Publications and Theses

Student Peer Reviewed Research Publications

Miller, VS and MA Naeth. 2020. Amendments to improve plant response under simulated water-limited conditions in diamond mine Anthroposols. Canadian Journal of Soil Science DOI 10.1139/cjss-2019-0121.

Naeth, MA, DA Locky, SR Wilkinson, MR Nannt, CL Bryks and CH Low. 2020. Pipeline impacts and recovery of dry mixed-grass prairie soil and plant communities. Rangeland Ecology & Management 73:619-628 DOI 10.1016/j.rama.2020.06.003.

Naeth, MA, D Locky, SR Wilkinson, CL Bryks, CH Low and MR Nannt. 2020. Influence of pipeline and environmental factors on the endangered plant, Halimolobos virgata (Nutt.) O.E. Schultz over ten years. Botany DOI 10.1139/cjb-2020-0026.

Nzediegwu, C and SX Chang. 2020. Improper solid waste management increases potential for COVID-19 spread in developing countries. Resources, Conservation & Recycling 161:104947 DOI 10.1016/j.resconrec.2020.104947.

Riva, F, G Gentile, S Bonelli, JH Acorn, FV Denes, AD Crosby and SE Nielsen. 2020. Of detectability and camouflage: evaluating Pollard Walk rules using a common, cryptic butterfly. Ecosphere 11:e03101 DOI 10.1002/ecs2.3101.

Wang, S, S Ai, C Nzediegwu, JH Kwak, MS Islam Y Li and SX Chang. 2020. Carboxyl and hydroxyl groups enhance ammonium adsorption capacity of iron (III) chloride and hydrochloric acid modified biochars. Bioresource Technology 309:123390 DOI 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.123390.

Watkinson, AD, MA Naeth and S Pruss. 2020. Storage time, light exposure, and physical scarification effects on Artemisia cana seed germination. Native Plants Journal 21:4-14 DOI 10.3368/npj.21.1.4.

Donner, MW, B Bicalho, T Noernberg and W Shotyk. 2019. Contemporary and historical atmospheric deposition of arsenic and selenium in the Athabasca bituminous sands region. Environmental & Science Technology 53:14020-14028 DOI 10.1021/acs.est.9b02718.

Donner, MW, M Arshad, A Ullah and T Siddique. 2019. Unravelled keratin-derived biopolymers as novel biosorbents for the simultaneous removal of multiple trace metals from industrial wastewater. Science of The Total Environment 647:1539-1546 DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.085.

Javed, M, C Cuss, M Donner, T Noernberg and W Shotyk. 2019. Natural and anthropogenic inputs of trace elements to the surface- and ground-waters in the Athabasca bituminous sands region, Alberta, Canada. Geophysical Research Abstracts 21:1-1.

MacKenzie, MD and ST Dietrich. 2019. Atmospheric sulfur and nitrogen deposition in the Athabasca oil sands region is correlated with foliar nutrient levels and soil chemical properties. Science of The Total Environment 134737 DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134737.

Miller, VS and MA Naeth. 2019. Hydrogel and organic amendments to increase water retention in anthroposols for land reclamation. Applied and Environmental Soil Science. DOI 10.1155/2019/4768091.

Riva, F, EO Campbell, F Carroll and JH Acorn. 2019. Identification “by eye”: integrative character assessment informs regional field identification of greater fritillary butterflies (Nymphalidae: Speyeria). Journal of Insect Conservation 1-9 DOI 10.1007/s10841-019-00189-z.

Riva, F, J Pinzon, JH Acorn and SE Nielsen. 2019. Composite effects of cutlines and wildfire result in fire refuges for plants and butterflies in boreal treed peatlands. Ecosystems 23:485-497 DOI 10.1007/s10021-019-00417-2.

Wadu MCWM, F Ma and SX Chang. 2019. Phosphorus availabilities differ between cropland and forestland in shelterbelt systems. Forests 10:1001 DOI 10.3390/f10111001.

Wang, Q, JH Kwak, WJ Choi and SX Chang. 2019. Long-term N and S addition and changed litter chemistry do not affect trembling aspen leaf litter decomposition, elemental composition and enzyme activity in a boreal forest. Environmental Pollution 250:143-154 DOI 10.1016/j.envpol.2019.04.007.

Wilson, SJ and EM Bayne. 2019. Songbird community response to regeneration of reclaimed wellsites in the boreal forest of Alberta. Journal of Ecoacoustics 3:1-11 DOI 10.22261/JEA.I4B2LF.

