David F. Greene

Écologie forestière

Université Concordia
Départment of Geography, Planning and Environment
S-H 1255 11
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. W.
Montreal (Québec), Canada, H3G 1M8

(514) 848-2424 Poste 2063

  • Ph.D. en biologie, écologie végétale, 1990 (University of Calgary). Directeur : Dr. E.A. Johnson.
  • M.Sc. en géographie physique et biogéographie, 1983 (University of Calgary). Directeur : Dr. S.A. Harris.
  • B.Sc. en géographie physique, 1981 (University of California-Berkeley).

Dr. Greene started working at Concordia in 1988. A forest ecologist, he studies seed production, seed abscission and dispersal, and germination, as well as broader issues in forestry and disturbance ecology. He is funded by NSERC and the Sustainable Forest Management Network, and is adjunct with Biology. He is probably best known for his micrometeorological models of wind-dispensed seeds that have been used extensively in forestry to ensure regeneration after logging.


Dr. Greene research focused on reproductive biology -- pollen and seed production, abscission, and dispersal; germination and seedbeds -- as well as disturbance (especially fire and ice storms). He has ongoing projects in the boreal forest of Quebec and Alberta, treeline at Inuvik, the southern Canadian Rockies, and the state of Jalisco in Mexico.

Present Research Projects

  • Abscission of seeds and pollen.
  • Regional climate and the mass seeding of white spruce.
  • Modelling white spruce recruitment in small clearcuts.
  • The effect of post-fire salvage on tree recruitment
  • Determining whether trees in dry tropical forests have annual rings
  • Remote sensing of ovulate cone crops during mast years

You can download all my bibliography in the BibTeX, BibTeX-CSV or EndNote format


Book chapters

  1. Greene, D.F., Michaletz, S.T. (2015) The role of fire in forest ecosystems. In Routledge handbook of forest ecology. (Peh, K.S.-H., Corlett, R.T. and Bergeron, Y., Eds.) Taylor and Francis, pages 114-126
  2. Hayden, B., Greene, D.F. (2008) The ecology of tropical dry forests. In International Commission on Tropical Biology and Natural Resources. (K. Del Claro, P. S. Oliveira,V. Rico-Gray, A. A. Almeida Barbosa, A. Bonet, F. Rubio Scarano, F. J. Morales Garzon, G. Carrion Villarnovo, L. Coelho, M. V. Sampaio, M., Quesada, M. R.Morris, N. Ramirez, O. Marcal Junior, R. H. Ferraz Macedo, R. J., Marquis, R. Parentoni Martins, S. C. Rodrigues, U. Luttge, Eds.) UNESCO, EOLSS
  3. Greene, D.F., Jones, K.F., Proulx, O.J. (2007) The Effect of Icing Events on the Death and Regeneration of North American Trees. (Chap. 6) In Plant Disturbance Ecology: The Process and the Response. (Johnson, E.A. and Miyanishi, K., Eds.) Academic Press, pages 181-213
  4. Johnson, E.A., Morin, H., Miyanishi, K., Gagnon, R., Greene, D.F. (2003) A process approach to understanding disturbance and forest dynamics for sustainable forestry. (Chap. 8) In Towards Sustainable Management of the Boreal Forest. (Burton, P.J., Messier, C., Smith, D.W. and Adamowicz, W.L., Eds.) NRC Research Press, pages 261-306

