Forest Ecology Research Group

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Welcome to the Forest Ecology Research Group

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.


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FERG is very proud of Dr. Ana Sniderhan who is now officially DONE (thesis finalized and out the door)… Congratulations, Ana!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAna’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.

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PhD student Katherine Standen receives NSERC scholarship to study the impacts of permafrost thaw on plant functional traits

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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.