College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research Area(s)

  • Forest Ecology
  • Dendrochronology
  • Climate science
  • Timeseries analysis and spatial statistics


Soil Science

Brief Biography

Bryan Mood is a forest ecologist and climate scientist whose research and teaching focuses on how climate is, and will continue to, impact renewable resources (e.g., rangelands and forests). He received his PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Victoria in 2019, was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Saskatchewan from 2019-2021, and part of Stantec’s national Climate Risk, Resilience, and Sustainability team from 2021-2023. Bryan grew up in southwestern Nova Scotia where he explored (and got lost in) forested wetlands nearly every day.

Research Interests

My research interests focus on two complementary areas: (1) climate-growth relationships of trees and (2) paleoclimate tree-ring reconstructions of hydrological and hydroclimate variability. My research in climate-growth relationships explores how and why severe weather events and disturbances impact plant physiology and carbon allocation. Paleoclimate tree-ring reconstructions leverage these climate-growth relationships to hindcast environmental records (e.g., snowpack, streamflow, and drought) to provide a better understanding of past variability in places where the temporal resolution of observed records (e.g., weather stations) is limited or sparse. Both research avenues provide direct, evidence-based support for resource management policies and planning as it relates to climate change impacts.


Ph.D. (Physical Geography) University of Victoria, 2019
M.Sc. (Physical Geography) University of Victoria, 2015
B.Sc. (Environmental Science, honors), Mount Allison University, 2013

Selected Recent Publications

Canning, C. M., Mood, B. J., Bonsal, B., Howat, B., & Laroque, C. P. (2023). Comparison of tree-growth drought legacies of three shelterbelt species in the Canadian prairies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology330, 109317.

Maillet, J., Nehemy, M. F., Mood, B., Pappas, C., Bonsal, B., & Laroque, C. (2022). A multi-scale dendroclimatological analysis of four common species in the southern Canadian boreal forest. Dendrochronologia72, 125936.

Mood, B. J., Bonsal, B., Howat, B., & Laroque, C. P. (2021). Multi-year white spruce drought legacies in southern Saskatchewan. Forest Ecology and Management491, 119144.

Mood, B. J., & Smith, D. J. (2021). A multi-century July-August streamflow reconstruction of Metro Vancouver's water supply contribution from the Capilano and Seymour watersheds in southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Canadian Water Resources Journal/Revue canadienne des ressources hydriques46(3), 121-138.

Mood, B.J., Coulthard, B., & Smith, D. J. (2020). Three hundred years of snowpack variability in southwestern British Columbia reconstructed from tree‐rings. Hydrological Processes34(25), 5123-5133.


RRM 301.9 – Field Course in Renewable Resource Management
RRM 323.2 – Resource Data and Environmental Modeling
RRM 421.6 – Group Project in Renewable Resource Management
PLSC 425.3 – Forest Ecology