Clarice Perryman (@ClaricePerryman)
Position: PhD Candidate (University of New Hampshire, NH, USA)
Research Interests: Methane cycling in peatlands, particularly response of methane oxidation (consumption) to climate/environmental change.
What got you interested in peatlands?: I got involved with peatland research through an REU program and have been fascinated by the diversity of peatlands, the dynamic systems and interactions within peatlands, and the importance of peatlands to past and future global climate ever since.
What we want out of the ECR network: I’m hoping we build an inclusive community of peatland ECR where we can share ideas, grow our networks and skillsets, and advance peatland science through fostering exciting new collaborations!
Position: Lecturer in Ecosystem Resilience (University of Plymouth, UK)
Research interests: Anthropogenic and natural disturbance impacts on peatland biogeochemical cycling and ecology.
What got me interested in peatlands?: I’ve always been fascinated by the remote parts of the world. I spent a lot of my childhood wandering around moorland near my home town in Scotland and found myself longing to visit the ‘Great North’. I am extremely lucky and thankful I get to work in these landscapes.
What I want out of P.E.A.T: The opportunity to provide a diverse and inclusive space for peatland ECR’s across the world to network, share ideas and make connections.
Sophie Wilkinson (@SuperMossSophie)
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (McMaster University, ON, Canada)
Research interests: Peatland wildfire interactions and peatland ecohydrological feedbacks.
What got me interested in peatlands?: I was immediately amazed by peatlands when I first started learning about how much land they cover and carbon they store, and how they have developed over millennia, even whilst experiencing disturbances like wildfire – such resilience!
What I want out of P.E.A.T: I am hoping to help foster an inclusive community where ECR can gain support from their peers. I would like to be able to discuss methods and research design to create more comparable studies, and also ask questions only peat-y folks would understand!
Liam Heffernan (@heff_liam)
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (Uppsala University, Sweden)
Research interests: Terrestrial-aquatic biogeochemistry, particularly interested in permafrost ecosystems.
What got me interested in peatlands?: After taking a peatlands and global change course during my masters I was hooked. Then and now, I just can’t get over how much of the global soil carbon stock is found in the small area that peatlands occupy.
What I want out of P.E.A.T: An inclusive network and community of peatland ECR that fosters new ideas and creates long-term collaborative opportunities.
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow (The University of British Columbia, BC, Canada)
Research interests: The effects of restoration on biogeochemical and biophysical properties of peatland. Carbon budget of tidal wetlands.
What got me interested in peatlands?: I got involved with peatland research when I was a part-time undergraduate research assistance in Taiwan. Then I moved to a temperate peatland (Burns Bog, Delta, BC) which was under intensive restoration managements for my MSc study. Though switched to a forest ecosystem during my PhD, but I have been working on projects at Burns Bog here and there. Through all these years, I have been fascinated by the potential of peatlands in climate mitigation and how dynamic these ecosystems can be.
What I want out of P.E.A.T: The opportunity to provide a diverse and inclusive space for peatland ECR’s across the world to network, share ideas and make connections.A connected and inclusive community where ECR can exchange ideas, have discussions, and gain support from their peers, also a platform where ECR can share their research results.
Kristyn Mayner (@KristynMayner)
Position: Wetland Stewardship Specialist at Ducks Unlimited Canada (National Boreal Program)
Research interests: Boreal peatlands, wildfire, permafrost thaw and other impacts relating to changing climate.
What got me interested in peatlands?: I was previously working in the consulting industry and tasked with reclamation of wellsite and access road disturbances in Alberta peatlands. I had no idea how to approach this so I decided to tackle a MSc degree in Ecohydrology. The rest is history.
What I want out of P.E.A.T: Connection to the peatland research community, staying up on current research, fieldwork and on the ground solutions to peatland degradation.
Martina Schlaipfer (@kyonion)
Position: PhD Candidate (Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied
Sciences and Technical University of Munich, Germany)
Research interests: Anything soil, but particularly biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in organic soils and the effects of land-use on greenhouse gas fluxes in peatlands.
What got me interested in peatlands?: My passion for peatlands came about by chance, when I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do after finishing my Geography degree. The first job ad that I thought sounded really interesting was for a PhD in Patagonian peatlands. I didn’t end up getting that position but my love for peatlands had been awakened and I’ve stuck with the topic ever since.
What I want out of P.E.A.T: When I started out in my PhD, often times I felt really alone with my research and it took me a long time (and a 6-month research stay in Canada) to build connections outside of our lab. Collaboration – be it within one’s own research group or internationally – is something that I find essential to advance research in any given field. Therefore, I hope that we can help foster positive change within the peatland community, especially when it comes to including more ECR from places outside Europe and North America.
Position: Research Fellow in Geoinformatics (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Research interests: remote sensing-based estimations of the water table depth in the Northern peatlands (in the context of greenhouse gas emissions).
What got me interested in peatlands?: Peatlands are full of spectacular views, harmonious colours and sounds that make them a beautiful place to visit. However, their positive sides have been underestimated in mass culture, and many people are not aware of their crucial importance for climate regulation.
What I want out of P.E.A.T: Friends, colleagues, change-making community.
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher (GEOTOP Research Centre, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada)
Research Interests: Paleoecology & Radiochronology Labs (14C, 210Pb dating),recent carbon accumulation (last century), peatlands as natural climate solutions and GHG mitigation.
What got you interested in peatlands?: I got interested in peatlands when finding out that they are such a huge carbon store but that there is so much uncertainty concerning their role in the C cycle (“black box”). That they are also archives of environmental change had me hooked (Climate Lara Croft!). The amazing diversity of Sphagnum moss, berries and carnivorous plants are a fun fieldwork bonus. I am currently interested in peatlands as natural climate solutions and the tremendous C sink potential of Canadian peatlands.
What we want out of the ECR network: It’s impossible to pass up the opportunity to network with new peaty friends and hear about other projects, techniques for science communication, etc. This is how we expand research projects and make better peaty science.