Two geography graduate students were award winners at the annual Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference held in St John’s in April this year. The theme of the conference was ‘Research, Teaching and Learning, Public Engagement’, in line with Memorial’s new strategic frameworks for research, public engagement, and teaching and learning.
The Geography Department was very well represented at the conference. Beth Cowan, an MSc student, presented her work on seabed mapping off Eastern Baffin Island; Carly Sponarsky, a PhD student, presented a paper on experiential education based on her work on human-coyote interactions in Cape Breton; Rudy Riedlsperger is completing his MSc and will be starting a PhD in the fall, and he presented his work on hazard mapping in the Canadian Arctic; and Shane Belbin, who has just completed his Honours in Geography presented the results of his project on temperature sensitivity and plant performance on the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. Carly Sponarski and Rudy Riedlsperger were award winners at the conference (pictured above). Carly was joint winner of the Distance Education, Learning and Teaching Support (DELTS) prize for best presentation while Rudy was joint winner of the award for Public Engagement. Congrats to all of our the presenters!!