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Colin Laroque PhD, PAg Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability

Professor, Soil Science, College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Room 5C10, Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Past and future climates in Canada
  • Dendrology and dendrochronology
  • Dendroarchaeology
  • Dendrochemical investigations

Academic Credentials

  • Ph.D., University of Victoria
  • M.Sc., University of Victoria
  • B.Sc., University of Saskatchewan

Research Profile

My research interests focus on past and future climates in Canada, especially on how they relate to dynamic ecosystem and geomorpholgical processes.  My specialization is dendrochronology (tree-ring analysis) and I use dendrochronological techniques to gain an understanding about past climates, past glacier activity and extent, past ecosystem dynamics, and even past human activities through dendroarchaeological and dendrochemical investigations.

In 2014 I moved the MAD Lab to the University of Saskatchewan (MAD Lab).  I urge you to visit the MAD Lab website to see what we are curently up to.  I am also the webmaster for the CanDendro group. Please  feel free to check out the website to see links to dendrochronological sites in Canada, the Canadian bibliographic database, or simply to find links to dendrochronologists in Canada.


News and Media

Selected Publications

Maillet, J., Laroque, L., and Bonsal, B.  2017.  A dendroclimatological assessment of shelterbelt trees in a moisture limited environment.  Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 237-238: 30-38.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.02.003

Amichev, B.Y., Bentham, M.J., Kulshreshtha, S.N., Laroque, C.P., Piwowar, J.M., and Van Rees, K.C.J.  2016.  Carbon sequestration and growth of six common tree and shrub shelterbelts in Saskatchewan, Canada.  Canadian Journal of Soil Science, 97(3): 368-381  https://doi.org/10.1139/cjss-2016-0107 

Amichev, B.Y., Bentham, M.J., Kurz, Y.A., Laroque, C.P., Kulshreshtha, S., Piwowar, J.M., and Van Rees, K.C.J.  2016.  Carbon sequestration by white spruce shelterbelts in Saskatchewan, Canada: 3PG and CBM-CFS3 model simulations.  Ecological Modelling, 325: 35-46. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.01.003

Danek, M., Bell, T., and Laroque, C.P.  2015.  Some considerations in the reconstruction of lead levels using laser ablation: lessons from the design stage of dendrochemistry study, St. John's, Canada.  Geochronometria, 42(1): 217-231.   https://doi.org/10.1515/geochr-2015-0024

Kershaw, G.G.L., Castleden, H., and Laroque, C.P.  2014.  An argument for ethical physical geography research on Indigenous landscapes in Canada.  The Canadian Geographer, 58(4): 393-399.  https://doi.org/10.1111/cag.12092

Davis, E.L.,  Laroque, C.P., and Van Rees, K.  2013.  Evaluating the suitability of nine shlterbelt species for dendrochronoligcal purposes in the Canadian Prairies.  Agroforestry Systems, 87(3): 713-727.  https://doi.org/10.1007/s10457-012-9591-8

Anderson,  F., Brunt, J., Cameron, R., Caverhill, B., Clapp, D., Clapp, H., Coulthard, B., Hart, S., Helmer, L., Hubley, S., Hurlburt, D., Imlay, T., Jameson, R., Kidd, P., Laroque, C.P., Marotte, R., Marshall, K., Mitchell, S.C., Neily, T., Nickerson, K., O'Neill, N., Phillips, B., Pross, C., Proulx, G., Reardon, C., Todd, J., and Towers, J.  2012.  Bioblitz of the Lake Rossignal Wilderness Area.  Proceedings of the Nova Scotian Instutute of Science, 47: 33-57.

Kershaw, G.G.L. and  Laroque, C.P.  2012.  The dendroclimatological potential of White Birch (Betula papyrifera) in Labrador, Canada.  The Northeastern Geographer, 4: 28-38.

Hart, S.J. and  Laroque, C.P.  2012.  Searching for thresholds in climate-radial growth relationships of Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir, Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada.  Dendrochronologia, 31(1): 9-15.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dendro.2012.04.005

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 401 - Sustainability in Action