'Mapping to spatial variability of permafrost in a northern peatland complex' - 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: Nigel Roulet

Supervisor's Email: nigel [dot] roulet [at] mcgill [dot] ca

Supervisor's Phone: 1-514-398-4945

Supervisor's Website: http://www.geog.mcgill.ca/faculty/roulet/

Supervisor's department: Geography

Course number: GEOG 396 (Geography)

Term: Winter 2012-2013

Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014

Project end date: Friday, April 11, 2014

Project title: Mapping to spatial variability of permafrost in a northern peatland complex

Project description (50-100 words suggested): With changes in temperature and snow many northern peatlands are beginning to loss permafrost either as an increase in active layer depth or with the complete disappearance of permafrost.  This is turn alters the spatial distribution of surface elevation and hence water storage.  This should change the distribution of the dominant plant species.  In this project we will examine the spatial correspondence among surface elevation, water table depth, active layer depth, and vegetation pattern in the Stordalen peatland complex in northern Sweden.  A GIS platform will be used to analyzed data that has been collected in the Stordalen complex since 2007.

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): 30% for an introduction and description of the analysis; 70% for the final report

Other project information: The student will work closely with me and one of my PhD students who has collected most of the field data.

Project status: This project is taken.

How students can apply: Bring a printed copy of this application form and your advising transcript to me during office hours.

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.

Student's Name:

Student's McGill ID:

Student's McGill Email:

Student's Phone:

Student's Program:

Student's Level (U0 / U1 / U2 / U3):

Student's signature - I certify that this course is with a different supervisor and on a different topic than any previous '396' course I have taken. I have not applied for another '396' course in this term:

Supervisor's signature - I give my permission for the student identified above to register for this project under my supervision:


Unit chair/director/designate's name:

Unit chair/director/designate's signature - I certify that this project conforms to departmental requirements for 396 courses: