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This report provides the results of a study on conservation planning and the optimal location of new conservation areas in Alberta’s Upper Peace, Lower Peace, and the Upper Athabasca planning regions. The Alberta Land-use Framework (LUF) was developed as a regional planning framework to manage...
In 1927, Werner Heisenberg proposed that there are fundamental limitations to the study of subatomic particles, as the act of measuring them affects their behavior. Here we show that experimenter-induced uncertainty also applies in plant ecology, with potentially dramatic consequences for field...
The Natural Regions and Subregions classification represents the state-of-the-art in ecological land classification in Alberta. It is becoming increasingly apparent, however, that current landscape patterns are destined to change in coming decades as a consequence of global warming. In this...
Response of eight Canadian spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars to copper: Pollen viability, grain yield plant-1 and yield componentsDownload
Eight Canadian spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars, Katepwa, Roblin, Park, Laura, Conway, Oslo, Columbus and Biggar., were tested in the field for copper (Cu) use efficiency. The experiment was conducted at Stony Plain, Alberta on an Orthic, Dark Grey, Chernozemic, Cu deficient 10.48 pg...
Abstract The sponge reefs, found only off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, are a unique and alien deep sea ecosystem that is not well understood and is threatened by human activities. Here I developed a genetic barcode to differentiate between the two most common sponges on the reefs,...
This paper provides a framework for modeling the effects of climate change on key indicators of interest to regional land-use planning teams. The framework is based on input from a technical workshop held on October 16, 2008, as well as follow-up with technical experts and a review of the...
In this report I consider the question of how to select sites that will serve as conservation offsets, drawing on recent research into optimized resource allocation. My recommendations are most applicable to an offset program based on the conservation banking approach applied at regional scale...
The goal of this guide is to derive a better understanding of the biodiversity of sponges across the eastern Canadian Arctic. Specimens were collected during research cruises aboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) Amundsen in October 2015, July 2016 and July 2017. Collection sites were...
A review of metrics of distribution with application to Conservation Units under Canada's Wild Salmon PolicyDownload
Metrics describing the distribution of individuals among groups and across the landscape can provide information on the resilience of a population that may not be apparent from abundance information alone. The distribution of spawners has therefore been recommended as an indicator of the...
Conserving Alberta’s Biodiversity Under a Changing Climate: A Review and Analysis of Adaptation MeasuresDownload
As a province and a nation we have committed to conserving our native biodiversity. In this discussion paper I examine this goal through the lens of climate change. The intent is to draw attention to issues that need to be addressed and to illustrate options for adapting our current system of...