Kevin A. Solarik

Doctorat
Forest Ecosystems Under Climate Change: Are They Possible To Manage?
Université du Québec à Montréal
Department of Biological Science
141, av. du Président-Kennedy
Montréal, Québec, Canada
H2X 3Y7

Directeur: Christian Messier
Codirecteur: Dominique Gravel


Associated Links

Forest Complexity Modelling 
EMEND Project 
Webpage: http://www.kevinsolarik.com 

Formation

Ph.D Biology - Université du Québec à Montréal (2012 - Present)
M.Sc Forest Biology and Management - University of Alberta (2010) Director: Victor J.Lieffers  Co-Director: Jan Volney 
B.Sc Specialization Environmental Science - Concordia University (2008)

Brief Project Overview

The mean projected warming proposed by the IPCC (2007) at the end of this century is approximately 3.5°C. Using the current tools to predict the impact of climate change on forest ecosystems is limited and lacks an important basis of ecological knowledge. Novel tools are needed to appropriately scale the climate change impacts from individual trees to the landscape scale and to incorporate the uncertainty associated with the rapidly changing climate. It is thus imperative to develop a new onslaught of models which consider these various ecosystem interactions in a rapidly changing environment. Transition zones: where two or more zones merge and create unique environments, are likely to be the first to experience the greatest initial changes and are the primary focus of this project. A zone of particular interest to Canadians is the temperate-boreal forest transition zone of Eastern North America. This zone corresponding to the sugar maple/yellow birch and the balsam fir/yellow birch bioclimatic domains. The proposed research is particularly urgent for this biome since we expect the greatest impacts of climate change to occur in such forests, which are among the most productive and provide diversified forest products.

The general objective of this Ph.D project is to develop a suite of forest dynamic models for natural resources managers to better understand how current land-use practices and climate change will affect the diversity, productivity and resilience of these forest ecosystems. It is crucial to conduct a wide breath of research to help facilitate these forecasted changes in climate and better prepare for the potential impacts corresponding to such changes.

Please visit my website for more information concerning my research: Webpage: http://www.kevinsolarik.com 

Publications

Book Chapters
  • Solarik, K.A .,Spence, J.R. (In Press). The Experiment. In J Spence et al The EMEND Experiment: Guidance from a decade for boreal forestry of the future.
  • Solarik, K.A., Spence, J.R., Volney, W.J. (In Press). Growth of the forest before and after application of variable retention harvest. In J Spence et al The EMEND Experiment: Guidance from a decade for boreal forestry of the future.
  • Solarik, K.A., Lieffers, V.J., Spence, J.R., Sidders, D. & Volney, W.J. (In Press). Silvicultural implications of green-tree retention harvests in the boreal forest. In J Spence et al, The EMEND Experiment: Guidance from a decade for boreal forestry of the future.
Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • Solarik, K.A., Spence, J.R., Langor, D.W., Archibald, T., Bergeron, C., Volney, J.W.A. Prescribed Fires: Lessons Learned from EMEND. (In Prep).
  • Solarik, K.A.,Gravel, D., Ouimet, R., Bergeron, Y., Messier, C. Local adaptation of trees at the range margins slows range shifts in the face of climate change.(In Prep).
  • Ameztegui,A., Solarik, K.A., Gravel, D., Houle, D., Messier, C., and Parkins, J.R. Previous experiences and political views drive perceptions on climate change impacts in the Canadian forest sector. (Submitted).
  • Solarik, K.A., Gravel, D., Ameztegui, A., Bergeron, Y., Messier, C. (2016).Assessing tree germination resilience to global warming: A manipulative experiment using sugar maple (Acer saccharum). Seed Science Research. Available on CJO 2016 doi:10.1017/S0960258516000040 PDF 
  • Talluto, M.V., Boulangeat, I., Ameztegui, A., Aubin, I., Berteaux, D., Butlet, A., Cyr, D., Doyon, F., Drever, R., Fortin.M-A., Francescini, T., Lienard, J., McKenney, D., Solarik, K.A., Strigul, N., Thuiller, W., Gravel, D. (2015). Cross-scale integration of data and knowledge for predicting species ranges. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 25:2: 238-249.PDF 
  • Solarik, K.A. (2015). Modelling Climate Change Impact on Tree Regeneration and Future Migration. BC Forest Professional. 22:4.18-19. PDF 
  • Solarik, K.A., Lieffers, V.J., Volney, W.J. (2012). The interaction between retention harvests and natural regeneration. EMEND Insights #1. 6p. PDF 
  • Solarik, K.A., Volney, W.J., Lieffers, V.J., Spence, J.R, Hamann, A. (2012). Factors affecting white spruce and aspen survival after partial harvest. Journal of Applied Ecology. 49(1): 145-154.|PDF 
  • Solarik, K.A., Lieffers, V.J., Volney, W.J., Pelletier, R., Spence, J.R. (2010). Seed tree density, variable retention and stand composition influence recruitment of white spruce in the boreal mixedwood forests. Can. J. For. Res. 40(9): 1821–1832.PDF 
Reports
  • McCavour, M.J., McNair, S., Tittler, R., Gervais, D., Solarik, K.A., Greene, D.F., Messier, C. 2011. The effect of forest harvest residue removal on biodiversity in northwest Ontario with special reference to the hardwood component. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. 109p.
Master's Thesis
  • Solarik, K.A. (2010). Variable Retention Harvesting: Mortality of Residual Trees and Natural Regeneration of White Spruce. Masters Thesis, University of Alberta. 110pg.PDF 

