Alison Munson

Professor,
Université Laval

Sciences du bois et de la forêt
E-mail: alison.munson@sbf.ulaval.ca
Institution page




Education

  • Postdoctorate Université Laval Ecophys/Silviculture 1991
  • PhD University of Toronto Forest Soils/Ecology 1989
  • BSc. University of Guelph, Resource Management 1981


Research

Carbon stabilization in forest soils, Ecology and eco-physiology, Disturbance ecology (fire and cut) in black spruce and climate changes, Ecology and eco-physiology of pine and regeneration by silvicultural treatments, Ecological restauration, Spatial ecology, Payments for ecosystem services.

QCBS students

Previous students (since 2009)

Anthony Kerebel

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2013, End: 2015)
Modelling ecosystem services for regional landscapes

Vincent Poirier

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2011, End: 2016)
Relevance of root functionnal traits to the mechanisms of soil organic matter stabilization

Manuella Strukelj

Postdoctoral fellow
(Start: 2016, End: 2018)
Effects of tree species richness and water stress on microbial communities and soil carbon and nitrogen pools in temperate plantations
Link to thesis (pdf)
Personal page

Juliette Boiffin

Ph.D.
(Start: 2009, End: 2013)
Carbon storage in vegetation and soils after fire

Miren de Lorente Oritz

Ph.D.
(Start: 2002, End: 2011)
Disturbance ecology of black spruce forests

François Hébert

Ph.D.
(Start: 2005, End: 2010)
Comparative ecophysiology of three ericads

Diatta Marone

Ph.D.
(Start: 2010, End: 2015)
Functional traits of agroforestry species and soil carbon

Jason Laflamme

M.Sc.
(Start: 2010, End: 2013)
Restoration targets for the hardwood forest of Québec

Émilie Maillard

M.Sc.
(Start: 2006, End: 2009)
Quantity and quality of cabon in plantation forest soils

Eduard Mauri-Ortuno

M.Sc.
(Start: 2008, End: 2010)
Restoration of white pine in the context of TRIAD zoning

Sylvain Pelletier-Berge

M.Sc.
(Start: 2010, End: 2012)
Impact of salvaging on soil carbon on burned sites

Antonious Petro

M.Sc.
(Start: 2019, End: 2021)
Other QCBS (co-)supervisor: Vincent Poirier
Effet des mélanges vivaces alternatifs au gazon sur les qualités physico-chimiques et biologiques du sol urbain.

Maud Touchette

M.Sc.
(Start: 2009, End: 2011)
Support capacity of non-regenerated forest sites

Examples of species studied

Picea mariana
Kalmia angustifolia
Pinus strobus
Betula pendula
Eucalyptus


Publications

79- Fine-root traits in the global spectrum of plant form and function
Journal Article
Carmona C P , Bueno C G , Toussaint A , Träger S , Díaz S , Moora M , Munson A D , Pärtel M , Zobel M , Tamme R ,
2021 Nature (Date Added: 2021-10-20)

78- Erratum: Functional diversity: An epistemic roadmap (BioScience DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biz089)
Journal Erratum
Malaterre C , Dussault A C , Mermans E , Barker G , Beisner B E , Bouchard F , Desjardins E , Handa I T , Kembel S W , Lajoie G , Maris V , Munson A D , Odenbaugh J , Poisot T , Shapiro B J , Suttle C A ,
2021 BioScience (Date Added: 2021-10-17)

76- Repeated thinning treatments reduce long-term soil carbon and nitrogen storage: An 87-year study at the petawawa research forest, Canada
Journal Article
Dávila Reátegui H , Poirier V , Coyea M R , Munson A D ,
2021 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2021-03-15)

75- Tree species richness and water availability interact to affect soil microbial processes
Journal Article
Strukelj M , Parker W , Corcket E , Augusto L , Khlifa R , Jactel H , Munson A D ,
2021 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Date Added: 2021-03-03)

74- Understory species identity rather than species richness influences fine root decomposition in a temperate plantation
Journal Article
Khlifa R , Angers D A , Munson A D ,
2020 Forests (Date Added: 2020-10-30)

73- Managing data locally to answer questions globally: The role of collaborative science in ecology
Journal Article
Aubin I , Cardou F , Boisvert‐Marsh L , Garnier E , Strukelj M , Munson A D ,
2020 Journal of Vegetation Science (Date Added: 2020-04-22)

