Welcome to the Landscape Ecology and Spatial Analysis (LESA) lab, directed by Dr. Yolanda Wiersma. Please use the links above to navigate my site. Here’s the LESA Lab News for this month.

May 2018

The teaching term is over (though I am teaching a grad GIS course this summer) and that means FIELD WORK! Yay!! Patrick and I got an early start (last week’s nice weather motivated us) and are running a little experiment locally which involves more “fake lichens” (a neat little tool we developed for Rebecca’s Honours thesis). It’s a fun exercise and will give him some good estimates of his sampling error rates.

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Can you spot the fake lichen?

Field season also means new field personnel. Welcome back to John , who is joing the LESA lab as a summer student for the second year in a row. Also welcome to Brian, our new field assistant. Watch for pictures and news coming soon!

May gets to a busy start with the Canadian Society of Zoology meeting here on campus. Travis is presenting a talk, as are colleagues from across the department. The following week, a crew of us from the TERG project will head up to Terra Nova National Park for their annual “Research Day”.

And in a BIG milestone, Rachel is giving her MSc exit seminar this month! She is nearly done writing up and is doing her final presentation to the Department on May 9. Come on by if you want to here “A tale of two trees” (lichen community patterns on yellow birch and balsam fir on the Avalon Peninsua). Her research is highlighted in a recent article in the Gazette. You can read it here.


Rachel rockin’ it at her exit seminar

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