Short-term effects of the Site C Dam and reservoir on Bank Swallow Riparia riparia populations along the Peace River

Renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric dams, provide electricity to many Canadians and are important for meeting climate change targets. However, during construction, dams permanently alter the physical characteristics of the river systems and this may have consequences for the species using these ecosystems. This project will evaluate the potential changes in the distribution, abundance, diet, and mercury levels of Bank Swallow populations on the Peace River in British Columbia following reservoir filling for the Site C dam.

Indigenous ways of knowing: the path to mental wellness

There are significant mental health disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, largely due to a legacy of colonization. Though Indigenous health is legally a federal responsibility, mental health services vary dramatically between provinces and territories.

Preparing Accounting Students for CPA Hiring Season

CPA has noticed current issues in the recruitment process of accounting students from Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI). Because accounting firms and industry rely on PSI for most of their new employees, CPA decided that they want to design and implement new programs to help better prepare students for their future accounting career. Through this internship, we will look at previously used systems and programs through focus groups, as well as gain new ideas through surveys.

Challenges of Scaling Social Enterprise in Canada

Social enterprises are businesses whose primary purpose is to create social and/or environmental impact. This study will seek to understand how to grow these businesses to create more social or environmental impact while being financially sustainable. This study will interview social enterprises to understand how they work, how they are trying to grow and what challenges they encounter while doing so. From the findings of this research, we hope to better understand how to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Canada.

Towards designing a bioreactor for the BioLogix™ Product: Identification of microbial communities and their optimal growth conditions for in situ and ex situ hydrocarbon bioremediation

In this project, the intern will determine the identity of the bacterial species present in the BioLogix consortium, as well as determine how to best grow these bacteria in the lab and in the field. The intern will also use this information to aid in the design of technology and equipment to effectively grow BioLogix in the field. By the end of this research Delta Remediation can expect to have received information regarding the species present in their product, how to best grow those species in the lab and design help for technology to grow their product in the field.

Designing Next Generation Clinical Trial Recommendation System

While numerous reports have depicted positive experiences leveraging Electronic Health Record (EHR) information to facilitate clinical trial recruitment, matching and eligibility screening (ES) is still conducted manually in most cases. Manual ES usually involves an extensive examination of patient records and trial criteria descriptions, a challenging and laborious process that creates a significant financial burden for any healthcare facility.

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

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.

Juvenile western rattlesnake movement patterns and habitat use on the Osoyoos Indian Reserve

Many animals undertake seasonal migrations in order to access habitats that are critical for activities such as breeding, feeding, or overwintering. In BC, western rattlesnakes undertake small-scale migrations between their overwintering dens and their summer grounds, allowing them access to critical food resources and mates. The migratory patterns of adult rattlesnakes are relatively well studied in BC; comparatively little, however, is known about juvenile rattlesnakes.

Effects of off-road vehicle activities on plant and soil properties in Canadian ecosystems

The use of off-road vehicles (ORVs) in natural environments has accelerated dramatically over the past few decades, increasing the potential for ecosystem degradation and the need to establish policies and develop technologies that minimize the impacts of ORVs on the environment. Although the environmental consequences from ORVs are known to be highly degrading and a threat to ecosystem integrity and natural functioning, research on the physical and environmental impacts caused by different ORV activities remains limited, specifically those aimed at exploring low-impact technologies.

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.