Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker
Dr. Amanda Schoonmaker was named NSERC Industrial Research Chair for Colleges in Boreal Reclamation and Reforestation in July, 2015. Since 2011, she has been the Forest Reclamation field research coordinator at NAIT’s Boreal Research Institute. In that time, she has mentored more than 30 students in applied research field operations. She has a PhD in Forest Biology and Management (University of Alberta) and a BScF in Forest Sciences (University of British Columbia).
Her position is funded through a $1-million grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Research funding is also provided through Shell Canada Ltd. and ConocoPhillips, with additional support from BonaVista Energy, PennWest Exploration, Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd., and Manning Diversified Forest Products Ltd.
Amanda and her team work to develop practical techniques to help oil and gas companies reclaim well sites that have reached the end of their lifespan, encouraging the growth of trees and shrubs that are compatible with the landscape. Their research is also valuable for forest product companies and small- to medium-sized enterprises involved in reclamation work.