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2014 Award Recipients

Recipient Supervisor(s) Institution Project Title
Brandon Allen (MSc) Sean Rogers University of Calgary

Integration of genetics into adaptive management strategies: Genetic population responses to size-selective harvest pressures in Alberta Walleye (Sander vitreus)

Natasha Annich (MSc) Cynthia Paszkowski University of Alberta

Utility of Ducks Unlimited's Wetland Classification for predicting amphibian distribution and abundance with an emphasis on Canadian toads

Vincent Del Bel Belluz (MSc) John Spence University of Alberta

Effects of disturbance and recovery of lodgepole pine forest on carabid and staphylinid assemblages (Coleoptera: Carabidae, Staphylinidae)

Mallory Hazell (MSc) John Gamon University of Alberta

Detecting functional plant biodiversity via airborne imaging spectrometry

Cheryl Hojnowski (PhD) Justin Brashares University of California, Berkeley

Assessing recreation impacts on large mammal ecology in Kananaskis Country, Alberta

Gregory Holmes (MSc) Robert Laird University of Lethbridge

Interactions of the leaf galling wasp Aulacidea pilosellae, rust fungus Puccinia hieracii and their invasive hawkweek host, Pilosella caespitosa, and their impact on plant growth and reproduction

Mark Hornsby (PhD) Andrew Hurly University of Lethbridge

Spatial orientation and navigation in fathead minnows: Impacts from ecological conditions and naturally- and antropogenically-induced perturbations

Joseph Kermish-Wells (MSc) Marco Musiani University of Calgary

Human and natural factors influencing foraging patterns and kill rate of grizzly bears

Jamie Lantz (MSc) Shelley Alexander University of Calgary

Interactions amongst humans, domestic dogs (Canis familiaris), livestock and coyotes (Canis latrans) on Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, Alberta

Preston Lennox (PhD) Joseph Rasmussen University of Lethbridge

Establishing the link between fish biodiversity and biomass production in freshwater ecosystems

Yan Liu (PhD) Jana Vamosi University of Calgary

Genetic diversity of Mimulus guttatus from putative Pleistocene refugia in Alberta

Brian Meagher (MSc) Sean Rogers University of Calgary

Collaborative phased fish restoration project in the Hidden Lake and Corral Creek drainage of Banff National Park

Ahmed Najar (PhD) Nadir Erbilgin University of Alberta

Alberta's Achilles heel: An investigation of the features of susceptibility of Albertan balsam poplar to Septoria musiva

Eric Neilson (PhD) Stan Boutin University of Alberta

Wolf-mediated effects of oil sands development on moose survival and abundance

Jennine Pedersen (MSc) Scott Nielsen and Ellen MacDonald University of Alberta

Use of assisted migration to mitigate the effects of climate change on rare plants in Alberta

Gabriel Pigeon (PhD) Fanie Pelletier Universite de Sherbrooke

Constraints to the recovery of a population of bighorn sheep

Heather Polan (MSc) Rebecca Rooney University of Waterloo

Biodiversity and abundance of waterbirds and aquatic invertebrates for the assessment and conservation of non-permanent marshes in the Northern Prairie and Parkland Region of Alberta

Julia Shonfield (PhD) Erin Bayne University of Alberta

Effects of industrial noise on owls in northeastern Alberta

Jarvis Singer (MSc) Leland Jackson University of Calgary

Role of nitrogen and phosphorus in photosynthesis-respiration in the Bow River, Alberta

Linhao Wu  (PhD) John Spence University of Alberta

Influences of habitat heterogeneity and disturbance on temporal variability of ground beetle assemblages in the mixedwood boreal forest

Daniel Yip (MSc) Erin Bayne University of Alberta

Understanding detection distances of rare nocturnal and diurnal animals using automated recording units