Carlos Barreto, PhD

Zoe Lindo

Biological Response to a Changing Environment (BRACE)

Existing research indicates that warming can have a negative effect on richness and abundance of microarthropods, and cause a shift in community structure, while nutrient enrichment can increase microarthropod abundance with concurrent shifts on the community composition. Here, I examine whether warming and nutrient levels affect microarthropod abundance, richness and community structure through bottom-up shifts in the microbial community. My overall object is to examine the effects of soil warming on the soil microbial and microarthropod community in two peatland sites that differ in nutrient status. This work is in collaboration with the Ontario Forest Research Institute.