We seek to improve the process-based understanding of wetland ecosystem function by investigating the links between ecology, soil development, hydrology and carbon biogeochemistry. This information can help us model and manage these ecosystems. Current projects include:

A vacuum-harvester extracting peat.

Lines cleared of trees in a forested peatland.

A porous disk and peat sample in appartus used to measure hydraulic properties.

A boardwalk in a poor fen.

Sphagnum moss.

Response of peatland carbon cycling to disturbance

This research investigates carbon dioxide, methane, and dissolved organic carbon fluxes from peatlands affected by disturbance such as drainage, extraction, resource exploration and extraction, restoration and climate change.

Fen construction in a post oil sands landscape

Well-pad restoration to peatland

Impact of linear disturbances on peatland biogeochemistry

Seismic line restoration

Horticultural peat extraction and restoration

Climate change impacts to peatland C exchange

Subsurface methane dynamics in peatlands

This research investigates subsurface dissolved and gaseous methane, its variability in space and time and its release to the atmosphere via ebullition. The effects of entrapped gas on peatland ecosystem function are also considered.

Hydrophysical properties of peat and Sphagnum moss

In many boreal peatlands Sphagnum moss is the major peat forming species. This research investigates the relationship between moisture dynamics in the moss, underlying peat and the resulting impact on Sphagnum productivity and peat accumulation. We also investigate  peat properties such as hydraulic conductivity, pore size distribution, bulk density, fiber content and thermal conductivity and variability between peatland microforms, peatland types, climatic regions, and disturbance regimes. This data will be useful for models of peatland development and hydrology.

 

Here is a summary of the research undertaken in the Wetland Soils and Greenhouse Gas Exchange Lab: