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.
We are really excited about a new paper led by former FERG PDF Dr. Gord McNickle “The world’s biomes and primary production as a triple tragedy of the commons foraging game played among plants”… check it out!
We are looking for a highly motivated individual for a PhD position focusing on changes in plant functional traits along a latitudinal climate and permafrost gradient in the Canadian boreal zone. Go here for more details.
FERG Postdoc Nicola Day is leading the establishment of a seeding experiment aimed at understanding drivers of post-fire successional trajectories. Thanks to Jill Johnstone for her help getting this started!
Congratulations to Cory Wallace, Katie Black and Meagan Warkentin who received OGS awards and to Katherine Standen for receiving the OGS-QEII award. Great job guys!
FERG Postdoc Nicola Day presented her work on heat resistant fungi at the meeting. For more information go here. Here is one of Nicola’s fungal cultures Penicillium fuscum.