Dietrich, ST and MD MacKenzie. 2018. Biochar affects aspen seedling growth and reclaimed soil properties in the Athabasca oil sands region. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 98:519-530 DOI 10.1139/cjss-2017-0113.

Dietrich, ST and MD MacKenzie. 2018. Comparing spatial heterogeneity of bioavailable nutrients and soil respiration in boreal sites recovering from natural and anthropogenic disturbance. Frontiers in Environmental Science 6:126 DOI 10.3389/fenvs.2018.00126.

Kwak, JH, MA Naeth and SX Chang. 2018. Microbial activities and gross nitrogen transformation unaffected by ten-year nitrogen and sulfur addition. Soil Science Society of America Journal 82:362-370 DOI 10.2136/sssaj2017.11.0384.

Kwak, JH, SX Chang and MA Naeth. 2018. Eleven years of simulated deposition of nitrogen but not sulfur changed species composition and diversity in the herb stratum in a boreal forest in western Canada. Forest Ecology and Management 412:1-8 DOI 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.01.049.

Kwak, JH, SX Chang and MA Naeth. 2018. Eleven years of simulated deposition of nitrogen but not sulfur changed species composition and diversity in the herb stratum in a boreal forest in western Canada. Forest Ecology and Management 412:1-8 DOI 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.01.049.

Riva, F, JH Acorn and SE Nielsen. 2018. Distribution of cranberry blue butterflies (Agriades optilete) and their responses to forest disturbance from in situ oil sands and wildfires. Diversity 10:112 DOI 10.3390/d10040112.

Riva, F, JH Acorn and SE Nielsen. 2018. Localized disturbances from oil sands developments increase butterfly diversity and abundance in Alberta’s boreal forests. Biological Conservation 217:173-180 DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.10.022.

Riva, F, JH Acorn and SE Nielsen. 2018. Narrow anthropogenic corridors direct the movement of a generalist boreal butterfly. Biology Letters 14 DOI 10.1098/rsbl.2017.0770.

Stern, E, F Riva and S Nielsen. 2018. Effects of narrow linear disturbances on light and wind patterns in fragmented boreal forests in northeastern Alberta. Forests 9:486 DOI 10.3390/f9080486.

Stern, E, F Riva and S Nielsen. 2018. Effects of narrow linear disturbances on light and wind patterns in fragmented boreal forests in northeastern Alberta. Forests 9:486 DOI 10.3390/f9080486.

Wadu, MCWM and SX Chang. 2018. Micronutrient concentrations vary between peat-mineral mix and substrates in revegetated site in the Alberta oil sands. Canadian Journal of Soil Science 98:181-192 DOI 10.1139/cjss-2016-0130.

Welegedara, N, RF Grant, S Quideau, S Landhäusser, M Merlin and E Lloret. 2018. Modelling tree water uptake and water use efficiency as affected by cover thickness in reclaimed open pit mining landforms. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2018 Abstracts.

Wilson, S and E Bayne. 2018. Use of an acoustic location system to understand how presence of conspecifics and canopy cover influence Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) space use near reclaimed wellsites in the boreal forest of Alberta. Avian Conservation and Ecology 13:4 DOI 10.5751/ACE-01248-130204.

Zhang, W and JJ Zwiazek. 2018. Hydraulic Redistribution in Slender Wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus Link Malte) and Yellow Sweet Clover (Melilotus officinalis L.): Potential Benefits for Land Reclamation. Agronomy 8 DOI 10.3390/agronomy8120308.

Calvo-Polanco, M, W Zhang, SE Macdonald, J Señorans and JJ Zwiazek. 2017. Boreal forest plant species responses to pH: ecological interpretation and application to reclamation. Plant and Soil 420:195-208 DOI 10.1007/s11104-017-3356-0.

Dietrich, S, MD MacKenzie, JP Battigelli and JR Enterina. 2017. Building a better soil for upland surface mine reclamation in northern Alberta: admixing peat, subsoil and peat biochar in a greenhouse study with aspen. Canadian Journal of Soil Science DOI 10.1139/cjss-2017-0021.

Donner, M, M Babar Javed, K Francesconi, W Shotyk and T Siddique. 2017. Arsenic speciation in the lower Athabasca River watershed: a geochemical investigation of the dissolved and particulate phases. Environmental Pollution DOI 10.1016/j.envpol.2017.02.004.

Melnik, K, S Landhäusser and K Devito. 2017. Role of microtopography in the expression of soil propagule banks on reclamation sites. Restoration Ecology DOI 10.1111/rec.12587.

