Directory Profiles

Dr. Lael Parrott


Dr. Lael Parrott is a Professor in Sustainability and Director of the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience and Ecosystem Services (BRAES) at The University of British Columbia. Prior to joining UBC, she was an Associate Professor in Environmental Geography at Université de Montréal (2001-2012). Dr. Parrott leads a research program in modelling and characterising contemporary regional landscapes and ecosystems as complex systems. She promotes a holistic, complex systems vision of managing land and water resources at the landscape scale. She has extensive experience in leading multipartite groups to share this vision to find sustainable management solutions that reconcile ecological, societal and economic objectives. Many of her projects seek to resolve wildlife and natural resource management questions in Canada’s mountain parks and crown lands.

Selected Publications

A complex systems approach for multiobjective water quality regulation on managed wetland landscapes
Parrott L & N Quinn
Ecosphere 7(6):e01363 (Jun 2016)

Slow down and save the whales
Parrott L, C Chion, S Turgeon, N Ménard, G Cantin & R Michaud
Solutions 6:40–47 (2016)

Future landscapes: managing within complexity
Parrott L & WS Meyer
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10(7):382–389 (Sep 2012)

Agents, individuals, and networks: modeling methods to inform natural resource management in regional landscapes
Parrott L, C Chion, R Gonzalès & G Latombe
Ecology and Society 17(3):32 (2012)

A decision support system to assist the sustainable management of navigation activities in the St. Lawrence River Estuary, Canada
Parrott L, C Chion, CCA Martins, P Lamontagne et al.
Environmental Modelling & Software 26(12):1403–1418 (Dec 2011)

Measuring ecological complexity
Parrott L
Ecological Indicators 10(6):1069–1076 (Nov 2010)

Complexity and the limits of ecological engineering
Parrott L
Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural Engineers 45(5):1697–1702 (2002)