Located at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the Forest Ecology Research Group examines 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.
Ana’s work focused on the growth-climate responses of black spruce in Northwestern Canada with a strong emphasis on the role of changing permafrost conditions on these responses. As an added bonus, Ana’s second paper was accepted for publication the same week she submitted her thesis revisions! Ana has joined Laurier’s Global Water Futures team as the Ecosystem Resilience Research Associate.
FERG is very proud of Katie Black whose MSc research has been recognized through the Medal of Academic Excellence, which she will be awarded at the Fall Convocation at Laurier. Katie’s research has focused on the implications of shrub expansion on the low arctic tundra. Well done, Katie!
Congratulations to FERG PhD student Katherine Standen was successful in her NSERC CGS-D application providing funding for her studies for the next three years. Katherine’s work focuses on the implications of permafrost thaw for plant community composition and function in subarctic boreal forests.
Sabine has been studying disjunct populations of arctic-alpine species in Atlantic Canada. She is off to start a new position at Environment and Climate Change Canada. Congratulations, Dr. Dietz!