2017 Research Workshop

Workshop Descriptions

Members of the Boreal Ecosystem Recovery and Assessment (BERA) project held their second-annual workshop on Wednesday, November 22nd at the University of Calgary. This year’s workshop was focussed on 1) providing research updates from the three main BERA teams – Remote Sensing, Sensor Networks, and Ecology; and 2) encouraging meaningful dialogue between BERA members and their partners and collaborators. While the intent was to keep this year’s workshop small, the number of attendees rose to nearly 40, bearing witness to a wonderfully engaged and steadily growing research network!

The morning began with welcoming remarks by Greg McDermid, and was followed by a series of three-minute lightning talks followed by poster presentations from all BERA researchers. The ecological (wildlife) and sensor network teams went first, followed by the ecological (vegetation) and remote sensing teams. Both sessions followed the same format: with researchers briefly introducing their research projects in lightning-talk format, then engaging with attendees in the relaxed setting of interactive posters.

A moderated round-table discussion was held at the end of this workshop. Items discussed included (i) identifying potential research gaps and opportunities within BERA, (ii) exploring ideas for clear and effective science communication strategies, and (iii) a brief contemplation of future BERA research steps. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, and left participants excited for the project’s remaining two years and beyond.

We want to thank our partners and collaborators for their active engagement, interest and the positive feedback, and are excited to continue refreshed on our research path over this coming year. We look forward to meeting again at the next annual workshop!

Workshop Details

Date: Wednesday, November 22th, 2017, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Location: Learning Institute Room D, Taylor Institute, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB



Scott Wilson

Bird Use Of Reclaimed Wellsites In The Boreal Forest Of Alberta

Richard W. Hedley

Sound Localization For Acoustic Monitoring of Bird Populations In Response to Fire and Energy Sector Activity

Jocelyn Gregoire

Canada Warbler Response to Linear Feature Regeneration

Connor Charchuk

The Effects of Understory Protection Harvesting On Brown Creepers in Alberta’s Boreal Mixedwood Forest

Natalie Sánchez Ulate

Understanding Why Certain Songbirds Are More Or Less Tolerant to Chronic Industrial Noise

Sara Saeedi

Using OGC SensorThings for Boreal Environmental Monitoring

Kan Luo

Human/Animal Footprints Monitoring Using Internet Of Things

Angelo T Filicetti

Effectiveness Monitoring Of Restoration Treatments For Effectiveness Monitoring Of Restoration Treatments For Seismic Lines In Treed Peatlands

Shijuan Chen

Measuring Vegetation Height on Linear Disturbances in the Boreal Forest with UAV Photogrammetry

Charlotte Dawe

Effects Of Linear Disturbances Fire Severity On Velvet Leaf Blueberry In Recently Burned Jack Pine Forests

Man Fai Wu

Assessing the Value of Digital Photogrammetry for Remote Survey  of Conifer Stocking

Cassondra J. Stevenson

Microtopographic Patterns In Treated Untreated Seismic Lines & Its Implications For Tree Re Establishment

Matthias Schubert

Forest Restoration Assessment Using Deep Learning For Image Interpretation

Guillermo Castilla

Detecting And Measuring Conifer Seedlings From A Drone Can It Be Done And At What Altitudes