Forest Ecology Research Group

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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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Congratulations to Katie Black who has been awarded the Medal of Academic Excellence for her MSc research


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!

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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.