Ph.D. Geography, University of Victoria, 2016.
M.Sc. Geography, University of Regina, 2007.
B.Sc. Geography, University of Victoria, 2004.
Research Interests / Specializations:
Forest health, disturbance and recovery, insect outbreaks, forest management / Forestry, ecology, forest entomology, dendrochronology and wood anatomy
My research is broadly focused on forest-insect dynamics across temporal and spatial scales. I am interested in the interaction between insect disturbances, climate and vegetation management; insect outbreaks and ecosystem recovery; and management strategies that maintain and/or enhance resilience. By employing inter-disciplinary applied research drawing from the fields of forestry, entomology, forest ecology, dendrochronology, and wood anatomy my goal is to underscore the forest conditions that need to be maintained in order for existing ecosystems to persist over long time frames, and adapt in the face of uncertainty.
Axelson, J., Bast, A., Alfaro, R., Smith, D., Gärtner, H. 2014. Variation in wood anatomical structure of Douglas-fir defoliated by the western spruce budworm: A case study in the coastal-transitional zone of British Columbia, Canada. Trees 28(6): 1837-1846. doi:10.1007/s00468-014-1091-1.
Axelson, J., Alfaro, R., Hawkes, B. 2010. Changes in stand structure in uneven- aged lodgepole pine stands impacted by mountain pine beetle epidemics and fires in central British Columbia. The Forestry Chronicle 86(1): 87-99.
Axelson J., Alfaro, R., Hawkes, B. 2009. Influence of fire and mountain pine beetle on the dynamics of lodgepole pine stands in British Columbia, Canada, Forest Ecology and Management 257(9): 1874-1882. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2009.01.047.
Axelson, J., Sauchyn, D., Barichivich, J. 2009. New reconstructions of streamflow variability in the South Saskatchewan River Basin from network of tree-ring chronologies, Alberta, Canada. Water Resources Research 45, W09422, doi:10.1029/2008WR007639.
Honors and Awards
Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Michael Smith Foreign Study Award. Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL, 2012
NSREC Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, 2010-2012
Group Leader, Dendroentomology, North American Dendroecological Fieldweek, July 21-30 2018, Northwest College, A.L. Mickelson Field Station, Wyoming.