Lukenbach, M.C., Wilcox, B.P., Munster, C.L., and Fox, W.E. (2011) Mixed
Hydrologic Recovery of a Mesquite Rangeland. Contributed poster presented at the
Ecological Integration Symposium, College Station, TX. March 2011.
Lukenbach, M.C. and Frazier, C. (2010) Water Resources at Texas A&M University.
Contributed presentation at Student Research Week, College Station, TX. March 2010.
- American Geophysical Union
- Canadian Geophysical Union
- Wetland Hydrology
Wildfire is the most prevalent disturbance affecting peatlands in the Western Boreal Plain. As
climate change occurs and fire regimes shift, peatlands located in the Utikuma Lake Region of
central Alberta may be particularly sensitive to wildfire because they are located at the southern
boundary of their climate tolerance. Hydrological investigations provide an understanding of the
vulnerability and resilience of peatlands to wildfire by examining a peatland’s moisture regime.
Recent research has described how the ecohydrology of a peatland controls wildfire impacts;
however, these were localized studies that did not account for the spatial variability existing
across peatlands of the Western Boreal Plain. Thus, it is necessary to scale hydrological studies to
encompass how wildfire impacts vary within peatlands, between peatland types (i.e. bog, fen,
swamp), and among peatlands situated in different hydrogeological settings. Such spatial
analyses of wildfire impacts will assist researchers and fire managers in mitigating human and
environmental costs by identifying the most vulnerable and resilient peatlands within the Western