Managing the Oil Sands Environmental Footprint
Posted on December 8, 2011 by Naomi Finseth
Join University of Alberta researchers Dr. Anne Naeth, Dr. Glynnis Hood and Dr. Colleen St. Clair at the U of A’s Calgary Centre on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 as they delve more deeply into defining the footprint and what is being done to ensure more sustainable harvesting of the resource.
Dr. Anne Naeth, Faculty of Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences
Dr. Glynnis Hood, Augustana Campus
Dr. Colleen St. Clair, Faculty of Science
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
4:30-5:15 PM Opening Reception | 5:15-6:45 PM Lecture and Q&A
U of A Calgary Centre – 120, 333 5 Ave. SW
Oil sands development is under increasing environmental scrutiny from the media, non-governmental organizations, regulators and governments locally, nationally and internationally. Arguments have been made against the impact of oil sands development on land, water use and wildlife. All parties recognize there is an environmental footprint created by increased oil sands activity, but what is that footprint and what are the techniques being used to manage it?
Join University of Alberta researchers Dr. Anne Naeth, Dr. Glynnis Hood and Dr. Colleen St. Clair as they delve more deeply into defining the footprint and what is being done to ensure more sustainable harvesting of the resource. Dr. Naeth will look into the impact of oil sands development on land, what is being done from a reclamation perspective and how to advance current approaches to improve the speed and scope of reclaimed land. Dr. Hood will provide an overview of her work showcasing how human-wildlife interactions affect access to critical wetland habitats by wildlife and how those impacts can be mitigated. Finally, Dr. St. Clair will look at impacts on wildlife and discuss the Avian Protection Project, an initiative aiming to review Syncrude’s Aurora tailings pond, advance monitoring and deterrence techniques at industrial sites and identify best practices for the oil sands region.
Dr. Naeth is a professor in the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences. She is a professional biologist and agrologist and her research program focuses on land reclamation and ecological restoration.
Dr. Hood is an associate professor in the Department of Science at the U of A’s Augustana Campus. Her research program focuses on the influences of beavers on wetland ecology, the interactions between land use and beavers and the biodiversity and water resources they support.
Dr. St. Clair is a professor of biological sciences where she teaches courses in ecology, behaviour, and conservation. She studies animal movement and human-wildlife conflict in landscapes that are altered by humans and their infrastructure.
Although this event is free, RSVP now to guarantee a seat as space is limited.
Augustana alumni are also invited to meet Augustana’s new Dean, Dr. Allen Berger, directly following the lecture at 7:30 pm at the Parker House Grill and Wine Bar. Click here for details.
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