Catherine Potvin

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Recent Research Projects

NSERC CREATE: Biodiversity, ecosystem services, and sustainability

2015/16-2019/20 • $1,350,000 • PI,CO
Environmental change is occurring at an unprecedented rate, raising concerns about the conservation of biodiversity (B), the maintenance of ecosystem services (ES), and the future of sustainability (S) - BESS. These concerns are especially pressing in tropical environments, where most of the...

Canada Research Chair Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests

2013/14-2019/20 • $1,300,000 • PI
In the context of climate change mitigation carbon storage has become a most sought-after ecosystem service. Tropical forests currently store ~40% of terrestrial carbon while their deforestation accounts for some 10% of total greenhouse gas emission. The conservation of tropical forests...

Understanding determinants of tropical forests stocks and fluxes from plot to landscape levels.

2015/16-2019/20 • $200,000 • PI
Tropical forests occupy 12% of the terrestrial surface, harbor more than half of terrestrial diversity and hold over 40% of terrestrial carbon. These forests are highly threatened globally with deforestation in the tropics accounting for ~10% of total greenhouse gas emission. My research program...

Complex interactions between diversity, land use and carbon stocks in tropical landscapes

2014/15 • $27,000 • PI
Tropical forests occupy 12% of the terrestrial surface, harbour more than half of terrestrial diversity and hold over 40% of terrestrial carbon (C). These forests are highly threatened globally and deforestation in the tropics accounts for some 10% of total greenhouse gas emissions. This...

Biodiversity, carbon cycling and storage at the landscape level

2010/11-2013/14 • $136,000 • PI
The research in my group encompasses a variety of projects sharing interest for biodiversity and carbon cycling as a key function of the ecosystem. We are working in the tropics, a biome most important for the global carbon cycle and for biodiversity. The present proposal concentrates on two...

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