Publications – Erica Lilles

Position Title: Research Generalist

Contact: B.C. Government Directory

Erica works in silviculture, soil, ecology and climate change research in the Skeena Region and is responsible for the region’s long term research installations.

Current research projects

  • Date Creek Research Forest: Long-term responses of timber and non-timber values to different silviculture treatments
  • Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification for ecosystems in the northwest Skeena Region
  • Drivers of damage in B.C.’s managed lodgepole pine stands
  • Forest stand dynamics research and modelling with SORTIE-ND


Listed in order of publication date.



  • Bartemucci, P., E. Lilles, and Y. Gauslaa. 2022. Silvicultural strategies for lichen conservation: Smaller gaps and shorter distances to edges promote recolonization. Ecosphere.

2012 - 2018


  • Lilles, E., Phil LePage, John Marty Kranabetter, 2018: Managing cedar-hemlock-salal scrub forests on the north coast of British Columbia. Report number: North Area Extension Note 57, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.
  • Erica Lilles, Amalesh Dhar, K. David Coates, Sybille Haeussler: Retention level affects dynamics of understory plant community recovery in northern temperate hemlock-cedar forests. Forest Ecology and Management 01/2018; DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.12.033


  • Karen Price, Erica B. Lilles, Allen Banner: Long-term recovery of epiphytic communities in the Great Bear Rainforest of coastal British Columbia. Forest Ecology and Management 05/2017; 391:296-308., DOI:10.1016/j.foreco.2017.02.023
  • Kranabetter, J.M., Dube, S, and Lilles E.B. 2017. An investigation into the contrasting growth response of lodgepole pine and white spruce to harvest-related soil disturbance. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 47: 340-348.
  • Lilles, E., Rasmus Astrup, Marie-Lou Lefrançois, K. David Coates: Sapling leaf trait responses to light, tree height and soil nutrients for three conifer species of contrasting shade tolerance. Tree Physiology 11/2014; 34(12)., DOI:10.1093/treephys/tpu092


  • Lilles, E.B. and Coates, K.D. 2014. An Evaluation of the Main Factors Affecting Yield Differences between Single- and Mixed-species Stands.  J. Ecosys. Manage. 14:1–14.
  • Coates, K. David, Erica B. Lilles, Rasmus Astrup: Competitive interactions across a soil fertility gradient in a multispecies forest. Journal of Ecology 05/2013; 101(3):806–818., DOI:10.1111/1365-2745.12072


  • Lilles, E.B., and Astrup, R. 2012. Multiple resource limitation and ontogeny combined: a growth rate comparison of three co-occurring conifers. Can. J. For. Res. 42: 99–110.”