71- Functional Diversity: An Epistemic Roadmap
Journal Article
Malaterre, C, Dussault, AC, Rousseau-Mermans, S, Barker, G, Beisner, BE, Bouchard, F, Desjardins, E, Handa, IT, Kembel, SW, Lajoie, G, Maris, V, Munson, AD, Odenbaugh, J, Poisot, T, Shapiro, BJ, Suttle, CA
2019 BioScience (Date Added: 2019-10-25)

70- Quantifying the influence of eucalyptus bark and corncob biochars on the physico-chemical properties of a tropical oxisol under two soil tillage modes
Journal Article
Djousse Kanouo B M , Allaire S E , Munson A D ,
2019 International Journal of Recycling of Organic Waste in Agriculture (Date Added: 2019-08-15)

69- Geographic scale and disturbance influence intraspecific trait variability in leaves and roots of North American understorey plants
Journal Article
Kumordzi B B , Aubin I , Cardou F , Shipley B , Violle C , Johnstone J , Anand M , Arsenault A , Bell F W , Bergeron Y , Boulangeat I , Brousseau M , De Grandpré L , Delagrange S , Fenton N J , Gravel D , Macdonald S E , Hamel B , Higelin M , Hébert F , Isabel N , Mallik A , McIntosh A C , McLaren J R , Messier C , Morris D , Thiffault N , Tremblay J , Munson A D ,
2019 Functional Ecology (Date Added: 2019-08-04)

68- Evergreenness influences fine root growth more than tree diversity in a common garden experiment
Journal Article
Archambault C , Paquette A , Messier C , Khlifa R , Munson A D , Handa I T ,
2019 Oecologia (Date Added: 2019-03-23)

67- Landscape aesthetic modelling using Bayesian networks: Conceptual framework and participatory indicator weighting
Journal Article
Kerebel A , Gélinas N , Déry S , Voigt B , Munson A ,
2019 Landscape and Urban Planning (Date Added: 2019-03-23)

66- The relative weight of ontogeny, topology and climate in the architectural development of three North American conifers
Journal Article
Buissart F , Vennetier M , Delagrange S , Girard F , Caraglio Y , Sabatier S , Munson A D , Nicolini E ,
2018 AoB PLANTS (Date Added: 2018-11-08)

65- The root of the matter: Linking root traits and soil organic matter stabilization processes
Journal Article
Poirier, V, Roumet, C, Munson, AD
2018 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Date Added: 2018-03-10)

64- Species and root traits impact macroaggregation in the rhizospheric soil of a Mediterranean common garden experiment
Journal Article
Poirier, V, Roumet, C, Angers, DA, Munson, AD
2018 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2017-10-01)

63- Do temperate tree species diversity and identity influence soil microbial community function and composition?
Journal Article
Khlifa R , Paquette A , Messier C , Reich P B , Munson A D ,
2017 Ecology and Evolution (Date Added: 2017-10-17)

62- Quality of Biochars Made from Eucalyptus Tree Bark and Corncob Using a Pilot-Scale Retort Kiln
Journal Article
Djousse Kanouo B M , Allaire S E , Munson A D ,
2017 Waste and Biomass Valorization (Date Added: 2017-03-22)

61- Carbon storage in agroforestry systems in the semi-arid zone of Niayes, Senegal
Journal Article
Marone, D, Poirier, V, Coyea, M, Olivier, A, Munson, AD
2017 Agroforestry Systems (Date Added: 2016-06-13)

60- Anthropogenic disturbances create a new vegetation toposequence in the Gatineau River Valley, Quebec
Journal Article
Laflamme J , Munson A , Grondin P , Arseneault D ,
2016 Forests (Date Added: 2017-02-16)

59- Traits to stay, traits to move: a review of functional traits to assess sensitivity and adaptive capacity of temperate and boreal trees to climate change
Journal Article
Aubin, I, Munson, AD, Cardou, F, Burton, PJ, Isabel, N, Pedlar, JH, Paquette, A, Taylor, AR, Delagrange, S, Kebli, H, Messier, C, Shipley, B, Valladares, F, Kattge, J, Boisvert-Marsh, L, McKenney, D
2016 Environmental Reviews (Date Added: 2016-06-13)

