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Michael Pisaric was educated at Brock University, St. Catharines, McMaster University, Hamilton (M.Sc), and Queen’s University, Kingston (Ph.D). Mike joined the faculty in 2002 after completing a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University. His research interests centre on how climate change affects vegetation development at the subarctic and subalpine treelines. Mike is also interested in the importance of fire in boreal ecosystems. We are using a number of paleoecological tools to carry out our studies, including, tree ring analysis, fossil pollen and stomata preserved in lake sediments and the analysis of charcoal preserved in lake sediment to analyze past fire activity. Mike has worked in northern regions of Canada, the former Soviet Union and in mountain regions throughout western North America.
- Quaternary climate and vegetation change
- Fire history and the importance of fire in the northern boreal ecosystem
- GEOG 3104 [Principles of Biogeography]
- GEOG 5104 [Advanced Biogeography]
Pisaric, M.F.J., Carey, S.K., Kokelj, S.V. and Youngblut, D. 2007. Anomalous 20th century tree growth, Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada. Geophysical Research Letters. 34, L05714, doi:10.1029/2006GL029139.
Kokelj, S.V., Pisaric, M.F.J. and Burn, C.R.. 2007. Cessation of ice-wedge development during the 20th century in spruce forests of eastern Mackenzie Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences. 44(11): 1503-1515.
Pisaric, M.F..J., King, D. MacIntosh, A. and Bemrose, R. 2008. Impact of the 1998 ice storm on the health of sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh) dominated forest stands in Gatineau Park, Quebec. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. 135(4): 530–539.
Porter, T.J., Pisaric, M.F.J., Kokelj, S.V. and Edwards, T.W.D. 2009. Climatic signals in δ13C and δ18O of tree-rings from white spruce in the Mackenzie Delta region, northern Canada. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research. 41(4): 497-505
Pisaric, M.F.J., St-Onge, S.M. and Kokelj, S.V. 2009. Tree-ring reconstruction of early-growing season precipitation from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research. 41(4): 486-496.
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