BU research supports peatland regeneration

Four people stand in a peatlands field, looking up at a drone.
Dr. Pete Whittington (at right) in the field with students (from left) Akwasi Oduro Kwarteng, Gladys Mumbi Kibera, and Uzodinma Collins Chilaka. Kwarteng will join Dr. Whittington on the project in Sudbury.

A Brandon University researcher is in the field near Sudbury, Ontario, this summer assessing how to restore a damaged ecosystem that could be a tremendous carbon sink.

Dr. Pete Whittington is a professor and chair of the Department of Geography and Environment at BU. his research focuses on peatlands, which are a type of wetland that can store tonnes of carbon into the ground for thousands of years. Most of his research has been in restoring harvested peatlands in Manitoba, but the project he’s working on this summer explores restoring areas that were badly polluted.

Two recent media articles have focused on the research:

CBC: Research project aims to restore peatland carbon sink in Sudbury, Ont.

CTV: Sudbury research project aims to restore damaged peatlands, boost climate change fight


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