Dr. Sue Ziegler

Dr. Sue Ziegler

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Boreal Biogeochemistry
Department of Earth Sciences      

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I really enjoy uncovering the chemical clues left behind in our environment and figuring out what they tell us about how ecosystems function and ultimately how they respond to environmental change. These clues are a part of elemental cycles that form the underpinnings of how our world functions including foodwebs, atmospheric composition and ultimately the climate we thrive in. I feel extremely fortunate for the great opportunities to make these discoveries here in Newfoundland and Labrador where we have such spectacular environments spanning from boreal forests and peatlands to beautiful salmon and trout streams and rivers to breath taking coastlines and estuaries.

My research group and I investigate the biogeochemistry of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems here in this important boreal region of the northwest Atlantic. Specifically, we are interested in how different aspects of environmental change, such as nutrient pollution, climate change, and elevated CO2, impact the cycling of organic matter and nutrients. Much of our work involves the use of biomarkers (chemical clues with unique source) and stable isotopes to track elements as they cycle through the environment. The elemental reservoirs, specifically dissolved and soil organic matter, that we study are important to global carbon cycling and climate change, ecosystem function, and water quality.

Since starting my research at Memorial University in Newfoundland I've spearheaded the development of the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect (NL-BELT) in collaboration with colleagues including those within the Canadian Forest Service and Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry. This research platform has enabled ecosystem level research into the impact of climate change on the boreal environment.

Feel free to contact me or any of the Biogeochemistry of Boreal Ecosystem Research Group (BBERG) members if you have interest in any of our research activities or opportunities. We are always interested in working with new individuals motivated to become successful biogeochemists!

Since starting my research at Memorial University in Newfoundland I've spearheaded the development of the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect (NL-BELT; website) in collaboration with colleagues including those within the Canadian Forest Service and Newfoundland and Labrador Forestry. This research platform has enabled ecosystem level research into the impact of climate change on the boreal environment.  

Feel free to contact me or any of the Biogeochemistry of Boreal Ecosystem Research Group (BBERG) members if you have interest in any of our research activities or opportunities.  We are always interested in working with new individuals motivated to become successful biogeochemists!

Contact

Earth Sciences

230 Elizabeth Ave

St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

Tel: (709) 864-2530

Fax: (709) 864-2552

becomestudent@mun.ca