Renewable Resources

Reclamation and Restoration of Land and Water

With a rapidly increasing human population and associated increased pressures on global land and water resources, ecosystem degradation is one of the greatest environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Our research focuses on:

  • Reclaiming terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems impacted by anthropogenic activities, including agriculture, forestry, urban development and industry
  • Natural disturbance such a fire and floods
  • Research domains that contribute to enhancing success and informing new approaches in contaminant remediation, reclamation and ecological restoration include soil science, plant science, aquatic science, hydrology, ecology, microbiology and forestry.

An integrated, multi-disciplinary approach to reclamation and restoration ensures establishment of functional and resilient ecosystems in a changing environment


Scott ChangForest Soils & Nutrient Dynamics
Miles DyckSustainable Agriculture, Soil Physics
Lee FooteWetland Ecology & Management
Guillermo Hernandez RamirezCarbon and Nitrogen Fluxes in Agroecosystems
Justine Karst: Mycorrhizal & Below-ground Ecology
Simon Landhäusser: Forest Land Reclamation and Restoration
Vic Lieffers: Silviculture & Forest Management 
Ellen Macdonald: Northern Vegetation Ecology and Biodiversity 
Derek MacKenzie: Soil-Plant Relations 
M. Anne Naeth:Land Reclamation and Restoration Ecology 
Scott Nielsen: Forest Ecology & Wildlife Management
David Olefeldt: Catchment and Wetland Sciences 
Rick Pelletier: Spatial information systems, GIS, remote sensing 
Brad Pinno: Silviculture
Mark Poesch: Stream and Lake Restoration
Sylvie Quideau: Soil Biogeochemistry
Bill Shotyk: Geochemistry of the Soil Environment
Tariq Siddique: Soil Chemistry and Environmental Microbiology
Janusz Zwiazek: Tree Physiology