Unsettling Conservation Through Engagement with the Arts

Confronting Canada's conservation history and its influence on our collective present is the first step away from colonial conservation modes and towards models rooted in Indigenous governance, knowledge systems, and law. One model First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples are adopting is the establishment of Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCA). Knowledge mobilization is key to galvanizing public awareness and appreciation of the work of IPCAs.

Boat Behavioral Speed Control System

The proposed research project is to determine the impact of marine traffic (particularly vessels speeding on the harbour) upon the local environment and ecosystems. Intern will collect vital technical and scientific data through use of various oceanographic units to monitor and measure boating traffic, water quality, noise pollution, excessive speed, etc.

Understanding Habitats and Locations of Threatened Lichens within Atlantic Canada Through the Creation of Species Distribution Models and their Model-derived Products

The project will focus on understanding how three threatened lichen species (Peltigera hydrothyria, Anzia colpodes, and Pannaria lurida) within Atlantic Canada are distributed and impacted by both the environment and humans. A statistical analysis and field collection will be completed to determine if the models used for each species accurately predicts the presence of the lichen. Detailed documentation will be provided to aid in creating a modelling standard and to facilitate the study being repeated.

Estimating the potential of mini-hydropower generation in an ungauged catchment using hydrological modelling

Hydroponic greenhouse agriculture is an excellent method of producing crops throughout the year in agro-climatologically challenging remote provinces such as Newfoundland and Labrador. However, energy requirements for heating, ventilation and light may reduce profitability of greenhouses even with high local demand for products. This pre-feasibility study investigates the potential of using mini-hydroelectric power to generate the power needed for Growing for Life’s hydroponic greenhouses HVAC systems located in Western Newfoundland.

Assessing the potential to partner with beavers (Castor canadensis) to restore river and riparian habitat in the Gold River watershed on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

Beavers are known as ecosystem engineers for their ability to modify landscapes with their dam-building activities. There are numerous ecological benefits associated with beaver dams, as they create diverse and productive wetlands that provide habitat for various plant and animal species. There is growing interest to partner with beavers to aid in the restoration of river and streamside habitat. This project uses a combination of GIS -based modeling and field assessments to determine stream segments in the Gold River watershed that have the potential to support dam-building beaver colonies.

Crustal architecture and rifting style of the offshore Nova Scotia Margin

We propose to investigate the crust and uppermost mantle structure of the offshore Nova Scotia margin with the aim of producing a comprehensive regional map of the rifting style along the margin to contribute to a better understanding of the margin geology and its significant variations from NE to SW. We will process the already acquired Line 3 from the Scotian Margin Transects (SMART) refraction seismic experiment with a geophysical inversion approach.

Responsible roadmap: Informing road disturbance development decision-making in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region through process-based knowledge - Year two

In the Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) of Alberta, boreal peatland ecosystems are becoming increasingly fractionated by linear disturbances associated with resource exploration and subsequent extraction. Roads, for example, have the potential to alter peatlands through changes to flow regimes, runoff generation to downstream aquatic systems, and carbon sequestration. The heterogeneous geology in the AOSR causes a wide range of hydrological conditions and peatland types, and therefore peatlands may respond very differently to road development.

Mechanical dewatering and modeling of gasification processes to attain more green fuels from wood waste materials

Bridges Environmental Solutions Inc. and Deadwood Innovation Inc. have developed a novel and low-cost process for dewatering wood and waste wood materials and extracting a lignin-based solution useful in subsequent wood reforming and laminating processes, which we have helped develop. They use this lignin product to both chemically modify cellulose structures and permanently reform wood for improved mechanical properties.

Evaluating the potential for biogas production from beer liquid waste arising from a recycling plant

The beer industry is one of the oldest and high demand industries in the world. The major limitation associated with beer can recycling with its content is that it produces large volume of liquid waste that cannot be discharged to water bodies. The expired beer is unsuitable for to be converted as animal feed due to the health safety aspects. There is a need for recycling this liquid waste as it contains valuable nutrients and energy. There is potential for using the waste beer as substrate for biogas production thereby recovering energy as biogas and nutrients as organic fertilizer.

The relationship between seafarers’ food and potential disruptions to Canadian food supply chains: a mixed-method analysis

Recent disruptions in the global supply chain, such as COVID-19 and climate change related effects, demonstrated the vulnerability of global food supply chains where food shortages and empty shelves were at the forefront of news articles. While many disruptions in Canada’s food supply chain have been local in nature, some disruptions within the international marine transportation sector also have national implications.