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Biology Student Capstone Conference

A key component of the BSc in Biology degree is the capstone project. Each student carries out an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member.  These capstone projects provide students with a valuable foundation for future work in graduate school or in industry, and can lead to publication or presentation at local and international conferences.  Students think critically and solve challenging problems, particularly in the areas of experimental design and data analysis.  In addition, students hone their skills in written/oral communication and public speaking, and increase the quality of their work via collaboration with their peers and instructors.  This year, our students worked on projects related to tardigrades, bird populations, and the relationship between ants and invasive weeds.

Each year, St. Mary’s biology students present their work in a poster conference at the end of the winter semester where friends, family, and members of the community are welcome to attend.  This year we were not able to have an in person presentation, but you can find information about each student and their project below.

Tyrell Benson

Tyrell Benson

Ecological Citizenship: An Interdisciplinary Course

Tyrell Benson is bringing his four-year academic career at St. Mary’s to a close, having earned his biology degree. During his senior project, Tyrell completed field research of plant communities, an experience which formed the foundation of an interdisciplinary course he later designed. This course united Indigenous and scientific understandings of the natural world, to promote better relationships between students and the environment, and to broaden the focus of plant ecology. He now plans to pursue a forest technology diploma and build a career working in the outdoors, but not near the ocean, because he is terrible at identifying different types of seaweed.

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Adam Fishleigh

Adam Fishleigh

A survey of High-rise buildings at risk for bird strikes in SE Downtown Calgary

Adam Fishleigh is graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Management. From his time here at St. Mary’s he developed an interest in birds and the biological world. This was greatly influenced during his time with the bird nerd of St. Mary’s. His senior project is the making of a database of building features that have a relation to bird strikes on windows. The database uses bird strike data and is compared to building features to find which features have a higher correlation to bird strikes.

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Marissa Gough

Marissa Gough

A survey of high-rise buildings at risk for bird strikes in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada – NE Quadrant

Marissa is graduating with a biology degree and a minor in psychology. She is passionate about nature and the impact humans have on it. As such, she plans to enter into the field of environmental science to be a part of the movement towards a healthier earth. Her senior project focused on assessing the threat level downtown Calgary, AB poses to birds in regards to window strikes and determining possible mitigation measures that could be implemented.

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Emma Heeg

Emma Heeg

DNA Isolation and Extraction from the Phylum Tardigrada using a Chelex Resin Based Technique

Emma is graduating from St. Mary’s University with a biology degree. She has always had a passion for science, especially biology. Her senior project focused on extracting DNA from tardigrades with the hope of creating DNA barcodes. This fall, she plans on starting her master’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, specifically with a concentration in genetics. After completing her master’s, she hopes to go onto medical school, focusing on women’s and maternal health. Apart from her love of science, Emma has been dancing for 18 years. She is a certified ballet instructor and will be completing her second teaching examination this fall.

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Marie Jalbert

Marie Jalbert

Identification of Avian Species Killed by Window Strikes in Downtown Calgary

Marie is currently finishing her biology degree with a minor is psychology. She has always had a passion for animals and currently works at two veterinary clinics. Her senior project focuses on the identification of bird species that have struck windows in downtown Calgary in order to determine species most at risk and find ways to decrease the number of strikes in the future. Marie looks forward to graduating in order to continue further education and later pursue a career in nursing.

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Chris Kibwana

Chris Kibwana

Prairie Community Analysis For Potential St.Mary’s Restoration

Hey, everyone I am Chris Kibwana, a senior biology student here at St. Mary’s looking to go into medicine post-undergrad. I’ve loved biology as a kid and wanted to be a sports doctor since injuring my knee in high school playing sports. I loved working on this senior project as I got to be outdoors and learn more about the landscape that I live in and as well I learned so much more about the indigenous community that I would have never known before. This project for me was an experience of a lifetime and I’m very thankful to Dr. McLean for taking me and my team members on for this special project.

