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Graduate Theses

Recent graduate theses produced at the University of Alberta that relate to rangelands are listed below, in chronological order. Click on the title to download a preview of each thesis. If you are interested in acquiring the full text of any of the listed documents, please contact us.

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2013
Consequences of altered precipitation, warming, and clipping for plant productivity, biodiversity, and grazing resources at three northern temperate grassland sites. Author: Shannon White. Degree: Ph.D., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Drs. Bork & Cahill.

2012
Woody plant encroachment into grasslands within the Red Deer River drainage, Alberta. Author: Lindsay Glines. Degree: M.Sc., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. Merrill.

Community ecology of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the central sand hills of Alberta, and a key to the ants of Alberta. Author: James Glasier. Degree: M.Sc., Conservation Biology. Supervisor(s): Drs. Acorn & Nielsen.

The influence of land-cover type and vegetation on nocturnal foraging activities and vertebrate prey acquisition by burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia). Author: Alan Marsh. Degree: M.Sc., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Drs. Bayne & Wellicome.

Habitat selection by feral horses in the Alberta foothills. Author: Tisa Girard. Degree: M.Sc., Rangeland & Wildlife Resources. Supervisor(s): Dr. Bork.

Cost-effective conservation planning for species at risk in Saskatchewan's Milk River watershed: the efficiency gains of a multi-species approach. Author: Alicia Entem. Degree: M.Sc., Agricultural & Resource Economics. Supervisor(s): Drs. Adamowicz & Boxall.

Monitoring year-to-year variability in dry mixed-grass prairie yield using multi-sensor remote sensing. Author: Donald Wehlage. Degree: M.Sc. (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences). Supervisor(s): Dr. Gamon.

Evaluating water quality and biotic indices in the lower Little Bow River, Alberta. Author: Janet Scott. Degree: M.Sc. (Renewable Resources). Supervisor(s): Dr. Chanasyk.

Reclamation of a limestone quarry to a natural plant community. Author: Anayansi Cohen-Fernandez. Degree: Ph.D., Land Reclamation & Remediation. Supervisor(s): Dr. Naeth.

Festuca hallii (Vasey) Piper (plains rough fescue) and Festuca campestris Rydb (foothills rough fescue) response to seed mix diversity and mycorrhizae. Author: Darin Sherrit. Degree: M.Sc., Land Reclamation & Remediation. Supervisor(s): Dr. Naeth.

2011
Prairie plant species at risk in southern Alberta: identification of critical habitat at the microsite level for Halimolobos virgata (Nutt.) O.E. Schulz and determination of set back distance between pipeline disturbance and Halimolobos virgata and Cryptantha minima Rydb. Author: Candance Nemirsky. Degree: M.Sc., Land Reclamation & Remediation. Supervisor(s): Dr. Naeth.

Rough fescue (Festuca hallii) ecology and restoration in central Alberta. Author: Peggy Desserud. Degree: Ph.D., Land Reclamation & Remediation. Supervisor(s): Dr. Naeth.

Sustainable management of natural rangeland ecosystems. Author: Johnny Montenegro-Ballestero. Degree: Ph.D., Soil Science. Supervisor(s): Dr. Grant.

Interactions between cattle grazing and forestry on Alberta's public lands. Author: Jillian Kaufmann. Degree: M.Sc., Rangeland & Wildlife Resources. Supervisor(s): Dr. Bork.

Conserving cougars in a rural landscape: habitat requirements and local tolerance in west-central Alberta. Author: Aliah Adams Knopff. Degree: M.Sc., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. St. Clair.

The impact of social context on conservation auctions: social capital, leadership and crowding out. Author: Gerda Kits. Degree: Ph.D., Agricultural & Resource Economics. Supervisor(s): Drs. Adamowicz & Boxall.

Predicting conservation status of North American avian and mammalian scavengers: implications of geography, life history, behaviour and human disturbance. Author: Kimberly Ives. Degree: M.Sc., Wildlife Ecology & Management. Supervisor(s): Dr. Nielsen.

2010
Interdisciplinarity in ecosystem management. Author: Anna Botey. Degree: Ph.D. (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences). Supervisor(s): Dr. Garvin.

Biology and control of Russian thistle (Salsola tragus L.) in bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis Shaw) winter ranges in montane grasslands of Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. Author: Timothy Antill. Degree: M.Sc., Land Reclamation & Remediation. Supervisor(s): Dr. Naeth.

Long-term agronomic and environmental impact of aspen control strategies in the Aspen Parkland. Author: Shawna LaRade. Degree: M.Sc., Rangeland & Wildlife Resources. Supervisor(s): Dr. Bork.

Farm wealth implications of ecological goods and services practices and policies. Author: Bradley Dollevoet. Degree: M.Sc., Agricultural & Resource Economics. Supervisor(s): Dr. Jeffrey.

Effects of natural gas development on three grassland bird species in CFB Suffield, Alberta, Canada. Author: Laura Hamilton. Degree: M.Sc., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. Paszkowski.

Differential impacts of native and introduced ungulates on Rough Fescue Grassland root production and turnover. Author: Michael Clark. Degree: M.Sc., Plant Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. Cahill.

Spatial patterns of vegetation and soil fertility along a grazing gradient in a desert steppe in Inner Mongolia, China. Author: Yang Lin. Degree: M.Sc., Soil Science. Supervisor(s): Dr. Chang.

Biogeochemical cycling and microbial communities in native grasslands: responses to climate change and defoliation. Author: Behnaz Attaeian. Degree: Ph.D., Soil Science. Supervisor(s): Drs. Chang, Cahill.

Legume-grass forage mixes for maximizing yield and competitiveness against weeds in early establishment. Author: Danielle Gabruck. Degree: M.Sc., Rangeland & Wildlife Resources. Supervisor(s): Dr. Bork.

Investigation of reverse auctions for wetland restoration in Manitoba. Author: Katherine Packman. Degree: M.Sc., Agricultural & Resource Economics. Supervisor(s): Dr. Boxall.

2009
Aversive conditioning on horseback: A management alternative for grassland systems threatened by sedentary elk populations. Author: Holger Spaedtke. Degree: M.Sc., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. St. Clair.

Kura clover (Trifolium ambiguum) seed production and establishment in Alberta. Author: Jennifer Walker. Degree: Ph.D., Plant Science. Supervisor(s): Dr. King.

Assessing riparian health of Astotin Creek of central Alberta. Author: Hsuan-Ting Chen. Degree: M.Sc., Conservation Biology. Supervisor(s): Dr. He.

Reclamation status of plains rough fescue grasslands at Rumsey Block in central Alberta, Canada after oil and gas well site and pipeline disturbances. Author: Mae Elsinger. Degree: M.Sc., Land Reclamation & Remediation. Supervisor(s): Dr. Naeth.

Black-tailed prairie dog declines in northwestern Mexico: species-habitat relationships in a changing landscape. Author: Rafael Avila-Flores. Degree: Ph.D., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. Boutin.

Genetic diversity and paternity analysis of endangered Canadian greater sage-grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus). Author: Krista Bush. Degree: Ph.D., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. Paszkowski.

Ungulate guild dynamics: mechanisms and consequences for aspen-parklands. Author: Philip De Witt. Degree: M.Sc., Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. Merrill.

Mycorrhizal interactions of Festuca hallii (Vasey) Piper (plains rough fescue). Author: Byron Shore. Degree: M.Sc., Environmental Biology & Ecology. Supervisor(s): Dr. Cahill.