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. Gordon McNickle

Banting Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Topic

Understanding how plants in the boreal forest allocate to roots, wood and leaves using evolutionary game theory.

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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.

Jill MacDonald

Undergraduate thesis student

Research Topic

Jill’s thesis focuses on assessing temporal and spatial variability in larch sawfly dynamics in a high latitude boreal forest.

Kirsten ReidYK%202

Undergraduate thesis student (Co-supervised with Dr. Scott Findlay)

Research Topic

Kirsten is working with GNWT national forest inventory data from the NWT and asking questions about drivers of site productivity. Kirsten is going to start her MSc in the FERG in September!


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