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Bill de Groot

Research Scientist
Great Lakes Forestry Centre
1219 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, P6A 2E5

Tel.: (705) 541-5538


Dr Bill de Groot is a Research Scientist with Canadian Forest Service (CFS) at the Great Lakes Forestry Centre in Sault Ste Marie. He received his Forest Technology Diploma and HBSc (Forestry) from Lakehead University, and his PhD (Forest Science) from the University of Alberta. Since joining the CFS in 1985, Dr. de Groot’s research interests have been in the areas of fire danger rating, fire behaviour, and fire effects modeling. Much of his work has been in developing national and international research applications of the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System for fire management. More recently, his research has focused on studying forest carbon storage and vegetation dynamics under changing fire regimes, and modeling wildland fire carbon emissions.

Dr. de Groot is currently serving as coordinator of the IUFRO Div. 8.1.10 Forest Fires Unit, Canadian delegation lead of the North American Forest Commission – Fire Management Working Group, co-leader for the Global Early Warning System for Wildland Fire Project under the GOFC-GOLD Fire Implementation Team and GEO, member of the ITTO REDDES Advisory Committee, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Wildland Fire.


  • Forest Technology Diploma 1979, Lakehead University
  • BScF 1984, Lakehead University
  • PhD 1998, University of Alberta