The project will utilize basic research to understand the target and time of action of the organic materials which will be used to guide the implementation and management plan for a new blossom thinner. The intern will test the efficacy of twenty candidate organic materials to act as blossom thinners and develop a management plan for the application of the materials with respect to timing and concentration at which they should be employed.
Salt marshes are recognized as significant feeding grounds and refuges for wildlife and for their importance in flood mitigation, carbon sequestration and as filters for removing pollutants and suspended sediments. With growing interest in, and efforts towards, dyke removal and salt marsh restoration, there is a need for science-based management decisions to ensure appropriate site-specific restoration activities.
This study will gather baseline information on limiting nutrients, current productivity levels and food web structure in two study systems within Fundy National Park as well as other comparative sites within the province, with the intention of applying this knowledge in a follow up study wherein nutrients are added to the stream. This, in turn, will show that fish productivity (i.e.
The intern will assist the Greater Moncton Sewerage Commission (GMSC) in the development and production of biologically-safe composts from biosolids by providing novel technologies to assess its biosafety. To achieve this, the intern will develop molecular tools, based on the real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, to allow quick, accurate and reliable detection of human microbial pathogens directly from compost using specific DNA primers.
While the collapse of Atlantic cod is the most well-known and studied, other less studied species, such as redfish Sebastes spp., have experienced comparable declines. These declines have resulted in the closure of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, northern and eastern Grand Bank and Labrador Shelf redfish fisheries since the mid-1990s, while reduced quotas are in place for the Laurentian Channel. While some redfish stocks declined, other stocks with more southern ranges remained stable or showed increased biomass. These dynamics and their potential causes have not been rigorously investigated.