Nathan Basiliko

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Recent Research Projects

Enhancing dewatering, drying, combustion and utilization of pulp and paper mill biosludge

2017/18-2019/20 • $564,600 • PI,CO
Canadian pulp and paper mills generate more than 20 million cubic metres of raw biosludge per year. Biosludge is generated during biological wastewater treatment and consists to >98% of water with the remainder being bacteria and tree residues. Energy intensive dewatering can decrease the water...

Landscape carbon accumulation through reductions in emissions (L-CARE): developing brownfield management protocols for carbon sequestration and habitat use

2018/19-2019/20 • $555,497 • PI,CO
Brownfield management represents an important opportunity for carbon (C) sequestration and storage to help*meet industrial climate change mitigation targets. C is four times more plentiful in the terrestrial biosphere than*in the atmosphere, but conventional ecosystem management for climate...

Winter carbon losses in wetland ecosystem under current and future climates

2018/19-2019/20 • $306,975 • PI,CO
High latitude cold regions, including Arctic and northern areas of Canada, are warming more than twice as fast*as the rest of the planet, with the greatest warming occurring during the winter. Given that a major process*responsible for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, microbial respiration,...

Environmental Microbiolgy

2018/19-2019/20 • $175,000 • PI
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A macronutrient analysis system for studies of natural and stressed terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems

2019/20 • $89,622 • PI,CO
The forests, peatlands and lakes of the sub-boreal to sub-arctic regions of Canada store and vast amounts of atmospheric carbon (C) as organic matter in vegetation, soils, and sediments that play key roles in climate system feedbacks. Further, they contain a large volume of the world's potable...

The tiny majority: how microbes mediate ecosystem functioning under anthropogenic stressors in boreal environments

2019/20 • $47,000 • PI
Ecosystem feedbacks to climate change and intensive land use management represent some of the biggest sources of uncertainty in the fate of the future global climate system. Consortia of microorganisms in soils and aquatic sediments are primary players in these feedbacks, responsible for the...

Environmental Microbiology

2013/14-2018/19 • $500,000 • PI
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Northern peatland ecosystem responses to climate change

2015/16-2017/18 • $516,281 • PI,CO
Northern peatlands are one of the world's most important stores of carbon, and have contributed to significant 'climate cooling' over the Holocene. It is now apparent that despite millennia of carbon accumulation, these stores are far from invulnerable to climate change. Important recent...

Landscape carbon accumulation through reductions in emissions (L-CARE): developing brownfield managment protocols for carbon sequestration and habitat use

2017/18 • $242,583 • PI,CO
Brownfield management represents an important opportunity for carbon (C) sequestration and storage to helpmeet industrial climate change mitigation targets. C is four times more plentiful in the terrestrial biosphere thanin the atmosphere, but conventional ecosystem management for climate change...

The functional role of microbial diversity in terrestrial ecosystems

2013/14-2017/18 • $110,000 • PI
Canadian forests and peatlands store large amounts of atmospheric carbon in soil organic matter, exchange greenhouse gasses with the atmosphere, contain vast biodiversity, and support forest products and other natural resource industries. Soil microbial communities play many vital roles in...

Fundamental studies of drying, combustion and ash properties of biomass and impacts of pulp and paper mill operations

2012/13-2015/16 • $1,876,000 • PI,CO
Pulp and paper mills in Canada require large amounts of high pressure steam and electric power to operate. About two-thirds of the energy required is supplied by burning the concentrated black liquor (spent pulping liquor) in recovery boilers. The remaining is from biomass boilers, known...

Biomass harvests in boreal forests: minimizing environmental impacts and maximizing benefits

2012/13-2014/15 • $620,761 • PI,CO
Biomass harvesting for biofuels has become an important activity for Canada's forestry economy. However, it remains uncertain how biomass harvesting and forest renewal can best maintain and support biodiversity and ecosystem functions while maintaining site productivity and promoting stand...

An integrated multi-trophic assessment of the impact of biomass harvesting on forest sustainability

2012/13-2014/15 • $121,740 • PI,CO
The forest bioenergy sector is developing rapidly across Canada, and harvesting residues are emerging as an important source of industrial feedstock. The bioenergy sector has the potential for many social and economic benefits, including new and diversified markets and renewable sources of...

Biochar as a soil amendment in northern forests: ecology, biogeochemistry, and bioenergy tradeoffs

2011/12-2013/14 • $549,800 • PI,CO
Biochar-bioenergy systems have recently been heralded as one of the few technologies with substantial promise not only to reduce fossil fuel usage, but also to directly mitigate anthropogenic climate change by enhancing carbon sequestration. While promising, research on biochar-bioenergy systems...

A field-based experimental system for the evaluation of the effects of elevated temperature and CO2 on peatlands

2013/14 • $148,612 • PI,CO
A field-based experimental system for the evaluation of the effects of elevated temperature and carbon dioxide on peatlands is proposed. In two different boreal peatland types (poor and intermediate fens) with ~10 years of historical climatological and hydrological monitoring data, we will...

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