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Matt Zustovic

Name: Matt Zustovic           Degree: M.Sc Candidate

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I am a graduate from the UBC Forestry Natural Resource Conservation program. In the summer of 2011, I began work on a research project focused on Douglas-fir seedling establishment and the influence of mycorrhizal fungi networks in the Southern interior of British Columbia. I’m lucky for the opportunity to continue working on this project and earn an MSc in Forest Sciences. I’m drawn to patterns and the interconnection of systems. The soil system is the confluence of the lithosphere, with minerals of varying size creating the soil matrix; the hydrosphere, percolating through the column creating nutrient solutions; the biosphere, trees and plants that accesses these nutrients through vast root and fungal networks; and the atmosphere, facilitating oxygen exchange for the multitude of soil biota that continually cycle nutrients for reuse. It’s a very beautiful system and I’d like to learn more. My research will focus on the effect of gap size from forest harvesting on Douglas-fir (pseudotsuga menziezii) seedling establishment and the effect of ectomycorrhizal fungi associations. Ectomycorrhizal fungi bonds to the root systems of trees in a mutually beneficial relationship: The fungus gains access to atmospheric carbon through the tree, and the tree gains access to water and nutrients in small interspaces that the roots are usually too large for.  Where it gets really fun is when mycorrhizal fungi associate with multiple trees and create a network of accessible water and nutrients that trees and plants can tap into.

Thesis Topic: Effect  of gap size from forest harvesting on Douglas-fir (pseudotsuga menziezii) seedling establishment and the effect of ectomycorrhizal fungi associations

Supervisor: Dr. Suzanne Simard

Publications: 

Refereed Journal Articles, Submitted paper

  • “Forest canopy gap size affects the regeneration potential of interior Douglas-fir through environmental properties and mycorrhizal networks” Authors: Matt Zustovic and Suzanne Simard, Journal: Forest Science, Submission date : Aug 31, 2015

Conference

  • “Forest canopy gap size affects the regeneration potential of interior Douglas-fir through environmental properties and mycorrhizal networks” Presenter: Matt Zustovic Conference: North American Forest Ecology Workshop (NAFEW 10) Presentation date: June 13, 2015
  • “Regeneration potential of interior Douglas-fir and the role of Mycorrhizal networks in response to different sized forest canopy gaps” Author: Matt Zustovic Conference: TerreWEB open house presentation date: Nov. 25, 2014
  • “Mycorrhiza! The Game” Presenter: Matt Zustovic Conference: Western mycorrhizal gathering Presentation date: May 10, 2015

Seminars:

  • “Regeneration potential of interior Douglas-fir and the role of Mycorrhizal networks in response to different sized forest canopy gaps” Presenter: Matt Zustovic Seminar: UBC Faculty of Forestry: Forest Sciences department seminar series
  • “Regeneration potential of interior Douglas-fir and the role of Mycorrhizal networks in response to different sized forest canopy gaps” Presenter: Matt Zustovic Seminar: TerreWEB seminar series Presentation date: March 9, 2015
  • “3 months in the dry, semi-arid South of Spain” Presenter: Matt Zustovic Seminar: TerreWEB seminar series Presentation date: September 11, 2014 Articles

Film: “Healing Forests” with Matt Zustovic (MSc student) and Suzanne Simard (supervisor).

 

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