GEOG 396 Undergraduate Research Project Proposal Form: Photosynthesis of Sphagnum and Polytrichum mosses under nitrogen deposition (Prof. T. Moore)

INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Fill out Sections A & B then submit this form online. (You will receive an email copy of the form. The Office for Undergraduate Research in Science will also post the project online at, indicating whether the project is open for students to apply or taken.) DONE
INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it from after it has been posted. Either way, print this form. Complete and sign Section C on the hardcopy. Ask your supervisor to sign Section D. Take it to the department corresponding to the course number in Section A (this may or may not be your own department). Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission.
INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and fax this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science at 514-398-8102.
QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact Victor Chisholm by email, or phone 514-398-5964.
Name: Prof. Tim Moore
Email: tim.moore [at]
Phone: 514-398-4961
Supervisor's department: Geography
Supervisor's department (if none of the above)
Course number: GEOG396 (Geography)
Term: Fall 2009-2010
Project start date: October 1, 2009
Project end date: December 1, 2009
Project title: Photosynthesis of Sphagnum and Polytrichum mosses under nitrogen deposition
Project description: This laboratory study explores the CO2 exchange of peatland mosses Sphagnum capillifolium and Polytrichum strictum. The aim is to quantify the maximum photosynthesis rates and light responses for these species and study how nitrogen (N) fertilization affects those. The objectives are to estimate the contribution of moss component in ecosystem CO2 exchange and investigate how atmospheric nitrogen deposition affects CO2 exchange in peatlands. Small moss cores will be collected from fertilization experiment containing three N treatments at Mer Bleue bog in October and transported to growth chambers at McGill University. Measurements include series of CO2 exchange measurements using small chamber and infrared gas analyzer to determine photosynthesis and respiration rates under varying irradiation and moss water content. The project provides an introduction to moss ecology and physiology, experience on working with growth chambers, and technical skills of CO2 exchange measurements and data processing.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Other prerequisite, if applicable:
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): Final grade shall be based on laboratory performance (50%) and the final written research report (about 20 pages) graded by the instructor (50%).
Other project information:
Project status - This project is: Open to applicants
How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.
If other, please specify:
Ethics, safety, and training
Which of the following, if any, is involved? None
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Supervisor: I give my permission for the student identified in section C to register for this project under my supervision.
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Unit chair/director/designate: I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses.
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