I completed my Master’s degree at the University of Waterloo from 2003 -2005. My work was the first ever field-scale climate change experiment in a peatland and provided valuable insight into what might happen to peatlands under a 2 x CO2 climate change scenario. We achieved surrogacy by draining peatland ponds (one in a fen, one in a bog) 20 cm (the expected water table decline under a warmer climate) and measure the results against un-impacted ponds (as a control).
After my Master’s I worked for a year or so for Dr. Jonathan Price in the Wetlands Hydrology Lab at the University of Waterloo supervising some undergraduate projects in Quebec and New Brunswick, as well as conducting some lab experiments. The Quebec research was in Cancouna (near Riviere du Loup) looking at the restoration of a block-cut peatland. In New Brunswick we were looking at the impacts of a tidal wave (salt water intrusion into a vacuum harvested peatland – it was very wet and very hard to walk around!
I then started a PhD with Dr. Price looking at the impacts of the Victor Diamond Mine to the peatlands surrounding the mine. Most of my work focused on the groundwater-surface water connection between the dewatered limestone aquifer and the surficial peatland aquifer; this meant understanding the role of the marine sediments that lay between these layers.
I joined BU in July 2014.
My current research is focused in eastern Manitoba at the Moss Spur peatland. This peatland was abandoned ~20 years ago but has done a remarkable job at re-growing all by itself, something you do not see in abandoned Quebec peatlands. The question is: why?
I can be reached via email or phone at the Dept. of Geography home page.