Dr. Chris Opio

BScF (University of New Brunswick) MEDes.(University of Calgary) PhD(University of Alberta)
Telephone: (250) 960-5868 Email: opio@unbc.ca


Research Interests

Dr. Opio's research interests include forest management, land reclamation, management, international forestry, and agroforestry.


Cho, D.I., T. Ogwang, and C.Opio. 2010. Simplifying the water poverty index. Social Indicators Research 97: 257-267.


Opio, C. 2010. Biological and physical characteristics of drinking water from wells in Kamdini parish, Northern Uganda. Natural Resources and Environmental Studies Institute Research Extension Note No. 6, University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, B.C., Canada.


He, Zheng Zhe., and C. Opio. 2010. Farm size and export experience in relation to export barriers. In the Proceedings of 2nd International Conference on Strategy and Marketing, December 5-6th, 2009, Beijing, China. Specialized Committee of Enterprise Strategy of Chinese Association for Development Strategy. pp. 18-21.


Opio, C. K. Fredj, and B. Wang. 2009. Profitability of manual brushing in young lodgepole pine plantations. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management 10(1):15-21. www.forrex.org/publications/jem/ISS50/vol10_no1_art3.pdf


            Cho.D.I., T. Ogwang, and C. Opio. 2008. Conceptualization of principle variable selection for computing the water poverty index. Proceedings of the 35th ASAC Annual Conference, Social Responsibility Division, Conference Proceedings, Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 2008. Vol. 29 (29):159-174.


            Sammy, J. and Opio, C. 2005.  Problems and prospects for conservation and indigenous community development in rural Botswana. Development Southern Africa, 22 (1): 67-85.


Rothenbach, C. and Opio, C. 2005. Sapsuckers usurp a nuthatch nest. Wilson Bulletin, 117 (1): 101-        103.


Opio, C., Van Diest, K., and Jacob, N.  2003. Intra-seasonal changes in height to diameter ratios for lodgepole pine in the central interior of British Columbia. Western Journal Applied Forestry, 18 (1): 52-59.


Arocena, J.M., and Opio, C.  2003. Prescribed fire-induced changes in properties of sub-boreal forest soils. Geoderma, 113: 1-6.


Lepine, F.C; Opio, C; and Ayers, D. 2003. An analysis of escaped fires from broadcast burning in the Prince George Forest Region of British Columbia. BC Journal of Ecosystems and Management, 3 (2): 79-87; also online at http://www.forrex.org/jem/2003/vol3/no2/art1.pdf


            Jacob, N., and Opio, C. 2003. Correction factors for mid-growing season measurements of height to diameter ratios in young lodgepole pine and white spruce plantations in the Vanderhoof Forest District of British Columbia. Natural Resources Inventory Site (NRIN). Go to www. or.gov.bc./hcp/fia/landbase.htm. Under Administration, select Innovative Project Report Repository. Use search engine to search for “FIA contract no. 4036003.”


Jacob, N., and Opio, C. 2003. Assessment of height to diameter ratios in young lodgepole pine and white spruce plantations in the Vanderhoof Forest District of British Columbia. Natural Resources Inventory Site (NRIN). Go to www. For.gov.bc./hcp/fia/landbase.htm. Under Administration, select Innovative Project Report Repository. Use search engine to search for FIA contract no. 2214007.”


Opio, C. 2003. Introduction to Agroforestry. University of Northern British Columbia, May 15-14. 18p. Workshop.


            Arocena, J.M., and Opio, C. 2002. Prescribed burn-induced changes in soil properties. Canadian Soil Science Society (CSSS) meeting in Banff, February 20, 2002 (Abstract).


Jacob, N., and Opio, C. 2002. The use of height to diameter ratios in silvicultural operations: from science to practice. Workshop Presentation in Fraser Lake, British Columbia, September 23, 2002 (Report, 34p).


Opio, C. 2001. Biological and social feasibility of Sesbania fallow practice in small holder agricultural farms in developing countries: a Zambian case study. Environmental Management, 27 (1): 59 -74.               


