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Meghan Laidlaw

 Name: Meghan Laidlaw       Degree:  M.Sc Candidate (Completed)

Daring Lake 066I am a masters student in Forest Sciences and I am originally from Guelph, Ontario. I was very happy to discover that Vancouver is such a bike friendly city as I really enjoy cycling and hope to commute to school, although learning to bike in the rain may prove challenging. I completed my undergrad degree at Queen’s University in Kingston, where I was first intrigued by soil nutrient cycling and the impacts of climate change, particularly in Arctic ecosystems. While working as a tree planter in Northern Alberta, I became fascinated by the complex dynamics of planted forest ecosystems and the role of planted trees and shrubs in restoration efforts, such as in the reclaimed Alberta oil sands sites. The potential for these degraded areas to become resilient forests capable of full ecosystem functioning is an exciting prospect and I hope my research will contribute to achieving this goal. I plan to investigate interactions between planted shrubs and soil processes, including carbon storing, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and microbial activity at reclaimed oil sands sites. Shrubs may play an important role in re-establishing a functional forest soil, and I hope to quantify these effects, and ultimately contribute my research to restoration management strategies that not only promote a healthy forest ecosystem, but one that will be capable of adapting to the pressures of climate change. Effective communication is an underlying factor in most disciplines and it is frequently undervalued in science. I appreciate the goals of the TerreWEB program to increase our understanding of novel approaches in scientific communication, and broaden our perspectives concerning the audience that we need to be addressing. I hope to take away from this the ability to influence positive change, whether it is in oil sands reclamation projects, or in other forestry based projects.

Thesis Topic: Investigate interactions between planted shrubs and soil processes, including carbon storing, carbon and nitrogen cycling, and microbial activity at reclaimed oil sands sites

Supervisor: Dr. Cindy Prescott

Publications:

Laidlaw, M. (2015). Soil carbon stabilization under three reclaimed vegetation types in the Alberta oil sands.

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