Students carry out their own research as summer projects or as part of directed studies courses.
Students have chosen to research a diverse array of topics including: understanding the distribution of microplastics, which will lead to better management strategies for wastewater treatment facilities; inclusivity in Montreal’s Gay Village; and tick education, which has led to New Brunswick’s Department of Education using the curriculum created by the researcher.
Degree: BSc Honours Environmental Science, Minors: Biology and Political Science
Supervisor: Dr. David Lieske
Project: Assessing awareness of ticks and Lyme Disease and the impact of geospatial visualization on public perception of risk
Impact: This project was focused on mapping the distribution of ticks across the Maritimes through Dr. Vett Lloyd’s Tick testing program, as well as assessing the public perception of risk and awareness of ticks and Lyme disease. Check out maritimetickmaps.ca!
Best part: Seeing the final product of my honours work and conducting focus groups!
Degree: BA Geography, Minors: French and Women’s and Gender Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Leslie Kern
Project: Exploring place and community in community gardens of south-east New Brunswick
Impact: This research will consider local food movements, food security, as well as the maintenance of community gardens as spaces of connection, knowledge, and community.
Best part: I am most looking forward to the opportunity work in depth on one topic over the summer and explore the local effects and connections of this research.
Degree: BSc Honours Environmental Science, Minor: Political Sciences
Supervisor: Dr. Josh Kurek
Project: Microplastic export near wastewater treatment plants in New Brunswick rivers
Impact: Microplastics are present in many of the products and materials that we use everyday. They also act as a contaminant in the environment and as vectors for other harmful pollutants. Understanding their distribution will hopefully lead to better management strategies of our wastewater treatment facilities.
Best part: I have learned so much alongside such great people! There is nothing more fun than having the opportunity to work outside in the field, even when things don't go as planned. I have been able to see so many nooks and crannies of this province as a result of my research involvement and would not trade it for the world!
Ella Porter (research done with Jamie Dalgleish)
Degree: BA Geography, Minors: Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Science
Supervisor: GENV 3701 Research Methods in Human Geography with Dr. Tim Reiffenstein
Project: Inclusivity and othering in Montreal's Gay Village
Impact: We wanted to see whether the Village was inclusive as gay neighbourhoods claim to be. We found that the village was a male space and did not welcome everyone equally.
Best part: The best part of the project was getting to travel to Montreal where we were given complete independence to do our research. Our project was truly our own.
Degree: BSc Double Major Honours Environmental Science and Biology
Supervisor: Dr. Zoe Finkel and Dr. Justin Liefer
Project: The macromolecular dynamics of Thalaisiosira weissflogii under steady-state and non-steady-state phosphorus stress
Impact: Quantifying and understanding what phytoplankton do with elements allows modellers to accurately represent the crucial role of phytoplankton in the food web, nutrient cycling over geologic time, and global primary productivity.
Best part: The best part of my research experience was having the space to figure out how I learn independently: where it is understood that every hiccup could be a constructive, teachable moment.
Degree: BA Community Planning, Minor: Sociology
Supervisor: Dr. Mike Fox
Project: Age-friendly Sackville
Impact: My project was structured around the provincial recognition of Sackville as an age-friendly community. I worked with stakeholders within the community, and gathered both quantitative and qualitative data. The final product was an application package submitted to Wellness NB, a provincial agency that promotes healthy living.
Best part: My favourite part of this research was the opportunity I had in developing professional skills in public presentation, document design, and community collaboration. I also really enjoyed my role as Secretariat on the Mayor’s Age-Friendly Advisory Committee.
Degree: BSc Environmental Science, Minors: Geography and Geographic Information Systems
Supervisor: Dr. Dave Lieske, Dr. Mike Fox
Project: 1) Independent study to develop a spatial analysis of land-based pollution sources that may be affecting water quality in the Northumberland Strait near Shediac Bay and Parlee Beach. 2) Independent study working with a local environmental consulting company in Sackville to develop a bibliography of climate change adaptation projects and research across all of Atlantic Canada.
Impact: Helped to determine some of the pollution issues at Parlee Beach and helped a local NGO understand how they can combat climate change.
Best part: Research at MtA gave me practical and meaningful real-word experience, enhanced my networking skills, and helped me prepare for my future after graduation. I am planning to attend UNB for a Master’s in environmental management, then will work as an environmental consultant.
Degree: BSc Honours Environmental Science, Minors: Biology and Women’s and Gender Studies
Supervisor: Dr. Dave Lieske and Dr. Diana Hamilton
Project: Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus) stopover on the Acadian Peninsula, NB: An application of habitat classification using remote sensing
Impact: This project helped us understand an important Whimbrel habitat in northern NB using remote sensing and bird tracking data.
Best part: Getting the first-hand experience of conducting research in the field and lab, and learning how to deal with all the challenges that presents!
Degree: BSc Biology, Minor: Geography
Supervisor: Dr. Mike Fox and Dr. Vett Lloyd
Project: Citizen science and experience learning: Tick education for New Brunswick provincial curriculum.
Impact: Due to the success of the pilot program, and identified need for tick education in the province, the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development will be using the curriculum created in my interdisciplinary research. It will be implemented in high schools throughout New Brunswick in 2018.
Best part: A large part of my research involved community partnerships. It was really wonderful to be able to work with the university, a high school, and the provincial government in a collaborative way.