Edited books, special journal editions and proceedings

Peer-reviewed articles

  1. Splawinski, T.B., Boucher, Y., Bouchard, M., Greene, D.F., Gauthier, S., Auger, I., Sirois, L., Valeria, O., Bergeron, Y. (2022) Factors influencing black spruce reproductive potential in the northern boreal forest of Quebec. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 52(12):1499-1512
  2. Splawinski, T.B., Greene, D.F., Michaletz, S.T., Gauthier, S., Houle, D., Bergeron, Y. (2019) Position of cones within cone clusters determines seed survival in black spruce during wildfire. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 49(2):121-127
  3. Splawinski, T.B., Drobyshev, I., Gauthier, S., Bergeron, Y., Greene, D.F., Thiffault, N. (2017) Precommercial Thinning of Picea mariana and Pinus banksiana: Impact of Treatment Timing and Competitors on Growth Response. Forest Science, 63(1):62-70
  4. Nock, C.A., Lecigne, B., Taugourdeau, O., Greene, D.F., Dauzat, J., Delagrange, S., Messier, C. (2016) Linking ice accretion and crown structure: towards a model of the effect of freezing rain on tree canopies. Annals of Botany, 117(7):1163-1173
  5. Splawinski, T.B., Gauthier, S., Bergeron, Y., Greene, D.F., Valeria, O. (2016) A landscape-level tool for assessing natural regeneration density of Picea mariana and Pinus banksiana following fire and salvage logging. Forest Ecology and Management, 373:189-202
  6. Van Bogaert, R., Gauthier, S., Drobyshev, I., Jayen, K., Greene, D.F., Bergeron, Y. (2015) Prolonged Absence of Disturbance Associated with Increased Environmental Stress May Lead to Reduced Seedbank Size in Picea mariana in Boreal Eastern North America. Ecosystems, 18(7):1135-1150
  7. Splawinski, T.B., Greene, D.F., Gauthier, S., Bergeron, Y. (2015) A stand-level tool for predicting the natural regeneration density of black spruce and jack pine following fire and salvage. Forestry Chronicle, 91(4):360-366
  8. Timerman, D., Greene, D.F., Ackerman, J.D., Kevan, P.G., Nardone, E. (2014) Pollen aggregation in relation to pollination vector. International Journal of Plant Sciences, 175(6):681-687
  9. Splawinski, T.B., Greene, D.F., Gauthier, S. (2014) A model of the post-fire recruitment of Picea mariana and Pinus banksiana as a function of salvage timing and intensity. Ecological Modelling, 282:35-43
  10. Boucher, D., Gauthier, S., Noel, J., Greene, D.F., Bergeron, Y. (2014) Salvage logging affects early post-fire tree composition in Canadian boreal forest. Forest Ecology and Management, 325:118 - 127
  11. Pounden, E., Greene, D.F., Michaletz, S.T. (2014) Non-serotinous woody plants behave as aerial seed bank species when a late-summer wildfire coincides with a mast year. Ecology and Evolution, 4(19):3830-3840
  12. Timerman, D., Greene, D.F., Urzay, J., Ackerman, J.D. (2014) Turbulence-induced resonance vibrations cause pollen release in wind-pollinated Plantago lanceolata L. (Plantaginaceae). Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11(101)
  13. Splawinski, T.B., Gauthier, S., Bergeron, Y., Greene, D.F. (2014) The impact of early precommercial thinning of dense jack pine (Pinus banksiana Lamb.) stands on the mortality of thinned stems. Forestry Chronicle, 90(03):371-377
  14. Pazos, G.E., Greene, D.F., Katul, G., Bertiller, M.B., Soons, M.B. (2013) Seed dispersal by wind: Towards a conceptual framework of seed abscission and its contribution to long-distance dispersal. Journal of Ecology, 101(4):889-904
  15. Nock, C.A., Greene, D.F., Delagrange, S., Follett, M., Fournier, R.A., Messier, C. (2013) In Situ Quantification of Experimental Ice Accretion on Tree Crowns Using Terrestrial Laser Scanning. PLOS ONE, 8(5):e64865
  16. Greene, D.F., Splawinski, T.B., Gauthier, S., Bergeron, Y. (2013) Seed abscission schedules and the timing of post-fire salvage of Picea mariana and Pinus banksiana. Forest Ecology and Management, 303:20 - 24
  17. Gervais, D., Greene, D.F., Work, T.T. (2012) Causes of variation in wood-boring beetle damage in fire-killed black spruce (Picea mariana) forests in the central boreal forest of Quebec. Ecoscience, 19(4):398-403
  18. Robert, E., Brais, S., Harvey, B.D., Greene, D.F. (2012) Seedling establishment and survival on decaying logs in boreal mixedwood stands following a mast year. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 42(8):1446-1455
  19. Sanchez, J.M.C., Greene, D.F., Quesada, M. (2011) A field test of inverse modeling of seed dispersal. American Journal of Botany, 98(4):698-703
  20. Greene, D.F., Quesada, M. (2011) The differential effect of updrafts, downdrafts and horizontal winds on the seed abscission of Tragopogon dubius. Functional Ecology, 25(3):468-472
  21. Greene, D.F., Hesketh, M., Pounden, E. (2010) Emergence of morel (Morchella) and pixie cup (geopyxis carbonaria) ascocarps in response to the intensity of forest floor combustion during a wildfire. Mycologia, 102(4):766-773
  22. Splawinski, T.B., Greene, D.F., Gauthier, S., Bergeron, Y. (2010) Does the post-fire organic layer compress beneath the snowpack? International Journal of Wildland Fire, 19(5):673-676
  23. Hayden, B., Greene, D.F., Quesada, M. (2010) A field experiment to determine the effect of dry-season precipitation on annual ring formation and leaf phenology in a seasonally dry tropical forest. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 26(2):237-242
  24. Cumming, S.G., Trindade, M., Greene, D.F., MacDonald, E.S. (2009) Canopy and emergent white spruce in "pure" broadleaf stands: Frequency, predictive models, and ecological importance. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39(10):1997-2004
  25. Hesketh, M., Greene, D.F., Pounden, E. (2009) Early establishment of conifer recruits in the northern Rocky Mountains as a function of postfire duff depth. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39(11):2059-2064
  26. Saint-Germain, M., Greene, D.F. (2009) Salvage logging in the boreal and cordilleran forests of Canada: Integrating industrial and ecological concerns in management plans. Forestry Chronicle, 85(1):120-134
  27. Greene, D.F., Quesada, M., Calogeropoulos, C. (2008) Dispersal of seeds by the tropical sea breeze. Ecology, 89(1):118-125
  28. Pounden, E., Greene, D.F., Quesada, M., Sanchez, J.M.C. (2008) The effect of collisions with vegetation elements on the dispersal of winged and plumed seeds. Journal of Ecology, 96(4):591-598
  29. Greene, D.F., Macdonald, S.E., Haeussler, S., Domenicano, S., Noel, J., Jayen, K., Charron, I., Gauthier, S., Hunt, S., Gielau, E.T. et al. (2007) The reduction of organic-layer depth by wildfire in the North American boreal forest and its effect on tree recruitment by seed. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 37(6):1012-1023
