Tanya Handa

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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...

Climate change and water use: can increase diversity help protect forests?

2017/18-2019/20 • $509,000 • PI,CO
This research project is strongly grounded on the needs expressed by our partners and by forest managers for predictions on the impacts of climate change on forests, and mitigation strategies to limit the expected mortality due to water stress and its effect of the productivity of Canadian...

Interaction between forest tent caterpillar and forest composition: Role of predation in outbreak dynamics and effects on litter, soils and tree regeneration

2018/19-2019/20 • $77,714 • PI,CO
The forest tent caterpillar (FTC) is a significant defoliator of hardwood stands throughout Canada. Currently, in Quebec there are two foci in which outbreaks appear to cycle independently: one in the south on sugar maple and one in the north on trembling aspen. In these forest types, severe...

On the functional role of diversity and trophic interactions in litter decomposition of forest ecosystems

2012/13-2018/19 • $182,000 • PI
With increasing biodiversity loss due to human-induced activities, one of the emerging priorities for science and society is to understand if and how changes in diversity and/or species composition impact ecosystem function. With a particular emphasis on forest ecosystems that provide habitat to...

Utiliser les traits fonctionnels des arbres indigènes pour mieux restaurer les milieux humides dégradés

2017/18 • $25,000 • PI
La plantation d'essences forestières indigènes pour restaurer des milieux humides dégradés, dont ceux envahispar des espèces exotiques envahissantes, représente un créneau important pour des firmes de génie-conseil telque notre partenaire, WSP Canada Inc. situé à Montréal, ainsi que pour des...

Comparaison de l'effet des coupes équiennes vs inéquiennes sur le fonctionnement de la forêt: une méta-analyse

2016/17 • $25,000 • PI
Des études récentes indiquent que l'aménagement inéquien (qui vise le maintien de peuplements composésd'arbres d'âges différents) ne serait pas aussi bénéfique qu'on le croyait en termes de conservation de labiodiversité et du fonctionnement des écosystèmes forestiers par rapport à l'aménagement...

Multi-elemental analyser to support applied and fundamental research in plant and soil ecology / Analyseur multi-élémentaire pour la recherche en écologie des plantes et du sol

2012/13 • $56,203 • PI,CO
Terrestrial ecosystems can be described by the nutrients that are cycled through their biotic and abiotic components. Accordingly, terrestrial ecology may be studied in both applied and fundamental terms by measuring the rates and amounts of different nutrients being cycled in plants and soils....