58- Silvicultural treatments and subsequent vegetation impact long-term mineral soil biogeochemistry in mixedwood plantations
Journal Article
Poirier, V, Coyea, MR, Angers, DA, Munson, AD
2016 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2016-03-28)

57- Total and pyrogenic carbon stocks in black spruce forest floors from eastern Canada
Journal Article
Soucémarianadin, LN, Quideau, SA, MacKenzie, MD, Munson, AD, Boiffin, J, Bernard, GM, Wasylishen, RE
2015 Organic Geochemistry (Date Added: 2017-07-31)

56- Partial harvesting in boreal mixedwoods: A case for planned heterogeneity in industrial silvicultural prescriptions
Journal Article
Guay-Picard, A, Auty, D, Munson, AD, Achim, A
2015 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2015-10-13)

55- A systematic literature review of the supply chain operations reference (SCOR) model application with special attention to environmental issues
Journal Article
Ntabe, EN, LeBel, L, Munson, AD, Santa-Eulalia, LA
2015 International Journal of Production Economics (Date Added: 2015-10-13)

54- Early-season fires in boreal black spruce forests produce pyrogenic carbon with low intrinsic recalcitrance
Journal Article
Soucémarianadin, LN, Quideau, SA, Soucémarianadin, LN, Munson, AD
2015 Ecology (Date Added: 2015-06-30)

53- Ecological controls on post-fire vegetation assembly at multiple spatial scales in eastern North American boreal forests
Journal Article
Boiffin, J, Aubin, I, Munson, AD
2015 Journal of Vegetation Science (Date Added: 2015-02-26)

52- Comparing large containerized and bareroot conifer stock on sites of contrasting vegetation composition in a non-herbicide scenario
Journal Article
Thiffault, N, Jobidon, R, Munson, AD
2014 New Forests (Date Added: 2014-07-17)

51- Three large fire years threaten resilience of closed crown black spruce forests in eastern Canada
Journal Article
Boiffin, J, Munson, AD
2013 Ecosphere (Date Added: 2016-07-05)

50- Managing Understory Vegetation for Maintaining Productivity in Black Spruce Forests: A Synthesis within a Multi-Scale Research Model
Journal Article
Thiffault, N, Fenton, N, Munson, A, Hébert, F, Fournier, R, Valeria, O, Bradley, R, Bergeron, Y, Grondin, P, Paré, D, Joanisse, G
2013 Forests (Date Added: 2013-08-12)

49- Physico-chemical and functional characteristics of soil charcoal produced at five different temperatures
Journal Article
Bergeron, SP, Bradley, RL, Munson, A, Parsons, W
2013 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Date Added: 2013-01-09)

48- Wildfire and forest harvest disturbances in the boreal forest leave different long-lasting spatial signatures
Journal Article
Lorente, M, Parsons, WFJ, McIntire, EJB, Munson, AD
2013 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2012-07-05)

47- Soil and plant legacies associated with harvest trails in boreal black spruce forests
Journal Article
Lorente, M, Parsons, WFJ, Bradley, RL, Munson, AD
2012 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-05-21)

46- Spectral analysis discerns pattern and feedback in natural? and anthropogenic?disturbed boreal black spruce forests
Journal Article
Lorente, M, Parsons, WFJ, Périé, C, Munson, AD
2012 Oikos (Date Added: 2012-04-25)

45- Does Trait Plasticity of Three Boreal Nutrient-Conserving Species Relate to their Competitive Ability?
Journal Article
Hébert, F, Thiffault, N, Munson, AD
2011 Ecoscience (Date Added: 2012-09-19)

44- Common challenges for ecological modelling: Synthesis of facilitated discussions held at the symposia organized for the 2009 conference of the International Society for Ecological Modelling in Quebec City, Canada, (October 6–9, 2009)
Journal Article
Larocque, GR, Mailly, D, Yue, T-X, Anand, M, Peng, C, Kazanci, C, Etterson, M, Goethals, P, Jørgensen, SE, Schramski, JR, McIntire, EJB, Marceau, DJ, Chen, B, Chen, GQ, Yang, ZF, Novotna, B, Luckai, N, Bhatti, JS, Liu, J, Munson, A, Gordon, AM, II, JCA
2011 Ecological Modelling (Date Added: 2012-09-19)

