Dr. Trevor Vanden Boer

I completed a combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Analytical Chemistry and Forensic Science from Laurentian University in 2007. I have subsequently completed an MSc (2008) and PhD (2012) in Environmental and Atmospheric Chemistry with Dr. Jennifer Murphy from the University of Toronto. I am an author on 23 publications and have been awarded NSERC undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research awards. For the past three years I have been a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Susan Ziegler at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland. My ongoing research examines the biogeochemical interactions of nitrogen between the biosphere and the atmosphere. Over the past century humans have chemically converted inert dinitrogen gas into reactive forms of nitrogen intentionally, for agricultural fertilizers, and unintentionally, in the burning of fossil fuels. This reactive nitrogen, when released to the atmosphere, can be transported over long distances to affect the productivity of sensitive, nutrient-limited, ecosystems. I have previously received funding from the Harris Centre at Memorial, an my current research programme is supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Natural Resources Centre for Forestry Science and Innovation, and the Canadian Forestry Service. My current research is being conducted under a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship utilizing measurements of reactive nitrogen made across a latitudinal transect of boreal forest sites in Newfoundland and Labrador. This transect acts as a model for climate change and allows assessment of potential climate feedback mechanisms. Reactive nitrogen measurements can specifically aid in understanding potential impacts on the cycling and storage of carbon in boreal ecosystems with changing climate. Both issues are of high significance to predicting future ecosystem changes in Canada, where climate change impacts are already visible in Arctic regions and transport of human-derived reactive nitrogen has been recorded.

You can reach me via email at: tvandenboer@mun.ca