Forest Ecology Research Group

Team

Dr. Jennifer Baltzer

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change

Contact Information

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

Academic Background

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

Biography

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.

Contact Information

gmcnickle(at)wlu.ca
Website

Dr. Rajit Patankar

Research Associate, Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Topic

Dr. Patanker is leading investigations at Scotty Creek, NWT on the implications of gall-inducing arthropods on plant ecophysiology and forest structure.

Ana Sniderhan

MSc candidate

Research Topic

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

Sabine 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.

Melissa Fafard

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

The impacts of climate warming-related permafrost thaw and increased hydrological connectivity on wetland plant communities in Scotty Creek, Northwest Territories.

Jessica Smeekens

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Allison McManus

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Greg Lynch

Undergraduate Honours Project

Research Topic

lazy CoryCory Wallace

Research Assistant

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.

Former Lab Members

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