Mathew Brown

Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto in the Department of Computer Science


Doctor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

Faculty of Land and Food Systems, Vancouver, BC

Supervisor: Prof. T. Andrew Black

Thesis: The carbon, water and energy balances of two lodgepole pine stands recovering from mountain pine beetle attack in British Columbia

2006 – 2011

Master of Science, Lincoln University

Agriculture and Life Sciences, Christchurch, New Zealand

Supervisors: Dr. David Whitehead and Prof. Tim Clough

Thesis: The regulation of soil surface respiraiton in a grazed pasture in New Zealand

2005 – 2006

Bachelor of Arts, University of Victoria

Department of Geography, Victoria, BC

1996 – 2000

Work Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto

Department of Computer Science, Toronto, ON

Jan 2014 – present

Working at the intersection of climate change science, web development and data visualization. Building interactive web-maps and data visualizations to communicate the effects of climate change.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Carleton University

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

Aug 2012 – Dec 2013

Examined the drivers of carbon dioxide and methane fluxes from Ontario peatlands. Installed eddy covariance and meteorological measurement stations in remote field locations, implement and improve QA/QC procedures and have submitted a paper to a peer-reviewed journal.

Research Scientist, University of Göttingen

Faculty of Forest Sciences and Forest Ecology

Jan 2011 – Jul 2012

Installed and used an atmospheric stable water vapour isotope analyzer in a tropical rain forest in Indonesia. Established data acquisition procedures, analyzed data and a wrote a scientific paper.


Web Applications and Visualizations


M. Brown, E. Humphreys, Tim R. Moore, Nigel T. Roulet, and Peter M. Lafleur. Evidence for a nonmonotonic relationship between ecosystem-scale peatland methane emissions and water table depth Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences doi/10.1002/2013JG002576

E. Humphreys, C. Charron, M Brown, and R Jones. Three Bogs in the Canadian Hudson Bay Lowlands and a Temperate Bog Reveal Similar Annual Net Ecosystem Exchange of CO2. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine doi:

A. Mathys, TA. Black, Z. Nesic, G. Nishio, M. Brown, DL. Spittlehouse, AL. Fredeen, R. Bowler, RS. Jassal, NJ. Grant, PJ. Burton, and J.A. Trofymow. Carbon balance of a partially-harvested mixed conifer forest following mountain pine beetle attack and its comparison to a clearcut. Biogeosciences doi:10.5194/bg-10-5451-2013

M. Brown, TA. Black, Z. Nesic, A. Fredeen, V. Foord, D. Spittlehouse, R. Bowler, P. Burton, J. Trofymow, N. Grant and D. Lessard. Evapotranspiration and canopy characteristics of two lodgepole pine stands following mountain pine beetle attack. Hydrological Processes DOI: 10.1002/hyp.9870

M. Brown, TA. Black, Z. Nesic, AL. Fredeen, VN. Foord, DL. Spittlehouse, R. Bowler, PJ. Burton, JA. Trofymow, NJ. Grant, and D. Lessard. The carbon balance of two lodgepole pine stands recovering from mountain pine beetle attack in British Columbia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology,153:82-93, 2012

R. Bowler, A. Fredeen, M. Brown, and T. Black. Residual vegetation importance to net CO2 uptake in pine-dominated stands following mountain pine beetle attack in British Columbia, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 269: 82-91, 2012

T. O'Halloran, B. Law, M. Goulden, Z .Wang, J. Barr, C. Schaaf, M. Brown, J. Fuentes, M. Goeckede, TA. Black, V. Engel. Radiative forcing of natural forest disturbances. Global Change Biology,18:555-565,2012

BD. Amiro, AG. Barr, JG. Barr, TA. Black, R. Bracho, M. Brown, J. Chen, KL. Clark, KJ. Davis, AR. Desai, S. Dore, V. Engel, JD. Fuentes, ML. Goulden, TE. Kolb, MB. Lavigne, BE. Law, HA. Margolis, T. Martin, JH. McCaughey, M. Montes-Helu, A. Noormets, JT. Randerson, G. Starr, J. Xiao, Ecosystem carbon dioxide fluxes after disturbance in forests of North America. Journal of Geophysical Research, 115, 2010

M. Brown, TA. Black, Z. Nesic, VN. Foord, DL. Spittlehouse, A.L Fredeen, NJ. Grant, PJ. Burton, and JA. Trofymow. Impact of mountain pine beetle on the net ecosystem production of lodgepole pine stands in British Columbia. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 150:254-264, 2010

M. Brown, D. Whitehead, J.E. Hunt, T.J. Clough, G.C. Arnold, W.T. Baisden, and R.R. Sherlock. Regulation of soil surface respiration in a grazed pasture in New Zealand. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 149:205-213, 2009

T. Hilker, N.C. Coops, S.B. Coggins, M.A. Wulder, M. Brown, T.A. Black, Z. Nesic, and D. Lessard. Detection of foliage conditions and disturbance from multi-angular high spectral resolution remote sensing. Remote Sensing of Environment,113:421-434, 2009