Dr. Nathan Pelletier

Nathan Pelletier

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Assistant Professor
Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management, Egg Industry Chair in Sustainability

Office: EME 4117
Phone: 250.807.8245
Email: nathan.pelletier@ubc.ca

Joint appointment in:

  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Biology)

  • Faculty Management

Research interest:

My work is broadly situated in the field of ecological economics, an emergent research area focused on understanding and managing the sustainability dimensions of economic activity. My research vision is motivated by the recognition that promoting human well-being and social justice ultimately requires first that we maintain the integrity of the natural communities that provide the context in which human life and society become possible and upon which we depend for our basic needs.

Areas of research interest are the theory and practical application of ecological economic instruments in bio-economy (food, feed, and biomass) sustainability measurement, management and communication initiatives. I contribute to the development of methodological frameworks for evaluation and management of the scale, resource efficiency, and social dimensions of sustainability - in particular, life cycle-based product and organization-level accountancy tools for supply chain sustainability management. I subsequently apply these frameworks to scenario-model the sustainability implications of alternative bio-economy technologies and management regimes with respect to sustainability targets and thresholds. Specific domains of interest include climate change, energy use, reactive nitrogen, food security, social licence, and market access.

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Publications

Refereed journal articles and reports:

Pelletier, N., Sala, S., Ostaglu, E., Rosenbaum, E., Vasta, A., Benoit-Norris, C. and G. Norris. 2016 Social sustainability in trade and development policy. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. doi:10.1007/s11367-016-1059-z.

Pelletier, N. 2015. Life cycle thinking, measurement and management for food system sustainability. Invited feature article. Environmental Science and Technology 49(13):7515-7519

Tuomisto, H., De Camillis, C., Leip, A., Nisini, L., Pelletier, N., Haastrup, P. 2015. Development and testing of a European Union-wide farm-level carbon calculator. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 11(3):404-416.

McGrath, K., Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2015. Life cycle assessment of a novel, closed-containment salmon aquaculture technology. Environmental Science and Technology 49(9):5628-5636.

Baranzelli, C., Vandecasteele, I., Ribeiro Barranco, R., Mari i Rivero, I., Pelletier, N., Batelaan, O. and C. Lavalle. 2015. Scenarios for shale gas development in the Baltic Basin, Northern Poland. Energy Policy 84:80-95.

Manfredi, S., Allacker, K., Pelletier, N., Schau, E., Pant, R. and D. Pennington. 2015. Developing the European Commission Product Environmental Footprint methods: Review of existing approaches and recommendations. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20(3):389-404.

Pelletier, N., Brandao, M., de Camillis, C., Ardente, F. and D. Pennington. 2015. Rationales for and criticisms of preferred multi-functionality problems in LCA: is increased consistency possible? International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20(1):74-86.

Avadi, A., Pelletier, N., Aubin, J., Nunez, J., Ralite, S. and P. Freon. 2015. Comparative environmental performance of artisanal and commercial feed use in Peruvian freshwater aquaculture. Aquaculture 435(1):52-66.

Clair, T., Pelletier, N., Bittman, S., Leip, A., Arp, P., Moran, M., Dennis, I., Niemi, D., Stirling, S., Drury, C. and J. Yang. 2014. Interactions between reactive nitrogen and the Canadian landscape: A budget approach. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 28(11):1343-1357.

Allacker, K., Mathieux, F., Manfredi, S., Pelletier, N., de Camillis, C., Ardente, F. and R. Pant. 2014. Allocation solutions for secondary material production and end of life recovery: proposals for policy initiatives.  Resources, Conservation and Recycling 88:1-12.

Pelletier, N., Maas, R., Goralcyk, M. and M. Wolf. 2014. Conceptual basis for the European Sustainability Footprint: Towards a new policy assessment framework. Environmental Development 9:12-23.

Pelletier, N., Andrae, J., Charef, A., Damalas, D., Green, B., Parker, R., Sumaila, R., Thomas, G., Tobin, 2014. R. and R. Watson. Energy prices and (sea)food security: Can fisheries and aquaculture adapt? Global Environmental Change 24:30-41.

Pelletier, N., Ibarbaru-Blanc, M., and H. Xin. 2014. Comparison of the U.S. egg industry’s environmental footprint in 1960 and 2010. Poultry Science 93:243-255.

Pelletier, N. and A. Leip. 2014. Quantifying anthropogenic mobilization, flows (in product systems) and losses of fixed nitrogen in process-based environmental life cycle assessment: Rational, methods and application to a life cycle inventory. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 19:166-173.

Pelletier, N., Allacker, K., Pant, R. and S. Manfredi. 2014. The European Commission Organisation Environmental Footprint method: comparison with other methods, and rationales for key requirements. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 19:387-404.

