Project Coordinator

Linden FairbairnI am currently the Project Coordinator in the Ecohydrology Research Group. My role involves coordinating project activities and outcomes, administrative support, and outreach activities for various projects within the Global Water Futures program at the University of Waterloo. Previously, I completed my MSc in Earth Science (Water) in the Ecohydrology group and my BSc in Biology at Waterloo.

My MSc research aimed to improve our process-based understanding of how soil moisture and oxygen affect rates of soil CO2 fluxes. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from soils comprise a major component of the global carbon cycle. The responses of soil CO2 fluxes to changes in environmental conditions remain unclear but are critical for predictive modeling of global carbon fluxes with climate change. Soil moisture and oxygen are two closely related factors that affect rates of aerobic and anaerobic processes in soil. My MSc work involved laboratory soil incubation experiments that inform models for soil CO2 fluxes. In the first phase of my MSc thesis, I conducted a factorial batch experiment to decouple the effects of soil moisture and oxygen on soil CO2 fluxes and investigated how anaerobic processes contribute to CO2 production in soil. In the second phase, I further investigated these mechanisms by studying how intrinsic soil properties (e.g., soil texture) affect the relationships between soil moisture, oxygen, and CO2 fluxes. Overall, by developing a better process-based understanding of greenhouse gas-producing processes in soil and their drivers, my research contributed new insights into models that can accurately represent the complex biogeochemical functioning of soils.

Office: EIT 1006

Phone: 519-888-4567 ext. 31320

Email: lgfairbairn@uwaterloo.ca

Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo

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