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Conservation Biology / Plant Ecology

Dr. Luise Hermanutz

Professor, Dept of Biology, MUN

Email: lhermanu@mun.ca Phone: (709) 864 7919

Limestone Barrens of NewfoundlandFlowers of Long Leafed BlueberryGros Morne National Park, Newfoundland


Teaching

BIOL/GEOG 4650 - Conservation in Biology and Geography

BIOL 3610 - Boreal Ecology

Research Interests

Conservation Biology of endangered species, Plant Ecology (arctic-alpine & boreal systems); Protected Areas Strategies, Invasive species biology and impact; Climate change effects on boreal & arctic ecosystems.

Current field projects in Mealy Mountains, Labrador; Terra Nova NP, Gros Morne NP, Great Northern Peninsula.

Current Research Projects

1. Endangered Species Research: Conservation biology, stewardship and managment strategies of endemic limestone barrens species Long's braya (Braya longii), Fernald's braya (B. fernaldii) and Barrens willow (Salix jejuna) on the Great Northern Peninsula, on the island of Newfoundland. See www.limestonebarrens.ca. Current Graduate students: Susan Squires, PhD candidate; Julie Robinson, MSc candidate; Diane Pelley, MES candidate. Students who have completed their theses: Kim Parsons, MSc; Joni Driscoll, MSc; Ginette Rafuse, BSc; Susan Tilley, BSc.; Laura Noel, BSc Honours.

2. Impact of Climate Change on alpine habitats and treeline: Together with climatologist, geomorphologists, GIS specialists in the Geography Dept, we are modelling the anticipated impacts of climate change on boreal, arctic and alpine ecosystems. See http://www.mun.ca/geog/lhrg. Post-doctoral Fellow: Dr. Keith Lewis; Current Graduate students: Andrew Trant, PhD candidate; Brittany Cranston, MSc candidate; Julia Wheeler, MSc candidate; Ryan Jameson, MSc candidate. Students who have completed their theses: Anne Munier, MSc.; Ngaire Yurich, MES; Jolene Sutton, BSc Honours.

3. Impact of non-native herbivores on forest regeneration and biodiveristy: Working with Terra Nova and Gros Morne National Parks, we are determining the cumulative impacts that the many non-native herbivores and plants are having on the forests of Newfoundland by using a variety of methods such as fencing to keep out animals, experimental plantings, restoration techniques. Moose, snowshoe hare, red squirrel, northern shrew, red-backed vole and a variety of slugs are not native to the island and have had large negative effects on the ability of the forest to regenerate, while Field (Canada) thistle and black knapweed have invaded forests and are interferring with the ability of the balsam to regenerate. Current students: Kofi Boa-Antwi, MSc student; Jessica Humber, MSc. student; Charmaine Holloway, BSc Honours. Students who have completed their theses: Laura Noel, MSc.; Costa Kasimos, Msc.; Randy Power, MSc.; Michael Rose, MSc, S. Floyd Wood, BSc.

4. Non-timber forest products: In partnership with Dr. Wilf Nicholls, Director of the MUN Botanical Gardens, and NL Forestry Training Centre, we are investigating the potential of a variety of forest species for sustainable harvest and cultivation. See http://www.mun.ca/botgarden/plant_bio/research/. Susan Squires is a Research Associate organizing our activities and Danielle Fequet is our MSc student.

Recent Publications

Parsons, K. and L. Hermanutz. 2006. Breeding system variation, potential hybridization and conservation of rare, endemic braya species (Brassicaceae). Biological Conservation 128(2): 201-214.

Sutton, J., L. Hermanutz and J. Jacobs. 2006. Frost disturbance and seedling recruitment of arctic-alpine plants in the Mealy Mountains, Labrador. Arctic, Antarctic & Alpine Research 38(2): 273-275.

Hendrickson, C., T. Bell, K. Butler and L. Hermanutz. 2005. Disturbance-enabled invasion of Tussilago farfara (L.) in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland: Management implications. Natural Areas Journal 25(3): 263-274.

Rose, M. and L. Hermanutz. 2004. Are boreal ecosystems susceptible to alien plant invasion? Evidence from protected areas. Oecologia 139: 467-77.

Hermanutz, L. et al. 2002. National Recovery Plan for Long’s Braya (Braya longii Fernald) and Fernald’s Braya (Braya fernaldii Abbe). National Recovery Plan No. 23. Recovery of Nationally Endangered Wildlife (RENEW). Ottawa, ON.

Parks Canada Agency. 2000. “Unimpaired for Future Generations"? Protecting Ecological Integrity with Canada’s National Parks. 2 Volumes. Report of the Panel on the Ecological Integrity of Canada’s National Parks. Ottawa. ON.

Current Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellow:

Dr. Keith Lewis, IPY-PPSA post-doc; keithl@mun.ca

Susan Squires, Ph.D Candidate; stilley@mun.ca

Andrew Trant, Ph.D Candidate;

Julie Robinson, MSc. Candidate; jlrobins@mun.ca

Jessica Humber, MSc. Candidate;

Diane Pelley, M.E.S. Candidate;

Danielle Fequet, MSc. Candidate (Environmental Science)

Ryan Jameson, MSc. Candidate

Brittany Cranston, MSc. Candidate; bcranston@mun.ca

Julia Wheeler, MSc. Candidate;

Kofi Boa-Antwi, MSc. Candidate (Environmental Science)

Marilyn Anions, MSc. Candidate;

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