Anne C.S. McIntosh, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
Office Location: C154
Mailing address:
4901 46 Ave
Augustana Campus, University of Alberta
Camrose AB T4V 2R3

About me:

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)
  • AuBio 323 - Plant Biology Lec/Lab (Fall 2016)
  • AuBio 253 Ecological Interactions Lec/Labs (Winter 2017)
  • In the 2015-16 academic year I taught:
  • AuSta 215 - Statistical Methods for the Natural Sciences (Fall 2015)
  • AuBio 355 - Ecological Dynamics (Fall 2015)
  • AuBIO 350/459 Costa Rica Field Studies in Tropical Ecology and Conservation (Fall 2015, Winter 2016)
  • AuBio 253 Ecological Interactions (Winter 2016)
  • In my first year at Augustana in 2014-15 I taught:
  • AuBio 222 Plant Diversity Lec/Lab (Fall 2014)
  • AuBio 110 Evolution of Biological Diversity Lec/Lab (Winter 2015).
  • Research:

    My research is focused on ecological recovery of forested and grassland ecosystems after both natural and anthropogenic disturbance agents including:
  • Recovery of soil and vegetation on grasslands and forested lands on certified reclaimed wellsites. For more information visit the Ecological Recovery Monitoring project website . You can also learn more in our video that highlights our project here: VIDEO
  • 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)
  • I am also a research collaborator on the NSERC CRD "Boreal Ecosystem Recovery and Assessment"
  • 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.
  • Publications:

  • 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 was a co-instructor of BIOL 332: Community Ecology at the University of Alberta for the Fall 2013 and Winter 2013 semesters.

    I was a sessional instructor of FOR 322: Forest Ecosystems at the University of Alberta in Fall 2011 and Fall 2012.

    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:

    Visit the Canopy Database Project website at: to learn more about what I did before my PhD.