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4401 University Dr W

Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4

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Earth Day 2019 will take place on March 28th from 12-5pm in the University UHall atrium. Our theme will correspond to the international Earth Day theme’s “Protect Our Species.” We will have 6 booths including community organizations, internal University groups and branches like facilities, and potentially other student groups from the University. Dr Robert Laird will be our keynote speaker alongside 7 others speakers that are professors both at the University and College of Lethbridge and community organizations. There will be food and great conversations. Come for a talk, the whole afternoon, or walk by. We would love to see you there and bring others with you.


Speaker Line Up:

12:05-12:45 pm Robert Laird: Skimming the surface: Duckweed as a model system for plant aging

  • Discuss around the use of duckweeds (Lemna spp.) as a model system for aging in plants, with a particular focus on parental age effects.

1:00-1:20 pm Jodie Asselin: A Multi land-Use Conundrum in Rural Ireland: Conserving a Mobile Species in a Changing Landscape

  • In order to protect the endangered raptor hen harrier, and under EU court mandated actions, the republic of Ireland has implemented specially protected areas (SPA’s) to secure habitat and mitigate further species decline. These SPA’s are found across Ireland, largely in upland, low income farming communities. This talk will explore the controversy around SPA establishment and the barriers which make protecting a mobile species such as the hen harrier particularly difficult. This will include an examination of afforestation, wind turbine proliferation, and human-environment relations more generally.

1:35-1:55 pm Laura Chasmer: Regeneration of vegetation following the Kenow wildfire at Waterton Lakes National Park.

  • The post-fire climate of today is very different from when mature mountain forests were established 150-200 years ago. This presentation will describe the regeneration of vegetation during the first year following the Kenow wildfire at Waterton Lakes National Park. I will also describe how vegetation within the Park could look quite different following changes in the hydro-climate regime.

2:10-2:30 pm Jenny McCune: Plants are Cool Too: Protecting Canada’s Plant Species at Risk

  • My talk will focus on Canada’s plant species at risk, where they are, what threats they are facing, what Canada’s government is doing to protect them, and how we could do better.

2:45-3:05 pm Genoa Alger: Whitebark and Limber Pine Restoration in Waterton Lakes National Park

  • Whitebark and limber pine are species at risk that play an important role in subalpine and foothills ecosystems. Waterton Lakes National Park has been actively working to restore these species for the past 12 years. In this presentation I will discuss challenges when working with these long lived species and what whitebark and limber pine restoration looks like on the ground in Waterton.

3:20-3:40 pm Jaimie Klemish: Threats to Amphibians and Conversation Efforts

  • Amphibian populations are declining globally due to habitat loss, climate change, disease, environmental contamination, invasive species, and commercial/illegal trade. Over 43% of amphibian species are in decline with 32% of species listed as threatened. We will discuss the major threats to amphibians and conservations efforts to educate people and restore amphibian populations.

3:55-4:15 pm Steve MacRae: Application of Rangeland Management in Xeriscape Design

  • Sustainable rangeland management offers a wealth of information that can be used in xeriscape design. This includes the appropriate use of native plants that correspond to moisture and soil site conditions. Further, recognizing the natural disturbances that native plants evolved under and applying rangeland health attributes can further the success of xeriscape landscapes.

4:30-4:50 pm Steve Schwartze: Wildlife Management


Booth Line Up:

Campus Ecology

Agility

Waterton Lake Management Planning

Oldman Watershed Council

U of L Facilities (Recycling)

Global Citizenship Cohort Student Groups: Ocean in Motion, Wind Turbine, Biovator, Art display on water, Watershed related projects







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