Dr. Jennifer Baltzer
Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Forests and Global Change
Email: jbaltzer (at) wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.4188
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
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.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Post-fire changes in soil fungal communities and patterns of forest regeneration in the Northwest Territories
Dr. Anna Coles
Post Doctoral Fellow
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.
Dr. Ana Sniderhan
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.
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’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 is interested in understanding the importance of the ecological and geological drivers of near-surface ground ice in fine-grained permafrost soils.
Alison is interested in how understory plant communities reassemble after forest fires. Her thesis will focus on post-fire variation in vegetation assembly and regeneration in the Northwest Territories.
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 is part of the team working to understand the recovery of forests in the NWT post-fire.
Jenna has worked on several projects in FERG during her BSc and is now helping with a range of lab-based analyses until she begins her MSc