Publications – Nick Ukrainetz

Position Title: Research Scientist, Tree Breeder

Contact: B.C. Government Directory

Nicholas is particularly interested in breeding for resistance to forest pathogens while maintaining gain in volume achieved through the breeding program. He also participates in the climate based seed transfer scientific working group.

Current research projects

  • Genomic selection in lodgepole pine for growth, wood quality and form traits
  • Screening for resistance in western white pine against white pine blister rust
  • Selecting lodgepole pine trees resistant to western gall rust, comandra blister rust and dothistroma
  • Support the screening of whitebark pine seedlings for resistance to white pine blister rust


Listed in order of publication date.


  • Ukrainetz, N.K., Yanchuk, A.D., and S.D. Mansfield. 2018. Climate drivers of genotype-environment interactions in lodgepole pine based on multi-environment trail data and a factor analytic model of additive covariance. Canadian Journal of Forest Research. 48: 835-854.


  • O'Neill, G., T. Wang, N. Ukrainetz, L. Charleson, L. McAuley, A. Yanchuk, and S. Zedel. 2017. A proposed climate-based seed transfer system for British Columbia. Prov. B.C., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 099. [Link]


  • O'Neill, G., V. Berger, M. Carlson, and N. Ukrainetz. 2011. Assisted Migration Adaptation Trial (AMAT). B.C. Min. For., Lands and Nat. Resourc. Ops., Tree Improve. Br., Assisted Migration Bulletin 01, Vernon, BC. 
  • Ukrainetz, N.K., G.A. O'Neill, and B. Jaquish. 2011. Comparison of fixed and focal point seed transfer systems for reforestation and assisted migration: a case study for interior spruce in British Columbia. Can. J. For. Res. 41(7):1452-1464. [Link]


  • Ukrainetz, N.K. and G.A. O'Neill. 2010. An analysis of sensitivities contributing measurement error to Resistograph values. Can. J. For. Res. 40(4):806-811. [Link]


  • Stoehr, M.U., N.K. Ukrainetz, L.K. Hayton, and A.D. Yanchuk. 2009. Current and future trends in juvenile wood density for coastal Douglas-fir. Can. J. For. Res. 39(7):1415-1419. [Link]
  • Ukrainetz, N.K. and G.A. O'Neill. 2009. Adapting to adaptation: assisted migration addresses climate change. B.C. Forest Professional 16:16-17. [PDF 336KB]


  • O'Neill, G., M. Carlson, V. Berger, and N. Ukrainetz. 2008. Assisted Migration Adaptation Trial. TICtalk 9(1):3-4. [TICtalk 2008 1192KB]
  • O'Neill, G.A. and N.K. Ukrainetz. 2008. Climate-based seed transfer. tree seed bulletin 47. Fredericton, NB. Canadian Tree Improvement Association, Tree Seed Working Group. pp. 8-11. 
  • O'Neill, G.A., N.K. Ukrainetz, M.R. Carlson, C.V. Cartwright, B.C. Jaquish, J.N. King, J. Krakowski, J.H. Russell, M.U. Stoehr, C-Y. Xie, and A.D. Yanchuk. 2008. Assisted migration to address climate change in British Columbia: recommendations for interim seed transfer standards. B.C. Min. For. Range, Res. Br., Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 048. [Link]
  • Ukrainetz, N.K., K. Ritland, and S.D. Mansfield. 2008. An AFLP linkage map for Douglas-fir based upon multiple full-sib families. Tree Genetics Genomes 4(2):181-191. [Link]
  • Ukrainetz, N.K., K. Ritland, and S.D. Mansfield. 2008. Identification of quantitative trait loci for wood quality and growth across eight full-sib coastal Douglas-fir families. Tree Genetics Genomes 4(2):159-170. [Link]
  • Yanchuk, A.D., N. Ukrainetz, and K.F. Wallin. 2008. Genetic variation of attack and resistance in lodgepole pine to mountain pine beetle. In: Mountain Pine Beetle: From Lessons Learned to Community-based Solutions Conference Proceedings, June 10-11, 2008. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management 9(3):148. 
  • Ukrainetz, N.K., K-Y. Kang, S.N. Aitken, M.U. Stoehr, and S.D. Mansfield. 2008. Heritability and phenotypic and genetic correlations of coastal Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) wood quality traits. Can. J. For. Res. 38(6):1536-1546. [Link]


  • Carlson, M., V. Berger, and N. Ukrainetz. 2007. Paper birch makes the team. TICtalk 8(1):7-8. 
  • Robinson, A.R., N.K. Ukrainetz, K-Y. Kang, and S.D. Mansfield. 2007. Metabolite profiling of Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) field trials reveals strong environmental and weak genetic variation. New Phytol. 174(4):762-773. [Link]