Current Graduate Students, Post Doctoral Fellows and Research Assistants



Current LRIGS graduate students and post doctoral fellows can access their program requirements checklist, terms of reference documents, travel and expense documents, LRIGS logos and mentorship program documents at the LRIGS Google site.


2016 Cohort

Stephanie Ibsen









Stephanie Ibsen (PhD Student). Determination of reclamation progress and ecosystem health of disturbed sites including oil sands mining, diamond mining and coal mining, using invertebrates as bio-indicators.










Autumn Watkinson (PhD Student). Restoration of native sagebrush grassland to increase greater sage grouse populations in Grasslands National Park in Saskatchewan, Canada.









Jocelyn Gregoire (MSc Student). Upland songbird response to recovering seismic lines and how the spatial scale of analysis affects the interpretation of results.




2015 Cohort









Jinhyeob Kwak (Post Doctoral Fellow). Effects of ten years of nitrogen and sulfur depositions on soil properties, growth and chemical properties of trees, and understory species diversity.


Federico Riva









Federico Riva (PhD Student). Assessing effects of forest fragmentation and reclamation/restoration responses using butterflies.

Kate Melnik









Kate Melnik (MSc Student). Creating topographic variability for understory species establishment on reclaimed sites.


Gillian-Mullan Boudreau









Gillian Mullan-Boudreau (MSc Student). Assessing dust deposition for industrial development and reclamation of bituminous sands.

Prem Pokharel









Prem Pokharel (MSc Student). Growth of nutrient loaded seedlings of aspen, white spruce and jack pine in oil sands reclamation in northern Alberta.


Qi Wang









Qi Wang (MSc Student). Effects of long term nitrogen and sulfur depositions on leaf litter decomposition in a boreal mixedwood forest in northern Alberta.

Yihan Zhao









Yihan Zhao (MSc Student). Vegetation response to hydrogen fluoride from phosphogypsum operations.




2014 Cohort

Sebastian Dietrich









Sebastian Dietrich (PhD Student). Use of spatial pattern analysis of soil-plant relations to determine land reclamation success.


Nilusha Welegedara









Nilusha Welegedara (PhD Student). Modelling carbon, water and nitrogen cycling and salt redistribution in reclaimed landscapes using ecosys.


2013 Cohort

Alison Murata









Alison Murata (PhD Student). Assessment and remediation of soils and ground water contaminated with chlorinated organic compounds and salts.




2012 Cohort

Valerie Miller









Valerie Miller (PhD Student). Anthroposol development for diamond mine reclamation. This student's research is partially funded by the Helmholtz-Alberta Initiative (HAI).





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