Jay Maillet

    Jay Maillet

    PhD, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan (Supervisors: Jill Johnstone & Colin Laroque)

    Thesis: A Multi-Species Approach to Boreal Forest Growth and Carbon Dynamics

    Over a third of Canada's total land area is forested, this accounts for about 9% of the world's forests and about a quarter of the circumpolar boreal forest. The boreal forest is the most important terrestrial ecosystem on earth in terms of carbon storage, capable of storing more than twice as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests. While the Canadian boreal may have impressive carbon sequestration potential, climatic and anthropogenic disturbance can cause the boreal forest to flip from an annual sink to an annual source of carbon, an event that is occurring more and more in recent decades. This represents a significant contribution to global emissions, yet there remains much uncertainty in the sink/source dynamics that result from different disturbance regimes and trends. In order to better understand the potential impact of disturbance on the global carbon balance, a holistic understanding of the relationship between climate, tree growth, and carbon uptake is required.


    Maillet, J., Laroque, C., & Bonsal, B. (2017). A dendroclimatological assessment of shelterbelt trees in a moisture limited environment. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 237, 30-38, doi: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2017.02.003

    Awards & Scholarships

    Saskatchewan Innovation & Opportunity Scholarship (2016) – $20,000.00
    SENS PhD Scholarship (2016) - $7,000.00
    Devolved Teaching Scholarship (2016) – $5,333.00
    CREATE Scholarship (2016) – $15,000.00
    SENS Graduate Student Scholarship (2014) – $5,000.00