Sorensen, J.K., P.N. Duinker, M. Zurba, and M. Smit. 2021. Testing a novel human-nature connection model with Halifax’s urban forest using a text-messaging engagement strategy. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 65:127350.
  • Aryal, B, J.W.N. Steenberg, and P.N. Duinker. 2021. The effects of residential street tree spacing and crown interactions on crown dimensions and canopy cover. Arboriculture and Urban Forestry 47(5):183-195.
  • Thompson, K., P.N. Duinker, and K. Sherren. 2021. Ecosystem services: A new framework for old ideas, or advancing environmental decision-making? Learning from Canadian forerunners to the ES concept. Canadian Geographer 65(3):306-320. doi: 10.1111/cag.12670
  • Keys, K., D.L. Burton, G.W. Price, and P.N. Duinker. 2021. Ion availabilities in two forest soils amended with alkaline-treated biosolids, agricultural lime, and wood fly ash over a 10-week period. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 51:41-48. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2020-0114
  • Dietz, S., S. Arnold, and 44 contributing authors (including P.N. Duinker). 2021. Atlantic Provinces. Regional Perspectives Report Chapter 01 in: Canada in a Changing Climate: Regional Perspectives Report (F.J. Warren, N. Lulham, and D.S. Lemmen, editors). Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON.
  • Duinker, P.N. and L.A. Greig. 2021. Scenario planning in cumulative effects assessment. Chapter 06 in Handbook of Cumulative Impact Assessment (J.A.E. Blakley and D.M. Franks, editors), pp. 92-105. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK.
  • Ordóñez, C., J.W.N. Steenberg, and P.N. Duinker. 2021. Vulnerability of urban nature to climate change: an overview of impacts and assessment approaches, with examples from urban forests. Chapter 16 of “Routledge Handbook of Urban Ecology”, Second Edition. Editors: Ian Douglas, Pippin Anderson, David Goode, Mike Houck, David Maddox, Harini Nagendra, and Tan Puay Yok. Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon.
  • Doll, S.M. and P.N. Duinker. 2020. Characterization and justification of trees on an inner-city golf course in Halifax, Canada: an investigation into the ecological integrity of institutional greenspace.  Forests 11(1): 96. doi:10.3390/f11010096
  • Quinton, J., J. Ostberg, and P.N. Duinker. 2020. The importance of multi-scale temporal and spatial management for cemetery trees in Malmö, Sweden. Forests 11: 78. doi:10.3390f11010078
  • van der Marel, R.C., P.C. Holroyd, and P.N. Duinker. 2020. Managing motorized route-user networks in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes: Applying density limits to the Livingstone-Porcupine Hills public lands. Global Ecology and Conservation 22:e00901.
  • Quinton, J, P.N. Duinker, J.W.N. Steenberg, and J. Charles. 2020. The living among the dead: cemeteries as urban forests, now and in the future. Urban Forestry and Urban Greening: 48.
  • 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.

Selected awards and honours

  • International Association for Impact Assessment 2015 Individual Award
  • Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction, Tree Canada (2020)

Service & Activity

  • Member, Nova Scotia Forest Biodiversity Science Advisory Committee