Forest Ecology Research Group


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Dr. Jennifer Baltzer

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change

Contact Information

Email: jbaltzer (at)
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4188

Academic Background

PhD (2005) Faculty of Forestry, University of Toronto
BScH (2000) Department of Biology, Acadia University


2007-11, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Mount Allison University
2005-07, Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Tropical Forest Science, Harvard University

Research Interests

The main focus of my research group is the functional basis of plant species distributions. Trade-offs between stress tolerance and performance contribute strongly to species distributions and may provide a more general basis for species range sizes and patterns of local distribution. We focus on forest ecosystems including tropical, temperate and boreal forests.

Dr. Nicola DayDSCF1204

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Topic

Post-fire changes in soil fungal communities and patterns of forest regeneration in the Northwest Territories

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Ana Sniderhan

PhD candidate

Research Topic

Growth dynamics in subarctic forests across the Taiga Plains Ecoregion in the Northwest Territories.

Sabine DietzSabine Dietz

Ph.D. Candidate (co-supervised, Dr. Kate Frego UNBSJ)

Research Topic

Geographic range size in artic/alpine plants in Eastern Canada and the conservation value of southern marginal populations.

Allison McManus

Allison McManusMSc Candidate (Co-supervised with Dr. Bill Quinton)

Research Topic

Impacts of galling herbivory on shrub energy balance, soil warming and localized permafrost thaw.

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Cory Wallace

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Cory’s research interests focus on understanding the mechanisms that control plant species distributions. More specifically, how plants respond to system components such as soil type, water and nutrient availability, neighbouring organisms, and microclimate and how these responses influence where and how plants grow. Cory’s thesis research is focusing on drivers of shrub distribution in tundra ecosystems.

Jason Paul

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Jason is interested in understanding the importance of the ecological and geological drivers of near-surface ground ice in fine-grained permafrost soils.

Katie Black Katie_photo

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Katie is interested in understanding the mechanisms that influence the expansion of shrub patches in tundra ecosystems. Her thesis work focuses on how moisture, topographic features, and nutrient availability control the growth and distribution of shrubs at Trail Valley Creek near Inuvik in the NWT.

Alison White2014-07-25%2012.44.33

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Alison is interested in how understory plant communities reassemble after forest fires. Her thesis will focus on post-fire variation in vegetation assembly and regeneration in the Northwest Territories.

Kirsten ReidYK%202

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Kirsten spent the summer exploring the 2014 fire scars throughout the NWT. Her thesis work will focus on post-fire successional trajectories in high latitude boreal forests.


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