Publications – Heather Klassen

Position Title: Research Vegetation Ecologist

Contact: B.C. Government Directory

Heather works on vegetation ecology research and consultation for the West Coast and South Coast Regions. She works on BEC mapping and classification, training, and interpretation. 

Current research projects

  • Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification Development 
  • Climate Change Influence on Post Wildfire Successional Trajectories 
  • Comparative Phenology and Productivity Across Elevational and Latitudinal Landscape Gradients
  • Integrated CDF-CWHxm Climate Change Project
  • Coastal Old Growth Dynamics Project
  • BEC Based Prediction of Culturally-Important Plants for Implementation of EBM in the Great Bear Rainforest

Publications

Listed in order of publication date.

2015:

  • Klassen, H., S.C. Saunders, J.M. Kranabetter, A. MacKinnon, H. Griesbauer, and O. Fitzpatrick. 2015. Establishment of an interdisciplinary project to evaluate ecological implications of climate change in dry south coast forest ecosystems. Prov. B.C., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 086. www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Tr/Tr086.htm 
  • Klassen, H.A., P.J. Burton. 2015. Climatic characterization of forest zones across administrative boundaries improves conservation planning Applied Vegetation Science. 18: 343-356. DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12143 

2014:

  • Banner, A., W.H. MacKenzie, J. Pojar, A. MacKinnon, S.C. Saunders, and H. Klassen. 2014. A field guide to ecosystem classification and identification for Haida Gwaii. Prov. B.C., Victoria, B.C. Land Manag. Handb. 68. www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Lmh/Lmh68.htm.

2013:

  • Kranabetter, J.M., Saunders, S., MacKinnon, J.A., Klassen, H., and Spittlehouse, D.L. 2013. An assessment of contemporary and historic nitrogen availability in contrasting coastal Douglas-fir forests through δ15N of tree rings. Ecosystems 16: 111-122
  • Kranabetter, J.M., de Montigny, L., and Ross, G. 2013. Effectiveness of green-tree retention in the conservation of ectomycorrhizal fungi. Fungal Ecology 6: 430-438.

2012:

  • Klassen, H. 2012. Potential impacts of climate change in dry coastal ecosystems of British Columbia. MSc Thesis. UNBC.
  • Kranabetter, J.M., S.C. Saunders, A. MacKinnon, H.A. Klassen, and D.L. Spittlehouse. 2012. An assessment of contemporary and historic nitrogen availability in contrasting coastal Douglas-fir forests through δ15N of tree rings. Ecosystems 16: 111-122.