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Dr Brian Pickles

Dr Brian Pickles
Job Title:
Lecturer in Ecology
Brian Pickles



  • Co-supervision of Postgraduate Students at the University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest

Assisted migration; Plant-fungal symbioses; Spatial ecology

  • Exploring the responses of mycorrhizal symbioses to global change impacts
  • Spatial and temporal dynamics in host-symbiont communities and populations
  • Forecasting changes in species and ecosystem distributions
  • Examining host-symbiont interactions and nutrient dynamics in forest ecosystems
  • Integrating soil ecology and ecological theory into forest management practices

Member of the Ecology Research Group

Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • Importance of edaphic factors, especially mutualistic soil biota, to the regeneration success of planted conifers
  • Development of seed transfer functions based on soils in addition to climate
  • Research on 'Skill-based Optimised Aiming in Darts' featured in UK newspapers, TV interviews and popular science show for the Discovery Channel

Esteem Factors

  • Awarded a Royal Society Research Grant to study "The diversity and identity of plant-fungal interactions in British woodlands: ectomycorrhizal symbioses of native British trees"
    (2017-2018; £15k)
  • Co-I on EPSRC grant: "InfruTreeCity: Understanding Infrared radiative performance of urban trees for better future cities" (2017-2020)
  • Co-I on NSERC SPG: "Designing successful forest renewal strategies for our changing climate"
    (2016-2019; CAD $950K)
  • Affiliate Professor in the Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences at the University of British Columbia
  • Reviewer for 20 different ISI journals

International Collaborators

  • Dr Dirk Brinkman, Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd., Canada
  • Prof Keith Egger, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
  • Dr Dominique Gravel, Université de Sherbrooke, Canada
  • Dr Miranda Hart, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof John Klironomos, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof Les Lavkulic, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dr Hugues Massicotte, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof Rolf Mathewes, Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Dr Gregory O'Neill, BC Ministry of Forests, Land and Natural Resource Operations, Canada
  • Dr Alejandro Ordonez, University of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Dr Jason Pither, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Prof Suzanne Simard, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Dr Matthew Whiteside, VU University, Netherlands
  • Prof Jack Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Research groups / Centres


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Pre 2003

Bicknell AB (2002) Identification of a receptor for N-POMC peptides Endo Res 28 309-314.

Bicknell AB and Lowry PJ (2002) Adrenal growth is controlled by expression of specific proopiomelanocortin serine protease in the outer adrenal cortex. Endo Res 28 589-595.

Omer S, Lomthaisong K and Bicknell AB (2002) Identification of two alternate splice variants of a novel serine protease expressed in steroidogenic tissues Endo Res 28 339-348.

Neville SE, Baigent SM, Bicknell AB, Lowry PJ and Gladwell RT (2002) Hox gene expression in adult tissues with particular reference to the adrenal gland. Endo Res 28 669-673.

Bicknell AB (2002) Identification of the protease that cleaves pro-gamma-MSH: the dawning of a new era in adrenal physiology. J Endocrinology 172 405-410.

Bicknell AB, Lomthaisong K, Woods RJ, Hutchinson EG, Bennett HPJ, Gladwell RT, and Lowry PJ (2001) Characterization of a serine protease that cleaves pro-g-melanotropin at the adrenal to stimulate growth. Cell 105 903-912

Bicknell AB, Lomthaisong K, Gladwell RT, and Lowry PJ (2000) Agouti related protein expression in the adrenal cortex. implications for novel autocrine mechanisms modulating the actions of pro-opiomelanocortin peptides. J Neuroend 12 977-982.

Bicknell AB and Lowry PJ (2000) Pro-opiomelanocortin (POMC). In: Fink, G ed. Encyclopedia of Stress San Diego:Academic Press pp 257-265.

Bicknell AB, Savva D and Lowry PJ (1996) POMC and adrenal function. Endo Res 22 385-393.

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