Tania Maxwell

Université Laval
Ph.D. candidate

Supervisor: Alison Munson
Laurent Augusto, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)
Start: 2018-10-01
End: 2021-09-30
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Can biodiversité offset the negatif effects of climate change on nutrient cycling in forests?
The purpose of my PhD project is to determine whether tree species diversity may offset the negative effects of drought on nutrient cycling (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus) in forests. My research will focus on three parts: nutrient availability in soils, nutrient absorption by trees, and nutrient use efficiency in forests. From this, I aim to identify the ecological mechanisms by which biodiversity may allow forests to cope with extreme climate events such as drought. My research project will be based on two tree diversity experimental platforms in “common garden”, both manipulating water resource: ORPHEE in south-western France and IDENT in Sault-Ste-Marie, Canada.


biodiversity, drought, climate change, nutrient cycling, TreeDivNet