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Erica Oberndorfer


PhD Candidate

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I was born in Hudson QC, and spent happy early years there and in the Laurentians.  I was very fortunate to defer an outright choice between the arts and sciences by attending the Arts and Science program at McMaster University in Hamilton ON. It was also in Hamilton that I cut my teeth on field botany at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

In 2001, I undertook an internship in Germany on green roofs, and thereafter decided to return to school for research in the use of co-evolved native plant communities in green roofs, with Dr Jeremy Lundholm at Saint Mary’s University (Halifax NS). We soon discovered there were no studies on the plant ecology of coastal barrens in Nova Scotia, our focus habitat, and so my MSc research instead looked at “Plant, macrolichen and moss community structure and species richness in the coastal barrens of NS.” Subsequent students have since been part of the ongoing green roof and coastal barrens research in Dr Lundholm’s lab.

I have also been very privileged to do field work with the Atlantic Canada Conservation Data Centre, and to work with Canadian Wildlife Service as an Aboriginal Liaison Biologist.  In this latter role, I worked mostly with Métis communities on harvesting programs.  In 2012, I moved to Goose Bay, Labrador, where I now make my home.

For my PhD research, I am interested in the dynamic relationships between people and plants: how human relationships with plants interact with plant biogeography and plant community composition; and the role of plants in local culture.  I look forward to exploring these interests with communities in Labrador, and to learning more from the people and plants of The Big Land.  I am also very happy to be part of Dr Gita Ljubicic’s welcoming and supportive team.

I am grateful to the many people who contribute to the ongoing evolution of these research ideas.  Thank you!

Contact Me:

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies

Carleton University

1125 Colonel By Drive

B349 Loeb Building

Ottawa, Ontario,  K1S 5B6

Phone: (613) 520-2600 x3132

Fax: (613) 520-4301


Project Facebook Page: Makkovik - People and Plants

SUN Lab: 206 Social Science

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