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BGS Institute: Research Highlights

SELECTED RESEARCH PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS:

2012-2013 Highlights

1. EFFECTS OF LOCAL POPULATION EXTINCTION AND RECOLONIZATION ON SYNCHRONY: EXPERIMENTS ON THE SPATIAL POPULATION DYNAMICS OF THE ALPINE BUTTERFLY, Parnassius Smintheus

Research Cluster: Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology
Project Coordinator(s): Stephen F. Matter, University of Cincinnati and Jens Roland, University of Alberta
Collaborators: Edward A. Johnson, University of Calgary and Nusha Keyghobadi, Western University

2. BEAVER EFFECTS ON PEATLAND HYDROLOGY IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS REGION OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): Cherie Westbrook, University of Saskatchewan
Collaborators: Angela Bedard-Haughn, University of Saskatchewan
Students(s): Larisa Barber, Alasdair Morrison, Erin Shaw, Kimberely Janzen, Dan Karran, Dan Beveridge, Xiaoyue Wang, Adam Olah

3. BGS SCHOOL PROGRAMS - A 25 YEAR LEGACY OF RESEARCH EDUCATION & OUTREACH 

Project Coordinator: Michael Mappin, Biogeoscience Institute


2011-2012 Highlights

1. POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN UNDERSTORY PLANT DIVERSITY AND SOIL MICROBIAL BIOMASS AND MICROARTHROPODS

Research Cluster: Vegetation Dynamics and Forestry
Project Coordinator(s): Nico Eisenhauer, University of Minnesota

2. SEQUENCE EFFECTS OF INVASIVE SPORTFISH AND CLIMATE WARMING ON MOUTAIN LAKE ECOSYSTEMS

Research Cluster: Animal Ecology and Wildlife Conservation Biology
Project Coordinator(s): Megan M. MacLennan and Rolf D. Vinebrooke, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta

3. MESOSCALE TEMPERATURE PATTERNS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS REGION OF SOUTHERN ALBERTA 

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): Shawn Marshall, Rachel Cullen, Shannon Fargey, Kara Paraczek, Brian Horton


2010-2011 Highlights

1. PROGRESS IN MODELLING SNOW TRANSPORT INT THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND UNDERSTANDING CHINOOK EFFECTS ON THE SURFACE WATER BALANCE

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): M.K MacDonald, J.W. Pomeroy, A. Pietroniro, R.L.H. Essery

2. BIOCHEMICAL CYCLING OF NITROGEN AND SULPHUR IN GLACIATED ALPINE WATERSHEDS

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): Melissa Lafreniere, Vivian Wasiuta, Erin Doxey-Whitfield, Queen's University
Collaborators: Kate Sinclair, University of Calgary; Mark Skidmore, Eric Boyd and Andy Mitchell, Montana State University

3. IMPACT OF GLACIAL EROSION ON POSTGLACIAL SEDIMENT TRANSPORT 

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): Thomas Hpffmann and E.A. Johnson, University of Calgary


2009-2010 Highlights

        1. GeoCENS: GEOSPATIAL CYBERINFRASTRUCTURE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING

Project Coordinator(s): Dr. Steve Liang, Department of Geomatics Engineering
steve.liang@ucalgary.ca / http://sensorweb.geomatics.ucalgary.ca

2. PLOIDY VARIATION IN FIREWEED THROUGHOUT THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

Research Cluster: Vegetation Dynamics and Forestry
Project Coordinator(s): Sabara, H.A. and B.B. Husband, University of Guelph

3. LAKE O’HARA ALPINE HYDROLOGY STUDY

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology, and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s):
Masaki Hayashi and Jaime Hood, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary

4. THE CONTROLS AND DYNAMICS OF FLORAL DISPLAYS

Research Cluster: Vegetation Dynamics and Forestry
Project Coordinator(s):
Gallwey, J.R., Harder L.D., University of Calgary


2008-2009 Highlights

1. MATING SYSTEMS AT LARGE SPATIAL SCALES: THE BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY OF BREEDING
MIGRATION IN ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIGHORN SHEEP

Research Cluster: Animal Ecology and Wildlife Conservation Biology
Project Coordinator(s): Kathreen Ruckstuhl, University of Calgary; John Hogg, Montana Conservation Science Institute

2. INTEGRATING GEOMORPHOLOGY AND ECOLOGY: TREE POPULATION DYNAMICS AND
SEDIMENT TRANSPORT DUE TO TREE ROOT THROW

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology, and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): Martin, Y., Johnson, E.A. and Gallaway, J., University of Calgary

3. MATERNAL EFFECTS ON OFFSPRING

Research Cluster: Animal Ecology and Wildlife Conservation Biology
Project Coordinator(s):
Skibiel, A.L. and F.S. Dobson, Auburn University


2007-2008 Highlights

1. Altitudinal Gradients Of Stable Isotopes In Lee-Slope Precipitation In The Canadian Rocky Mountains

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology, and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): Tara A. Moran, Shawn J. Marshall, Erin C. Evans, and Kate E. Sinclair, University of Calgary

2. Collapse And Recovery Of Recreational Fisheries

Research Cluster: Animal Ecology and Wildlife Conservation Biology
Project Coordinator(s): Johnston, F.D., J.R. Post, C.J. Mushens, A.J. Paul, University of Calgary; J.D. Stelfox, and B. Lajeunesse, Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

3. Encroaching Forests De-Couple Alpine Butterfly Population Dynamics

Project Coordinator(s): Jens Roland,University of Alberta; Stephen F. Matter, University of Cincinnati


2006-2007 Highlights

1. Hot trees and melting snow in the Rockies

Research Cluster: Ecohydrology, Meteorology, and Watersheds
Project Coordinator(s): John Pomeroy and Chad Ellis, University of Saskatchewan

2. Natural and artificial selection in hunted ungulates

Research Cluster: Human, Domestic Animal, and Wildlife Disease Interactions
Project Coordinator(s): Marco Festa-Bianchet, Université de Sherbrooke

3. Large scale climate control of ecological processes in Canada and Alaska forests

Research Cluster: Vegetation Dynamics and Forestry
Project Coordinator(s): Marc Macias Fauria, Research Associate, University of Calgary (Supervisor: Edward Johnson) and PhD Candidate, University of Helsinki (Supervisor: Matti Eroner)