Dr. Erin Cameron is a new faculty member in the Environmental Science department at Saint Mary’s. She completed her PhD at the University of Alberta before doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Helsinki in Finland.
Dr. Cameron’s published work on earthworms (“Modelling interacting effects of invasive earthworms and wildfire on forest floor carbon storage in the boreal forest” and “Spatial patterns and spread of exotic earthworms at local scales”) was was recently mentioned in a New York Times article on why earthworms have climate scientists worried; Dr. Cameron will be travelling to the Yukon in July to do more research on this topic.
Her research examines effects of global change (climate change, invasive species, habitat loss) on species distributions, community composition, and ecosystem functioning. She is especially interested in earthworminvasions, aboveground-belowground interactions, and soil biodiversity. She uses a combination of field observations, experiments, citizen science, molecular approaches, data synthesis, and modelling to assess global change impacts across spatial and temporal scales.
Click here to read the full story in the New York Times: ‘Earthworm Dilemma’ Has Climate Scientists Racing to Keep Up: Worms are wriggling into Earth’s northernmost forests, creating major unknowns for climate-change models.
— Submitted by Danielle Boudreau, Faculty of Science