Congrats to Jess who succesfully defended her MSc today! Jess was the first virtual defence of our lab group, due to the COVID - 19 virus. Despite the difference in delivery, it was a successful day. Jess's thesis focused on the spatial variability of evapotranspiration on a subalpine ridge in Kananaskis, Alberta. Her project looked at two distinct transitional tree patches, krummholz and tree islands, and analyzes how these growth forms will influence water storage and loss. She will also determined feedbacks between evapotranspiration and dominant controls (snow pack, net radiation,... Read more about Jess Williamson, Successful MSc Defence!
Yesterday Hydromet team member Tyler Prentice successfully defended his MSc thesis! Congrats Tyler, great work! Tyler's thesis focused on the reclamation of boreal forests following oil sands operations in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Specifically, his research aimed to determine how interactions between vegetation and soil are influenced by the cover soil used at the start of the reclamation process. His fieldwork involved monitoring soil moisture and nutrient regimes throughout the growing season at several reclaimed sites within the Athabasca Oil Sands Region spending summer field season... Read more about Congrats to new MSc, Tyler Prentice!!
Congratulations to our own Dylan Hrach, who successfully defended his Masters thesis today! Dylan's project analyzed the unique microclimate of a heavily shaded wetland with a large presence of snow and a short growing season. He performed a wetland characterisation and observed the influence of photosynthetic active radiation on plant growth and the rate of evapotranspiration. Wishing him the best as he enters the workforce!
Water fluxes and system evolution of mine pit lakes
Fully funded MSc and PhD students are being sought to work on research on End-Pit Lakes in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region. All oil sands mine closure landscapes are designed to include pit lakes. Thus, designing and constructing self-sustaining pit lake ecosystems in an...
On Monday May 6th, Lindsey successfully defended her MSc thesis titled 'Quantifying coniferous subalpine tree transpiration and source water under seasonal and hydrological stress in the Canadian Rocky Mountains'. Her work helps to inform subalpine forest hydrological connectivity in mountain watersheds, and gave insight to potential tree behaviour and water under a changing climate.
Lindsey will stay onboard with the Hydromet group continuing her work as the Kanasaskis Project Manager and Technician. She also works closely with the University of Saskatchewan's...
On Thursday, newly minted M.Sc Chrstine Van beest sucessfully defended her Masters thesis titled 'Deeper burning increases availabile phosphorus, promotes moss growth, and cabron dioxide instake in a fen peatland one-year post-wildfire in Fort McMurray, AB'. Christine's work has helped provide insights into the nutrient and carbon dynamics of post-burn peatland systems in Canada's north. Congratulations!!
Last week students from our group polished up and presented their research poster at the annual McMaster Water Week in Hamilton, Ontario. We had 7 total presenters, with a poster by Masters student Dylan Hrach titled 'Quantifying seasonal evapotranpiration of a sub-alpine wetland, Kananaskis, Alberta' winning the GWF Young Professionals Best Student Poster award. Congratulations to Dylan and all of our other students. Fantastic work!