Name: David Leigh Martell
Prepared: September 8, 2003
David Martell is a Professor in the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto. He completed his B.A.Sc. (1971), M.A.Sc. (1972), and Ph.D. (1975) in the Department of Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto where he studied Management Science and Operational Research and their application to forest fire management. He worked for the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests as a summer student in the Fire Control Unit in Toronto for several summers beginning in 1970. He joined the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Toronto as a forest fire management specialist in 1974. After he completed his Ph.D. he spent part of the 1975 fire season as a member of a fire crew stationed at Shebandowan in Thunder Bay district in Ontario. He has worked as a consultant to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, the Government of the Northwest Territories and other government agencies.
His current research interests include the application of operational research and information technology to fire and forest management and the development of decision support systems for fire and forest managers. His publications have appeared in both Forestry (e.g., Canadian Journal of Forest Research and Forest Science) and Operational Research (e.g., INFOR and Operations Research) journals. He is an Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, a member of the NSERC College of Reviewers for Canada Research Chairs and a member of the Ontario Forest Policy Committee. He is currently the Past President of the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS).
Ph.D. 1975 Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto M.A.Sc. 1972 Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto B.A.Sc. 1971 Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto
Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor (1974 to present)
Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
Fire Fighter (1975 summer - 6 weeks)
Thunder Bay District, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Summer student (last classification, Engineer I) (1970-72 summers)
Forest Fire Control Branch, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Consultant to the Canadian Department of National Defence (Forest fire management at Canadian Forces bases), Saskatchewan Environment and Resource Management (Sustainable forest management), Forest Protection Branch of the British Columbia Ministry of Forests (Evaluation of initial attack airtanker operations), Government of the Northwest Territories (Fire economics), Aviation & Fire Management Centre of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (Fire suppression equipment management, Fire detection system effectiveness, Evaluation of alternative initial attack strategies)
Awards and Honours
Canadian Operational Research Society service award, June 2003.
Invited by the Canadian Operational Research Society, to present one of two Canadian National Contribution papers at the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) Triennial Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, July 8-12, 1996.
Canadian Operational Research Society Practice Competition (1993) Finalist (with J.I. MacLellan) for the paper entitled "Basing airtankers for forest fire control in Ontario"
Canadian Operational Research Society Gold Medal Plaque (1979) (with J.H. Bookbinder) for the paper entitled "Time-dependent queuing approach to helicopter allocation for forest fire initial attack"
Annual Student Paper Competition (1973), Toronto Section, Canadian Operational Research Society for the paper entitled "An application of decision theory in forest fire management"
National Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (1972-74)
University of Toronto Open Fellowship (1971-72)
Selected Recent Publications
- Podur, J. and D.L. Martell. 2003. Spatial patterns of lightning-caused forest fires in Ontario, 1976-1998. Ecological Modelling. 164: 1-20.
- Beverly, J.L. and D. L. Martell. 2003. Modeling "Pinus strobus" mortality following prescribed fire in Quetico Provincial Park, northwestern Ontario. Can. J. Forest Res. 33(4): 740-751.
- Stocks, B. J.; Mason, J. A.; Todd, J. B.; Bosch, E. M.; Wotton, B. M.; Amiro, B. D.; Flannigan, M. D.; Hirsch, K. G.; Logan, K. A.; Martell, D. L.; Skinner, W. R. 2002. Large forest fires in Canada, 1959----1997. JGR - Atmospheres.108(D1) art. no. 8149.
- Martell, D.L. 2002. Comment on "Wildfire Regime in the Boreal Forest and the idea of suppression and fuel buildup". Conservation Biology. 16(5) 1177-1177.
- Podur, J., D.L. Martell, and K. Knight. 2002. Statistical quality control analysis of forest fire activity in Canada. Can. J. Forest Res. 32(2): 195-205.
- Skinner, W.R., M.D. Flannigan, B.J. Stocks, D.L. Martell, B.M. Wotton, J.B. Todd, J.A. Mason, K.A. Logan, and E.M. Bosch. 2002. A 500 hPa synoptic wildland fire climatology for large Canadian forest fires, 1959-1996. Theoretical and Applied Climatology. 71: 157-169.
- Amiro, B.D., J.B. Todd, B.M. Wotton, K.A. Logan, M.D. Flannigan, B.J. Stocks, J.A. Mason, D.L. Martell, and K.G. Hirsch. 2001. Direct carbon emissions from Canadian forest fires 1959-1999. Can. J. For. Res. 31: 512-525.
- Martell, D.L. 2001. Forest fire management. Chapter 15 of "Forest Fires: Behavior and ecological effects", E. A. Johnson and K. Miyanishi, Editors. Academic Press. San Diego. pp. 527-583.
- Martell, D.L., P. H. Kourtz, A. Tithecott and P. C. Ward. 1999. The development and implementation of forest fire management decision support systems in Ontario, Canada.In "Proceedings of the symposium on fire economics, planning and policy: bottom lines"; 1999 April 5-9; San Diego, CA. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-173. Albany, CA. Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture; pp. 131-142. P. N. Omi and A. Gonzalez-Caban, technical coordinators.
- Martell, D.L., A. Tithecott and P.C. Ward. 1999. Fighting fire with OR: operations research enhances forest fire management in Ontario, Canada. OR/MS Today: April 1999, p. 48-51.
- Islam, K.M.S and D.L. Martell. 1998. Performance of initial attack airtanker systems with interacting bases and variable initial attack ranges. Can. J. Forest Res. 28(10):1448-1455.
- MacLellan, J.I. and D.L. Martell. 1996. Basing airtankers for forest fire control in Ontario. Operations Research. 44(5): 677-686.
- Stocks, B.J., B.S. Lee, and D.L. Martell. 1996. Some potential carbon budget implications of fire management in the boreal forest in Forest ecosystems, forest management and the global carbon cycle. Edited by M. J. Apps and D. T. Price. NATO ASI Series, Subseries 1 Vol. 40. "Global Environmental Change", Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Germany. pp. 89-96.
- Martell, D.L. 1994. The impact of fire on timber supply in Ontario. The Forestry Chronicle. 70(2): 164-173.
- Martell, D.L. and D. Boychuk. 1994. Levels of fire protection for sustainable forestry in Ontario: final report. Report prepared for the Canada-Ontario Northern Ontario Development Agreement, Sustainable Forestry Development/Decision Support Project: Developing Analytical Procedures for Establishing the Level of Protection for Forest Fire Management to Support Sustainable Forestry in Ontario. 46 pp.