Thumbs up to Melinda Agapito, PhD student in the Marine Geomatics Lab, for the successful defense of her PhD on September 9th! Mel’s thesis is title: “On making conservation tradeoffs spatially explicit: A multi-criteria method for integrating competing stakeholders priorities in marine conservation planning”.
Dr Neha Gupta, post-doctoral follow in the Marine Geomatics Lab, and colleagues have been awarded a SSHRC Connection Grant for 2015-2016 for a project led by Laurentian University and in partnership with the Huron-Wendat First Nation and Wilfred Laurier University. Dr Gupta is a co-applicant on the grant which will support an upcoming symposium entitled “Circles of Interaction: the Wendat and their Neighbours in the Time of
Champlain” to be held between October 16 and 18th. The conference in Midland, Ontario – the heart of historic Huronia – will examine change and continuity in the relationship between the Wendat, their neighbours and the French in the region. The program includes a day-long session hosted by the Huron-Wendat First Nation and a session on emerging multidisciplinary themes and trends on the Wendat past that Dr Gupta will chair. Dr Gupta is SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography working with Dr Rodolphe Devillers on developing geographic visualization for archaeology. More information on the symposium can be found at wendatcircles.org.
Vincent Lecours, PhD candidate, represented the Marine Geomatics Lab at the last Geomorphometry conference that took place in Poznan, Poland. Geomorphometry is the science of quantitative land surface analysis. Vince presented two papers and received the best student award for his paper titled “An Ocean of Possibilities: Applications and Challenges of Marine Geomorphometry“, discussing how geomorphometry is increasingly used in ocean mapping. The second paper titled ”Finding the Best Combinations of Terrain Attributes and GIS software for Meaningful Terrain Analysis” presented some initial results of an analysis looking at selecting optimal terrain attributes in geomorphometry.
Several members of the Marine Geomatics Lab participated to the last Atlantic Coastal Zone Information Steering Committee (ACZISC) meeting that took place in St. John’s on February 11th. This included a presentation of Dr Rodolphe Devillers on the Information System on Small Scale Fisheries (ISSF), a recent initiative developed as part of the Too Big To Ignore (TBTI) initiative.
Oscar, our newly acquired OpenROV, has been tested out in the wild a few days ago. Acquired and assembled in the Fall 2013 and first tested within tanks, Oscar and his group had to patiently wait for the ice to melt from the Canadian lakes to be tested outside. Some lab members including Arnaud that helped assemble Oscar participated to its test in a pond during a nice sunny day last week. Oscar is an inexpensive open-source ROV developed by OpenROV capable of diving (in theory) down to around 75-100 meters. It is equipped with a camera feeding images in real-time to a computer at the surface, LED lights, two lasers used for scale and three propellers that allow its navigation. The test was successful despite a very turbid lake. After a few adjustments we are hoping for a test in the oceans in a near future!