Brian Branfireun, PhD
Ecohydrology, biogeochemistry and wetland ecosystem science
Canada Research Chair in Environment and Sustainability
Cross-appointed with Earth Sciences and Geography
office: (519) 661-2111 x 89221
lab: (519) 661-2111 x 89222
Taking an interdisciplinary environmental science approach, Dr. Branfireun and his research group seek to understand the bidirectional nature of hydrological – ecological interactions at a range of scales. They direct their efforts toward ecosystems that are particularly sensitive to the impacts of natural and human-induced environmental change. Dr. Branfireun is involved in projects studying the hydrology, ecology and biogeochemistry of wetland-dominated environments from the Canadian sub-arctic to the sub-tropics of Mexico. Dr. Branfireun's research program is strongly field oriented, using the latest approaches to the measurement of environmental processes. He also directs a modern laboratory facility in the BIOTRON Institute for Experimental Climate Change Research at Western University for the study of speciated trace metals in the environment such as mercury and arsenic.
Degrees and Institutions
- Environmental Sciences 3350G: Methods and Techniques in Environmental Science
- Ulanowski, T., Branfireun BA, Small-scale variability in peatland pore-water biogeochemistry, Hudson Bay Lowlands, Canada, SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT.
- Coleman Wasik, JK*, Mitchell, CPJ, Engstrom DR, Swain EB, Monson BA, Balogh SJ, Jeremiason JD, Branfireun BA, Eggert SL, Kolka RK, Almendinger, JE. Methylmercury declines in a boreal peatland when experimental sulfate deposition decreases, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 46 (12), pp 6663–6671 DOI: 10.1021/es300865f, 2012.
- Denkenberger.J.S. , C.T. Driscoll, B. A. Branfireun, C.S. Eckley, M. Cohen, P. Selvendiran, A synthesis of rates and controls on elemental mercury evasion in the Great Lakes Basin, ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION, DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2011.06.007, 2011.
- Oswald CJ*, Richardson MC, Branfireun BA, Water storage dynamics and runoff response of a boreal Shield headwater catchment, HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES: DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8036, 2011.
- Duval TP, Waddington, JM, Branfireun, BA, Hydrological and biogeochemical controls on plant species distribution within calcareous fens, ECOHYDROLOGY: DOI: 10.1002/eco.202, 2011.