Alan J. Thomson
B.Sc. DLSHTM M.Sc. Ph.D
Victoria, BC, Canada
My research on climate and weather is in the following areas:
- Rainfall and malaria
- Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) and its host lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)
- Western spruce budworm (Choristoneura occidentalis and its host Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
- Spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) and its host balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
Publications on malaria
Thomson, A.J. 2010. Climate indices, rainfall onset and retreat, and malaria in Nigeria. J Vector Borne Dis 47:193-203.
Publications on Mountain Pine Beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis) and its host lodgepole pine (Pinus contorta)
Thomson, A.J. 2009. Climate indices and mountain pine beetle-killing temperatures. Forestry Chronicle. 85:105-109.
Thomson, A.J., L. Safranyik, D.M. Shrimpton and S. Whitney. 1985. A theory of mountain pine beetle population response to weather-induced change in host- resistance. p. 128-135. In The role of the host in the population dynamics of forest insects. L. Safranyik, Ed. Proc. IUFRO Workshop, Banff. September 4-7, 1983. Can. For. Serv.
Thomson, A.J. and D.M. Shrimpton. 1984. Weather associated with the start of mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Can. J. For. Res. 14: 255-258.
Shrimpton, D.M. and A.J. Thomson. 1983. Growth characteristics of lodgepole pine associated with the start of mountain pine beetle outbreaks. Can. J. For. Res. 13: 137-144.
Publications on Western spruce budworm (Choristoneura occidentalis and its host Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii)
Thomson, A.J., and R. Benton. 2007. A 90-year sea warming trend explains outbreak patterns of western spruce budworm on Vancouver Island. Forestry Chronicle 83: 867-869.
Thomson, A.J.,S.M. Moncrieff and R.H.Silversides.1984. Use of digital terrain models in studies of western spruce budworm population dynamics and impact. CANUSA Newsletter 34: 3-5.
Thomson, A.J., R.F. Shepherd, J.W.E. Harris and R.H. Silversides. 1984. Relating weather to outbreaks of western spruce budworm, Choristoneura occidentalis (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae), in British Columbia. Can. Entomol. 116: 375-381.
Thomson, A.J., J.W.E. Harris, R.H. Silversides and R.F. Shepherd. 1983. Elevation effects on rate of development of western spruce budworm in British Columbia. Can. Ent. 115: 1181-1187.
Thomson, A.J. and S.M. Moncrieff. 1982. Prediction of bud burst in Douglas-fir by degree-day accumulation. Can. J. For. Res. 12: 448-452.
Publications on Spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) and its host balsam fir (Abies balsamea)
Thomson, A.J. 2009. Relationship of spruce budworm (Choristoneura fumiferana) emergence and balsam fir (Abies balsamea) bud flush to climate indices. Forestry Chronicle 85: 625-630.
Kemp, W.P., D.G. Burnell, D.O. Everson and A.J. Thomson. 1983. A comparison of methods for estimating missing daily maximum and minimum temperatures. J. Climate and Appl. Meteorol. 22: 1587-1593.
Sahota, T.S. and A.J. Thomson. 1979. Temperature-induced variation in the rates of reproductive processes in Dendroctonus rufipennis (Kirby): A new approach to detecting changes in population quality. Can. Ent. 111: 1069-1078.