Ecological and environmental transition across the forested-to-open bog ecotone in a west Siberian peatland

Joshua Ratcliffe, Angela Creevy, Roxane Andersen, Evgeny Zarov, Mark Gaffney, Mark Taggart, Yuri Mazei, Andrey Tsyganov, James Rowson, Elena Lapshina, Richard Payne

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

17 Citations (Scopus)
67 Downloads (Pure)

Abstract

Climate change may cause increasing tree cover in boreal peatlands and the impacts of this encroachment will be noted first at forested-to-open bog ecotones. We investigate key metrics of ecosystem function in five such ecotones at a peatland complex in Western Siberia. Stratigraphic analysis of three cores from one of these transects shows that the ecotone has been dynamic over time with evidence for recent expansion of forested peatland. We observed that the two alternative states for northern boreal peatlands (forested/open) clearly support distinct plant and microbial communities. These in turn drive and respond to a number of feedback mechanisms. This has led to steep ecological gradients across the ecotones. Tree cover was associated with lower water tables and pH along with higher bulk density, aquatic carbon concentrations and electrical conductivity. We propose that the conditions found in the forested peatland of Western Siberia make the carbon sink more vulnerable to warmer and drier conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)816-828
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume607
Early online date27 Jul 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Jul 2017

Keywords

  • Mire
  • Ryam
  • Forest
  • Testate amoebae
  • Carbon
  • peat

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Ecological and environmental transition across the forested-to-open bog ecotone in a west Siberian peatland'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Student Theses

    Microbial controls on carbon fluxes in forest-to-bog restoration

    Author: CREEVY, A., 29 Jun 2020

    Supervisor: ROWSON, J. (Director of Studies) & JONES, C. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    File

    Cite this

    Ratcliffe, J., Creevy, A., Andersen, R., Zarov, E., Gaffney, M., Taggart, M., Mazei, Y., Tsyganov, A., Rowson, J., Lapshina, E., & Payne, R. (2017). Ecological and environmental transition across the forested-to-open bog ecotone in a west Siberian peatland. Science of the Total Environment, 607, 816-828. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.276