Pelletier, N., Ibarbaru-Blanc, M. and H. Xin. 2013. Life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions for contemporary intensive egg production systems in the Upper Midwestern United States. Journal of Cleaner Production 54:108-114.

Henriksson, P., Pelletier, N., Troell, M. and P. Tyedmers. 2012. Life cycle assessment and its application to aquaculture production systems. In Meyers, R. (ed.). Encyclopaedia of Sustainability Science and Technology. Springer, pp. 5893-5909.

Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2012. Response to Weinzettel. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16(3):456-458.

Ford, J., Pelletier, N., Ziegler, F., Scholz, A., Tyedmers, P., Sonesson, U., Kruse, S. and H. Silverman. 2012. Developing local ecological impact categories and indicators for life cycle assessment of salmon aquaculture. Journal of Industrial Ecology 16(2):254-265.

Pelletier, N., Audsley, E., Brodt, S., Garnett, T., Henrikkson, P., Kendall, A., Kramer, K., Murphy, D., Nemecek, T. and M. Troell. 2011. Energy intensity of agriculture and food systems. Annual Review of Environment and Resources 36:233-246.

Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2011. An ecological economic critique of the use of market information in life cycle assessment research. Journal of Industrial Ecology 15(3):342-354.

Rudd, M., Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2011. Willingness to pay for health and environmental attributes of farmed salmon amongst southern Ontario salmon consumers. Aquaculture Economics and Management 15(1):18-45.

Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2010. Forecasting potential global environmental costs of livestock production 2000-2050. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 107(43):18371-18374.

Pelletier, N., Lammers, P., Stender, D. and R. Pirog. 2010. Life cycle assessment of high- and low-profitability conventional and deep-bedded niche swine production systems in the Upper Midwestern United States. Agricultural Systems 103(9):599-608.

Pelletier, N. 2010. Environmental sustainability as the first principle of distributive justice: Towards a communitarian-based normative foundation for ecological economics. Ecological Economics 69(10):1887-1894.

Pelletier, N., Rasmussen, R. and R. Pirog. 2010. Comparative life cycle impacts of three beef production strategies in the Upper Midwestern United States. Agricultural Systems 103(6):380-389

Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2010. A life cycle assessment of frozen Indonesian tilapia fillets from lake and pond-based production systems. Journal of Industrial Ecology 14(3):467-481.

Pelletier, N. 2010. Of laws and limits: An ecological economic perspective on redressing the failures of contemporary global environmental governance. Global Environmental Change 20(2):220-228.

Jacquet, J., Hocevar, J., Lai, S., Majluf, P., Pelletier, N., Pitcher, T., Sala, E., Sumaila, R. and D. Pauly. 2010. Conserving wild fish in a sea of market-based efforts. Oryx 44:45-56.

Pelletier, N., Tyedmers, P., Sonesson, U., Scholz, A., Zeigler, F., Flysjo, A., Kruse, S., Cancino, B. and H. Silverman. 2009. Not all salmon are create equal: Life cycle assessment (LCA) of global salmon farming systems. Environmental Science and Technology 43(23):8730-8736.

Pelletier, N., Arsenault, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2008. Scenario-modeling potential eco-efficiency gains from a transition to organic agriculture: Life cycle perspectives on Canadian canola, corn, soy and wheat production. Environmental Management 42:989-1001.

Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2008. Life cycle considerations for improving sustainability assessments in seafood awareness campaigns. Environmental Management 42:918-941.

Pelletier, N. 2008. Environmental performance in the US broiler poultry sector: Life cycle energy use and greenhouse gas, ozone depleting, acidifying and eutrophying emissions. Agricultural Systems 98:67-73.

Pelletier, N. and P. Tyedmers. 2007. Feeding farmed salmon: Is organic better? Aquaculture 272:399-416.

Pelletier, N., Ayer, N., Tyedmers, P., N., Kruse, S., Flysjo, A., Robillard, G., Ziegler, F., Scholz, A., and U. Sonesson. 2007. Impact categories for Life Cycle Assessment research of seafood production: Review and prospectus. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 12(6):414-421.

Ayer, N., Tyedmers, P., Pelletier, N., Sonesson, U., and A. Scholz. 2007. Allocation in Life Cycle Assessments of seafood production systems:  Review of problems and strategies. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 12(7):480-487.

Tyedmers, P., Pelletier, N., and N. Ayer. 2007. Marine aquaculture and the biophysical sustainability of seafood production systems: A comparative analysis. A report to the United States Marine Aquaculture Taskforce, convened by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.

Tyedmers, P. and N. Pelletier. 2006. Biophysical accounting in aquaculture: Insights from current practice and the need for methodological development. A technical report to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Rome.

