Geography graduate students discussed their research plans on April 9, in the annual Geography Graduate Student Symposium. Each year, students in their first year present a research proposal to the faculty and their peers, in a single-day event that captures the diversity of interests within the geography department.
This year’s event included six presentations, evenly split between physical and human geography. Specific topics included:
- Long-range sea level reconstructions for eastern Baffin Island (Beth Cowan)
- Cold water coral habitat in a relatively undisturbed region of the Flemish cap (Lara Miles)
- Identifying historic spruce budworm infestations with tree-core analyses (Dan Myers)
- The biocultural impact of mining on youth in Nunavut (Roshni Caputo-Nimbark)
- The sustainability of Toronto’s electronic waste network(s) (Tamara Tukhareli)
- Community resilience and identity in a mining town (Janelle Skeard)
In addition to giving students an opportunity to demonstrate their progress, the symposium allows faculty and the larger graduate student body to exchange ideas, and engage with an extremely varied discipline. Judging from the volume and diversity of questions, as well as discussions during presentation breaks, everyone present learned something during the day.
Photo (left to right): Lara Miles, Beth Cowan, Dan Myers, Roshni Caputo-Nimbark, Janelle Skeard, and Tamara Tukhareli.