Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
Office Location: C154
4901 46 Ave
Augustana Campus, University of Alberta Camrose AB T4V 2R3
I am an Assistant Professor of Biology at the Augustana Campus of University of Alberta. I began working at Augustana in July 2014 and love working on a campus where we are
passionate about undergraduate teaching and learning. I am also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Renewable Resources and I am a participant in the Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) program sponsored by NSERC CREATE. I am on parental leave from July-November 2017.
My teaching interests include anything to do with plants, statistics, conservation biology, and all levels of ecology.
I supervise(d) directed reading and studies students related to plant community ecology, and riparian restoration and currently supervise one MSc student, and am currently on two MSc student committees.
In the 2017-18 academic year I will be on leave in Fall 2017 and in Winter 2018 I will teach:
AuBio 253 Ecological Interactions Lecture and 2 lab sections
In the 2016-17 academic year I taught:
AuSta 215 - Statistical Methods for the Natural Sciences (Fall 2016)
Recovery of lodgepole pine plant and microbial communities after mountain pine beetle attack
Response of lodgepole pine plant communities in areas around the world where lodgepole pine has been introduced
Ecological sustainability in rural landscapes - examining the role of forest, grassland, and wetland habitats in carbon sequestration/valuation and biodiversity conservation within Beaver County. (PI: Glynnis Hood, Co-PIs myself and Glen Hvenegaard)
My MSc student, Raiany Silva, is exploring restoration of wetland areas degraded by off-highway-vehicle use in Eagle Point Blue Rapids near Drayton Valley, AB.
Hird, J.N., Montaghi, A., McDermid, G.J., Kariyeva, J., Moorman, B., Nielsen, S.E., and McIntosh, A.C.S. 2017. Use of unmanned aerial vehicles for monitoring recovery of forest
vegetation on petroleum well sites. Remote Sensing. 9(5), 413 (Open Access). Link
Quideau, S.A., McIntosh, A.C.S., Norris, C.E., Lloret, E., Swallow, M.J.B., Hannam, K. 2016. Extraction and analysis of microbial phospholipid fatty acids in soils. Journal of Visualized Experiments.LINK
McIntosh, A.C.S., Macdonald, S.E., Quideau, S. 2016. Diverse understory plant communities are linked to fine-scale above- and below-ground heterogeneity within mature lodgepole pine forests. Plos ONE. Available HERE. Data are also available for download HERE.
Solymos, P., Morrison, S.F., Kariyeva, J. Schieck, J., Haughland, D.L., Azeria, E., Cobb, T., Hinchliffe, R., Kittson, J., McIntosh, A., Narwani, T., Pierossi, P., Roy, M., Sandybayev, T., Boutin, S., Bayne, E. 2015. Data and information management for the monitoring of biodiversity in Alberta. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 39(3):472-479. Available HERE
McIntosh, A.C.S., Macdonald, S.E. 2013. Short-term resistance of ecosystem properties and processes to simulated mountain pine beetle attack in a novel region. Ecosphere. 4(6): article 68. PDF
McIntosh, A.C.S., Macdonald, S.E., Quideau, S. 2013. Linkages between the forest floor microbial community and resource heterogeneity within mature lodgepole pine forests. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 63: 61-72. PDF
McIntosh, A.C.S., Macdonald, S.E. 2013. Potential for lodgepole pine regeneration after mountain pine beetle attack in newly invaded Alberta stands. Forest Ecology and Management. 295: 11-19. PDF
McIntosh, A.C.S., 2012. PhD Dissertation. Ecology of understory and below-ground communities in lodgepole pine forests under changing disturbance regimes. University of Alberta PDF
McIntosh, A.C.S., Macdonald, S.E., Gundale, M.J. 2012. Tree species versus regional controls on ecosystem properties and processes: an example using introduced Pinus contorta in Swedish boreal forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42: 1228-1238. PDF
McIntosh, A.C.S., Gray, A.N., Garman, S.L.. 2012. Estimating canopy cover from standard forest inventory measurements in western Oregon. Forest Science, 58(2): 154-167. PDF
McIntosh, A.C.S., Gray, A.N., Garman, S.L., 2009. Canopy structure on forest lands in western Oregon: differences among forest types and stand ages. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-794. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 35 p.PDF
Nadkarni, N.M., McIntosh, A.C.S., & Cushing, J.B.. 2008. A framework to categorize forest structure concepts. Forest Ecology and Management, 256: 872-882. PDF
McIntosh, A.C.S., Cushing, J.B., Nadkarni, N.M., & Zeman, L.. 2007. Database design for ecologists: composing core entities with observations. Ecological Informatics 2:224-236. PDF
Cushing, J.B., Nadkarni, N.M., Finch, M., Fiala, A.C.S., Murphy-Hill, E., Delcambre, L., and Maier, D. 2007. Component-based end-user database design for ecologists. Journal of Intelligent Information Systems. 29(1): 7-24. PDF
Fiala, A.C.S., Garman, S. L., & Gray, A.N. 2006. Comparison of five canopy cover estimation techniques in the western Oregon Cascades. Forest Ecology and Management. 232: 188-197.
Fiala, A.C.S. 2003. Master of Science Thesis. Forest canopy structure in western Oregon: characterization, methods for estimation, prediction, and importance to avian species. Oregon State University. 335 pp." PDF
Work Experience Before Augustana:
Prior to starting as an Assistant Professor I worked as an ecologist with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute in the Application Centre on the ERM project, which is establishing a program to evaluate ecological recovery of oil and gas well sites after they have been certified reclaimed.
I worked on a NSERC CGS and Izaak Walton Killam scholarship-funded PhD in the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta with Dr. Ellen Macdonald. My thesis was titled "Ecology of understory and below-ground communities in lodgepole pine forests under changing disturbance regimes." Download a PDF.
I spent three months in Fall/Winter 2010/2011 in Umea, Sweden comparing below-ground properties and processes between Swedish and Canadian forest species after I received a Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement Scholarship. You can read more about my experiences by checking out my blog: http://www.canadianneinsweden.blogspot.com.