Undergraduate BSc student, Kara Scott has been awarded the second Laura Thomas Summer Research Internship in Biology to conduct research on turtle (Northern Map, Common Musk, & Painted) climbing abilities with regards to slope, which is seeking to address the recent surge in cottage use and building of shoreline barriers that could negatively affect turtle movement. Scott is being co-supervised by Dr. Grégory Bulté and Dr. Steven Cooke.

The Laura Thomas internship allows one outstanding biology student to work in the lab of a leading researcher on real scientific issues. It is an extraordinary opportunity for undergraduate scientists, that wouldn’t exist without external support. Working alongside biology researchers, this 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate student will engage in controlled experiments, analyze data, discuss results and may contribute to the publication of the results. to learn more about the Laura Thomas internship, please visit this page.

Scott is currently pursuing a BSc, after completing a B.A. and M.A. and is passionate biology and conservation as well as fresh water ecology, herpetology, and ornithology. Scott is also working with the Cooke-Bulte labs at Queen’s University Biological Station. Scott is helping with two projects on Lake Opinicon currently; Dr. Grégory Bulté’s ongoing project in tagging and monitoring turtle populations, while also helping Carleton PhD candidate, Albana Berberi, with her project on researching boat collision risks with Northern Map turtles on Lake Opinicon.