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2016 Award Recipients

A table outlining the recipients of the ACA Grants in Biodiversity for the 2016-2018 grant period
Recipient (Program) Institution Supervisor Project Award
Susan Anderson (MSc) University of Calgary Leland Jackson Implications of nitrogen limitation in cyanobacteria in shallow lakes $8,860
Charlotte Brown (MSc) University of Alberta JC Cahill Causes and consequences of size-asymmetric competition in a native grassland $13,990
Erin Campbell (MSc) University of Alberta Felix Sperling Characterizing Alberta species of silverspot butterflies to support ecological assessments $12,030
Emma Carroll (MSc) University of Calgary Steven Vamosi Population genetics of Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) $4,660
Maria Cavedon (PhD) University of Calgary Marco Musiani Determining genomic characteristics of caribou in Alberta for management and conservation practices $9,150
Craig DeMaere (MSc) University of Alberta Cameron Carlyle and Edward Bork Does heterogeneity in rangeland health predict biodiversity in Alberta's southern grasslands? $6,450
Jacqueline Dennett (PhD) University of Alberta Scott Nielsen Search and rescue: Detection and translocation of rare plant species in the Lower Athabasca $5,960
Luiz Drummond Salvador (MSc) University of Alberta Mike Flannigan Prescribed fire and whitebark pine recovery strategies: Natural regeneration in relation to fire severity $6,910
David Ensing (PhD) Queen's University Christopher Eckert Phenological and genomic determinants of elevational range limits in Rhinanthus minor L. $7,380
Caroline Franklin (PhD) University of Alberta Ellen Macdonald Responses of furbearers to variable green-tree retention harvesting in conifer-dominated boreal forest $10,620
Haley Glass (MSc) University of Calgary Steven Vamosi Monitoring of amphibian populations in Jasper National Park using environmental DNA $8,860
Jocelyn Gregoire (MSc) University of Alberta Erin Bayne Habitat utilization of boreal songbirds in response to linear feature width and vegetative recovery $10,650
Jori Harrison (MSc) University of Calgary Sean Rogers Using environmental DNA to detect and assess species abundance of At Risk Alberta fishes $11,560
Alexandra Heathcote (MSc) University of Manitoba Nicola Koper Investigating the effects of oil and gas infrastructure on the stress physiology and body condition of nestlings of two species of grassland songbirds $7,530
Ashley Jensen (MSc) University of Lethbridge Theresa Burg and Andrew Iwaniuk Plumage polymorphism in Ruffed Grouse (Bonasa umbellus): Genetics and behaviour $5,410
Elly Knight (PhD) University of Alberta Erin Bayne Linking hierarchical habitat relationships of common nighthawks in a dynamic landscape $13,730
Natalia Lifshitz (PhD) University of Alberta Colleen Cassady St. Clair Evaluating the potential of using ornamental coloration of tree swallows as a non-invasive indicator of aquatic pollution $10,020
Nicholas Parayko (MSc) University of Alberta Erin Bayne Response of ferruginous hawks (Buteo regalis) to transmission line construction and decommissioning $14,400
Angela Phung (MSc) University of Alberta Jessamyn Manson and Cameron Carlyle Density dependent effects of an invasive legume on pollinator visitation rates to a rare native congener $10,740
Danielle Rivet (PhD) University of Saskatchewan Jeffrey Lane Overwinter torpor profiles of Columbian ground squirrels subject to natural and manipulated environmental conditions $9,930
Kelsey Saboraki (MSc) University of Winnipeg Susan Lingle Behavioural transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease in mule deer and white-tailed deer $11,250
Julie Steinke (MSc) University of Alberta Ellen Macdonald Effects of mountain pine beetle on understory vegetation in lodgepole pine forests in Western Alberta $4,800
Emily Upham-Mills (MSc) University of Alberta Erin Bayne The use of migratory bird spring arrival timing and song phenology to inform habitat preference and quality $17,200