10:30 am - 11:30 am
Event details: A graduate exam seminar is a presentation of the student’s final research project for their degree.
This is an ALES PhD Final Exam Seminar by Sarah Ficko. This seminar is open to the general public to attend.
PROPAGATION AND ESTABLISHMENT OF SHRUBS AND LICHEN-DOMINATED BIOCRUSTS FOR RECLAMATION OF DISTURBANCES IN NORTHERN ENVIRONMENTS
Public Seminar: https://ualberta-ca.zoom.us/j/93376934113
PhD with Dr. M. Anne Naeth
Resource exploration and extraction in the arctic cause long lasting disturbances that affect ecosystem functions and services, and highlight a need for effective revegetation techniques to restore disturbed environments. This research program developed and assessed revegetation techniques for integrated tundra communities with a similar mosaic of species as found in undisturbed areas. Research conducted in the field at Diavik Diamond Mine Inc, Northwest Territories, Canada (Diavik), and in growth chambers at the University of Alberta, focused on propagation and establishment of shrub species and lichen biocrusts, the dominant vegetation in shrub heath tundra in upland areas at Diavik. As very little research of this nature has been done in the north, we conducted a number of studies to develop a baseline understanding of species behaviours under a variety of conditions that can be used to inform current reclamation practitioners and guide future research directions.