Advancing Clean Energy in Remote Communities

As Canada looks to transition to a clean energy system, reducing diesel use in remote communities presents a significant challenge. Despite financial assistance from the federal government, the business case for clean energy projects in remote communities continues to be less than ideal. Without government support for capital costs, renewable energy projects at present are failing to attract private investment. To address this problem, this research project seeks to identify financial (e.g.

A Study of social enterprise innovations in business tools and structures to support greater affordability and increased access to cohousing in Canada

This study aims to support existing and future grassroots cohousing communities in maneuvering systemic and cultural barriers in order to achieve an increase in cohousing communities constructed in Canada, and a proliferation of cohousing and/or cohousing-inspired affordable housing communities.

Monitoring and Suppression of Smallmouth Bass in Cultus Lake, BC

The goal of the project is to mitigate the impacts to valuable salmonids from invasive smallmouth bass (SMB) in Cultus Lake through suppression and monitoring. The project will benefit both the sport fishing industry and endangered species, by suppressing predation from SMB and controlling further imbalances in predator-prey relationships. We will use methods such as nest destruction, gut content analysis, and acoustic telemetry to learn about the fish’s ecology and the most effective way to suppress the population.

Understanding factors limiting Bull Trout (Salvelinus confluentus) abundance in the foothills of Alberta

Bull Trout (Salvenlinus confluentus) is a large fish species in the Salmonidae family, that is undergoing dramatic declines. This study will focus on stream reaches with critical Bull Trout habitat features in the foothills in Alberta, Canada. The objectives of this study are to: 1) determine temporal trends in Bull Trout abundance, and 2) assess competition between Bull Trout and invasive salmonids (e.g. Brown Trout, Brook Trout) and potential hybrids. Data will be collected and analyzed, comparing Bull Trout habitat and adult presence in 6 watercourses having different stressors (e.g.

Humic Land, a biological promoter of crop growth and the soil microbiome

Humic Land is a multi-purpose, 100% organic fertilizer that was produced from black peat using innovative technology that protects live soil microorganisms. It contains a microbial consortia that may produce plant-growth promoting substances, thereby acting as biological promotor of crops growing in stressful conditions.

Interactive, place-based mapping of climate analogs in Yukon’s mountain regions to inform tree species selection in areas of rapid climate change.

Research problem: Reclamation practitioners must consider seed source for revegetation measures that maximize long-term resilience of reclaimed sites in regions undergoing rapid climate change. Climate analog mapping, relating climate of a space at a point in time to that of another, can help identify location of seed sources best adapted for current and future climates. Climate analogs published for northern mountain regions have not incorporated topo-edaphic (slope and aspect) factors that can modulate climate sensitivity and growth of canopy forming tree species.

Promoting Water Stewardship Through Citizen Science with Water Rangers

Water Rangers uses citizen science to acquire baseline data for water bodies across Canada by giving and selling testkits to volunteers across Canada. This project will explore who is most likely to take part in water testing, what engagement strategies reduce dropout rates, and how testing water increase environmental concern by changing values and people’s connection with nature. Using a mixed method approach involving surveys and interview questions, 275 participants will be recruited. They will receive a free tiny testkit, a subsidized mini testkit or borrow a large testkit.

Building ecologically robust lakes for offsetting fisheries productivity - part 2

Canada is among the world’s largest producers of energy derived from resource extraction. Canada’s Oil Sands Region produces 70% of Canada’s crude oil, and ranks third, after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, in terms of proven global crude oil reserves. In order for Canadian industry to continue to meet this high demand for energy they must adhere to the social and environmental pressures to reclaim and restore the extraction sites to their original condition, and to offset potential environmental destruction.

Development of climate sensitive growth functions for western North America’s boreal tree species - Year two

The Mixedwood Growth Model (MGM) is used by forest managers in estimating growth and yield outcomes for common boreal tree species in North America. MGM has been shown to effectively model both managed and unmanaged stands in Alberta and surrounding regions. Currently, climate effects are not accounted for in growth functions used in MGM. Recent work for black spruce has shown that there is need to understand and model the effect of climate for other boreal tree species including white spruce, aspen, balsam poplar, lodgepole pine and jack pine.

Modelling spatial variability of rock mass structural heterogeneity for pit slope stability analysis using a large-scale discrete fracture network (DFN) model

Improving the design and operation of open pit mines by better understanding and modeling of spatial variation of rock mass properties, can bring economic benefits to the mining industry. The proposed research project aims to develop an innovative large-scale discrete fracture network (DFN) model that is spatially constrained based on the recorded fracture data from geotechnical boreholes and photogrammetric mapping of bench face exposures in an open pit mine in Western Africa.