Patterns of dissolved organic matter and greenhouse gas emissions across the landscape


Dr Luitgard Schwendenmann
Faculty of Science
Project code: SCI013

The flow of water that moves organic matter from hillslopes to sea connects terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems. Often organic matter is highly biologically reactive, influencing the productivity in streams and estuarine systems, and driving greenhouse gas emissions. Considering their size, streams and rivers can release substantial amounts of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to the atmosphere.

In this project, we are investigating the cascading effects of land use and other stressors (e.g. storm events) on GHG emissions and dissolved organic matter fluxes across seasons along the soil-stream-estuary continuum in a regional park north of Auckland, New Zealand.

Skills the student will learn: Field and laboratory work using state of the art equipment and techniques, GHG analysis, flux-rate calculations, and data analysis.