My research focuses on the links between climate change, energy and carbon cycling. Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), a conservation bioenergy crop presents an innovative strategy to not only combat anthropogenic climate change, but also secure a sustainable energy feedstock. As switchgrass becomes integrated as a feasible bioenergy source in Ontario, it is important to understand the implications that this crop has on soil properties. I will be investigating changes in soil properties, specifically soil carbon following the establishment of switchgrass in southeastern Ontario farms.
Supervisor: Dr. Neal Scott (and a great group of fellow students in the Facility for Biogeochemical Research on Environmental Change and the Cryosphere)