Courtney Laprise

I am currently an undergraduate student at Memorial University working towards a joint honours in Chemistry and Earth Science. I am working with the Biogeochemistry of Boreal Ecosystems Research Group (BBERG) as a student research assistant for the summer of 2016, and will be continuing my work with an honours thesis starting in the fall of 2016.

My work in the group involves determining the stoichiometry of atmospheric inputs to boreal forest watersheds. This includes the quantification of nitrate, ammonia, orthophosphate, dissolved organic carbon (DOC) and total dissolved nitrogen (TDN) along the NL-BELT from precipitation and soil samples. Using the data gathered, the input of these nutrients into boreal forest ecosystem across the NL-BELT will be quantified and compared to existing datasets on ecosystem C, N and P stocks and fluxes.

In the past, I worked with the NL Geological Survey’s Natural Resources Geochemical Lab where I performed fluoride analysis on crushed rocks and soil samples, which was used as a proxy for locating associated rare Earth elements (REE).


2016-2017 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC USRA)

2014-2015 Dean of Science Book Prize

2014-2015 Hebron Women In Science And Engineering

2014-2015 Hugh J. Anderson Chemistry Scholarship