43- Field photosynthesis measurements on black spruce (Picea mariana): Does needle age matter?
Journal Article
Hébert, F, Thiffault, N, Munson, AD
2011 Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

42- Comparative physiological responses of rhododendron groenlandicum and regenerating Picea mariana following partial canopy removal in northeastern Quebec, Canada
Journal Article
Hébert, F, Thiffault, N, Ruel, J-C, Munson, AD
2010 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

41- Ericaceous shrubs affect black spruce physiology independently from inherent site fertility
Journal Article
Hébert, F, Thiffault, N, Ruel, J-C, Munson, AD
2010 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

40- Soil carbon stocks and carbon stability in a twenty-year-old temperate plantation
Journal Article
Maillard, , Paré, D, Munson, AD
2010 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

39-Fertiliser addition is important for tree growth on cut-over peatlands in eastern Canada
Journal Article
Caisse, G, Boudreau, S, Munson, A, Rochefort, L
2008 Mires and Peat ( Date Added: 2012-03-13)

38- Chemical composition of forest floor and consequences for nutrient availability after wildfire and harvesting in the boreal forest
Journal Article
Thiffault, E, Hannam, KD, Quideau, SA, Paré, D, Bélanger, N, Oh, S-W, Munson, AD
2008 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

37- Investigating the soil acid-base status in managed boreal forests using the SAFE model
Journal Article
Thiffault, E, Bélanger, N, Paré, D, Hendershot, WH, Munson, A
2007 Ecological Modelling (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

36- Growth and physiological response of eastern white pine seedlings to partial cutting and site preparation
Journal Article
Boucher, J-F, Bernier, PY, Margolis, HA, Munson, AD
2007 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

35- Soil enzyme inhibition by condensed litter tannins may drive ecosystem structure and processes: The case of Kalmia angustifolia
Journal Article
Joanisse, GD, Bradley, RL, Preston, CM, Munson, AD
2007 New Phytologist (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

34- How do forest harvesting methods compare with wildfire? A case study of soil chemistry and tree nutrition in the boreal forest
Journal Article
Thiffault, E, Bélanger, N, Paré, D, Munson, AD
2007 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

33- Use of spectral analysis to detect changes in spatial variability of forest floor properties
Journal Article
Périé, C, Munson, AD, Caron, J
2006 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

32- Canadian Journal of Forest Research: Preface
Journal Article
Kneeshaw, D, Munson, A, Burton, P
2006 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

31- Optimum nutrient concentrations and CND scores of mature white spruce determined using a boundary-line approach and spatial variation of tree growth and nutrition
Journal Article
Quesnel, P-O, Co?te?, B, Fyles, JW, Munson, AD
2006 Journal of Plant Nutrition (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

30- Spatial patterns of soil microclimate, light, regeneration, and growth within silvicultural gaps of mixed tolerant hardwood - White pine stands
Journal Article
Raymond, P, Munson, AD, Ruel, J-C, Coates, KD
2006 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

29- Harvesting intensity at clear-felling in the boreal forest: Impact on soil and foliar nutrient status
Journal Article
Thiffault, E, Paré, D, Bélanger, N, Munson, A, Marquis, F
2006 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

28- Response of fine roots to fertilized ingrowth cores in burned and harvested black spruce ecosystems
Journal Article
Smith, CK, Coyea, MR, Munson, AD
2005 Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

27- Silvicultural options to promote seedling establishment on Kalmia-Vaccinium-dominated sites
Journal Article
Thiffault, N, Titus, BD, Munson, AD
2005 Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

25- Comparing height growth and biomass production of black spruce trees in logged and burned stands
Journal Article
Ruel, J-C, Horvath, R, Ung, CH, Munson, A
2004 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

24- Black spruce seedlings in a Kalmia-Vaccinium association: Microsite manipulation to explore interactions in the field
Journal Article
Thiffault, N, Titus, BD, Munson, AD
2004 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

23- The influence of partial harvesting and forest floor disturbance on nutrient availability and understory vegetation in boreal mixedwoods
Journal Article
Frey, BR, Lieffers, VJ, Munson, AD, Blenis, PV
2003 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