Melnik, K, S Landhäusser and K Devito. 2017. Role of microtopography in the expression of soil propagule banks on reclamation sites. Restoration Ecology DOI 10.1111/rec.12587.

Mullan-Boudreau, G, L Davies, K Devito, D Froese, T Noernberg, R Pelletier and W Shotyk. 2017. Reconstructing past rates of atmospheric dust deposition in the Athabasca Bituminous Sands Region using peat cores from bogs. Land Degradation and Development DOI 10.1002/ldr.2782.

Mullan-Boudreau, G, R Belland, K Devito, T Noernberg, R Pelletier and W Shotyk. 2017. Sphagnum moss as an indicator of contemporary rates of atmospheric dust deposition in the Athabasca Bituminous Sands Region. Environmental Science and Technology 51:7422-7431 DOI 10.1021/acs.est.6b06195.

Pokharel, P, J Kwak and SX Chang. 2017. Growth and nitrogen uptake of jack pine seedlings in response to exponential fertilization and weed control in reclaimed soil. Biology and Fertility of Soils 53:701-713 DOI 10.1007/s00374-017-1213-1.

Pokharel, P, W Choi, G Jamro and SX Chang. 2017. Weed control increases nitrogen retranslocation and growth of white spruce seedlings on a reclaimed oil sands soil. New Forests 48:699-717 DOI 10.1007/s11056-017-9593-5.

Riva, F, F Barbero, S Bonelli, E Balletto and LP Casacci. 2017. The acoustic repertoire of lycaenid butterfly larvae. Bioacoustics 26:77-90 DOI 10.1080/09524622.2016.1197151.

Riva, F, J Acorn and S Nielsen. 2017. Local disturbances from oil sands developments increase butterfly diversity and abundance in Alberta’s boreal forests. Biological Conservation 217:173-180 DOI 10.1016/j.biocon.2017.10.022.

Wadu, MCWM, M Duan and SX Chang. 2017. Phosphorus availability and fractionation vary among forest site types in reconstructed oil sands soils. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 47:1372-1380 DOI 10.1139/cjfr-2017-0169.

Arshad, M, MA Khosa, T Siddique and A Ullah. 2016. Modified biopolymers as sorbents for the removal of naphthenic acids from oil sands process affected water (OSPW). Chemosphere 163:334-341 DOI 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.08.015.

Collins, CEV, J Foght and T Siddique. 2016. Co-occurrence of methanogenesis and N2-fixation in oil sands tailings under nitrogen-depleted conditions. Science of the Total Environment 565:306-312 DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.154.

Gelderman, M, SE Macdonald and AJ Gould. 2016. Regeneration niche of whitebark pine in the Canadian Rocky Mountains: the basis to restoring an endangered species. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research 48:279-292 DOI 10.1657/AAAR0015-057.

Lou, K, A Upamali Rajapaksha, Y Ok and SX Chang. 2016. Pyrolysis temperature and steam activation effects on sorption of phosphate on pine sawdust biochars in aqueous solutions. Chemical Speciation and Bioavailability 28:1-4, 42-50 DOI 10.1080/09542299.2016.1165080.

Lou, K, A Upamali Rajapaksha, Y Ok and SX Chang. 2016. Sorption of copper(II) from synthetic oil sands process-affected water (OSPW) by pine sawdust biochars: effects of pyrolysis temperature and steam activation. Journal of Soils and Sediments 16:2081-2089 DOI 10.1007/s11368-016-1382-9.

Pokharel, P and SX Chang. 2016. Exponential fertilization promotes seedling growth by increasing nitrogen retranslocation in trembling aspen planted for oil sands reclamation. Forest Ecology and Management 372:35-43 DOI 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.03.034.

Zhang, W and JJ Zwiazek. 2016. Responses of reclamation plants to high root zone pH: effects of phosphorus and calcium availability. Journal of Environmental Quality 45:1652-1662 DOI 10.2134/jeq2016.01.0026.

Kelly, JWG, SM Landhausser and PS Chow. 2015. The impact of light quality and quantity on root-to-shoot ratio and root carbon reserves in aspen seedling stock. New Forests 46:527-545 DOI 10.1007/s11056-015-9473-9.

Mollard, FPO and MA Naeth. 2015. Germination sensitivities to water potential among co-existing C3 and C4 grasses of cool semi-arid prairie grasslands. Plant Biology 17:583-587 DOI 10.1111/plb.12292.

Jung, K, M Duan, J House and SX Chang. 2014. Textural interface affected the distribution of roots, water, and nutrients in reconstructed forest soils in the Athabasca oil sands region. Ecological Engineering 64:240-249 DOI 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2013.12.037.

