Olena’s research focus is on wetland heterogeneity along a salinity gradient within a Saline Fen near Fort McMurray, Alberta. Special emphasis is placed on assessment of variability in wetland structure and its function over space and time. Specific questions of interest include: origin and development of the saline area since deglaciation; correspondence between carbon sequestration rate and vegetation type; spatial variability in water and carbon cycles; differences in nutrient cycling with respect to salinity. Olena’s study will endeavour to improve understanding of how different types of wetlands are connected within wetland complexes by examining their functional interactions. Implementation of these findings may aid in addressing one of the great challenges that plague wetland reclamation efforts, namely salinization.
Olena’s research has recently been featured in the December 2015 issue of Eos Earth and Space Science News. Read the full story here.