Pelletier, N. 2004. Conspecific injury fluids induce an electrophysiological response in the clonal tunicate Clavelina huntsmani. Marine Biology 145(6):1159-1165.

 

Non-refereed Industry Reports:

Pelletier, N. 2016. Sustainable sourcing activities for agricultural products in Canada: Key features, commonalities and differences. Developed under contract for Agricultural Research and Extension Council of Alberta.

Pelletier, N. 2015. Environmental footprint of Canadian eggs: 1962 versus 2012. Developed under contract for Egg Farmers of Canada.

Pelletier, N. 2015. Environmental life cycle assessment of the Canadian layer egg industry: a national average benchmark, and performance by housing system type. Developed under contract for Egg Farmers of Canada.

Pelletier, N. 2015. Social life cycle assessment of the Canadian layer egg industry: a national average benchmark study. Developed under contract for Egg Farmers of Canada.

Pelletier, N. 2015. Review of Tosca LCA of Packaging Study for ISO 14044-compliance. Developed under contract for Tosca Ltd.

Pelletier, N. 2014. Carbon footprint analysis of Regal Springs Tilapia: Mexico and Honduras. Developed under contract for Regal Springs Tilapia.

Pelletier, N., Ibarbaru, M., and H. Xin. 2014. The environmental footprint of U.S. eggs: Comparison with animal products and egg replacer products. Developed under contract for the American Egg Board.

Pelletier, N., Ibarbaru, M., and H. Xin. 2013. A comparative assessment of the environmental footprint of the U.S. egg industry in 1960 and 2010. Developed under contract for the American Egg Board, United Egg Producers and Egg Industry Center.

Pelletier, N., Tyedmers, P. and D. Robb. 2012. Ecological Footprint modeling of EWOS feeds Phase V: UK, Norway, Canada, Chile and Vietnam. Developed under contract for EWOS Innovation, Scotland.

Pelletier, N., Ibarbaru-Blanc, M. and H. Xin. 2011. Carbon footprinting for contemporary egg production and processing supply chains in Iowa. Developed under contract for the American Egg Board, USA.

Tyedmers, P., Pelletier, N., Garret, A. and S. Anton. 2007. Greenhouse gas emissions for selected seafood species supplied to UK processors. Prepared in cooperation with SeaFish Industry Authority, UK.

Pelletier, N. 2004. Going organic: A new wave in aquaculture. Aquaculture Association of Canada Special Publication No. 8:77-79.

 

Selected reports for government:

Pelletier, N. 2015. Sustainability indicators, tools and reporting systems for agri-food products. Developed under contract for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

Pelletier, N. 2014. Life cycle assessment in agriculture: Applications, social license, and market access. Developed under contract for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.

Pelletier, N., Ostaglu, E., Benoit, C., and G. Norris. 2014. Social sustainability in trade and development policy: A life cycle approach to understanding and managing social risk attributable to production and consumption in the EU. Produced for Directorate General – Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Pelletier, N., Maas, R., Goralcyk, M. and M.-A. Wolf. 2012. Towards a life cycle-based European Sustainability Footprint framework. Produced for Directorate General – Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Nita, V., Benini, L., Ciupagea, C., Kavalov, B. and N. Pelletier. 2012. Bio-economy and sustainability: A potential contribution to the Bio-economy Observatory. Produced for Directorate General – Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Baranzelli C., Vandecasteele, I., Barranco, R. and N. Pelletier. 2012. Towards spatially-resolved assessment of land and water use scenarios for shale gas development in Poland. Produced for Directorate General – Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Kavalov, B. and N. Pelletier. 2012. Shale gas for Europe: Main environmental and social considerations. Produced for Directorate General – Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Pelletier, N., Chomkamsri, K., Manfredi S. and R. Pant. 2012. Organisation Environmental Footprint Guide. Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy. Produced for Directorate General –  Joint Research Centre, European Commission.

Chomkamsri, K., Pelletier, N., Manfredi S. and R. Pant. 2012. Product Environmental Footprint Guide. Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy. Produced for Directorate General – Environment, European Commission.

Chomkamsri, K., Pelletier, N. and R. Pant. 2011. Analysis of existing environmental footprint methodologies for products and organizations: Recommendations, rational and alignment. Institute for Environment and Sustainability, European Commission Joint Research Center, Ispra, Italy. Produced for Directorate General – Environment, European Commission.

Pelletier, N. 2003. Understanding proposed organic certification standards for farmed salmon. BC Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Victoria, BC.

Pelletier, N. 2003. Invertebrate type specimens of the Royal British Columbia Museum. Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria, BC.

Pelletier, N. 2001. Natural history profiles and life tables of BC wildlife species: A risk assessment tool for contaminated sites. Contaminated Sites Unit, Pollution Prevention and Remediation Branch, BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Victoria, BC.

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