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Luke Miller

Luke Miller

Profiling Downtown Calgary: Describing High-rise Propensity to Increase Bird-Window Collisions

Luke is an environmentally oriented individual with a profound interest in the attributes, behaviors, and relationships among aquatic, terrestrial and avian species. His capstone project, which focused on understanding the propensity of downtown high-rises to influence bird-window collisions, allowed him to exercise his innate curiosity and excitement for urban wildlife research. Through his studies and work on his capstone project he developed the necessary skills to comprehensively and competently study a variety of natural ecosystems. Following his Bachelor of Science in Biology, Luke is slated to begin a graduate degree in coastal and marine management in Iceland, where he hopes to study seabirds in frigid arctic waters.

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Jillian Pittman

Jillian Pittman

A survey of high-rise buildings at risk for bird strikes in downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada

My project focused on the buildings in downtown Calgary, looking into which ones posed a risk for both migratory and resident birds. Through this degree, I have learned a lot about myself and my passion for helping others. Whether it be people or animals, my goal in science is to have a positive impact on the lives of others. I enjoy hiking, as it is a chance for me to connect with nature. I also enjoy photography and fashion, as they are creative outlets for me to express myself. I’m grateful for the people I’ve met and the memories I have from my 4 years at St. Mary’s. After this degree, I will be taking a year off of school to work before heading into a master’s in occupational therapy.

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Kiara O'Shea

Kiara O’Shea

Survey for M. occidentalis and Diaforobiotus spp. in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and First Identification of Parascon sp. in Canada

Kiara has always had an interest in science, especially within the field of biology. Pursuing a biology degree at St. Mary’s University has allowed her to gain new insights into possible career paths, increase her understanding and interest in biology, and make many new friends. Her senior project focused on identifying two species of tardigrades within Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and lead to the identification of a genus not previously recorded in Canada. After graduating with her bachelor’s degree this year, she hopes to pursue a master’s degree in toxicology and environmental contamination with a focus on aquatic and marine ecosystems. Ideally, she hopes this will lead to laboratory work, similar to her senior project, and the potential for some field work in her future career.

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Dominick Smarda

Dominick Smarda

Prairie surveying and rehabilitation

I’ve been in the biology degree for four years. I got into biology most likely because of the ingrained love for science in my genetics. My project revolving around surveying prairies has given me a deeper appreciation for the natural world and grass. I love grass now, moo. The field work I was able to do was exactly what I want to make a career of and it has given me a great amount of experience to go further in my academic career. It also deepened my appreciation for what prairie is and how diverse the plant life can be in our parkland.

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Stephanie Wright

Stephanie Wright

Ecological Citizenship: An Interdisciplinary Course

Stephanie will be graduating with a degree in biology and a minor in Psychology. She began university excited to learn about biology in its relation to health, because she wants to pursue a career in the medical field, but she also came away with a greater appreciation for ecology and a passion for Indigenous studies. Her capstone project integrates these two disciplines together, as she worked to create an interdisciplinary course bridging western ecology and Indigenous ways of knowing. Stephanie is passionate about improving the lives of others, and has been working part time with the homeless while taking her degree. She hopes to one day bring more accessible medical care to marginalized populations. She is thankful for all the opportunities and friends she has made through St. Mary’s University.

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Claudia Bodnar

Claudia Bodnar

eBay sales as a source of wildlife species endangerment

Claudia started her journey in Biology here at St. Mary’s in Fall 2016. Over the course of four years, her passion for sciences and nature has grown along with her curiosity and drive for learning. Claudia hopes to share her knowledge and passion for sciences by pursuing a career in teaching to help shape the minds of students. Her senior project focused on the illegal trade of endangered species over eBay and how it has been affecting wildlife globally. Her time here at St. Mary’s has been filled with support and caring and she will never forget all the individuals who have helped her along her journey. Apart from sciences, Claudia loves the theatre, music, travel, dancing, outdoor activities and spending time with family and friends.

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Sean Bothner

Sean Bothner

eBay sales as a source of wildlife species endangerment

Sean Bothner will be graduating with a major in biological science with a minor in history, Sean hopes to in the future pursue a career in conservation. Sean has a keen interest in anthropological origins of species extinction both intentional and incidental and what can be done to proactively prevent negative environmental consequences.

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Carolina Cariaga

Carolina Cariaga

Protocol to Extract DNA from White-Crowned Sparrow

Carolina is completing a four-year biology degree with a minor in psychology. Aside from studying, Carolina loves spending time outdoors and teaching dance. For her senior project, Carolina was able to come up with a protocol to extract ancient genomic DNA from White-Crowned Sparrows. Carolina’s passion for biology has grown in the past four years and she hopes that it will continue to grow in the future. Carolina hopes to further her education by getting a masters degree in physiotherapy. She is very thankful for everything that her professors have taught her at St. Mary’s University.

