PhD on peatland restoration
Peatland Ecology Research Group / Université Laval
The Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG) was formed through the partnership of the university scientific community, the Canadian peat moss industry and federal and provincial agencies. Our common objective is the integrated sustainable management of Canadian peatlands.
The research team is headed by Dr. Line Rochefort of Université Laval (Québec, Canada). Since 1992, this research group has lead many projects, dealing with:
- The development of restoration techniques after peat harvesting;
- Natural plant recolonisation after harvesting;
- Hydrology, geochemistry, microbiology of natural, harvested and restored peatlands;
- Peatland conservation strategies;
- The peatland populations of arthropods, amphibians, birds, and mammals;
- Sphagnum ecology and productivity.
Energy, Resources and the Environment (ERE)
Program: Plant biology
Where: Université Laval, Québec City
Starting date: January 2020 or May 2020
Scholarships: Can$ 25,000 / yr (PhD)
Tuition fees: Scholarships for international students *Academic courses are taught in French
The Peatland Ecology Research Group has developed over the past 25 years a method for restoring ombrotrophic peatlands in collaboration with the Canadian peat industry. The method has a 75% success rate and has been applied to more than 1100 hectares of industrial sites throughout Canada so far. One of PERG’s new challenges is to focus on the restoration of fens. Recent trials have shown that some plant communities typical of these ecosystems (e.g. Carex and true mosses) do not re-establish quickly when applied mechanically and at large scale. Specific methods have therefore been developed and applied for their restoration.
This project aims at assessing the results of several fen restoration projects throughout Canada, especially in the provinces of Québec and Manitoba. To guide restoration goals, reference ecosystems for these regions will also be characterized and described. The PhD candidate should be enthusiastic about learning more about botany, bryology and restoration ecology.
Under the supervision of Line Rochefort, a world specialist in bryology and Chair of the RE3 2020 conference!
Send your application, along with:
1) Motivation letter;
3) Most recent grades transcript;
4) Contact information of 3 references;
Join a dynamic research lab: the Peatland Ecology Research Group!
- Team of 5 to 10 graduate students
- Support by research professionals and field assistants
- Participation in national and international congresses
- Weekly lab meetings