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Colin Laroque Professor and Acting Department Head

5C10 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Dendochronology
  • Climate analysis

Brief Biography

I was born and raised in Saskatoon and our family farm is near Duck Lake Sk.  I was first struck by science when I completed my undergraduate degree here at the U of S, and then I conducted both my Master's and Ph.D degrees on the west coast of Canada in Victoria. I then jumped all the way to the East coast of Canada to teach for ten years in the Maritimes.  I have now taken the opportunity to return to Saskatoon and complete my full circle back to the U of S.


Soil Science

Other Affiliations/positions

School of Environment and Sustainability

Research Interests

My research interests focus on past and future climates in Canada, especially on how they relate to dynamic ecosystem and geomorpholgical processes. My specialization is dendrochronology (tree-ring analysis) and I use dendrochronological techniques to gain an understanding about past climates, past glacier activity and extents, past ecosystem dynamics, and even past human activities through dendroarchaeological and dendrochemical investigations.

Research web page: http://www.madlabsk.ca/

Areas of specialization

  • Dendrochronology
  • tree ring/soil relationships
  • alpine and northern treed ecosystems
  • environmental education


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Victoria 
Master of Science, University of Victoria 
Bachelor of Science, University of Saskatchewan

Selected Recent Publications

Amichev, B.Y., Bentham, M.J., Kurz, W.A., Laroque, C.P., Kulshreshtha, S., Piwowar, J.M., Van Rees, K.C.J., 2016. Ecological Modelling 325: 35-46.

Danek, M., Bell, T., and Laroque, C.P. 2015. Some considerations in the reconstruction of lead levels using laser ablation: lessons from the design stage of an urban dendrochemistry study, St. John's, Canada. Geochronometria 42: 217-231.

Amichev, B.Y., Bentham, M.J., Cerkowniak, D., Kort, J., Kulshreshtha, S., Laroque, C.P., Piwowar, J.M., Van Rees, K.C.J., 2015. Mapping and quantification of planted tree and shrub shelterbelts in Saskatchewan, Canada. Agroforstry Systems 89, 49-65.

Kershaw, G.G.L., Castleden, H., and Laroque, C.P. 2014. Physical geography knowledge mobilization on Indigenous landscapes in Canada: Idle No More? A special call to early career scientists. The Canadian Geographer, 58 (4) 393-399.

Richard, M.G., Laroque, C.P., and Herman, T.B., 2014.  Relating annual increments of the endangered Blanding’s turtle plastron growth to climate. Ecology and Evolution 4(10) 1972-1980.

Selected Awards

3M National Teaching Fellow (2013) Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (2009) Association of Atlantic Universities Distinguished Teaching Award (2012) Herbert and Leota Tucker Teaching Award (2011) Paul Parè Excellence Award (2006, 2007, 2010)

Funding Sources

NSERC Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program


EVSC 110.3 - Renewable Resources and Environment 
ENVS 401.3 - Sustainability in Action 
SLSC 824.1 - Tree Ring Systems Sampling and Measurement