Sara Butler

I have recently completed my BSc (hons) from Earth Science from Memorial University with a major in Earth Science with a broad focus on environmental geology. This includes courses in hydrogeology and a field course studying the effects of acid mine drainage. I completed my honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Susan Ziegler, during which I studied the effects of temperature on boreal forest moss decomposition from two sites within the NL-BELT project. This incubation study was done over a four year period in order to monitor the changes of major nutrients including carbon and nitrogen as well as the organic chemistry of the moss material over time. My current research goals are to further analyze the results of this study to gain a better understanding of the effects of decomposition on nitrogen during the incubations and how the decomposition of mosses may fit within nitrogen cycling in boreal forest ecosystems.

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