February 01, 2010

Recent Happenings - Culp Lab

Students from CRI Fredericton: Allison Ritcey, Laura Noel, Erin Foster, Alexa Alexander, Heidi Leblanc

Jen Lento (joining us in March 2010)

UNB Staff:
Jessica McPhee, Adam Bliss

EC Staff: Eric Luiker, Dave Hryn and Kristie Heard

Fall synopsis, but a number of other projects are ongoing – watch for updates in future bulletins!
Allison Ritcey (CRI Fredericton) has been processing cotton strips all fall and is now spending time working on identifying benthic macroinvertebrates collected in her MSc field sampling in northern Labrador.

This past summer was her second field sampling to assess the ecosystem structure and function of streams in the Torngat Mountains National Park. Together with Dea Chute from the Curry lab – these two can usually be found in the NWRI lab (room 208).

Laura Noel (CRI Fredericton) is back from a leave of absence, part-time, to finish writing her dissertation. Felix [new son!] is doing quite well, and although he hasn’t been in a river yet, he loves it in the bathtub!

Erin Foster (CRI Fredericton / NB Dept. Environ) is planning to defend her MSc thesis this winter. Congrats Erin!

Alexa Alexander has been keeping busy attending multiple workshops (TERA) and conferences (ATW). She particularly enjoyed the drive to the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop in Charlevoix this fall along the St. Lawrence River.

St. Lawrence River on the ferry to Charlevoix... (Photo ACA)

• Also, the new postdoc (Jen Lento below) will be joining us in March 2010 – we can’t wait!

Joseph Culp attended the Freshwater Biodiversity Monitoring in Canadian Arctic Workshop in Victoria, Dec 7-8, 2009. In preparation for the first international meeting of the Freshwater Expert Monitoring Group (FEMG) of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP), Canadian experts convened prior to the ArcticNet Conference to discuss how Canadian research and monitoring can be integrated and summarized to better meet future monitoring needs of the North.

Joseph also helped to organize the TERA (Trait-based Ecological Risk Assessment) workshop in Burlington, Sept 7 to 11th, 2009. Thirty, international researchers attended the workshop to develop and discuss the application of trait based approaches. A fun time was had by all! We had beautiful weather, good food and terrific discussions!
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