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2015 Award Recipients

2015 ACA Grants in Biodiversity Recipients
Recipient (Program) Institution Supervisor Project Title
Jason Airst (MSc) University of Winnipeg Susan Lingle Variation in male mating tactics in mule deer and white-tailed deer
Oscar Aleuy (PhD) University of Calgary Kathreen Ruckstuhl Refining and testing predictive models for host-parasite interactions in a changing climate: the case of Marshallegia marshalli and its latitudinal plasticity in thermal tolerance
Jonathan Backs (PhD) University of Alberta John Nychka & Colleen Cassady St. Clair Development of reliable warning signals for the prevention of bear-train collisions
Zach Dempsey (MSc) University of Lethbridge Theresa Burg & Cameron Goater Phylogeography and systematics of Oreohelid land snails in Southern Alberta
Catherine Denny (MSc) University of Alberta Scott Nielsen Spatial patterns of food resources and the movement patterns of grizzly bears (Ursus arctos)
Paulson Des Brisay (MSc) University of Manitoba Nicola Koper Determining the effects of oil infrastructure on the demography and stress physiology of the Chestnut-collard Longspur (Calcarius ornatus)
Laureen Echiverri (MSc) University of Alberta Ellen Macdonald Optimizing partial harvesting for understory plant diversity
Barbara Gass (MSc) University of British Columbia Amy Angert Relating needle traits to rust resistance in Limber Pine
Anjolene Hunt (MSc) University of Alberta Erin Bayne Habitat use of Canada Warblers in an extensively managed forest landscape
Stefan Hupperts (MSc) University of Alberta Simon Landhausser Shifts in lifestyles of ectomycorrihizal fungi: Does host tree phenology induce facultative saprotrophy?
Rola Kutby (PhD) University of Calgary Ralph Cartar Determinants of reproductive success in bumble bees of Foothills forests
Analisa Lazaro-Cote (MSc) University of Calgary Leland Jackson The impact of municipal wastewater effluent on the stress response of native fish in the Bow River
Caitlin Mader (MSc) University of Alberta Nadir Erbilgin Ecology and phenology of a resident Aphelinid wasp (Coccophagus sp.) and evaluation of its potential as a biocontrol agent of European elm scale (Eriococcus spurius)
Limoilou-Amelie Renaud (PhD) Universite de Sherbrooke Fanie Pelletier Implications of phenotypic plasticity and maternal effects for the dynamics of a declining population of bighorn sheep
Matthew Robinson (MSc) University of Alberta Scott Nielsen Influence of variable retention timber harvesting on upland habitat and population dynamics of wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus)
Zhuoyan Song (PhD) University of Alberta Heather Proctor Disentangling the Gammarus-acanthocephalan system in Edmonton wetlands from ecological and molecular perspectives
Janet Sperling (PhD) University of Alberta Katharine Magor Microbiome diversity of ticks ectoparasitic on Alberta wildlife
Eric Spilker (MSc) University of Alberta Evie Merrill Spatial interactions in multi-carnivore communities in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta
Ashton Sturm (MSc) University of Alberta Cameron Carlyle Bee conservation in Alberta's grasslands; Developing measures of bee diversity and abundance with an indicator taxa
Riley Waytes (MSc) University of Calgary Ralph Cartar Insect-mediated cross-pollination in hybrid seed canola: Contributions of native bees and their influence on managed pollinators
Scott Wilson (MSc) University of Alberta Erin Bayne Monitoring bird use of reclaimed well sites using autonomous recording units