Happy new year!
Time to return to campus and the lab refreshed and ready to tackle another year of science. We have a lot of great things happening this winter. A successful NSERC Strategic Project, and a few proposals on the go. Some exciting manuscripts about to be submitted and a few long-term incubation experiments will come to an end. Kristen and Merritt are developing curriculum for a new graduate course focusing on science communication and engagement. And we will continue to foster wellness in our lab, our research networks, and in the department.
Rounding out 2018 with successful conferences
Merritt, Kristen, and Catherine attended the American Geophysical Union meeting in Washington D.C., while Carolyn attended the Arctic Net meeting in Ottawa. Kristen and Catherine presented posters in the NASA ABoVE-organized session and didn't have a minute by themselves for the entire session. And they were still smiling by the end!
Our lab celebrated with a Halloween treat bake off, which was kindly judged by staff in the Integrative Biology office. Merritt went on CTV's Your Morning to talk about some spooky science stories - real life body snatchers, ghosts of black holes from previous universe, and ghostly galaxies that lack black matter. Check it out by clicking here.
Catherine and Will are northern bound for our last field campaign in Alaska for 2018. They will be determining whether there is a late season response to our shallow versus deep nutrient fertilization in permafrost soils. Will also will be talking with our LTER and CRREL colleagues about his developing PhD work.
Merritt produces science for live TV
Merritt is writing and delivering science segments live on CTV's Your Morning Program. The segment will air every ~3 weeks and will showcase recent science stories with broad appeal. Click here to view an August episode and here to view a September episode.
Wildfire on the world stage
Merritt talks about the intense wildfire season with CTV. It was a summer full of media engagement, including numerous interviews on television and more than a dozen radio interviews. Click here to see some of what she had to say.
May 4, 2018.
Merritt comments on hot house effect
Merritt talks with CTV news about the hothouse effect paper (view the paper here) and what this means for Canada and the positive feedbacks to climate that we study as part of our research program. Click here to watch.
Carolyn writes for the CBC!
Carolyn is writing for the CBC! She will be using her writing talents as part of an ongoing effort to highlight community engagement in science, including our own community participatory research in the Northwest Territories! Read it here.
The 2018 Field Season Has Officially Begun!
We are deploying field crews to both Alaska and the Northwest Territories this summer. Expect data on permafrost, post-fire vegetation recovery, carbon fluxes, and we have a few new experiments up our sleeves!
The Great Alaskan Roadtrip
Catherine, Evan, and Danielle had a great adventure driving our University of Guelph field truck to Alaska. Great big sky country, mountains, hot springs, and some wildlife viewings!