Evaluating the role of summer forage quality and quantity on cow moose condition, fecundity, and survival in WMU 3-18

Moose populations in the Thompson-Okanagan region have declined at an alarming rate (up to 90%) in the past 25 years. The moose population decline corresponds with a dramatic increase in forestry cut blocks for salvage logging after mountain pine beetle infestation. Plants in cut blocks grow in full sunlight and have more energy to create compounds that protect them from being eaten by herbivores and reduce their nutritional quality. We will compare the nutritional quality of plants growing in and out of cut blocks to see if cut blocks provide less nutrition for moose.

Traditional Land Use Mapping and Environmental Assessment with Maawandoon

This research will assist First Nation members to monitor First Nations territories, lands and waterways and document Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS). To document cultural aspects of land use and assess the environment through video, maps and workshop teachings. In the process, Elders and Knowledge keepers will honour their cultural traditions of transferring and sharing knowledge to the next generation of leaders and land stewards.

Innovative Business Strategies: Business development and export opportunities and challenges associated with small Canadian companies

The proposed research will explore two types of business strategies - cross-border business and remote work uptake - that can help small Canadian companies adapt to and recover from the shutdown policies put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, the intern will begin by conducting two literature reviews - one to explore the costs and benefits of pursuing cross-border business, and another on best practices for maintaining productivity through remote work.

Using priority effects and soil amendments to optimize ecological restoration of the Fortis pipeline right-of-way.

FortisBC proposes to replace a pipeline in Kamloops, B.C. Of concern are habitat losses, loss of native plant communities and alteration of the composition of plant communities due to introduction of invasive species. My research addresses the role of order of seed arrival, called priority effects, and soil amendments such as straw matting and wood ash in facilitating ecosystem restoration after pipeline replacement.

Next Generation candidate screening and assessment platform featuring psychological profiling though gamification

This project is the first step to providing Thinking North’s Purple Squirrel recruitment platform to go beyond traditional matching with a novel, data-backed holistic candidate matching process. To provide a robust system, Thinking North is collaborating with Seneca’s School of Software Design and Data Science to use advanced artificial intelligence and gamification techniques to combine “psychology” and “gamification,” known as “psychification,” to enhance the screening aspect for a recruitment process.

Enhancing Reach and Penetration of Global Potato Industry Using Multi Channel Data Driven Strategies

Food Innovation Online Corp (FIO) is a New Brunswick(NB) based company that operates a website targeting the global potato industry. This website - PotatoPro.com - is the #1 website in the potato sector worldwide. As a result, the company has access to a large amount of data on the interests and information needs of this sector.

To bring this to the next level, the company has decided to move to a more formal data-driven decision model.

Red Sucker Lake First Nation traditional land use and land guardianship

This research will enable Red Sucker Lake (RSL) First Nation members to monitor RSL territory, lands and waterways and document Indigenous knowledge systems (IKS), including cultural aspects as well as environmental assessment, by video, maps and workshop teachings. In the process, Elders and Knowledge keepers will not only honour their cultural traditions but also train the next generation of leaders and land stewards.

Development of an aligned rolling footgear to reduce seabed impacts of bottom trawl fisheries

Northern Shrimp (Pandalus borealis) and Greenland Halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) located off the east coast of Nunavut (Arctic Canada) are currently harvested by factory freezer vessels using bottom trawls. This fishery is a major contribution to the territory’s economy. However, bottom trawling is not without its ecological impact. Bottom trawl’s footgear, located below the fishing line and in contact with the seabed to protect the netting and to guide animals into the trawl net, can cause an impact to the seabed.

Determining how to create and measure engaging cultural learning through experiential digital media

Education has been undergoing a major shift in recent years. With the rise of social media, handheld devices, and the internet itself, schools have been encouraged to adapt to these developments. One aspect of these movements that has not been given as much attention in education, is that of video games. Many video games today have links with various social issues and historical topics, yet they are not often present in social science classrooms.

Hidden Champion Businesses: The Way to Revitalize the Economy of Newfoundland and Labrador for Post-Covid-19 Era

The effect of a collapse in oil prices coupled with a province-wide lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak will have a significant impact on the economic future of NL. A spiking unemployment rate due to job losses in the services and tourism sector will be difficult to mitigate in the short to medium-term; if not handled, it could easily ripen into a larger societal issue in the long-term.