Ken Lertzman



  • BSc, Zoology, University of Manitoba
  • MSc, Zoology, University of British Columbia
  • PhD, Zoology, University of British Columbia


Dr. Ken Lertzman is interested in a broad range of topics related to ecosystem dynamics, conservation, and management. His research has focused on how natural disturbance regimes and management interact to produce pattern and dynamics in forest stands and landscapes. Dr. Lertzman has an ongoing interest in how changing climate drives ecosystems and the landscapes and resources available to people who live in them.
Increasingly Ken’s work focuses on trying to understand the complex dynamics and resilience of coupled social-ecological systems. This is being applied in his collaborative, multi-disciplinary work associated with the Hakai Institute on the Central Coast of British Columbia, where Ken works in partnership with First Nations and others to conduct and apply research about ecosystem-based management and sustainability on the British Columbia Coast. Ken helps lead the Hakai Institute’s Kwakshua Watershed’s research program which focuses on the drivers of forest variability and understanding biogeochemical and hydrological connections between hypermaritime watersheds and the nearshore marine environment (
Dr. Lertzman and his students work closely with researchers from other disciplines, as well as representatives of government agencies, First Nations, industries, and other non-governmental groups in applying their research to problems in ecosystem conservation, restoration, and management.

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This instructor is currently not teaching any courses.