Our CLEANER (Community Lead Environmental Action on Nutrient Elimination and Removal) project represents a first of its kind initiative to reduce or even eliminate the excess nutrients, toxins and potent greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) from the Dead Horse Creek (a typical Red...
Our CLEANER (Community Lead Environmental Action on Nutrient Elimination and Removal) project represents a first of its kind initiative to reduce or even eliminate the excess nutrients, toxins and potent greenhouse gas emissions (methane and nitrous oxide) from the Dead Horse Creek (a typical Red River tributary) through the combination of monitoring science, community action and environmental education. The CLEANER project team will be monitoring (2009 – 2012) the nutrients, toxins and related greenhouse gas emissions from Dead Horse Creek water at several locations near the sewage water release sites, as well as, engaging citizens and retail outlets from three communities (Morden, Winkler and Plum Coulee) in local efforts to reduce and, in some cases, substitute their use of nutrient/toxin rich household products.
Guanahatabey and Taino heritage: biological and cultural landscapes of indigenous people in pre- and post-contact Cuba objective: to investigate three key issues in Cuban and Caribbean archaeology and ethnohistory: 1) the patterns of successive migrations and colonization of the island of Cuba; 2) the pattern of interaction between the foraging and the agriculturalist groups; and 3) the fate of the indigenous groups at the time of contact with the Spanish, including their genetic, linguistic, cultural and physical persistence in the modern-day Cuban identity. The areas of research involved include archaeology (bioarchaeology, environmental archaeology, paleoecology, paleoethnobotany), molecular anthropology (of both ancient and modern populations), linguistics, ethnohistory and mythology.
A multi-century reconstruction of drought events in northern and southern Manitoba: I am participating in two projects attempting to provide paleo-drought information using both standard lake sediment and tree-ring and stable isotope analyses.
Absolute dating of Rapid Climate Changes: Through this project I am endeavouring to attach absolute dates to two major Holocene climate anomalies (8.4-8.2 ka and 4.1-3.9 ka, events), through the use of isotope compositions in one of the oldest continuous tree-ring time series in the world, the bristlecone pine series of eastern California.
Red River Basin Water Quality: A combination of water isotope and geochemical tracers is being used to identify the contributions of snowmelt, precipitation, soil water and groundwater to the Red River discharge. This will identify variations in Red River hydrology that result in changes in ambient water quality which will prove to be important for evaluating potential impacts of climate change or changes in basin hydrologic characteristics (i.e. Devils Lake Diversion).