Jim McLaughlin was born in Trout Creek, Michigan USA. He received a Ph.D. degree in Forest Science, with emphasis in forest biogeochemistry, from Michigan Technological University in 1992. Dr. McLaughlin has broad experience in many aspects of forest and peatland biogeochemistry and hydrology. Since 2000, he has served as Forest Soils Research Scientist at the Ontario Forest Research Institute in Ontario, Canada where, in addition to conducting research, he participates in several provincial policy panels related to forest and peatland hydrology and biogeochemistry. His research is focused on examining the effects of natural- and human-caused disturbances on forest and peatland soil organic matter decomposition; greenhouse gas production and fluxes; water flow paths and rates; and dissolved organic and inorganic carbon, nutrient, and mercury cycling and fluxes. He is presently investigating the effects of (1) climate change and industrial development interactions on peatland biogeochemistry and hydrology to support provincial land use planning, and (2) interactions among landscape, forest harvesting, and wildfire on biogeochemical cycling, hydrology, and water quality to support the development of sustainable forest management policy.
Biography Updated on 17 March 2011