Mollard, FPO and MA Naeth. 2014. Photoinhibition of germination in grass seed – implications for prairie revegetation. Journal of Environmental Management 142:1-9 DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2014.04.007.

Mollard, FPO, MA Naeth and AC Cohen-Fernández. 2014. Impacts of mulch on prairie seedling establishment: facilitative to inhibitory effects. Ecological Engineering 64:377-384 DOI 10.1016/j.ecoleng.2014.01.012.

 

Student Theses and Dissertations
Donner, M. 2019. Natural and anthropogenic inputs of arsenic and selenium to the environment in the Athabasca bituminous sands region. PhD thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 1351 pp. (Dr William Shotyk).

Miller, V. 2019. Development of soils for revegetation in northern diamond mines. PhD thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 166 pp. (Dr M Anne Naeth).

Murata, AP. 2019. Long term dynamics and potential remediation of fine textured soils and ground water contaminated with chlorinated organic compounds and salts. PhD thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 168 pp. (Dr M Anne Naeth).

Riva, F. 2019. Responses in butterflies to loss and fragmentation of boreal forests from in situ oil sands. PhD thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 164 pp. (Dr Scott Nielsen).

Welegedara, N. 2019. Modelling short and long-term effects of soil cover depth on tree growth and productivity in reclaimed landscapes of northern Alberta. PhD thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 276 pp. (Dr Robert Grant and Dr Sylvie Quideau).

Dietrich, S. 2018. Characterization of soil spatial heterogeneity and improvement of capping materials for oil sands mine reclamation. PhD thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 174 pp. (Dr Derek MacKenzie).

Pokharel, P. 2017. Nursery fertilization and understory competition affect seedling growth in oil sands reclaimed soils in Alberta. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 109 pp. (Dr Scott Chang).

Wilson, S. 2017. Use of an acoustic location system to understand songbird response to vegetation regeneration on reclaimed well sites in the boreal forest of Alberta. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 67 pp. (Dr. Erin Bayne).

Zhao, Y. 2017. Biomonitoring and assessment of airborne fluoride from fertilizer production. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 111 pp. (Dr M Anne Naeth).

Melnik, K. 2017. The role of microtopography in the expression of soil propagule banks on reclamation sites. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 103 pp. (Dr. Simon Landhäuser).

Mullan-Boudreau, G. 2017. Moss and peat as monitors of contemporary and past rates of atmospheric dust deposition in the Athabasca Bituminous Sands Region. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 286 pp. (Dr William Shotyk).

Aguilar Rojas, J. 2016. Urban naturalization for green spaces in the City of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 112 pp. (Dr M Anne Naeth).

Bijman, A. 2016. The effects of biochar, fertilizer and deadwood shelter treatments on establishment of herbaceous vegetation during coal Mine reclamation. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 104 pp. (Dr Ellen Macdonald and Dr. Simon Landhäuser).

Ibsen, S. 2016. Effects of long-term nitrogen and sulfur deposition on soil microbial communities and soil properties in the Athabasca oil sands region in northern Alberta, Canada. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 115 pp. (Dr Scott Chang).

Lamarre, J. 2016. Tundra bryophyte revegetation: novel methods for revegetating northern ecosystems. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. (Dr M Anne Naeth).

Low, C. 2016. Impacts of a six year old pipeline right of way on Halimolobos virgata (Nutt.) O.E. Schulz (slender mouse ear cress), native dry mixedgrass prairie uplands, and wetlands. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 140 pp. (Dr M Anne Naeth and Dr David Locky).

Wang, Q. 2016. Calculating the costs of farmland conservation: case study of Alberta, Canada. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 95 pp. (Dr Scott Chang).

AbouRizk, J. 2105. Potential anthroposol development using phosphogypsum as a substrate with soil and organic amendments. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 78 pp. (Dr M Anne Naeth).

Gelderman, M. 2015. The regeneration niche of whitebark pine: key to restoring a species. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 147 pp. (Dr Ellen Macdonald).

Lou, K. 2015. Adsorption of phosphate and copper by pine sawdust biochars and economic analysis. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 82 pp. (Dr Scott Chang).

Jiao, Z. 2015. Effects of micro sites and amendments on near surface soil temperature and volumetric water content to enhance revegetation. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 89 pp. (Dr M Anne Naeth).

Campbell, B. 2014. Aggregate resource extraction: examining environmental impacts on optimal extraction and reclamation strategies. MSc thesis. Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta. Edmonton Alberta. 79 pp. (Dr Vic Adamowicz).