Welcome to the Northern Plant Ecology Lab

Department of Biology, University of Saskatchewan


Dr. Jill Johnstone

CV & Recent Publications (Jill Johnstone)

Graduate students - Current and Past

Undergraduate students

Research Interests

BS forest Our main research interests are focused on how disturbance processes may interact with climate change to drive future vegetation dynamics of boreal forest and tundra ecosystems. In particular, how are changes in disturbance regimes, such as altered fire frequency and severity, likely to influence forest responses to directional climate change? Once a disturbance has occurred, what are the effects of climate warming on plant regeneration and colonization processes? After the initial period of community assembly, what types of biotic and abiotic interactions are responsible for shaping subsequent trajectories of succession? Are disturbances likely to create windows of opportunity for southern species to invade northern communities as the climate warms? What do these interactions mean for management of human disturbances or the prediction of future changes in northern ecosystems over coming decades or centuries?

Current research

The Northern Plant Ecology Lab at the University of Saskatchewan was established in 2006. Current research in the lab includes the following projects:

Notes for Prospective Graduate Students

Miscellaneous lab goodies

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[Website last updated in April 2014 by JFJ.]