Impacts of invasive European Cattail on Invertebrate Communities in the Fraser River estuary

Estuaries are important ecosystems which provide us with many benefits, some of which include storing carbon, dampening the impacts of rising sea levels, and are areas of high biodiversity. The Fraser River estuary in the lower mainland of British Columbia is seeing alteration from human presence, including the introduction of invasive species. One invasive species of interest is the European Cattail (Typha angustifolia) and its hybrid TyphaXGlauca.

Assessing the impact of restoring semi-natural habitat on farmland on agricultural productivity

The goal of this project is to understand how habitat enhancements, such as semi-natural or natural native managed hedgerows, grass margins, and grassland set-asides impact both pollination and pest control in berry fields in the Delta, BC region. Our hypothesis is that the inclusion of these natural habitats will promote beneficial insect diversity. Beneficial insects include pollinators, such as bumble bees, and natural enemies, such as ladybugs that feed on aphids.

Baseline inventory of key biophysical and geomorphological features along the Lulu Island foreshore and the potential effects of sea level rise on marsh vegetation communities and restoration efforts

This research focuses on creating and implementing a sampling methodology to collect information on vegetation communities and soils along the Lulu Island foreshore in Steveston, BC. This information will be used to examine how the plant communities of natural marsh areas in this area change based on certain environmental parameters (e.g. elevation, salinity, tidal inundation) and how foreshore marsh areas may be impacted by sea level rise.

The paradigm of management: Investigating the link between Indigenous-led contemporary clam management systems and clam diversity in an industrialised ecosystem

The general objective of the proposed activity is to increase the future productivity of Burrard Inlet and the contribution of seafood to the diet of Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN) members in support of the TWN Cumulative Effects Monitoring Initiative. Specifically we propose to (1) quantify the ecological variables driving contemporary clam density, biomass and diversity; (2) experimentally test the effects of TWN clam tending practices on contemporary clam growth rates and survivorship; and (3) to inform decisions about resilient TWN clam management strategies in Burrard Inlet.

Carbon sequestration through 3 novel biomass-based methods and opportunity for integration into carbon offset markets.

Biocoal is made from wood charcoal and a binder. Biocoal made by BC Biocarbon is made to replace coal in high temperature combustion uses. As biocoal is similar to coal, it is thought to be used to store carbon in the ground. This project hopes to demonstrate the carbon storage ability of biocoal, plastic-sealed wood, and bitumen-bound wood.

Experiment conditions for each product will include landfill, surface environment, indoor room temperature, and frozen for one year.

Monitoring Interactions of Southern Resident Killer Whales with Recreational Boats and Commercial Vessels in Boundary Pass

Boundary Pass is located off the south coast of Saturna Island and is an important foraging spot for the endangered Southern Resident Killer whales (SRKW). This region is also used by fishing, recreational and ecotourism boats and by large commercial vessels transiting through the shipping lanes to Vancouver Ports. Starting in June, the ECHO Program is initiating a commercial vessel Slowdown Trial that includes the Boundary Pass region off Saturna Island.

Standardized ginseng polysaccharide extracts for immune health

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything the world has seen in over a century, both in terms of global spread and economic impact. Certain individuals particularly the elderly and those with underlying diseases, are more susceptible to severe infection and dysregulation of the immune system. Since the recent outbreak, many more individuals have been taking immune stimulating natural health products (NHPs) to promote better immune health. Unfortunately, quality of most NHPs in Canada is not regulated to a high standard.

Climate-related Disclosure Best Practices

Mantle314 is developing a software platform (Manifest) that will help companies to learn, assess, manage and disclose climate-related risks and opportunities. Mantle314 is currently working on minimum viable product (MVP) experience which will be the first step toward automating an end-to-end climate change-related planning and disclosure process.

Overcoming the Challenge of COVID-19: How entrepreneurs in Rural NL can understand and face the pandemic

The response to COVID-19 and stay-at-home orders have led to skyrocketing unemployment and various economic impacts. Entrepreneurs are coping up with challenges and conflicts that require solutions to sustain rural communities. With researchers based in Grenfell Campus, Memorial University (MUN) of Newfoundland in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), this study will focus on how enterprise hubs could help entrepreneurship development in rural communities.

Climate Finance and Youth Unemployment for COVID19 Recovery

The COVID19 crisis has had an immense impact in loss of employment across nations and sectors. Youth are one of the most impacted demographic groups as job security has become more precarious. With a main objective of addressing youth unemployment in recovery packages while remaining committed to climate progress, this project proposes a quantitative and qualitative research methodology to analyze the policy recommendations and financial figures found in economic recovery packages and policies.

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