Well, it has been a while since I’ve had the pleasure of updating this site but this past week we have had some very fortunate outcomes from the hard work and dedication from students in our lab. Last week, graduate students from all Masters programs on campus participated in TRU’s 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition, where each student had a maximum of 3 minutes to describe their research to a panel of judges. Sarah Whitehouse blew them away with her discussion on biosolids, taking first place and winning $1000! Coming in second was Janelle Paulson with a strong presentation on climate change research taking place in our own backyard, Lac Du Bois, and taking home $500! Finally, Medina Jeff-Zanni (also from the Master’s of Environmental Science program) won the People’s Choice award for the competition and $250. Footage of the 3MT can be found here: https://livestream.com/TRU/Live/videos/152923266 . Well done to all that participated, there was a lot of competition!
In other news, congratulations must also be given to Colton Stephens, an undergraduate assistant in our lab! He was awarded the TRU Undergraduate Research Enhancement Award (UREAP) for future work on the ongoing BIODESERT project in our lab. We look forward to working with you again this summer!
Everybody in our lab is working hard on their research to achieve their goals. Stay tuned, more updates will follow this field season.
The Cattlemen’s Martin Riedemann Society provided a grant for the ongoing invertebrate collection and barcoding project in the Lac du Bois grasslands. This grant was awarded to projects in the area that can help further knowledge related to the cattle industry.
Jordann’s project has caught the eye of a news reporter out in the Lac Du Bois grasslands! In the article, both her and Lauch discuss the project highlighting its role in studying climate change. Click here to read the full article from News Kamloops.
Today, Paul was interviewed by CBC Radio to discuss his project! Click here to listen to the full show.
Heath leaves the lab today and heads back to the United States. During his stay in Kamloops he became an active member of the lab and really immersed himself into Canadian culture. He was a great leader and always had a positive attitude, even when certain situations became bleak. Best of luck on the road ahead, we will all miss you.
Congratulations to Paul Antonelli for his first place poster given during the 2016 Pacific Ecology and Evolution Conference in Bamfield, BC. titled “Facilitating mine reclamation with soil amendments and nurse plants”. This poster also received an honourable mention during TRU’s MSc. Showcase.
Congratulations must also be distributed to Sarah Whitehouse for her first place poster during the MSc. Showcase titled “Biosolids: Public perceptions and Community Engagement”. These are some outstanding achievements by our lab members and we hope for their continued success in the future. Finally, great work to everyone who participated in these events, the MSc. Showcase was excellent and had a great turnout.
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Heather Richardson, Kathy Baethke, and Yuying Kuang on their successful Masters Defense presentations in 2015. Their theses may be found at the TRU Masters of Environmental Science web page. Good luck in all future endeavors!