April 6, 2017 - Mixed Grass Forum: "Restoring the Native Prairie" - Medicine Hat, AB
Lisa Raatz gave a presentation introducing the Rangeland Research Institute and an overview of research on the Mattheis and Kinsella Research Ranches. Graduate students presented their research results:
Jessica Grenke (undergraduate) – Recreational Trail Effects on Rangeland Ecology Using Google Earth as a Monitoring Tool
Kassia James (MSc candidate) - Duration of access mat application influences Mixedgrass Prairie plant community cover and composition
Lysandra Pyle (PhD candidate) – The influence of producer management and industrial disturbance on grassland seed banks in AB
Nicky Lansink (MSc candidate) - Testing performance of Reduced Feed Intake (RFI) selected cattle under extensive cow/calf production systems
April 6, 2017 - MSc Thesis Defense Seminar - Xiaozhu (Sean) Chuan - Edmonton, AB
Sean Chuan successfully defended his MSc following his thesis seminar entitled, "Effect of Grazing on Litter Decomposition and Microbial Enzyme Activity across Agro-climatic Subregions in Alberta". The seminar took place on April 6, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the University of Alberta in the Ag/For Bldg. Room 3-18J. Sean's project has been supervised by Dr. Cameron Carlyle and Dr. Edward Bork.
Sean Chuan MSc Thesis Abstract
April 8, 2017 - Rangeland Research Institute at Telus World of Science! 12:00 to 3:00 - Edmonton, AB
RRI shared our love of native grasslands and rangeland research with excited young children (budding scientists), their parents and other members of the general public. We were located in the Syncrude Environment Gallery next to the display about bees, which was very fitting. We had an insect collection, cattle GPS collar and pedometer, a piece of native grassland blooming with Prairie crocus, and a microscope set up for people to look at various lichens, western porcupine grass seed, showy milkweed pods and seeds, and more. The centre had approximately 2500 visitors and we had lots of engagement and fun!
April 29, 2017 - Alberta Native Plant Council Workshop: Biodiversity in Alberta's Changing Landscape - Ponoka, AB
PhD candidate, Lysandra Pyle, presented a talk entitled "The influence of producer management and industrial disturbance on grassland seed banks in Alberta" .
View Lysandra Pyle's presentation abstract
For more information: Alberta Native Plant Council 2017 Workshop
June 10 - 14, 2017 - Canadian Soil Science Society Annual Meeting: Soil and the Environment - Peterborough, ON
MSc candidate, Faezeh Najafi, presented her research results: "The effect of different powerline construction methods on soils in the Mixedgrass prairie".
Dr. Karen Thompson also presented work that she and her collaborators have been involved in, "Impacts of industrial disturbance on nitrogen-cycling soil microbial communities in Mixedgrass prairies of Alberta".
For more information: CSSS Meeting, Soil and the Environment
June 11, 2017 - Institute of Prairie Archaeology: Stones & Bones Public Open House, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Mattheis Ranch, AB
A Free Stones & Bones Open House was hosted by University of Alberta's Institute of Prairie Archaeology and Department of Paleontology on the Rangeland Research Institute's Mattheis Ranch on Sunday, June 11 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
June 20, 2017 - Edmonton Valley Zoo Event Day (Adults only) presented Wine & Wildlife: Bees! - Edmonton, AB
Dr. Cameron Carlyle spoke about native bees at the Edmonton Valley Zoo "Wine & Wildlife: Bees!" event on June 20, 2017 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
June 19 - 22, 2017 - North American Forest Ecology Workshop; Sustaining Forests: From Restoration to Conservation - Edmonton, AB
Dr. Edward Bork presented a talk entitled, "The evolution of grazing management within central Alberta's aspen forests" on June 20.
For more information about the NA Forest Ecology Workshop and the Agenda.