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: Postdoctoral Fellow (University of Waterloo, ON, Canada)
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
Nataša Popović (@natapopovic)
Position: PhD Candidate (University of Waterloo, ON, Canada)
Research interests: Ecohydrological drivers behind carbon flux dynamics; restoration and reclamation.
What got me interested in peatlands?: Many great memories from summers spent exploring the wetlands of Ontario paired with learning about the absolutely incredible ecosystem services peatlands provide.
What I want out of P.E.A.T: Help foster a more connected and inclusive peatland research community. Often times I feel like I don’t quite fit in with hardcore hydrology groups, so I’m hoping this group will be a place where we can have more meaningful (interdisciplinary) discussions regarding peatlands (and a place to geek out about all peat related things). Hoping this group can be a stepping stone towards increased knowledge transfer between peatland sites and sparking new collaborations.