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Andrea Hernandez

Andrea Hernandez

Rooting of T. ramosum Cuttings: Is it possible?

Andrea Hernandez is finishing her Biology degree after 4 and a half years at St. Mary’s with the hopes to become a doctor in the future, or not; she’s not really sure. She has enjoyed her time at St. Mary’s very much and rediscovered her tendencies to become a complete nerd whenever encountering a topic that she enjoys, like genetics or immunology. Andrea also has plans to continue her studies in immunology which is her favorite subject. Andrea’s senior project consisted of her attempting to grow Thesium ramosum, a hemiparasite found in FCPP, from cuttings. This project included long hours observing branches do literally nothing for many months. In the end it seems T. ramosum is stubborn and needs a little coaxing to form roots. Andrea hopes that her project leaves a really good base for whomever attempts this difficult task next.

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Bill Hohm

Bill Hohm

Thesium Distribution by Ants

Bill is finishing a four-year biology degree at Saint Mary’s university with a minor in psychology. His love of dinosaurs and nature pushed him to seek a degree in the field of biology. Through his school experience, he has further developed his interests to include mycology and ecology. His senior project focused on the relationship between ants and Thesium ramosum an invasive plant spreading through fish creek.

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Rukhsar Kara

Rukhsar Kara

Increasing Germination Rate in Thesium May Lie in Variation

Rukhsar has always had a passion for biology. Her 493 project looked at trying to grow a parasitic plant called Thesium ramosum, currently a problem in Fish Creek Provincial Park. Through this project, she found a new interest in botany, diving into the world of parasitic relationships of plant life. The next step for her has always been medical school; however, with this project combined with the current events of 2020, her interests have changed. After finishing her Biological Science degree, she is looking into graduate school, wanting to expand her knowledge of viruses and parasites, or possibly pursue further initiatives into animal conservation.

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Ryan Kientz

Ryan Kientz

Supercolony in Fish Creek Provincial Park

Ryan Kientz is graduating with a Biology degree. His senior project focused on an ant supercolony and is hopeful that the lessons he learned at St. Mary’s will lead to a bright future.

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Franklin Manuana

Franklin Manuana

Home sweet home (Tardigrade culturing)

Franklin is a student who actively seeks to expand his knowledge in all areas of life. He is in the process of finishing his degree in biological sciences and a history minor. He has a creative flair and is keen to explore novel ways of solving difficult problems. During his undergraduate degree, senior ecology and molecular biology courses left a strong impression on him. Those courses showed him new ways he could marry his problem-solving skills and creative thinking. The goal of his senior project was to develop a long-term lab culturing method for tardigrades. Following his undergraduate degree, he aspires to continue keeping his curiosity alive and contribute to the scientific community.

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Sarah McCaskill

Sarah McCaskill

Is there a pattern in the syllable usage in male Western Warbling Vireos?

Sarah has been pursuing her BSc in Biology with a double minor in History and Drama since Fall 2015. Her project was to analyze spectrograms of Western Warbling Vireo songs and identify unique syllables. Once every syllable was labelled, she determined patterns in the syllables that arose multiple times across the 16 males used for the study. She hopes to find employment after graduation and possibly pursue a BEd in a few years.

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Alex Quach

Alex Quach

How important are animals and primarily ants in removing Thesium seeds?

Alex will be completing his Biology degree with a greater connection to the outdoors. As he progressed through his degree, Alex found interest in field work and made this his primary focus of his senior project. For his capstone project, he investigated the importance of ants and other factors on the removal of seeds off the invasive plant Thesium ramosum found in Fish Creek Provincial Park. After graduation, Alex hopes to proceed his career with the Reserves as a prospective Mobile Systems Equipment Operator and pursue further education to enhance his passion for science with a hands on approach.

