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Christopher Keeling

Christopher Keeling

Forest Genomics Researcher
Laurentian Forestry Centre
1055 Du P.E.P.S. Street, P.O. Box 10380
Québec, Quebec, G1V 4C7

Tel.: (418) 648-3693


Christopher Keeling has been a research scientist at the Canadian Forest Service’s Laurentian Forestry Centre since 2017.

His research program centres on understanding the molecular mechanisms of host colonization and plant-insect interactions in forest systems, such as plant defences, tolerance or detoxification of host defences, and pheromone biosynthesis.  He studies both the insect and the tree, and uses the tools of genomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, and chemistry to understand these interactions.


  • B.Sc. in Organic Chemistry (1989), University of Calgary
  • M.Sc. in Chemistry (1996), Simon Fraser University, “Stable carbon isotope ratio measurements of the carboxyl carbons in bone collagen.”
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry (2001), Simon Fraser University, “Isolation and identification of new components of the honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) queen retinue pheromone.”
  • Postdoctoral fellowship from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (2002-2004), University of Nevada, Reno insect molecular biology and genomics.
  • Research Associate (2004-2015), University of British Columbia, insect and conifer biochemistry, molecular biology, and genomics.
  • University Research Associate (2015-2017), Simon Fraser University, conifer physiology.


Adjunct Professor, Université Laval, Biochimie et microbiologie et de bio-informatique