Welcome to the CAWS!

Our research group studies impacts of disturbances and land management practices on catchment and wetland functions. We have a strong focus on northern peatlands and peatland-rich catchments, with current research conducted on the Boreal and Taiga Plains of western Canada. Here we study topics related to greenhouse gas fluxes, water quality, soil biogeochemistry, terrestrial-aquatic linkages, hydrogeology, permafrost thaw, wildfire, thermokarst, and soil carbon storage.




May 14, 2018. Pre-print available in HESS-D on "Seasonal shifts in export of DOC and nutrients from burned and unburned peatland-rich catchments, Northwest Territories, Canada" by Katheryn Burd et al.

September, 2017. Katheryn Burd successfully defended her MSc thesis "Influence of wildfire and permafrost thaw on dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in northern peatlands; implications for lability and downstream transport".

August 28, 2017. Carolyn Gibson successfully defended her MSc thesis "Long term effects of wildfire on permafrost stability and carbon cycling in Northern Peatlands".

January 5, 2017. New publication on long-term greenhouse gas exchange in an Alaskan rich fen with experimental water table manipulations.

Decemeber 12-16, 2016. Several contributions from our group at the 2016 AGU Fall meeting!

October 17, 2016. Nice article on our new publication on EOS.org.

October 11, 2016. New article from our group on circumpolar thermokarst landscape distribution and carbon storage in Nature Communications.

September 2016. We welcome two new graduate students to the CAWS Group; Emily Pugh who will study inter-annual variability of pond water chemistry on the Boreal Plains, and McKenzie Kuhn who will study methane emissions from thermokarst ponds on the Taiga Plains.

March 25, 2016. Members of our research group contributed to a recent study on the balance between carbon loss and gains due to permafrost thaw.

March 4, 2016. New publication on the importance of aquatic C fluxes for catchment C balances.

December 14-18, 2015. Several presentations from group members at the 2015 AGU meeting: 14C synthesis, peatland C stocks, modeling natural wetlands, modeling permafrost carbon feedback, and modeling of thermokarst landscapes.

October 1, 2015. Cristian Estop-Aragones has joined the research group as a post-doctoral researcher.

September 1, 2015. New graduate students join the research group: Liam Heffernan (PhD), Katheryn Burd (MSc), and Carolyn Gibson (MSc).

April 13, 2015. Interview in Northern Journal on new synthesis study on the impacts of permafrost thaw for carbon cycling.

April 12, 2015. Interview in Edmonton Sun on new synthesis study on the impacts of permafrost thaw for carbon cycling.