Canadian Forest Service employee directory

Joan E. Luther

Remote Sensing Scientist
Atlantic Forestry Centre
26 University Drive, P.O. Box 960
Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador, A2H 6J3

Tel.: (709) 637-4917


  • Joined the Canadian Forest Service in 1993

Areas of interest:

  • Development of geospatial approaches, methods and models that integrate remote sensing and geographical information systems data to monitor forest landscapes and provide spatially-explicit data and information to support inventory, monitoring and forecasting within an ecosystem-based management framework

Current Graduate Student Advisory Committees:

  • Randal Greene, Memorial University of Newfoundland, A GIS-based multiple criteria approach to support integrated land management decision making (Co-supervisor)
  • Emilie Lessard, Université de Sherbrooke, Development of GIS models for predicting and mapping fibre attributes from forest inventory and environmental attributes, (Co-supervisor)




  • Natural Resources Canada Departmental Merit Award for Collaboration and Partnership, Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests Project (2006)
  • Natural Resources Canada Departmental Merit Award for Collaboration and Partnership, Individual achievement award for building strong partnerships through collaborative research in remote sensing across Canada (2003)
  • James M. Kitz Award, Canadian Institute of Forestry (2002)
  • Canadian Remote Sensing Society Best MSc Thesis Award (1990)
  • Governor General’s Gold Medal, Memorial University of Newfoundland (1989)



Current Research Projects

  • Mapping fibre attributes from forest and environmental variables in Newfoundland
  • Improving forest structure and biomass information from remote sensing at regional and national levels
  • Monitoring indicators of land cover and forest type change for the Humber River Basin using satellite imagery and geographic information systems
  • An ecosystem-based management framework for integrated land management and assessment of sustainability, vulnerability and adaptive capacity: application within the Humber River Basin
  • Earth Observation for Sustainable Development of Forests


  • B.Sc. (Hon.) in Geography (1987), Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • M.Sc. in Geography with specialization in Remote Sensing (1989), Memorial University of Newfoundland


  • Adjunct Professor, Département de géomatique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke (since 2003)
  • Professional Associate, Sustainable Resource Management, Memorial University of Newfoundland (since 2009)