News for Future graduate students

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Natural causes are the key driver of change in Athabasca Delta flood patterns, research shows

Athabasca Delta aerial view

Natural environmental processes—not upstream energy projects—are the primary cause of changing flood patterns in Alberta’s Athabasca Delta, new research shows.

The research also shows there is no evidence to support the perception that energy projects have increased the amount of metal pollutants in the delta ecosystem.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Biology grads leave no pins standing at Bowling Night

BGSA students watching peers bowl.

The Biology Graduate Student Association (BGSA) hit the lanes last week with a Bowling Night at Bingeman. It was a chance for students to have some fun with both old and new students of this multi-disciplinary department. The event was well attended with over 20 students showing up have some fun and mingling with their peers.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Biology competes in Science's 3MT heat

3MTPhoto

The annual Faculty of Science Three Minute Thesis heat returned this week.  More than twenty graduate students from all six units gathered to compete and describe their research in less than three minutes, using only one slide.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Farewell fossil fuels: Biologists aim to increase biofuel production output to aid waning fossil fuel reserves

Silhouette of oil pump jack

Byline: Amrit Mehta, Biology MSc. student

The decline in reserves, rising cost of fossil fuel extraction and export, and the environmental impacts of their continued use are making alternative fuel more appealing. The push now is to be able to convert cellulose-containing waste into biofuels.

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Phragmites Problem: Aggressive invasive reed threatens wetland ecosystem processes

Phragmites

Byline: Sarah Kim, Biology MSc. student

Wetlands in North America are home to a very diverse set of native plants. But an invasive reed called common reed (Phragmites australis) has been expanding rapidly and could potentially threaten the ecosystem processes in the wetlands it inhabits.