  30. Greene, D.F., Gauthier, S., Noel, J., Rousseau, M., Bergeron, Y. (2006) A field experiment to determine the effect of post-fire salvage on seedbeds and tree regeneration. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 4(2):69-74
  31. Greene, D.F., Macdonald, S.E., Cumming, S.G., Swift, L. (2005) Seedbed variation from the interior through the edge of a large wildfire in Alberta. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 35(7):1640-1647
  32. Greene, D.F. (2005) The role of abscission in long-distance seed dispersal by the wind. Ecology, 86(11):3105-3110
  33. Greene, D.F., Quesada, M. (2005) Seed size, dispersal, and aerodynamic constraints within the Bombacaceae. American Journal of Botany, 92(6):998-1005
  34. Pennanen, J., Greene, D.F., Fortin, M.-J., Messier, C. (2004) Spatially explicit simulation of long-term boreal forest landscape dynamics: Incorporating quantitative stand attributes. Ecological Modelling, 180(1):195-209
  35. Brais, S., Harvey, B.D., Bergeron, Y., Messier, C., Greene, D.F., Belleau, A., Pare, D. (2004) Testing forest ecosystem management in boreal mixedwoods of northwestern Quebec: Initial response of aspen stands to different levels of harvesting. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34(2):431-446
  36. Greene, D.F., Canham, C.D., Coates, K.D., Lepage, P.T. (2004) Erratum: An evaluation of alternative dispersal functions for trees. Journal of Ecology, 92(6):1124
  37. Greene, D.F., Canham, C.D., Coates, K.D., Lepage, P.T. (2004) An evaluation of alternative dispersal functions for trees. Journal of Ecology, 92(5):758-766
  38. Greene, D.F., Noel, J., Bergeron, Y., Rousseau, M., Gauthier, S. (2004) Recruitment of Picea mariana, Pinus banksiana, and Populus tremuloides across a burn severity gradient following wildfire in the southern boreal forest of Quebec. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34(9):1845-1857
  39. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (2004) Modelling the temporal variation in the seed production of North American trees. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34(1):65-75
  40. Calogeropoulos, C., Greene, D.F., Messier, C., Brais, S. (2004) The effects of harvest intensity and seedbed type on germination and cumulative survivorship of white spruce and balsam fir in northwestern Quebec. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 34(7):1467-1476
  41. Calogeropoulos, C., Greene, D.F., Messier, C., Brais, S. (2003) Refining tree recruitment models. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 33(1):41-46
  42. Greene, D.F., Kneeshaw, D.D., Messier, C., Lieffers, V., Cormier, D., Doucet, R., Coates, K.D., Groot, A., Grover, G., Calogeropoulos, C. (2002) Modelling silvicultural alternatives for conifer regeneration in boreal mixedwood stands (aspen/white spruce/balsam fir). Forestry Chronicle, 78(2):281-295
  43. Greene, D.F., Messier, C., Asselin, H., Fortin, M.-J. (2002) The effect of light availability and basal area on cone production in Abies balsamea and Picea glauca. Canadian Journal of Botany, 80(4):370-377
  44. Charron, I., Greene, D.F. (2002) Post-wildfire seedbeds and tree establishment in the southern mixedwood boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 32(9):1607-1615
  45. Proulx, O.J., Greene, D.F. (2001) The relationship between ice thickness and northern hardwood tree damage during ice storms. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 31(10):1758-1767
  46. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (2000) Tree recruitment from burn edges. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 30(8):1264-1274
  47. Greene, D.F. (2000) Sexual recruitment of trees in strip cuts in eastern Canada. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 30(8):1256-1263
  48. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1999) Modelling recruitment of Populus tremuloides, Pinus banksiana, and Picea mariana following fire in the mixedwood boreal forest. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 29(4):462-473
  49. Greene, D.F., Zasada, J.C., Sirois, L., Kneeshaw, D.D., Morin, H., Charron, I., Simard, M.J. (1999) A review of the regeneration dynamics of North American boreal forest tree species. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 29(6):824-839
  50. Messier, C., Zasada, J., Greene, D.F. (1999) Preamble to the three review papers presented following the workshop on Functional aspects of regeneration of the boreal forest in the context of sustainable forest management. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 29:791-795
  51. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1998) Seed mass and early survivorship of tree species in upland clearings and shelterwoods. Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 28(9):1307-1316
  52. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1997) Secondary dispersal of tree seeds on snow. Journal of Ecology, 85(3):329-340
  53. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1996) Wind dispersal of seeds from a forest into a clearing. Ecology, 77(2):595-609
  54. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1995) Long-distance wind dispersal of tree seeds. Canadian Journal of Botany, 73(7):1036-1045
  55. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1994) Estimating the mean annual seed production of trees. Ecology, 75(3):642-647
  56. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1993) Seed mass and dispersal capacity in wind-dispersed diaspores. Oikos, 67(1):69-74
  57. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1992) Can the variation in samara mass and terminal velocity on an individual plant affect the distribution of dispersal distances? American Naturalist, 139(4):825-838
  58. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1992) Fruit abscission in Acer saccharinum with reference to seed dispersal. Canadian Journal of Botany, 70(11):2277-2283
  59. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1990) The aerodynamics of plumed seeds. Functional Ecology, 4(1):117-125
  60. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1989) Particulate Diffusion-Models and the Dispersal of Seeds by the Wind. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 4(7):191-192
  61. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1989) A model of wind disperal of winged or plumed seeds. Ecology, 70(2):339-347
  62. Greene, D.F., Johnson, E.A. (1986) Dispersal capacity and seed production in anemochorous plants. Oecologia, 68(4):629-631