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Jeff Sanchez

Jeff Sanchez

Tardigrade Mounting Medium Testing

Jeff is an international student from the Philippines. For his senior project, he worked with Dr. Grothman to investigate the effects of the different mounting medium for tardigrades. Jeff is passionate about research and laboratory work. He wants to hone his microscopy skills and critical thinking. As an intrepid explorer, Jeff loves to hike and go on backpacking trips around Alberta and BC. He enjoys experiencing new adventures. He finds himself in constant awe of the beautiful landscape and the richness of the flora and fauna of the Canadian Rockies. Jeff will be resuming his career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Whitehorse, Yukon. He hopes to explore the back country in Kluane National Park and Tombstone Territorial Park during his stay in the territory.

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Blair Severin

Blair Severin

Effects of Ployene Macrolide Antimycotics on the Survival of Tardigrades in culture

My name is Blair Severin and I am a biology major. I am also completing a minor in psychology. I have always been interested in the sciences and I became particularly interested in biology towards the end of high school. My senior project involved keeping tardigrades alive in culture and preventing fungal growth that occurred during the experiment. I intend to pursue a career in genetics or immunology, and I look forward to a future in biological research.

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Alex Snow-Roemer

Alex Snow-Roemer

Song Dialects of Isolated Population of Orange-Crowned Warblers

Alex started her degree with the hopes of entering veterinary medicine. However, through the program, she found a passion for birds and ecology. Her senior project on orange-crowned warblers in the Kananaskis area and the isolated region of Cypress Hills helped guide her in her career pursuits. After graduation she hopes to apply her knowledge in the wildlife conservation or environmental assessment career field. She also hopes to one day travel to South America to learn more about local species with the amazing friends she made along her education journey.

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Erica Suitor

Erica Suitor

Uncovering Potential Differences in the Song of Isolated and Mainland Populations of Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Erica Suitor’s capstone project focussed on recording Yellow-Rumped Warblers from a mainland population in Kananaskis and an isolated population in Cypress Hills. The songs were then compared in time and frequency to see if these two populations had songs that were significantly different. She plans to continue her education after her graduation from St. Mary’s University by either pursing veterinary school or achieving a Masters in Biology, specifically pertaining to conversation and wildlife biology. She will continue to do the activities she loves including hunting, riding horses, skiing, and walking her dogs.

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Dmitry Vdovenko

Dmitry Vdovenko

Correlation Between Shade Level and Tardigrade Abundance and Diversity

Dmitry came to St. Mary’s University with a bit of uncertainty about his choice, but quickly gained passion for biology and not only did he enjoy the time spent in there, but he also found a lot of good friends. Some of his favourite activities include hiking and travelling where you can fully appreciate surrounding nature. His project was about correlation between amount of shade and tardigrade abundance and diversity. By completing his project, Dmitry gained great experience in the lab and outside in the field, which established his interest in those little creatures. After graduation, his plan is to travel around the world and explore our beautiful country.

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Isabelle White

Isabelle White

Song Variation in Kananaskis Country Population of Clay-Coloured Sparrows

Isabelle spends much of her time hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, using her pass time for wildlife photography and gardening. Falling in love with travel, she experienced every travel course St. Mary’s has offered in her five years as a student there. This includes courses in the field of biology as well has history. Isabelle’s 493 project examined the song of the Clay-Coloured Sparrows to determine if variation exists between individual males songs. She is currently applying for her masters in Behavioural Ecology, however is also looking at internships for marine research and conservation.

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Taine Berniko

Taine Berniko

Survey of Terrestrial Tardigrades in the Buller Pass Trail Region of Spray Valley Provincial Park

Taine Berniko is graduating with a Biology degree. Her senior project focused on tardigrades and she’s planning on going into education, or the medical field.

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Emily Darragh

Emily Darragh

Boreal Boiling: The Impact of Climate Change on Alberta Bird Species

Starting off her degree in business, Emily quickly transitioned into the science program after discovering her passion for understanding the natural world. Emily will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in business management. After graduation, Emily is hoping to work in the public health and safety sector. She is excited to find a job where she can both apply her degree and teach others what she has learned. Emily is appreciative of all the help her teachers have given her at St. Mary’s and she hopes to never stop learning.

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Stephen Harrison

Stephen Harrison

The Cryptic Group: Milnesium

I’m hoping to start a guide to answer what you plan on doing after you graduate? A book on avoiding the most uncomfortable yet frequently asked question by relatives, friends and strangers on your future. The book focuses on undergraduates but can be applied to high school graduates and recent retirees. Tongue in Cheek publisher has expressed great interest so don’t miss the opportunity to support Stephen at patron/facetiousprojects.

