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2019 Competition Award Recipients

A table outlining the recipients of the ACA Grants in Biodiversity for the 2019-2021 grant period
Recipient (Program) Institution Supervisor Project Award
Emily Barrie (MSc) University of Alberta Suzanne Tank Assessing the effects of nutrient loading on stream function across agricultural gradients in three ecoregions of Alberta $9,350
Brendan Casey (MSc) University of Alberta Erin Bayne Quantifying the effects of variable retention on Alberta boreal bird communities $5,100
Andrew Chaulk (PhD) Western University Nusha Keyghobadi The effect of habitat connectivity on genetic rescue potential in the alpine butterfly Parnassius smintheus Doubleday (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae) $11,000
Andrew Cook (PhD) University of Alberta Heather Proctor How many mites can dance on a pin-feather? Correlating feather microstructure with orientation of vane-dwelling feather mites and body size of mites and their host birds $15,900
Maria Dobbin (MSc) University of Alberta Evie Merrill Analysis of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) contacts and transmission of chronic wasting $10,200
Devon Earl (MSc) University of Calgary Mary Reid and Anne-Lise Norman The consequences of sulfur emissions in southern Alberta on conifer growth $2,315
James Franklin (PhD) University of Alberta Justine Karst Do mycorrhizas mediate plant growth on natural bituminous soils? $5,245
Sydney Huculak (MSc) University of Alberta Suzanne Tank and Rolf Vinebrooke Drivers of eutrophication of Alberta’s agricultural stream ecosystems: Is it nitrogen, phosphorous, or both? $14,860
Benjamin Larue (PhD) Université de Sherbrooke Marco Festa-Bianchet Influence of resource allocation trade-offs on bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) morphological, behavioral and life-history traits $5,330
Justine Lejoly (PhD) University of Alberta Sylvie Quideau Earthworm invasion in the boreal forest: Implications for microbial communities and carbon storage $10,000
Erin Low (MSc) University of Calgary Robert Barclay Effects of forest fire on bat communities in southwestern Alberta $10,510
Maggie MacDonald (MSc) University of Alberta Maya Evenden The diversity and abundance of predatory ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae) associated with populations of the invasive Pea Leaf Weevil, Sitona lineatus L. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in Canadian prairie fabaceae crops $7,135
Alexa MacPherson (MSc) University of Alberta Andrew Derocher Habitat fragmentation and movement ecology of cougars in north central Alberta $8,200
Sejer Meyhoff (MSc) University of Lethbridge Dan Johnson Validation of stable isotope analysis for determining dietary proportions and trophic dynamics in plains sharp-tailed grouse (Tympanuchus phasiasnellus jamesi) $1,595
Ronald Miksha (MSc) University of Calgary Lawrence Harder Impact of urban honey bees on the success of native bees $7,185
Daniel Pierce (PhD) University of California, Riverside Alan Brelsford Investigating stability of an avian hybrid zone $14,000
Flavio Preti (MSc) University of Alberta Maya Evenden Effect of microsporidian infection on pheromone-based communication of the forest tent caterpillar, an important disturbance agent of aspen in Alberta $9,390
Cora Romanow (MSc) University of Winnipeg Susan Lingle Female mating tactics of white-tailed deer and mule deer $11,090
Rebecca Smith (MSc) University of Saskatchewan Jeffrey Lane Mechanisms of climate-mediated effects on intraspecific torpor profiles in Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus) $9,640
Kaitlyn Trepanier (MSc) University of Alberta Brad Pinno Vegetation community dynamics on soil islands in oil sands reclamation $5,000
Madeline Trottier (MSc) University of Alberta Evie Merrill Winter behaviour in a new migratory segment: Ya Ha Tinda elk herd $11,280
Morganne Wall (MSc) University of Alberta Erin Bayne and Troy Wellicome Survival of endangered burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia): New estimates to account for annual dispersal $9,125
Sydney Worthy (MSc) University of Alberta Carol Frost Effects of a mass-flowering crop (canola) on native plant-pollinator network interactions and plant reproductive success $8,600
Lauren Zink (MSc) University of Lethbridge Greg Pyle The effects of chronic exposure to cadmium and microplastics on serotonin levels and feeding behaviour in the leech, Nephelopsis obscura $4,760