Jacob, N., and Opio, C. 2001. Height to diameter ratio as a competition index for young conifer plantations in Vanderhoof and Morice Forest Districts, Northern British Columbia. Workshop presentation to Vanderhoof District Silviculture Committee, Prince George, BC, July 12, 2001 (Report 75p).


Opio, C., Jacob, N., and Khasa, D.P. 2001. Factors affecting a sheep vegetation management system in British Columbia, Canada. Agroforestry Systems, 53: 305 -312.


Opio, C., Jacob, N., and Coopersmith, D. 2000. Height to diameter ratio as a competition index for young             conifer plantations in northern British Columbia, Canada. Forest Ecology and Management, 137 (1-3): 245-252.    


Opio, C. 1999. Forest management issues in a wildland-urban interface: The case of West Bragg             CreekTimber Licence in Alberta. The Forestry Chronicle, 75 (1): 129-139.


            Opio, C., and Cho, D. 1999. Operations research in forest fire management and its potential applications in British Columbia. Pages 51-60 in A. Redlack (editor), Proceedings of the Administrative Sciences Association of Canada (ASAC, 20 (2): 51-60). The 27th Annual ASAC Conference, June 12-15, 1999, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.


Keller-Thompson, L., Opio, C., and Arocena, J.M. 1998. Forest champions search for the Holy Grail: restoring productivity on forest landings in British Columbia. International Conference of the Society for Ecological Restoration. September 28-30, 1998. Austin, Texas, USA. (Abstract).


Vasbinder, W., Hawkes, B.C., and Opio, C. 1997. Fire regimes in the cold and wet

mountainous ecosystems of north-eastern British Columbia. The 2nd International Wildland  Fire Conference. May 25-30, 1997. Vancouver, BC, Canada. (Poster)


Vasbinder, W., Opio, C., and Hawkes, B.C. 1997. Influence of topography upon the historical fire regime of the SBSvk and ESSFwk2/wc3 Biogeoclimatic subzones, British Columbia.            Abstract in: Jull, M., D. Coxson, S. Stevenson, D. Lousier and M. Walters (eds.). Ecosystem Dynamics and Silvicultural Systems in Interior Wet-belt ESSF and ICH Forests Workshop Proceedings,    June 10 -12, 1997. UNBC Press.


            Vasbinder, W., Opio, C., Hawkes, B.C., and DeLong, C. 1996. Fire in the SBS and ESSF zones of British Columbia. Interim Report for McGregor Model Forest Association, Prince George, BC, Canada. 26 pp. ISBN 1-896857-06-X.


Hogan, R., Cole, R., Needham, C., MacPherson, D., Opio, C., Thacker, C., Ebbs, K., Vanderwel, D., Casement, B., Grundberg, B, Olson, N., and Bank, G. 1995. Training needs assessment profile for woodlot management extension personnel. Edited by C. Howard, C. Kardos, C. Esau, and A. Doolaege. Sponsored by Canada/Alberta Agreement in Forestry & Agriculture Canada: PFRA-Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration. November 24, 1994. Olds College, Alberta, Canada. 2 pp.


Opio, C., Apedaile, L.P., and Murphy, P.J. 1994. Effects of Sesbania sesban improved fallow on an ox-hoe farming system. Pages 89-92 in R.C. Shultz and J. P. Colletti (eds.), Opportunities for Agroforestry in Temperate Zone Worldwide. Proc. of the Third North American Agroforestry Conference. August 15-18, 1993. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA.


Hunter, B.W., Opio, C., and Spillos, L. 1994. Understorey preservation and retention in the ESSFwk2 subzone of the Dawson Creek Forest. Technical Report prepared for the BC Ministry of Forests, Dawson Creek Forest District, BC. 49 pp.


Opio, C. 1991. Forest management: environmental issues and management options. University of Calgary, Alberta.


Opio, C., and Murphy, P.J. 1990. Recent advances in agroforestry research and development: a literature review. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. 28 pp.


            Opio, C. 1990. Tackling global development issues: commentary. Environment Views, 13 (3): 18-19.