Dr. Sue Ziegler
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Science
Department of Earth Sciences
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1B 3X5 Canada
I am a biogeochemist. My research group and I investigate the biogeochemistry of both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. 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 inorganic nutrients in ecosystems ranging from mangrove estuaries to coniferous forests. Much of our work involves the use of biomarkers 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; 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. I am always interested in working with new individuals motivated to become successful biogeochemists!