This was taken December 2015 at our xmas celebration. These are actually CaRE undergraduate students, co-op student alumni, & special guest star.
Heather Short, Julie Galloway (c0-advised by Brad Fedy), Brian Studer, Jessica Williamson (alum), Timmy Nassar (alum), Nick Allen (special guest star), Jacob Orlandi (alum & has an IMDB credit – as a baby!), Melody Fraser, Kathryn Russell, Karissa Finlayson, Cameron Curran
Absent: Rachel Hodgson, Ben North, Cooper Sheridan, Jon Jorna
Heather worked on a wetland characterization and ecological restoration plan with the City of Kitchener using the Novel Ecosystems framework
Jon worked on assessing success of ecological restoration in Pioneer Tower Natural Area
Brian examined effectiveness at necessity of control of mosquitoes in Waterloo Region
Karissa monitored the ecological integrity and potential need for ecological restoration in urban woodlands
Rachel worked on how populations of amphibians respond to urbanization
Melody worked with me and Jonathan Price on management and restoration potential for peat bogs that have been harvested for commercial use
Cameron worked on best practices for ecological restoration of quarries
Kathryn worked with the Long Point Biosphere Reserve on how effective policies for protection have been and how these have changed in the last 30+ years
Leigh-Anne Bower (formerly of LPBB – now with a CA) & Brian Craig
Ben examined best practices for conservation management of large mammals
One of the challenges for conservation managers is to determine how large mammals like bears will respond to habitat fragmentation, human caused climate change, and other factors. Ben is seeking to determine strategic approaches to tackling this problem.
Cooper’s research was focused on whether tree planting (mass commercial, nursery-style reclamation) has net carbon benefits or deficits.
While tree planting (nursery-style) is not restoration ecology, it can offer some reclamation benefits to land that would otherwise be degraded. While there may be better approaches, the mass tree-planting strategy is not likely to end anytime soon. One interesting question is whether a life cycle analysis will reveal that the energy inputs needs to replant are lower, about equal, or greater than biomass that is the output and how this might affect the carbon source-sink relations, at least at a regional scale. We do know that forest differ in their carbon relations depending on the species composition, successional stage, overall ‘health’, and local environmental context and conditions. Cooper aims to examine the tree planting industry as a whole.
This is a local reforested (mass cathedral planting) site
St. Williams Ontario – now undergoing a more ambitious ecological restoration