Notable Presentations

  • Solarik, K.A., Messier, C., Gravel, D., Ouimet, R., Bergeron, Y. 2016. Local adaptation of trees at the range margins slows range shifts in the face of climate change. Oral Presentation. May 2nd. Colloque Annuel Du Centre D’Étude De La Forêt. Montréal, Québec.
  • Solarik, K.A.2016. Climate change and Our Forests: A Canadian Perspective. Dawson College Environmental Science Seminar. February 25th, 2016. Montréal, Québec.
  • Solarik, K.A.2016. L’envahissement de la forêt boréale par l`érable à sucre suite au changement climatique: mythe ou réalité. Oral presentation. February 18th, 2016. Initiative TRIADE. La Tuque, Québec.
  • Solarik, K.A., Gravel, D., Ameztegui, A., Bergeron, Y., Messier, C. (2015). Assessing tree germination resilience to global warming: A manipulative experiment using sugar maple (Acer saccharum). Oral presentation. October 30th, 2015. Québec Centre for Biodiversity Science Symposium. Montréal, Québec.
  • Solarik, K.A., Messier, C., Bergeron, Y., Gravel, D. (2015). Limited Migration: Will Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) tap out to climate change. Oral Presentation. June 14th-18th, 2015. North American Forest Ecology Workshop (NAFEW). Veracruz, Mexico.
  • Solarik, K.A. 2015. Germination: A better understanding. Oral Presentation. May 26th, 2015. Forest Complexity Modelling Workshop. St-Hippolyte, Québec.
  • Solarik, K.A., Gravel, D., Ameztegui, A., Bergeron, Y., Messier, C. 2015. Acer saccharum germination rates are influenced by temperature Oral Presentation. April 30th – May 1st. Colloque Annuel Du Centre D’Étude De La Forêt. Rimouski, Québec.
  • Solarik, K.A. 2014. Limited Migration: Will Sugar Maple Tap Out to Climate Change? Centre for Forest Research (CEF). Poster Presentation. April 29th-30th. Montreal, Quebec.
  • Solarik, K.A. 2014. Limited Migration: Will Sugar Maple Tap Out to Climate Change? Université du Québec à Montreal. Oral Presentation, April 12th, 2014 Montreal, Quebec.
  • Solarik, K.A. 2014. Limited Migration: Will Sugar Maple Tap Out to Climate Change? Le centre de semences forestières de Berthierville. Oral Presentation, July 10th, 2013. Berthierville, Quebec.
  • Solarik, K.A. 2011. EMEND: A Silviculture Perspective. Oral Presentation. Foothills Research Insitute  AGM. October 3, 2011. Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Solarik, K.A., Volney, W.J., Lieffers, V.J., Spence, J.R., Hamann, A. 2010. Mortality of residual trees 10 years after variable retention harvest in the boreal forest: results from EMEND. Oral Presentation. August 9-13. PRIFOR2010. Sundsvall, Sweden.
  • Solarik, K.A., Lieffers, V.J., Volney, W.J., Pelletier, R., Spence, J..R. 2010. Seed tree density, variable retention and stand composition influence recruitment of white spruce in the boreal mixedwood forests. Oral Presentation. April 15-16. Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
  • Solarik, K.A., Lieffers, V.J., Volney, W.J., Pelletier, R. 2010. Natural Regeneration of White Spruce 10 years after variable retention in boreal mixedwood forests of different composition. CONFORWEST 2010. Oral presentation. January 21-23. Harrison Springs, British Columbia.
  • Solarik, K.A. 2009. Tree survival and establishment in the 10 years after the variable-retention harvests at the EMEND experiment. Poster presentation. SFMN Conference. April 20-23. Gatineau, Quebec.

Scholarships & Awards

Training & Safety Courses Completed

  • Canadian Safety Council – ATV Training Course. 2011.
  • Chainsaw Safety Training – Level 3 – Intermediate. 2011.
  • St.John Ambulance – Standard First Aid – Level C CPR/AED. 2011
  • Canadian Pleasure Craft Operator. 2010.
  • Canadian Safety Council - Green Driving Course. 2008.
  • WHMIS Safety Training. 2008.
  • Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course. 2007.
  • Canadian Long Arms Safety Course. 2001.

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