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McCrae Iles

McCrae Iles

Regional Differences in Warbling Vireo Song

After 5 years spent grinding away at St. Mary’s University, McCrae will be leaving with a newly minted Biology degree as well as many learned life lessons. McCrae has always been interested in dinosaurs and is glad that the chance to study their living descendants came along with the help of the Bio department. McCrae will be leaving St. Mary’s with great friends, amazing memories, and a hope that the future will be bright!

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Patrick Larkin

Patrick Larkin

Song Development in Response to Geographic Isolation in Montane White-Crowned Sparrows

Patrick has always had an appreciation for the sciences and for the natural world. Over the course of his undergraduate degree at St. Mary`s, this appreciation has only deepened. His project on the song of white-crowned sparrows was a rare opportunity to do real fieldwork, something he hopes to continue in his career pursuits. After graduating, Patrick hopes to travel, then to apply his knowledge of biology in a career in conservation or wildlife management. He enjoys long walks on the beach and writing about himself in the third person.

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Jennifer Leinweber

Jennifer Leinweber

Development of Online Chemistry Pre-Laboratory Quizzes

Jenny has spent the past 5 years at St. Mary’s working towards completing a biology degree with a minor in psychology. Her senior project included creating online chemistry pre-laboratory quizzes to provide students with a second method of laboratory preparation as well as a survey to assess the quizzes’ success in terms of preparing students for the laboratory experiments. She plans to pursue a bachelor of education after a short break of travels.

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Thiago Monteiro

Thiago Monteiro

Phylogenetic Separation of Warbling Vireo Subspecies using Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA)

Thiago is finishing his Biology degree with a keen interest in vertebrate behavioral characteristics and genetic relationships. He particularly enjoyed the Zoology excursions and lab dissections. The capstone project of his degree focuses on the genetic differences between subspecies of local birds. He hopes to be accepted in the University of Calgary Masters program to work on bats and travelling to Japan in the future.

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Michelle Mork

Michelle Mork

Development of an Undergraduate Chemistry Laboratory Exercise to Extract and Separate the Essential Oil from Ground Cloves

Michelle Mork is graduating with a degree in Biological Sciences and a Psychology minor. Michelle is passionate about sciences and seeks to share her love for this topic by becoming a high school science teacher upon completing her education degree. Next year she will be entering her first year of the Bachelor of Education program at St. Mary’s University. Her capstone project involved the development of an undergraduate chemistry laboratory exercise for the students at St. Mary’s University, a project that encompasses her love for science and teaching. Aside from science, Michelle loves music, downhill skiing, wake surfing, and spending time with her friends, family, and dog Sadie.

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Hannah Phung

Hannah Phung

A Tardigrade Survey at Edworthy Park, Alberta, Canada

Hannah is graduating with a Biology degree. She found a new interest in tardigrades over the summer which was the focus of her senior project. She plans to further her studies on conservation in the future.

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Anjali Prabodh

Anjali Prabodh

A Survey of Tardigrades in Bamfield, British Columbia, Canada

Anjali is a keen photographer & was our Instagram connection in Marine biology. She didn’t like holding a seastar, but is still keen on biology and considering grad school. She’s not sure how she can work in photography, but is thinking about it.

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Adrianna Raithby

Adrianna Raithby

Does myrmecochory facilitate the dispersal and germination of Thesium ramosum?

As a fitness enthusiast and aspiring dentist, Adrianna thrives off both physical and academic challenge. It is her professional objective to make a meaningful imprint on the world by volunteering her time for non-profit organizations and to help people achieve healthy smiles in the future. It is her personal objective to travel the world, become a leader, and commit herself to being a lifelong learner. The pursuit of her Bachelor of Science degree has opened her eyes to many new and exciting opportunities. She is thankful for all the amazing people that helped her along time way, and she will never forget the impact St. Mary’s University had in helping to achieve her goals.

