9:30 am - 10:30 am
A graduate seminar is a presentation of the student’s final research project for their degree.
This is a RENR PhD final exam seminar for Zihaohan Sang. This seminar is open to the general public to attend.
812 General Services Building (GSB), University of Alberta, Edmonton AB
Thesis Topic: Forest Tree Population Response to Climate Variability and Climate Change: Implications for Reforestation
Abstract: This thesis research project quantifies the sensitivity and adaptive capacity of forest tree populations to climate change at different spatial scales, to support sustainable forestry operations in Alberta and beyond. At the broadest scale, for North America, I conduct a remote-sensing based vulnerability assessment of forest ecosystems. Next, I conduct species-specific analyses of adaptive capacity for important boreal tree species in Canada, and lastly, I analyze a comprehensive series of genetic test plantations from Alberta to create a seed selection tool for forest managers that identifies suitable planting stock, synthesizing multiple criteria including vulnerability to climatic extreme events, adaptive capacity, and growth of genotypes.