WHO WE ARE

The Devito Research group is a highly interdisciplanry group of students and researchers based out of the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB, Canada. 


WHAT WE DO

We look at the interactions of geology, climate, and landscape position at various scales to better understand and model the hydrology, ecology, and biogeochemistry of the Boreal Plain. 

Kevin Devito

 

The long-term objective of my research is to increase our understanding and model the interaction of climate, geology and landscape position on boreal forest- wetland-aquatic ecosystem and predict their susceptibility to land use changes. This research has provided a fundamental understanding of how water, and chemistry of interest, moves through the surrounding boreal environment, how land use activities may intersect or impact water movements, and how boreal ecosystems recover from land use or reclamation activities.

Key areas of study: Landscape eco-hydrology, forest and wetland hydrology and biogeochemistry, ground-surface water interactions, land use and climate impacts, hydrogeology frameworks, influence of climate and geology on the susceptibility of boreal ecosystems to disturbance, watershed management.

kdevito@ualberta.ca

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MEMBERS

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 ALEXANDER MERTENS

ALEXANDER MERTENS

 MAXWELL LUKENBACH

MAXWELL LUKENBACH

 LINDSAY JAMES

LINDSAY JAMES

 EMILY PUGH

EMILY PUGH

 KELLY HOKANSON

KELLY HOKANSON

 JESSICA RITZ

JESSICA RITZ

COLLABORATORS

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 PAMELA TWERDY

PAMELA TWERDY

 ALEXANDER HURLEY

ALEXANDER HURLEY

 MIKA LITTLE-DEVITO

MIKA LITTLE-DEVITO

 Sam Probert

Sam Probert

 
 Carl Mendoza

Carl Mendoza

 

research locations

 

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URSA - Utikuma Research Study Area

URSA is located on the Boreal Plain, Alberta. At URSA, we have collaborated in a number of long term (>10 years) studies investigating trends in regional climate and hydrogeology in conjunction with local scale eco-hydrologic studies of forest-wetland-aquatic systems located on a variety of landforms and landscape positions representative of the Boreal Plain. 


 

ACE - Al-Pac Catchment Experiment

ACE was initiated in 2005 to examine the influence of aspen harvest and linear disturbances on water and energy movement in Boreal Plain ecosystems, and to provide information on the influence of scale of cut on timing and magnitude of stream runoff and water quality. 


 

Athabasca Oil Sands

We are also involved in parallel and complimentary studies looking at the influence of landform configuration on the development of wetland and forest ecosystems in constructed watersheds in the Oil Sands near Fort McMurray.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

 
 

Hokanson KJ, Lukenbach MC, Devito KJ, Kettridge N, Petrone RM, Waddington JM. Groundwater connectivity controls peat burn severity in the Boreal Plains. Ecohydrology. 2015 Jul 1.

Hokanson, K.J., 2014. Influence of Hydrogeological Setting on Peatland Burn Severity. MSc thesis. School of Geography and Earth Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Kettridge N, Lukenbach MC, Hokanson KJ, Devito KJ, Hopkinson C, Petrone RM, Mendoza C, Waddington M. Submitted. Water Repellency diminishes peatland evaporation after wildfire. Geophysical Research Letters.

Kettridge N, Lukenbach MC, Hokanson KJ, Devito KJ, Hopkinson C, Petrone RM, Mendoza C, Waddington M. Submitted. Deep peat burning enhances evaporation following wildfire. Journal of Hydrology. 

 
 
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Our lab

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1-232 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science

Edmonton, AB, T6G 2E9

Canada

 
 

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