Dr. Changhui Peng

(Director of ECO-MCS Lab)





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ECO MCS lab has a new Dr in the person of Dr. Epule Terence Epule. He defended his PhD thesis on Friday May 2, 2014 at the Institute of Environmental Science (PK 3210) UQAM. Dr. Epule’s thesis is titled:

Deforestation in Cameroon causes and effects on cereal yields, population vulnerability and response through reforestation and other policies.

Dr. Epule is author of over 13 peer review papers and two books. He is moving over to Université de Montreal as a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the department of geography under the supervision of Prof. Bryant Christopher Robin. Congratulations Dr. Epule!


A new study titled: ‘Policy options towards deforestation reduction in Cameroon: an analysis based on a systematic approach’ has been realized by ECO-MCS Lab at UQAM. The study that is supervised by Professors Changhui Peng, Laurent Lepage and Zhi Chen has been published in ‘Land Use Policy’ and will serve as the final chapter of the PhD thesis of Terence Epule Epule. In this study, the authors (Epule et al., (2014), argued that the most efficient methods of curbing deforestation in a country should be based on the specific drivers and agents that are responsible for deforestation in the first place. Using a systematic approach, the study further holds that targeting population growth and sustainable intensification of arable farming through the use of organic fertilizers and basic subsidized machinery will reduce the need to clear up more forests in favour of agriculture. The study also holds that the financial shocks from declines in income due to reduced deforestation could be better handled if Cameroon adheres to REDD+. For a final version of the paper click here.


The Ecological Modelling and Carbon Science lab at University of Quebec in Montreal is pleased to announce that Mr. Terence Epule Epule has been granted the 2013 merit-based Doctoral Award from the Canadian Federal funding agency called the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada. It is worth noting that Mr. Epule’s research is at the interface of forestry, agriculture and climate change and it combines methods used in both the social and the natural sciences. Epule is lead author of more than seven peer review papers including Regional Environmental Change.


For a third time Mr. Terence Epule Epule has won the merit based scholarship from the Fondation J.A De Seve under the auspices of the FARE scholarship of outstanding excellence for Doctoral students in the faculty of science at UQAM for the 2012/2013 academic year.


Prof. Changhui Peng has welcomed two new scholars to the ECO-MCS Lab at UQAM this Fall, They are Dr. Wu Fuzhong from the Faculty of forestry at the Sichuan Agricultural University China and Dr. Zhu Dan from the Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


On the 6th of September, Mr. Weifeng Wang now Dr. Weifeng Wang defended his PhD thesis.Dr. Weifeng is now a Post-Doctoral scholar in New Hampshire, USA.

Research news:

Climate change shrinks forests in 3 Prairie Provinces (CBC news)

Climate change drying out forests in western Canada (CTV news)

La forêt boréale de l'ouest canadien pourrait devenir une source de dioxyde de carbone (Nouvells UQAM)

(Feb 3, 2012)


New publication:

Ma, Z., Peng, C., Zhu, Q., Chen, H., Yu, G., Li, W., Zhou, X., Wang, W. & Zhang, W. (2012) Regional drought-induced reduction in the biomass carbon sink of Canada's boreal forests. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, In press. (PDF)


Research news: Drought and dead trees (Nov 28, 2011)


New publication: Peng, C., Ma, Z., Lei, X., Zhu, Q., Chen, H., Wang, W., Liu, S., Li, W., Fang, X. & Zhou, X. (2011) A drought-induced pervasive increase in tree mortality across Canada's boreal forests. Nature Climate Change, 1, 467-471. (PDF). (Nov 28, 2011)


Research news: “Chinese” Wilson’s photos detail a century of change in western China.  (Nov 17, 2011)

New Publication:  Chen, H., Zhu, Q., Wu, N., Wang, Y. & Peng, C.-H. (2011) Delayed spring phenology on the Tibetan Plateau may also be attributable to other factors than winter and spring warming. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (PDF) (June 20, 2011)

Congratulations to Mr. Weifeng Wang for getting 2010 Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-Financed Students Abroad (May 12, 2011).

Insight: including humans in urban biogeochemistry research  

New publication: The role of technology and policy in mitigating regional nitrogen pollution (PDF)

New publication: Integrating models with data in ecology and palaeoecology: advances towards a model–data fusion approach.(PDF)



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