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A decade of graduate research on display

  Posted on: March 11, 2019

Winners of the 2019 Masters of Science in Environmental Science Showcase were, from left, Shannon Mendt, Paulina Ross, Aramide Taiwo, Adam Zelmer and Marcus Atkins.

Winners of the 2019 Masters of Science in Environmental Science Showcase were, from left, Shannon Mendt, Paulina Ross, Aramide Taiwo, Adam Zelmer and Marcus Atkins. Photo by Juan Cabrejo, The Omega

It was standing room only for the 10th annual Master of Science in Environmental Science showcase, which took place on March 7.

Upwards of 120 people — community members, faculty, and undergraduate students —packed into Culinary Arts to watch as 13 first year graduate students gave four-minute oral presentations, and another 13 second-year students followed up with poster presentations.

“This is how we make the science that we’re doing here relevant to people,” said Dr. Tom Dickinson, Dean of Science, as he welcomed guests.

Best presentation (oral)

  • Adam Zelmer, Vertical challenges: Creating sustainable rock climbing in Banff National Park

Honourable mention

  • Marcus Atkins, 35 years on the northern frontier: Temporal and spatial population trends of the Western rattlesnake

Best presentation (poster)

  • Shannon Mendt, The effect of energy reserves on early benthic phase mortality for the marine snail Nucella Ostrina

Honourable mentions

  • Paulina Ross, Examining local food procurement: Adaptive capacity and resilience to environmental changes in Fort Providence, Northwest Territories, Canada
  • Aramide Taiwo, Application of Capillary Electrophoresis for organoarsenicals in water bodies near poultry farms