Posted on June 20, 2015 by Tia Lalani

This summer, Augustana is welcoming a record number of summer research students to work on a range of projects. We’ll meet a few of them every week over the summer!

This summer, Augustana is welcoming a record number of summer research students to work on a range of projects. We’ll meet a few of them every week over the summer!

Erin Specht

Erin Specht

Erin Specht, BSc Environmental Science (’15) from Pipestone, AB

This summer, Erin is working for Dr. Glen Hvenegaard, with her research focusing on the development of Augustana’s new Miquelon Lake Research Station.

“As an environmental science major, I heard about this station and was quite excited for its opening,” she says. “This summer RA position was appealing for me because it provided an opportunity to develop my planning and management skills, and I would be able to be a ‘founding father’ of the station, in a sense.”

Marcus Suvanto, 4th year BA Psychology from Grimshaw, AB

Marcus has been working with Dr. Paula Marentette for eight months on a gesture project. “We are trying to find a way to measure the complexity of a story a child – age 8-11 – has told us,” he says, “and see if we can predict when and where gestures or meaningful hand movements will occur based on the difficulty or complexity of that part of the story.”

“Dr. Marentette told me of the possibility of getting research experience on this project,” he continues. “And because of my interest in pursuing graduate studies, I jumped at the chance. It was a year long directed reading and I got the chance to continue the work into the summer which I was keen to do.”

Raiany Andrade

Raiany Silva

Raiany Dias de Andrade Silva, 5th year Environmental Science student from the Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro

Raiany is working on a wide range of research activities related to how ecosystems respond to disturbance. These include examining how grassland roots respond to climate change manipulation and reviewing the literature on recovery of Alberta’s oil and gas wellsites after they have been reclaimed.

Raiany is inventorying the botanical specimen collections at Augustana, and will also be exploring the botanical biodiversity found both here on campus and off campus in the local parks. She will also be undertaking research on forest gardens: there is interest in exploring the idea of having a forest garden here at Augustana.


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