Education in the field; using behavioral wildlife research to inform the interpretive program of an eco-tourism operation - Year two

Knight Inlet Lodge is an eco-tourism resort specializing in grizzly bear viewing, and caters to both national and
international clients. The business requires research to improve their interpretive program by informing guide
naturalists on the function of observed bear behaviour. Research is required to: 1) assess the relatedness and
movements patterns of regularly observed bears, 2) assess the use of bear scent marking trees in the surrounding
estuary, 3) assess how local food availability (salmon) affects the social behaviour of bears.

Integrating high resolution remote sensing of multi-scale hydrogeomorphology into long-term river management

Large northward-flowing boreal rivers are an important hydroelectric resource, but effects of river regulation on downstream geomorphology and aquatic ecosystems are difficult to predict. Peace River, BC presents an ideal case study of river response to regulation, with continuous monitoring since dam construction in 1967. However, current understanding of system changes is based mainly on periodic ground-based measurements that may be less sensitive to characterize complexity at the scales at which the river responds.

Alberta High Resolution Wetland Inventory Methodology Development

This project aims to operationalize innovative methods for developing cost effective wetland inventories across Alberta by use of numerous sources of remote sensing data, namely light detection and ranging (LiDAR), synthetic aperture Radar (SAR), and optical imagery.

REEs in brachiopods dwelling oxygen deficient habitats as proxies of paleoredox and potential source rocks

Source rocks are one of most important components of a petroleum system (a source rock, a reservoir rock and a trap) since it is economically irrelevant to exploit a hydrocarbon play without a source. The potentiality of rocks to retain hydrocarbons is defined by their organic contents. The environmental conditions prevailed during the deposition of sediments control the amount of the incorporated organic matter. In general, source rocks are precipitated in highly reducing or anoxic environments and enclose moderate to high organic contents.

Mapping for Change: A Case Study of Enhancing Informational Exchange and Collaboration Through Geoweb Technology

‘Mapping for Change’ is a case study of best practices in the use of Geoweb as a mechanism for enhancing informational exchange and collaboration between homelessness stakeholders including non-profits/charities serving the homeless.

Use of remote sensing data to define spatial-temporal salmon habitat status

The Salish Sea is a temporally and spatially dynamic coastal ocean under strong influence from terrestrial and oceanic inputs, and of major economic importance, due in part to fisheries. The Salish Sea is highly productive, especially from early spring to summer when resident and migratory fish
populations are either spawning or entering. The interannual productivity variability is suggested, among other factors, to contribute to the large variation in the salmon populations in the past 50 years, which have exhibited a general decline in the past decades.

What is a farmed salmon? Understanding the life of a seafood commodity from ocean to table

Farmed Atlantic salmon is one of the world’s most valuable and widely traded seafood commodities. It is a significant component of Canada’s agrifood sector, and is BC’s largest agricultural commodity. It provides much needed employment in rural, remote and sometimes aboriginal communities in BC. However in BC, the sector has been consistently challenged by social license; a constraint that reflects the diverse perspectives about farmed salmon.

The politics of state-facilitated gentrification in post-socialist China: ideological domination, consumerism and exclusionary redevelopment

Using the case of Chengdu, this research is about neighbourhood redevelopment and residential relocation in post-reform cities of China. In this project, the key process is defined as state-facilitated, new-build gentrification. The thesis attempts to understand why politicaleconomic actors initiate gentrification in the inner city, how consensus building is achieved,
conflicts are mediated, and what are the social outcomes for different social groups.

The social, political and material constitution of low-carbonenergy transitions in urban areas: a socio-technical and socio-spatial comparisonof Alberta (Canada) and Ile-de-France (France)

Cities emit approximately 70% of the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. It is therefore important to study how urban energy infrastructures can be transformed to lower carbon emissions. But this transformation is not simple for two reasons: (1) it involved variousactors with conflicting interests and visions on what the energy transition should be, and (2) cities are limited in their capacity of actions because of financial constraints and limited institutional powers.

Building the cycling economy beyond the urban core

Cycling for transportation increases local economic benefits by: improving the local business environment; reducing commercial vacancies; and increasing sales and employment opportunities (Stabinski, 2009; Walljasper, 2012; Racca and Dhanju, 2006; New York City DOT, 2013). This project will study how targeted interventions to increase cycling for transportation in Scarborough can advance cycling participation, job creation, social inclusion and environmental quality.