Prof. Dr. Eric R. Labelle


Forest Operations

Academic Career and Research Areas

Eric R. Labelle (b. 1979) conducts research in the area of eco-efficient and financially feasible forest operations. Through machine and soil interactions, his research focuses on quantifying and mitigating the impacts of harvesting and forwarding equipment on forest soils. He is also interested in increasing the productivity of mechanized harvesting systems through improved planning/logistics and use of on-board computers.

Prof. Labelle first obtained a forest technician diploma at La Cité Collégiale in Ottawa, Canada (1999). He then graduated with a BScF degree from the Université de Moncton (2004) and went on to complete an MSc degree in forest engineering (2008) at the University of New Brunswick, Canada. He received his doctorate in forestry from the same university (2012). Following his postgraduate studies, Dr. Labelle worked as a research scientist at the Northern Hardwoods Research Institute in New Brunswick, Canada, where he was responsible for improving the efficiency and productivity of forest operations in hardwood dominated stands. Dr. Labelle has been an assistant professor (tenure track) at TUM since September 2014.


  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Postgraduate Scholarship (2008-2011) 
  • Canadian Millennium Scholarship (2003)

Poltorak BJ, Labelle ER, Jaeger D: “Soil displacement during ground-based mechanized forest operations using mixed-wood brush mats”. Soil and Tillage Research. 2018; 179: 96-104.


Jourgholami M, Khajavi S, Labelle ER: “Mulching and water diversion structures on skid trails: response of soil physical properties six years after harvesting”. Ecological Engineering. 2018; 123: 1-9.


Labelle ER, Huß L: “Creation of value through a harvester on-board bucking optimization system operated in a spruce stand”. Silva Fennica. 2018; 23 pp.


Labelle ER, Jaeger D: “Quantifying the use of brush mats in reducing forest machinery peak loads and surface contact pressures”. Croatian Journal of Forest Engineering. 2012; 33(2): 249-274.


Labelle ER, Jaeger D: “Soil compaction caused by cut-to-length forest operations and possible short-term natural rehabilitation of soil density”. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 2011; 75(6): 2314-2329.