Kevin de Haan, B.Sc (E-mail)
Kevin received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences with a minor in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo. This charming chap is currently focussing his research on water use and distribution in southern Ontario agricultural fields. More specifically, his project focusses on relationships between climate and soil properties with water use efficiencies of corn (maize) and alfalfa hay. He also plans to compare evapotranspiration models to measured eddy covariance values and investigate their sensitivities to climate and soil properties.
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of Guelph. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Geography where she is focusing on understanding how external anthropogenic factors control boreal peatland and upland ecohydrological functioning. Specifically, her research aims to better understand how atmospheric nitrogen deposition is impacting nutrient availability and plant productivity on a constructed fen-upland in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta. Her work will help inform reclamation design and assessment practices.
Karisa graduated with a Bachelor’s of (Environmental) Science from McMaster University. She is currently working towards completing her Master’s degree that focuses on natural peatland development in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region of northeastern Alberta. Using dendrochronology and stable carbon isotope analysis, Karisa hopes to better understand the influence of linear disturbances (i.e. roads, cutlines, pipelines) on peatland tree growth and water-use efficiency. Her research will have implications for oil exploration and infrastructure development management strategies.
Sarah graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Science within the department of Environmental Sciences. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Science in Geography focusing her research on the ecohydrological controls on vegetation growth in a constructed upland in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta. Specifically, trying to understand and characterize vegetation distribution and growth patterns to promote the use of more effective reclamation techniques in future projects
Sheryl received her Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies in Geography with a specialization in Geomatics and a Certificate of Excellence in GIS from the University of Waterloo. She is currently working towards a Master’s of Science in Geography where she is assessing the spatial variability of evapotranspiration and evaluating upscaling models for subalpine wetlands. Her project focuses on climate warming effects on the seasonal flux of evapotranspiration across a subalpine meadow in Kananaskis, Alberta. Using high-resolution UAV imagery and upscaling models, her research will identify plant functional types and their seasonal contribution to evapotranspiration. Her project will build upon upscaling model techniques for the use of flood management projections in alpine regions.
Julia graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is currently a candidate for a Master’s of Science, where she is focusing on soil nutrient cycling and water use efficiency in a natural subalpine wetland in Kananaskis, Alberta. Her project specifically looks at how soil nutrient availability controls spatial distribution of dominant plant species, and how those dominant plant species contribute to plant and ecosystem level water use efficiency. Her work will expand on mountain wetlands research and help inform future management plans of wetlands in cold regions.