A paper by a Grenfell researcher regarding the effects of soil nitrogen on peatland greenhouse gas emissions has caught the attention of Communications Biology, a Nature.com satellite journal, which publishes papers that “represent significant advances bringing new biological insight to a specialized area of research”, and has been published online.
Grenfell graduate students welcomed Spring by presenting their research in St. John’s during the MAEP Policy Competition, an initiative of the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy program (MAEP), and at the annual Aldrich Conference.
Creating mechanical parts and experimenting with complex materials was once the realm of industrial-scale business. But methods for the production of parts and the modification of materials are now cheaper and easier to use, at both benchtop and prototyping scales. Inventions like 3D printers and laser cutters mean that even small-scale businesses and academic centres now have the ability to fabricate intricate and durable objects.
The Newfoundland Gray-cheeked Thrush is a songbird found breeding across the island, part of the broader breeding range of the Gray-cheeked Thrush which extends across North America along the northern fringes of the boreal forest, and even into Siberia. These island birds have a story which stretches from Gros Morne National Park all the way to Sierra de Perijá National Park in Venezuela, where some spend the winter near the border with Columbia. But their story has not been so happy since the 1980’s, when thrush numbers began to decline on the island – unlike their mainland cousins who seem to be doing okay. Dr. Ian Warkentin, a Grenfell Campus environmental scientist, is working with collaborators, such as Gros Morne National Park’s Dr. Darroch Whitaker, to try and find out why their numbers have dropped.
In this special holidays podcast we talk with Dr. Kelly Vodden and Ken Carter, of the Grenfell Office of Research and Graduate Studies and Office of Engagement, about the various roles the offices play both on, and off, campus. We discuss some of the research projects which are being coordinated by these offices; from work with Indigenous organizations, and work to build links with industry and government agencies like the CFS, to the new Aging Research Centre and partnerships that help local regions thrive. We also chat about the exciting new MFA program at Grenfell and how graduate studies is growing on campus.
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Welcome to the first issue of INSIGHT-FELL (March 2018), which highlights the exciting, dynamic, multi-disciplinary research of Grenfell Campus’s students and faculty. An initiative of the Associate Vice President of Research and Graduate Studies’ office, the newsletter will focus on our individual and group research projects, and will provide opportunities to share information and connect with each other. This INSIGHT-FELL issue below, which covers research from summer and fall 2017.
Research Reports are submissions to our blog from Grenfell Campus researchers (faculty, staff, or student). Any views expressed are those of the author. You can check out our guidelines and submit your story here.
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It is no secret that the west coast of Newfoundland is a mecca for outdoor adventure activity in the province. Hiking, skiing, snowboarding, climbing, touring, and mountain biking are all popular activities which are thriving here. As these forms of outdoor recreation grow in popularity, so does the impacts left by each one on our natural environment.
Dr. Brian Eddy of Natural Resources Canada’s Canadian Forest Service (CFS) has worked with Grenfell Campus on research for almost ten years and is happy to see this partnership continue. Brian – whose work encompasses geospatial analysis, sustainability, land use and ecology – has extensively explored the connections between people and their environment, looking at how these connections can be understood in an integrated way, and what these connections mean for the wellbeing of communities.
This week INSIGHT-BLOG features its first episode of 6-minute insight. The episode explores the research of PhD Candidate Brennan Lowery, who is studying rural sustainability in Newfoundland and how communities can think about defining and measuring their sustainability and well-being to support place-based development.
How do we ensure a message sent to a Mars Rover is received correctly, diminish the impact of information technology on the environment, and reduce the degradation of stored data? Solutions can, in part, be found in error-correcting codes which encode, pad out, or extend data in such a way that it becomes possible to inspect the encoded data later, finding and fixing any errors that have been introduced.