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2021 Competition Award Recipients

Recipient (Program) Institution Supervisor Project Award
Emily Baumgartner (PhD) University of Calgary Steven Vamosi On the population health and persistence of long-toed salamanders, Ambystoma macrodactylum, in the Bow River Corridor $11,270.00
Chloe Christenson (MSc) University of Alberta Mark Poesch Assessing the potential impacts of whirling disease along a temperature and elevation gradient in the Bow River basin $12,750.00
Hayley Drapeau (MSc) University of Alberta Suzanne Tank Impacts of glaciers on microbial biodiversity, food webs, and carbon cycling in Banff and Jasper National Parks $17,160.00
Priyanka Dutt (MSc) University of Lethbridge Robert Laird The Lansing Effect in Lemna turionifera (Lemnoideae) $11,620.00
Megan Edgar (MSc) University of Alberta Mark Poesch Effects of invasive Chinese mystery snail and Northern crayfish in food webs in southern Alberta reservoirs $12,250.00
Kaitlin Holden (MSc) University of Alberta Viktoria Wagner A cross-habitat comparison of nutrient availability and levels of invasion in Central Alberta $11,095.00
Gabrielle Lajeunesse (MSc) University of Alberta Colleen Cassady St. Clair Community-based aversive conditioning of urban coyotes in Edmonton $5,275.00
Brianna Lorentz (MSc) University of Alberta Colleen Cassady St. Clair Bridging the gap between pest management and conservation through the development of an effective translocation protocol for Columbian ground squirrels (Urocitellus columbianus) $2,140.00
Brooke McPhail (PhD) University of Alberta Patrick Hanington Using digenean trematodes as a surrogate for host biodiversity in reclaimed wetland habitats in Alberta $13,940.00
Shannon Meadley Dunphy (PhD) McGill University Anna Hargreaves How do positive and negative interactions with neighbours affect elevation gradients in fitness and species range limits? $10,745.00
Benjamin Mercer (MSc) University of Alberta Rolf Vinebrooke Cumulative impacts of invasive sportfish and rising temperatures on alpine stream ecosystems. $11,730.00
Raytha Murillo (PhD) University of Alberta Viktoria Wagner Quantifying the role of soil disturbance and propagule pressure as drivers of invasion across three habitat types in central Alberta $7,710.00
Bukola Oguntuase-Osagie (MSc) University of Lethbridge Theresa Burg Genetic basis for the population differentiation and local adaptation of White-crowned sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys) to different forest habitats $8,995.00
Marcel Schneider (MSc) University of Alberta Charles Nock Comparing vascular plant species and functional diversity in forest remnants of harvested and wildfire disturbed stands $8,400.00
Kyle Shanebeck (PhD) University of Alberta Stephanie Green & Clement Lagrue What doesn't kill you may not make you stronger: Sub-lethal effects of parasites on body condition and heavy metals in river otter and mink $15,300.00
Marcus Sommers (MSc) University of Alberta Charles Nock Comparing structural complexity and tree attributes in fire and harvest remnants $8,400.00
Roxanne Turgeon (MSc) Université Laval Sandra Hamel & Fanie Pelletier Relative influence of the drivers of population dynamics in mountain ungulates $16,000.00
Emma Vaasjo (MSc) University of Calgary Doug Whiteside Gastrointestinal microbiome development, diversity, and its potential relationship to captivity and antibiotic use in a captive population of endangered greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) $10,920.00
Graham Young (MSc) University of Calgary Mathilakth Vijayan Effects of municipal wastewater and stormwater effluents on the metabolic performance in Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) $15,300.00