MScF Candidate - University of Toronto Faculty of Forestry
I am a Master's of Science student in the field of Forestry investigating carbon and nutrient storage and fluxes in downed coarse woody debris. I began my studies in September of 2010, under the supervision of Prof. John P. Caspersen and with the assistance of my committee members, Nathan Basiliko from University of Toronto at Mississauga's Geography Department, and Trevor Jones from the Ontario Forest Research Institute.
My research takes place at the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve - a prime example of Ontario's northern hardwood forests and Canada's first FSC certified forest. Privately owned, Haliburton forest covers some 26,000 hectares, and is located just southeast of Algonquin Park. This northern hardwood forest type is dominated by sugar maple, beech and yellow birch interspersed with the occasional hemlock or white pine.
A sample taken from a piece of downed woody debris in Haliburton forest