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Caitlin Sloof

Caitlin Sloof

Revisiting cultural evolution of song in an isolated population of White-crowned Sparrows (Zonotrichia leucophrys oriantha)

Caitlin spends much of her time hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, having grown up with a very outdoorsy family. She also inherited her globetrotting parents’ enthusiasm for travel, already having been to 13 countries on four of the seven continents, and is always planning the next trip. Caitlin’s 493 project explored an isolated population of White-crowned Sparrows, to determine if their isolation has caused them to start singing with a different dialect than other White-crowned Sparrows. In June, she is going to present her poster at the American Ornithological Society’s conference in Anchorage, Alaska. After that, Caitlin’s dream career is to be involved in the Calgary Zoo’s captive breeding/release Burrowing owl program, or the Swift fox population monitoring program in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Dylon Thompson

Dylon Thompson

Quiz Development for the Organic Chemistry Laboratory

Dylon is concluding a four-year Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. For his project, Dylon created online Moodle quizzes for the Organic Chemistry I and II laboratory courses. The goal of his project was to create quizzes for students to complete prior to attending an experiment each week, with the aim of familiarizing students with new laboratory concepts and procedures. The format of the quizzes was based upon successful quiz models found in the literature. In his free time, Dylon likes to socialize with friends, try new restaurants, and drive.

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John Timonera

John Timonera

Ant Interaction with Thesium ramosum seeds

John Timonera is finishing his five years of his university career with a Bachelor of Science with a minor in Sociology. Through the different branches of science, he found interest in the topics of Ecology and Zoology. Alongside his passion for art, he hopes that one day he can marry his love for nature and illustration. His project is based on the interaction of ants with Thesium ramosum, an invasive plant species. John is excited to graduate and hopes that his passions will give him prosperity in the future.

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Brooke-Lynn Vandenberg

Brooke-Lynn Vandenberg

Seasonal Variation of Tardigrades and Their Eggs

I have always had a passion for biology, which has expanded to incorporate tardigrades. Beyond biology, I am also interested in nature, travel, and animals. I am hoping to get into veterinary school after the completion of my undergrad and become a veterinarian in order to aid animal welfare and mitigate animal suffering.

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Felipe Velasco

Felipe Velasco

Thesium ramosum seed dispersal by Formica species

Felipe Velasco is finishing a biological sciences degree with a minor in management. He has a passion for ecology and sustainability, which together with his entrepreneurial mind encourage him to explore new forms of sustainable businesses. His Sr. project investigated the mutualistic relationship between the invasive plant Thesium ramosum and native ant species, a project that reminds him of how small changes can make a great impact in our environment. After he graduates, Felipe hopes to apply what he has learned during his 5 years in St. Mary’s to inspire people to live in harmony with nature.

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Jordyn Whitaker

Jordyn Whitaker

Can Western Warbling Vireo Songs be Described in a Specific Pattern?

Jordyn has a love and passion for animals and the environment, which has increased throughout the duration of her biology degree. She based her senior thesis project upon the western warbling vireo and analyzed patterns among their song. Jordyn currently works at a veterinary hospital and hopes to pursue veterinary school next year, and eventually specializing in orthopaedic surgery.

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Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Terrestrial Tardigrades of Old Baldy Pass PRA Kananaskis, Alberta

Science had always been Jessica’s favourite subject throughout her adolescence, and that carried forth into her university career. St. Mary’s afforded her many opportunities for unique experiences in the biological field, which she intends to expand and build upon in her future profession in the environmental field. Her senior project focuses on Tardigrades of Old Baldy PRA and thanks to these organisms she has become all too familiar and savvy with a microscope. Jessica looks forward to graduating with her BSc alongside some of her greatest friends.

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Natalie Zardecki

Natalie Zardecki

The Relationship Between the Hemiparasite Thesium ramosum and Mycorrhizal Presence on Host Plant Roots in Fish Creek Provincial Park

Natalie Zardecki is graduating from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in business management. Her capstone project involved analyzing the symbiotic fungus, mycorrhiza, on plant roots and its influence on host root infection, by the hemiparasitic plant T. ramosum. Throughout her academic career, Natalie enjoyed ecology, zoology, biochemistry, and English classes. Natalie aims to pursue a career in veterinary medicine or further her education in biology, either way she will torture herself with more schooling. In the mean time Natalie will continue to enjoy spending time with her horse, Jewel, and her other plethora of animals and learning new things.

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