My research as part of the McMaster Ecohydrology Group will focus on the vulnerability of peatlands in the Boreal Plains of Alberta to wildfire, as well as the resilience of these peatlands following wildfire. I am interested in studying how hydrogeological setting (based on the surficial sediments present) affects the types of peatland which naturally form, and how this impacts their vulnerability to or resilience following wildfire. This information is applicable to wildfire prediction and management to focus wildfire fighting resources in the areas where they will be most effective. In addition, peatland wildfire can be used as a natural analogue for anthropogenic peatland disturbance, such as oil sands mining. Results of this research will be used to inform wetland design for oil sands reclamation in order to rebuild systems which are resilient to wildfire and satisfy land reclamation goals while also providing water to meet hydrological demand within the reconstructed landscape.