Title: “Monitoring pollinators: examining the efficacy of Citizen Science observations”

Researcher: Heather Andrachuk. M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Steve Murphy, Department of Environment and Resource Studies, University of Waterloo Summary Canadian ‘citizen science’ programs like FrogWatch, PlantWatch and PollinatorWatch allow non-scientists to record data on natural phenomena using a simplified sampling protocol that is easy to understand but is hoped will provide meaningful data on these […]

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Title: “Monitoring stream network extent in agricultural headwater streams”

Researcher: Rashaad Bhamjee, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. John Lindsay, Department of Geography, University of Guelph Summary Running water is one of the most important contributing factors to shaping the terrestrial environment and can be broken down into two main categories: 1) overland flow; the general flow of surface water down the slope of a land […]

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Title: “Monitoring butterfly abundance and diversity along an urban gradient in the Region of Waterloo, Ontario: using butterflies as biodiversity indicators in a changing landscape”

Researcher: Jessica Grealey, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Steve Murphy, Department of Environment and Resource Studies Summary It is expected that dramatic changes in land-use have a noticeable impact on butterfly abundance and diversity. The goal of Jessica’s research is to provide detailed base-line data on current butterfly abundance and diversity in the Region of Waterloo […]

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Title: “Evaluation of bud, flower, and seed infection of Butternut (Juglans cinerea) by the butternut canker pathogen Sirococcus clavigignentijuglandacearum and the role of infected seed in disease dispersal”

Researcher(s): Dr. Kirk D. Broders and Dr. Greg J. Boland, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph Summary Butternut has been listed as an endangered species in both Canada and the United States, largely as a result of mortality from infection by the butternut canker pathogen Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum (SCJ). The Butternut recovery plan has focused […]

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Title: “Characterizing the role of rove beetles (Staphylinidae) in complementing coccinellid predation of soybean aphids”

Researcher: Adam Brunke, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Hallett and Dr. Steve Marshall, Department of Environmental Biology, University of Guelph Summary Soybean aphids are a significant pest in the agricultural sector but spend a significant amount of nocturnal time on buckthorn; an invasive shrub found in most woodlots and agricultural hedgerows in southern Ontario. The […]

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Title: “Long-term restoration of tallgrass prairie”

Researcher: Dr. Andrew MacDougall, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph Summary Tallgrass prairie formerly occupied 80,000 to 100,000 hectares in southwestern Ontario but less than 5% of that remains. Andrew plans to convert an agricultural field on rare property (most recently used to grow soybeans) into a native tallgrass prairie. There are several main […]

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Title: “Planning for sustainable forest ecosystems in Waterloo, Ontario: a future radial radial-growth forecast of four significant tree species”

Researcher: Nigel Selig, M.Sc. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Roger Suffling, School of Planning, Faculty of Environmental Studies, University of Waterloo Summary Trees produce annual rings in their wood.  Valuable information can be extracted from these tree-rings: 1. the number of tree-rings is equal to a tree’s age, and 2. the width of any one tree-ring is […]

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Title: “Selection on plant physiological traits in natural plant populations”

Researcher: Mark Sherrard, Ph.D. Candidate Supervisor: Dr. Hafiz Maherali, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph Summary Plant growth rates often vary across the landscape as do the availability of resources that are critical to plant survival.  Does natural selection act on physical traits in plant populations and if so, what physical traits have the […]

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Title: “Assessing the consequences of gene flow between cultivated apples (Malus x domestica) and their wild relatives”

Researcher: Paul Kron, Research Associate Supervisor: Dr. Brian Husband, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph Summary Closely related species can sometimes reproduce to produce hybrid organisms.  Two such species are the domestic apple and the wild crabapple.  Paul is studying the complex genetic interactions between these two species. This involves several components. What is […]

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