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The Effects and Implications of Environmental Disasters on the Family: Communicating, Coping, and Caring Among Families Impacted by the 2013 High River Alberta Floods

This research study seeks to learn about family members' struggles, difficulties, coping strategies, and needs post-flood. This research specifically examines communication, coping, and caring in family life post-disaster in order to determine: 1) how family life is altered by the disaster context; 2) how experiencing a disaster influences family interactions, relationships, and functioning; 3) how immigrant families in specific are impacted by disasters; 4) how disasters impact the family-school life, dynamic, and relationship; and 5) what the primary needs of the family are, and how the family can best be supported and assisted post-disaster. Dr. Caroline McDonald-Harker, Principle Investigator, and Dr. Timothy Haney, co-researcher are conducting this 3-year research study. More Information.


Cross-cultural Aspects of the Trans-border Cooperation in the Area of Restoration/ Re-introduction/ Conservation of Large Carnivores in Central & Eastern Europe

The purpose of this qualitative project is to provide insight into the complex scope of issues that influence human attitudes towards "The Big Three" of Europe, i.e. three species: Brown bear (Ursus arctos), Gray wolf (Canis lupus) and Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). Anna Korwin - Kowalewska is the principle investigator of this project. More InformationContributions to Ecosystem Health Assessment in Calgary's Urban Natural Areas through Technology-enabled Citizen Science
The purpose of this research is to develop a spatial collection tool to collect, manage, and analyze ecological data for Calgary's natural areas. In collaboration with the City of Calgary, we will customize Esri's ArcGIS Collector App to facilitate citizen science data collection. Not only will this approach assist the City in its assessment of ecosystem health, but it will also engage and educate the public regarding the protection and management of our urban natural areas. Dr. Lynn Moorman and Dr. Dorothy Hill are principle investigators of the research study. More information.


Weaselhead Sunset. Photo courtesy of Kerri Martin.

Empirical Study on Students' Conceptualization of Intercultural Business Environment and sub-study on Students' Perception of the relationship: humans - nature

This qualitative and phenomenographic study aims at exploring the area of intercultural learning and sustainability in the context of International Business. Anna Korwin - Kowalewska is currently conducting this research study. More Information.

Found in Alberta: Environmental Themes for the Anthropocene


Found in Alberta: Environmental Themes for the Anthropocene is a collection of interdisciplinary essays forthcoming from Wilfrid Laurier University Press in Fall 2014 as part of its Environmental Humanities Series. Editors Robert Boschman and Mario Trono see it as a timely intervention that will garner attention from academics, activists, NGOs, industry, and governments. Topics include land trusts in Alberta, the question of nuclear power on the prairies, oil patch governance, environmental citizenship, corporations and sustainability, legislated wilderness, bioaesthetics, activist and government messaging, indigenous environmental ethics, and beef production/E. coli.

From Field to Cup: Sustainable Coffee Production

Sustainable Coffee Production HondurasConsumers are moving towards purchasing coffee that claims to be sustainable. Numerous certification programs have been established to aid consumers in making their choices. This research project examined these issues in Honduras, the largest coffee producer in Central America, to assess whether certification programs, upon which consumers rely to make informed and ethical purchases, in fact contribute to healthy social structures and environments. More Information.

The Geological Bumble Bee (GBB)

Local elementary school-aged children are being guided by Mount Royal University faculty and students as citizen scientists through "hands-on" field-oriented activities to build and install bumble bee boxes in order to examine the impact of modern climate change on these important pollinators. More information.The Impact of Inclusion in Nature for People Experiencing the End of Life: A Narrative ReviewParks and nature are known to influence quality of life in a number of different ways, but little is known about the role of parks and nature for those experiencing the end-of-life or for their caregivers. More information.
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