Private conservation in a changing landscape: a perspective on Land Trust Organizations in Canada

Land Trust Organizations acquire and protect private land for conservation purposes. They have become the fastest growing tool for biodiversity conservation of private land in Canada. Despite their growth and the recognized importance of private protected areas; there is little information about them. This research aims to understand who the Land Trust Organizations are (e.g. size, level of protection, funding, governance structure, ecological monitoring) and the important opportunities and challenges they face.

Scalable Fault Detection, Diagnosis, and Situational Awareness for Modern High-volume Data Pipelines

Globally, industries are seeking to develop new products and services from the large-scale data sets they hold. As these systems move from prototypes into fully operational 24/7/265 commercial solutions additional services must be provided to detect and address system faults and failure as they arise. Within classical engineering plants, e.g., those of the telecommunications, petrochemical, transportation, etc. industries, these tasks are performed by fault detection and diagnosis (FDD) and situation awareness solutions.

A National Study of Trans Men and Non-Binary People’s Sexual Health and Wellness

Sex Now is a community-based health survey for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in Canada. It is one of only a few studies of GBMSM to be inclusive of transgender men and non-binary people which presents a novel and exciting opportunity to understand these groups’ sexual health and wellness outcomes and needs in order to create public health interventions that are targeted and appropriate to them.

Straits Salish Plant Stewardship in the 21st Century:Cultivating Co-management Relationships in BC

This research supports the T?Sou-ke Nation to re-establish connections with culturally important native plant species cultivated and stewarded by traditional T?Sou-ke peoples for food, medicine and technology and to store this information in database and maps. The product of this research will be accessed when T?Sou-ke consider both large, economic development projects proposed within their territory, and for plant harvesting opportunities (for food and commercial purposes) by their members.

Evaluating and optimizing rural and urban lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and Two-Spirit (LGBTQI2S) engagement with hospice and palliative care in the Island Health Region

Existing research focused on the experiences of gay and lesbian older adults with the health care system report that there is a general distrust and reluctance to access healthcare based upon the cumulative effect of discrimination over the life course. At present, while 75% of Canadians have indicated they would like to die at home, 45% of Vancouver Island residents die of in acute care. Clearly there exists a service gap and it appears possible that such a gap may be larger in the LGBTQI2S community.

Cyclic Freeze-Thaw Behavior of Geocell-Reinforced Bases

Geocells are a type of three-dimensional honeycomb geosynthetics that are widely used to improve the performance of paved and unpaved roads by reinforcing the base/subbase courses. It is approved to benefit the long-term performance of roadways and reduction of construction cost. Although geocell has been widely used in roadway construction in cold regions, showing measurable improvements, research regarding the cyclic freeze-thaw behavior of geocell-reinforced roadways is rather scarce.

Automated Target Classification for Multi-Frequency Echosounders

The oceans cover the majority of our planet’s surface but much of their depths are still a mystery. Improvements in technology have allowed for the development of instruments on underwater platforms and autonomous gliders that are able to survey the world’s oceans. One instrument, called an AZFP (acoustic zooplankton fish profiler), emits high-frequency sonar pulses and listens for backscatter (reflections) to observe fish, zooplankton, suspended sediments, and other quantities in the water column. Backscatter data are complex and time consuming to process and interpret.

Revitalizing Indigenous traditional management of salmon – evaluating risk, opportunities and needs for re-emergence of traditional terminal fisheries

First Nations have fished for salmon in British Columbia for more than 10,000 years. Traditionally, many First Nations fisheries were conducted using weirs – fences constructed in the river – or stone fish traps, and these traditional technologies were used for thousands of years to manage and harvest salmon. However, with the arrival of commercial fishing in British Columbia, these traditional technologies were banned under the Fisheries Act, and salmon fishing is now primarily conducted in marine waters, targeting hundreds of co-migrating populations.

Molecular measures of yeast exhaustion in commercial brewing

Beer production is only as good as the yeast that make it. When yeast are first pitched for brewing, they produce the desired fermentation product—beer. But, after numerous cycles of fermentation, the yeast become exhausted and produce beer with unwanted flavors and alcohol content. As such, the beer is no longer fit for consumption. Over time, the stress of fermentation causes unwanted effects on the yeast’s genes, which ultimately compromises their beer-producing abilities. This project focuses on finding identifiers of exhausted yeast prior to their production of bad beer.

Measured and perceived differences between writing on digital and analog surfaces

Digital devices have the potential to play a positive role in the classroom.  For example, longhand note-taking has been shown help learners better remember what they’ve learned than typing notes on a keyboard.  With younger generations more accustomed to using digital devices in their everyday lives, it is important that the educational system finds a way to move digital devices into the classroom in a way that these devices can support learning.  In this study, we hope to gain a better understanding of how students are able to take notes on different digital devices, and what properties m