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Wilfrid Laurier University Office of Research Services
December 7, 2016
Canadian Excellence


Elise Gabrielli

MSc Candidate

Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, Wilfrid Laurier University

The Contribution of Conifer Transpiration to the Evapotranspiration Flux in a Western Boreal Fen

My research will provide an evaluation of the natural functioning of regional fens within Western Boreal peatlands. Specifically I am examining water-use efficiency of vegetated species as an indicator of ecosystem functioning. This study will assess the contribution of conifer transpiration to the evapotranspiration flux within the references fens that were selected to parallel a fen reclamation project on a post-oil sands mining site. Natural stand varieties of Larch, Larix laricina, and Black Spruce, Picea mariana, are the primary conifer species under examination. These species are not only representative of those naturally occurring within the reference fens but they are also expected to dominate the upland areas in the constructed system, which directly contributes as a source of groundwater to the fen.