Special Podcast Episode: 2017 International Mountain Day Livestream

  This special episode was recorded on International Mountain Day on December 11, 2017. Join our host Meg Wilcox when she tunes in with researchers and mountain communities around Canada to celebrate this special day! To honour the United Nations’ 2017 theme for International Mountain Day, “Mountains Under Pressure: Climate, Hunger, and Migration”, the Livestream also highlights some of the challenges that mountain communities face across the globe. For more information, visit https://www.internationalmountainday.ca Participants: Fred Bradley,…

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CMN Podcast Episode 3 – Audio Version Available Now

The third episode of our Canadian Mountain Podcast is available on iTunes now! Episode 3 –“Traditional Knowledge and Community-based Research in Yukon Territory”– explores several community-based research projects with respect and value for Traditional Knowledge in the Yukon Territory. Hosted by Meg Wilcox, our guests discuss their experiences with collaborations, youth training, and working with different partners in order to create and conduct research projects that benefit communities up north. Guests: Doug Clark, Katelyn Friendship,…

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Capturing Landscape Change Through Repeat Photography

“1913 Mt. Assiniboine Image in a Modern Context” Photo Credit: The Mountain Legacy Project With more than 7,000 image pairs from 19 summers of fieldwork, the Mountain Legacy Project reveals significant landscape changes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Based at the University of Victoria, the project team works with researchers to highlight the impacts of climate change on Canada’s mountain landscape. The team uses historical photographs taken by surveyors with the Geological Survey of Canada,…

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Episode 2: Connectivity and Shared Spaces

  The second episode of the Canadian Mountain Podcast features two projects that focus on protecting and reintroducing animal populations in Alberta, Canada. Hosted by Meg Wilcox, our guests discuss a collaborative research project between University of Alberta researchers and CP Rail that seeks to reduce wildlife mortalities on rail tracks through an early warning system, and the Bison Belong Project that reintroduced Bison to Banff National Park earlier in 2017. Guests: Jonathan Backs, Colleen…

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Episode 1: Doing Research in the Sahtú Region of the Mackenzie Mountains

  The first episode of the Canadian Mountain Podcast features a panel discussion on past and current research projects in the Sahtú region of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Hosted by writer and naturalist Ben Gadd, a diverse panel of research professionals discusses the challenges and rewards that conducting work in such a remote region entails. Guests: Leon Andrew, Tom Andrews, Heather Sayine, and Deborah Simmons. The post Episode 1: Doing Research in the Sahtú Region of…

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Episode 1: Doing Research in the Sahtú Region of the Mackenzie Mountains

  The first episode of the Canadian Mountain Podcast features a panel discussion on past and current research projects in the Sahtú region of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Hosted by writer and naturalist Ben Gadd, a diverse panel of research professionals discusses the challenges and rewards that conducting work in such a remote region entails. Guests: Leon Andrew, Tom Andrews, Heather Sayine, and Deborah Simmons. The post Episode 1: Doing Research in the Sahtú Region of…

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A Closer Look at Fungal Community Changes After Mountain Pine Beetle Outbreaks

Photo Credit: Government of Alberta Mountain pine beetles have dramatically changed forest landscapes in Western North America by killing-off large areas of trees and changing soil communities. Soil community structure is complex, and tree death can create implications for other organisms. By examining a recent beetle outbreak in lodgepole pine forests of western Canada, the authors look at the effects of tree death on fungal communities in the soil. In particular, the study analyzes two…

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A Time for Opportunities, Changes, and Challenges at the ARPA 2017 Conference

Lake Agnes, Photo Credit: Michelle Murphy This week the CMN is at the Alberta Recreation and Parks Conference being held at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Park. The conference runs October 27 & 28, with opening ceremonies, a keynote, and dinner on October 26. Last night, we were inspired by Rilee Many Bears and the film about him entitled “The Failure Way.”  The film introduced Rilee as a young runner who overcame…

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Designing the Banff School of Fine Arts: Where Nature and Culture Meet

Photo Credit: Paul Zizka   PearlAnn Reichwein and Karen Wall explore the Banff School of Fine Arts campus as a postwar manifestation of an international modernist cultural landscape within a broader cultural landscape of a famous national park. They argue the construction of the campus reflects the intersections of capitalism and processes of spatialization in modernist Canada. By engaging Henri Lefebvre’s concepts about space as a cultural production from social relations and Jody Berland’s ideas…

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Canadian Mountain Network Webinar: Networks of Centres of Excellence

    On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the Canadian Mountain Network hosted a webinar presenting revised Mountain NCE research themes and will look for input on the development of a Letter of Intent (LOI) that is due November 15, 2017 to the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) competition. Networks of Centres of Excellence is a Federally-funded program designed “to mobilize Canada’s research talent in the academic, private, public, and not-for-profit sectors and apply it to…

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