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Michael Meitner

Associate Professor

Forest Sciences Centre 2037
2424 Main Mall
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4

work phone: 604-822-0029

Mike is an environmental psychologist whose research is focused on scenic beauty and aesthetics of the natural world, environmental visualization and geographic information systems, and sustainability planning. He is also quite interested in outdoor recreation, visual perception, human emotional processing, and decision making. Prior to coming to UBC, Mike was a children’s counselor working with the Tohono O’odham nation in southern Arizona. He has been involved in a number of interdisciplinary research projects focused on: 1) public involvement in sustainable ecosystem planning efforts, 2) the projection of future forest conditions according to economic, ecological and social indicators of sustainability, 3) the management of spatial and temporal data at a scale required for landscape planning, and 4) distributed artificial intelligence modeling of human/landscape interactions with specific attention to issues of conflict in outdoor recreation and tourism.


Where do we want to go?  Have we arrived?  Improving transparancy, rigour and knowledge in complex multi-stakeholder processes.   (Principal Investigator)


Development of multi-criteria decision support and analysis tools to assist community economic development and environmental planning (Principal Investigator)


Visual resource management: new tools and potential solutions (Principal Investigator)


Integrating modeling and assesment of forest harvest patterns (Principal Investigator)


Improving TimberWest’s forest management in visually sensitive areas  (Principal Investigator)


Post mountain pine beetle recreational usage survey (Principal Investigator)



Nominated for the UBC Killam Teaching Award in 2005, 2006 & 2011
Wildlife Habitat Canada Forest Stewardship Award (presented to CANFOR and scientists at UBC Faculty of Forestry for collaborative efforts to develop and implement a Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) Framework in BC, 2004

Selected Publications

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