New Subject Editor: Carissa Brown

Submitted by editor on 9 February 2024.

I have a deep love for natural history, and express that as a Professor of Biogeography and Plant Ecology at the Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our research group is interested in plant species responses to global change, particularly in populations or communities that are not responding as we would expect based on climate change factors alone. We often do our research at range edges, both at the northern and southern limit of the boreal forest, combining field experiments and observation. We focus on how biotic interactions, edaphic factors, or changing disturbance regimes can mitigate a population or communities response to climate change. Our approach means that we sometimes also do things like use methods from wildlife cameras to soil biota analyses to understand facilitating or hindering plant responses. 

Keywords: Biogeography, Species distributions, Plant ecology, Species interactions, Disturbance, Population ecology, Community ecology, Ecological niches, Biodiversity