Quebec and Canada Biodiversity - REDM 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form

Supervisor's Name: Andrew P Hendry

Supervisor's Email: andrew.hendry [at] mcgill.ca

Supervisor's Phone:

Supervisor's Website: http://redpath-staff.mcgill.ca/hendry/

Supervisor's department: Redpath Museum

Course number: REDM 396 (Redpath Museum)

Term: Fall 2014-2015

Project start date: September 2, 2014

Project end date: December 4, 2014

Project title: Quebec and Canada Biodiversity

Project description (50-100 words suggested): This project will research, develop and construct a suite of on-line educational resources about Quebec and Canadian Biodiversity. The student will conduct primary research using species and conservation databases, published status reports on wildlife and fisheries and peer reviewed articles about pan-Canadian ecology and environmental issues.  In consultation with McGill conservation scientists and specialists, the student will write the script, add in the relevant charts, tables, illustrations, photos and databases, and platform it on line as an interactive and easily accessed Web site.
Canada's diversity of life forms and ecosystems is large. Its landforms range from rainforest to desert, with mountains and plains, and each has species adapted to the conditions present there. Many of these species, such as the Polar bear, Whooping Crane, Beluga whale, Gray wolf and beaver, are on exhibit at the Redpath Museum. Many highschool and Cegep teachers and educators reference these natural history exhibits so that they can effectively teach about both Canadian and Quebec biodiversity. However, there are virtually no teacher’s resources or classroom props such as slide shows, booklets, activity sheets, posters, assignment outlines or textbooks.
This project will culminate in a “Biodiversity Web site” posted online so that both educators and students can learn about Canada’s astounding diversity of life:  over 140 000 species, only 70 000 of which have been identified. Half of these species are terrestrial, a quarter freshwater and the other quarter marine. Only one to five percent of Canadian species are endemic (i.e. are only found in Canada). And some such as the Passenger pigeon and the Labrador duck, have become extinct. A special subsection of the Web site will focus on Endangered and Threatened species because this is a special competency in the current Quebec High School curriculum.

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% report. 50% participation.

Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.

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.