Articles published in proceedings

Scientific reports, manuals and others

  1. Greene, D.F., Crisfield, V. (2006) Final report on tree regeneration on seismic lines in the uplands and Delta near Inuvik. Technical report, Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board, Inuvik, NWT.
  2. Greene, D.F., Kneeshaw, D.D., Messier, C., Lieffers, V., Grover, G. (2000) Deriving alternative silvicultural techniques from knoweldge of the ecology of tree regeneration. Technical report, SFMN

Theses, dissertations and essays

  1. Greene, D.F. (1990) The aerodynamics and dispersal of winged and plumed seeds. PhD thesis, Department of Biology, University of Calgary
  2. Greene, D.F. (1983) Fire, permafrost and the regeneration of white spruce at treeline near Inuvik, Northwest Territories. Master's thesis, Department: Geography, University of Calgary

Supervised theses, dissertations and essays

  1. Splawinski, T.B. (2015) Dynamique de la régénération de l'épinette noire et du pin gris après feu, coupe de récupération, et éclaircie précommerciale. PhD thesis, Université du Québec à Montréal
  2. Rive, A.C. (2010) Enhancing natural regeneration of white spruce (Picea glauca) via synchronization of a mast year with site manipulations in Abitibi, Quebec. Master's thesis, Concordia University
  3. Hayden, B. (2008) Annual growth rings in dry tropical forest trees. Master's thesis, Concordia University
  4. Hesketh, M.S. (2007) Evaluation of mass seed crops in Picea engelmanni and Picea glauca using vegetation indices derived from Landsat Thematic Mapper data. Master's thesis, Concordia University
  5. Calogeropoulos, C. (2005) Refining, testing and evaluating spatially-explicit models for wind dispersed plants. PhD thesis, Concordia University
  6. Swift, L. (2005) Calibrating SORTIE's Recrutiment Subroutine for Southeastern Quebec: Verifying the Consistency of Parameters. Master's thesis, Concordia University
  7. Trindade, M. (2004) Pollen Dispersal at Arctic Treeline. Master's thesis, Concordia University
  8. Proulx, O. (1999) Species, Stand, and Regional Response to Froest Damage in Southwestern Quebec Following the 1998 Ice Storm. Master's thesis, Concordia University

Non peer-reviewed articles

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