Studies of the Environmental Effects of Disturbances in the Subarctic (SEEDS)
Principal Investigator: Kershaw, G. Peter (38)
Licence Number: 12855
Organization: University of Alberta
Licensed Year(s): 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996 1995 1994 1993 1992 1990
Issued: May 24, 1996
Project Team: Wendy Davis, Jennie Christensen, Michael Smilski, Taly Drezner

Objective(s): The main study objective is to describe post-fire ecosystem responses in a subarctic forest. In 1985 the SEEDS site was created and then in June 1995, a fire swept over the site. Consequently, the burned SEEDS site offers an opportunity to study post-fire responses with a comprehensive pre-fire data base. Studies will involve micorclimate, soil, vegetation and wildlife on the site and on a nearby unburned area.

Project Description: Access to the site will be along existing seismic lines from Tulita. Transport will involve helicopter, boat, ATV and foot. The research is planned to see what happens after the fire to the permafrost, soils, plants and animals. An unburned site will be monitored to provide comparison with the burned area. Many studies will be done, including measurements of air and soil temperatures, wind speed, moisture , water movement, permafrost, snow, plants and small animals. Most measurements will be made manually, however, several automated micro-climate stations will be set up to run year-round. Small mammal (mice-size) live trapping will be conducted on a capture and release grid to determine how they have been affected by burning of the site. The research will involve spring (May-June), summer (July-Aug.) and winter (Feb.) data collection.