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Brian Pickles

Portrait of Brian Pickles
  • Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • QMEE CDT Tiger Team Lead
  • Co-supervision of Postgraduate Students at the University of British Columbia 

Areas of interest

Biodiversity; Dispersal and migration; Plant-fungal symbioses; Spatial ecology

  • Responses of mycorrhizal symbioses to global change processes
  • Spatial and temporal dynamics of ecosystem biodiversity
  • Modelling changes in species and ecosystem distributions
  • Host-symbiont interactions and nutrient dynamics in forest ecosystems
  • Integrating soil ecology and ecological theory into forest management practices



  • BI2ERD5 Reptiles and Dinosaurs
  • Palaeoecology Research Field Course


  • BI3EW8 Conservation Biology
  • BI2MBC Marine Biology and Conservation
  • BI1BEA2 Current Topics in Zoology and Ecology

Research centres and groups

Member of the Impact, Enterprise and Outreach

  • Invited Speaker at WOMADelaide Plant Talks series in Australia, March 2019

Research projects

Visit Pickles Lab for details of my research

Awards and honours

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

Professional bodies/affiliations

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
  • Prof Jack Williams, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
  • Lisa O'Donnell, City of Austin Water, USA
  • Dr Philip Bell, University of New England, Australia
  • Dr Caleb Brown, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Canada