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

  • Keys, K., D. Burton, G. Price, and P.N. Duinker. 2020. Ion fluxes in two forest soils amended with lime, fly ash, and alkaline-treated biosolids under controlled conditions. Canadian Journal of Forest Research: accepted. doi: 10.1139/cjfr-2020-0114
  • 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.
  • 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

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)
  • Royal Galipeau Award of Distinction, Tree Canada (2020)

Service & Activity

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