Why timing is key for sampling water quality in rivers

This article was originally written for and distributed in the September edition of the Bow River Basin Council (BRBC) Preserving Our Lifeline newsletter. I recommend checking it out, as it contains a number of great articles and information! Header photo credit: Christina Suzanne In large rivers, such as the Bow, there are a wide range Read more about Why timing is key for sampling water quality in rivers[…]

What does Earth day mean for me

What does Earth day mean for me? That is both an excruciatingly basic, yet immensely complex question for myself. As someone that is is lucky enough to make a living doing something I love, studying the environment, I am constantly thinking about the Earth and its importance in my life. Not just because it is Read more about What does Earth day mean for me[…]

Why wetlands are so important #WorldWetlandsDay

In case you were note aware, today (2 February) is World Wetlands Day. As a freshwater aquatic scientist currently working in lentic systems,  I am overly passionate about wetlands and the services they provide. As a major player in the hydrological cycle, their protection is key to sustainable freshwater management. Apart from the hydrological aspects, they also provide Read more about Why wetlands are so important #WorldWetlandsDay[…]

Inserting scientific symbols on Mac OS 10.9

I am both a scientist (or at least a wannabe) and an avid Mac user. While the use of a PC is unavoidable for certain programs, especially during data analysis, all my word and image processing is done on my personal Mac. This has certain challenges along the way, including while doing scientific writing. While Read more about Inserting scientific symbols on Mac OS 10.9[…]

Field safety and the grad student

The reality of the dangers associated with fieldwork research often go undiscussed within the academe. This is until tragedies occur, reminding us of what’s on the line. For graduate students especially, the onus of ensuring safe working conditions falls very squarely on the individual. In many instances you may be the only one looking out Read more about Field safety and the grad student[…]

The ever climbing cost of graduate tuition

While we are very accustomed to reading about tuition fee increases for undergraduate students and the associated reactions to these increases, we are generally not made aware of the increasing cost of attending graduate school. I’m unsure of if this is due to a complacency and acceptance within graduate students or if this is related to a difference Read more about The ever climbing cost of graduate tuition[…]

Sharing science without the scientists

Well, another conference has come and gone (if you want a few highlights from it, check out the twitter hashtag #Congress_2013). The City of Saskatoon provided a nice, albeit pricey, location for the combined annual meetings of three large Canadian scientific organisations (CMOS, CGU and CWRA). Kudos need to be given to the organisers and Read more about Sharing science without the scientists[…]

Learning environmental science… in the field!

As a current graduate student and someone who has (relatively) recently completed an undergraduate degree, I feel oddly qualified to comment on the impacts that chronic underfunding has on undergraduate geography programs. In my experience, the biggest and most significant loss when the fiscal belt tightens often tends to be field or lab components of Read more about Learning environmental science… in the field![…]