Award Winners

Malcom Ramsay Memorial Award

Caitlyn Lyons

Caitlyn Lyons

PhD Candidate

Caitlyn is a PhD Candidate working with Dr. Jennifer Baltzer and studies how permafrost thaw impacts the boreal forest of the Northwest Territories. More specifically Caitlyn is interested in understanding if boreal trees can access and use novel nutrients released from thawing permafrost. In her spare time Caitlyn enjoys volunteering with Girl Guides and long trail runs with her dog.

Cold Regions Conference Awards

Congratulations to the early career researcher award winners from the Cold Regions Conference held in late November. There were two classes of awards this year, one for standard research talks and another for our 3-minute thesis competitions, which challenge participants to sum up their work in short but effective stories.

 

2023 Cold Regions Conference

We congratulate our 2023 Cold Regions Conference student presentation winners! 

For the 15 minutes research talks:

  • 1st place: Katie Hettinga (UWaterloo), Non-growing season CO2 emissions may offset a substantial fraction of the growing season CO2 uptake in Canadian peatlands
  • 2nd place: Arash Rafat (Laurier), The influence of snowfall on lake-ice freeze-up processes
  • 3rd place: Eric Jolin (Laurier), Eyes on Ɂetthën: Caribou and camera traps in the Land of the Ancestors

For the 3-minute flash talks:

  • 1st place: Narayan Subramoniam (Laurier), Estimating Nutrition North Canada subsidy pass-through rates in Northwest Territories
  • 2nd place: Keira McManus (UWaterloo), Boreal plant ability to acquire novel nitrogen from permafrost thaw
  • 3rd place: Sabrina St-Hillaire (Laurier), Multigenerational toxicity and metabolomics of Pb from fishing gear to the freshwater snail Planorbella pilsbryi

2022 Cold Regions Conference

We congratulate our 2022 Cold Regions Conference student presentation winners! 

For the 15 minutes research talks:

  • Celine Do (Laurier), Effect of Rare Earth Elements Nd, Pr and Y, Individually and in Mixtures to Daphnia magna
  • Laura Neary (UWaterloo)An integrated framework for monitoring water quantity, water quality and contaminant deposition at lakes across the Peace-Athabasca Delta (Alberta, Canada)
  • Eric Jolin (Laurier)Multispecies modelling of an ecologically intact protected area, Thaidene Nëné Indigenous Protected Area, NWT
  • Charlotte Rentmeister (Laurier)Regional muskox density in the Northwest Territories

For the 3-minute flash talks:

  • Elise, Brown-Dussault (Laurier)Lichen it: Refining post-fire winter caribou habitat restoration
  • Madeline Patenall (Laurier)Establishing Baselines for Water Quality and Rotifer Communities in Frame Lake, Yellowknife
  • Laura Anderson (UWaterloo), Characterizing vulnerability of shallow ponds to climate warming across the whooping crane’s summer breeding range (Alberta-NWT)

2021 Cold Regions Conference

For the 15 minutes research talks:

  • Arisha Imran (Best paper award), Effects of large-scale flooding in 2020 on hydrological conditions of lakes in the Peace-Athabasca Delta (Alberta, Canada)
  • Kristine Haynes (runner-up), Long-term trends in wetland event response with permafrost thaw-induced landscape transition and hummock development
  • Emily Ogden (runner-up), Impacts of changing permafrost conditions on plant productivity in the northern boreal

For the 3-minute flash talks:

  • Alicia Pouw, Mapping Lake Ice Snow Distribution over Canada’s Subarctic Lakes Using Remote Sensing Techniques
  • Arash Rafat, Investigating Interannual Lake Ice Evolution and Composition in Canadian Subarctic Lakes using Thermistor String-based Snow and Ice Mass Balance Apparatus Buoys
  • Ethan Lim, Estimation of Lake Depth from Landsat Lake Surface Temperature