'Measuring root production in salt marshes' - GEOG 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form
INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").
INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.
INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).
QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.
Supervisor's Name: Dr. Gail Chmura
Supervisor's Email: gail [dot] chmura [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Website: http://www.geog.mcgill.ca/faculty/chmura/
Supervisor's department: Geography
Course number: GEOG 396 (Geography)
Term: Winter 2012-2013
Project start date: Monday, January 7, 2013
Project end date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Project title: Measuring root production in salt marshes
Project description: Inputs of plant organic matter add to the volume of tidal marsh soils, thus increasing their elevation as sea level rises. We are examining the contribution of roots to volume of salt marsh soil in Canada through the use of "ingrowth cores". Since these cores have been repeatedly deployed for a period of years we are questioning how our results have varied over time. The student will help to answer this question by assisting in preparation, and processing of "in-growth" cores used in experiments to assess belowground productivity. The student will participate in nearly all aspects of the research from preparation of cores (stuffing them with Sphagnum peat) and processing of cores to determine biomass and volume of plant roots. Final report will include data on processed cores and graphical (or statistical if student background permits) comparison of multiple years of data.
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade): 50% on lab work; 50% final report
Project status: This project is open to applicant.
How students can apply: Email Prof. Chmura with 396 in subject
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves NEITHER animal subjects, nor human subjects, nor biohazardous substances, nor radioactive materials, nor handling chemicals, nor using lasers.