Forest Ecology Research Group


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Dr. Jennifer Baltzer

Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change

Contact Information

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

Academic Background

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


2007-11, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Mount Allison University
2005-07, Postdoctoral Fellow Center for Tropical Forest Science, Harvard University

Research Interests

Studies in my lab seek to understand the mechanistic bases of plant species distributions along environmental gradients. By understanding the morphological and physiological mechanisms by which plants respond to environmental change, we can better predict responses of these same species to future conditions. We focus on forest ecosystems including tropical, temperate and boreal forests as well as low arctic tundra.

Dr. Nicola DayDSCF1204

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Topic

Post-fire changes in soil fungal communities and patterns of forest regeneration in the Northwest Territories

Contact Information

email: nday(at)




Dr. Anna Coles

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Topic

Anna is part of the Northern Water Futures Team and she is focused on the analysis and synthesis of integrative datasets. In particular Anna is focused on understanding how landcover changes associated with climate warming are impacting hydrological processes.

email: acoles(at)


Dr. Katherine Dearborn

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Topic

Katherine is interested in plant-environment relationships and vegetation dynamics across environmental gradients in northern and alpine regions. As a postdoctoral fellow in the Forest Ecology Research Group, she will be exploring the influence of thawing permafrost on boreal forest composition and structure. Katherine is part of the growing Northern Water Futures team at Laurier.

email: kdearborn(at)


Dr. Ana Sniderhan

Research Associate

Research Topic

Ana is Laurier’s Global Water Futures ecosystem resilience research associate. Ana is using FERG as her home base but supporting ecological studies across Laurier’s network of research sites.


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Cory Wallace

PhD Candidate

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. Cory’s thesis research is focusing on drivers of shrub distribution in tundra ecosystems.


Katherine Standen

PhD candidate

Research Topic

Katherine’s research interests involve responses of plants to large scale disturbance. Specifically, Katherine is researching changes in plant community composition, structure and function in response to permafrost thaw in the boreal forest.


Jason Paul

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Jason is interested in understanding the importance of the ecological and geological drivers of near-surface ground ice in fine-grained permafrost soils.


Meagan Warkentinmeagan-picture

MSc Candidate

Research Topic

Meagan loves working in northern boreal forests studying forest ecology. Her thesis work focuses on the rate and trajectory of forest succession following wildfire, particularly in terms of stand structural attributes and understory vegetation communities.


Geneviève Degré-Timmonsgenevieve

Research Technician

Research Topic

Geneviève is part of the team working to understand the recovery of forests in the NWT post-fire.

Former Lab Members


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