22- Group and single-tree selection cutting in mixed tolerant hardwood-white pine stands: Early establishment dynamics of white pine and associated species
Journal Article
Raymond, P, Munson, AD, Ruel, J-C, Nolet, P
2003 Forestry Chronicle (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

21- Performance and physiology of large containerized and bare-root spruce seedlings in relation to scarification and competition in Québec (Canada)
Journal Article
Thiffault, N, Jobidon, R, Munson, AD
2003 Annals of Forest Science (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

20- Mechanisms of interaction between Kalmia angustifolia cover and Picea mariana seedlings
Journal Article
Wallstedt, A, Coughlan, A, Munson, AD, Nilsson, M-C, Margolis, HA
2002 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

19- Bridging boundaries among disciplines and institutions for effective implementation of criteria and indicators
Journal Article
Yamasaki, SH, Kneeshaw, DD, Munson, AD, Dorion, F
2002 Forestry Chronicle (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

18- Radiation and soil temperature interactions on the growth and physiology of eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) seedlings
Journal Article
Boucher, J-F, Bernier, PY, Munson, AD
2001 Plant and Soil (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

17- The inhibition of ammonium uptake in excised birch (Betula pendula) roots by batatasin-III
Journal Article
Wallstedt, A, Sommarin, M, Nilsson, M-C, Munson, AD, Margolis, HA
2001 Physiologia Plantarum (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

16- Ten-year responses of soil quality and conifer growth to silvicultural treatments
Journal Article
Perie, C, Munson, AD
2000 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

15- Soil carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus stocks and dynamics under disturbed black spruce forests
Journal Article
Smith, CK, Coyea, MR, Munson, AD
2000 Ecological Applications (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

14- Impact of precommercial thinning in balsam fir stands on soil nitrogen dynamics, microbial biomass, decomposition, and foliar nutrition
Journal Article
Thibodeau, L, Raymond, P, Camiré, C, Munson, AD
2000 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

13- Washing procedure for mixed-bed ion exchange resin decontamination for in situ nutrient adsorption
Journal Article
Thiffault, N, Jobidon, R, De Blois, C, Munson, AD
2000 Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

12- Leaf level response of planted eastern white pine (Pinus strobus L.) seven years after intensive silvicultural treatments
Journal Article
Boucher, J-F, Wetzel, S, Munson, AD
1998 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

11- Nitrogen and phosphorus release from humus and mineral soil under black spruce forests in Central Quebec
Journal Article
Smith, CK, Munson, AD, Coyea, MR
1998 Soil Biology and Biochemistry (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

10- Foliar absorption of dew influences shoot water potential and root growth in Pinus strobus seedlings
Journal Article
Boucher, JF, Munson, AD, Bernier, PY
1995 Tree Physiology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

9- Seasonal nutrient dynamics in white pine and white spruce in response to environmental manipulation
Journal Article
Munson, AD, Margolis, HA, Brand, DG
1995 Tree Physiology (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

8- Soil nitrogen dynamics and nutrition of pine following silvicultural treatments in boreal and Great Lakes - St. Lawrrence plantations
Journal Article
Munson, AD, Timmer, VR
1995 Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

7- Intensive silvicultural treatment: impacts on soil fertility and planted conifer response
Journal Article
Munson, AD, Margolis, HA, Brand, DG
1993 Soil Science Society of America Journal (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

6- Comparing natural and planted black spruce seedlings. II.Nutrient uptake and efficiency of use
Journal Article
Munson, AD, Bernier, PY
1993 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

5- Soil microbial community response to silvicultural intervention in coniferous plantation ecosystems
Journal Article
Ohtonen, R, Munson, A, Brand, D
1992 Ecological Applications (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

4- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt. V. Humus nitrogen availability
Journal Article
Munson, AD, Timmer, VR
1991 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

3- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt. IV. Nitrogen loading response
Journal Article
Timmer, VR, Munson, AD
1991 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

2- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt. III. Biomass and nutrient allocation
Journal Article
Munson, AD, Timmer, VR
1990 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-03-07)

1- Site-specific growth and nutrition of planted Picea mariana in the Ontario Clay Belt.: I. Early performance
Journal Article
Munson, AD, Timmer, VR
1989 Canadian Journal of Forest Research (Date Added: 2012-09-19)