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Ryan Lafleur

MSc Student


Office: ALEX 107 

My research focus is understanding the effects of freeze-thaw on soil hydrology and the water budget in different agricultural soils. Using large weighing lysimeters outfitted with a variety of probes, we can measure water fluxes and monitor freeze-thaw events in the lysimeters over time. In a warmer world, there will be regions with an evenly distributed increase in temperature (potentially less freeze-thaw events) and other with fluctuating highs and lows (potentially more freeze-thaw events). By studying the effects of both cases, we can better understand the effects of freeze-thaw on agricultural hydrology and water availability to crops over the growing season.