Soils and Ecohydrology Team

Maria Strack, Soils and Ecohydrology Team Lead

Maria’s current research focuses on peatland greenhouse gas fluxes in both natural and disturbed ecosystems. She collaborates on several peatland restoration projects across Canada involving restoration of sites used for horticultural peat extraction, former well-pads and roads related to oil extraction, and peatland construction in oil sands mining regions. Her interest in these projects is evaluating the conditions that help to return a carbon accumulation function post-restoration. She is also investigating the potential impact of climate change on peatlands through plot to ecosystem scale manipulation of temperature and water table and evaluating the subsequent changes in soil properties, plant community and greenhouse gas fluxes.

Ellie Goud, Postdoctoral Fellow

Ellie is a broadly trained plant scientist and ecologist from Atlantic Canada. Her research addresses the underlying physiological mechanisms structuring patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function. A common goal throughout her work is understanding how variation in plant traits scale up to impact species distributions and nutrient cycling, with a focus on carbon and water exchange. She is particularly interested in how we can apply this information to solve environmental problems. As such, she works on scientific questions at the interface of plant functional biology, ecosystem science, theoretical and applied ecology.

Scott Davidson, Postdoctoral Fellow

Scott completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield with collaborative links with San Diego State University and Utrecht University.

His current research is looking at peatland disturbance and restoration across Canada, with a focus on the impacts on vegetation communities and greenhouse gas fluxes. Scott’s previous research looked at linkages between vegetation communities and methane (CH4) emissions at multiple scales in Arctic tundra landscapes.

Kim Kleinke, MSc Student

Kim’s project aims to examine the impacts of seismic lines and different restoration techniques on soil quality and vegetation recovery. Specifically, the objectives of this project are to 1) compare soil physical and chemical properties of unrestored seismic lines and seismic lines restored in different years, 2) examine the impact of different mounding treatments on soil properties directly after restoration and 3) to examine plant nutrient, nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) responses on seismic lines.