Undergraduate 4th Year Thesis Projects

The Honours Research Project is a key component of the fourth year of the program and provides the opportunity to do original research in Environmental Science.

Conservation Science

  • Characterizing the Alvars of the Stony Swamp Conservation Area, Ottawa, ON
  • Development of a national fish passage inventory for Canada: Rationale, Approach, Utility, and Potential Applicability to other regions
  • Is the Beaufort shelf of value to a foraging gray whale?
  • Biological effectiveness of an inexpensive nature-like bypass for passage of warmwater fish in a small Ontario stream
  • “Airing on the side of Caution”: Linking the Physiological Status of Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)With Behaviour and Fate Following Catch-and Release Angling
  • White Spruce Establishment and Regeneration in the Mackenzue Delta Region, NWT
  • Do Body Size and Fecundity Predict the size of a Landscape?
  • The effect of shoreline recreation angling activities on aquatics and riparian habitat within an urban environment: implications for conservation and management
  • Movement Patterns of Downstream Migrating Eels near hydroelectric dams in the lac des chats stretch of the Ottawa River
  • Understanding the consequences of lost or discarded soft plastic lures on fish and aquatic ecosystems
  • Role of predators and post release predation of the fate of animals discarded by commercial and recreational fisheries
  • Does the provision of basking platforms assist the recovery of the turtles captured as bycatch in a ryke net fishery? An evaluation using blood physiology and a reflex impairment index
  • The influence of hook size and style on the survival of  bluegill when the line is cut for deeply hooked fish

Air, Water and Soil Pollution

  • Evaluating the effects of Noise disturbance from recreational boating activities on the cardiovascular physiology of largemouth Bass (Micropterus Salmoides)
  • Effect of agricultural land-use on the water quality of the Bonnechere River Watershed
  • The Chemistry and toxicology of nitric oxide, nitrogen oxide and ozone and their impacts on the health of the population in Ottawa

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

  • The effect of temperature and moisture on carbon and nitrogen mineralization in permafrost affected peat soil from Norman Wells, NWT.
  • James Lake and Northland Pyrite Mine Site Re-Assessment: An analysis of Benthic Sediments and Water Chemistry
  • Heavy metal accumulation in the common cuttlefish (Sepia Officinalis) and environmental science in a developing country
  • A preliminary environmental assessment of a parcel of land located in ottwa, Ontario, owned by Carleton University, to initiate research into its possible uses for pedagogical purposes
  • The influence of fluctuating ramping rates on aquatic invertebrate feeding fish species on boreal rivers
  • Mercury concentrations in the eggs of four Canadian Arctic-Breeding Shorebirds show no relationship to their population status
  • Stable Isotope Analysis of Water Seepage in the O-train Tunnel, Ottawa, Canada
  • Urbanization’s hydrological impact on local rivers in Ottawa, Ontario Canada
  • The impact of white-tailed deer (Odocoileu Virginianus) on herbaceous Understorey Vegetation in Murphy’s Point Provincial Park
  • Early Succession on Tailing Sites in Cobalt, Ontario
  • A 2900-Year record of forest fire history from macroscopic charcoal preserved in lake sediment, Southern Yukon Territory
  • Characterization of Field DNAPL from a Contaminated Site in Ottawa, ON
  • Is nutritional condition in the fall correlated with over wintering activity of wild largemouth bass, Micropterus Salmoides?

Climate and Atmospheric Research

  • Climate change and its Relation to Carbon Dioxide
  • Evidence and Impacts of Climate Warming in Arctic Regions
  • The urban heat island in the city of Ottawa
  • Northern Circumpolar communities managing and responding to Climate Change in the arctic
  • Analysis of long-term carbon accumulation in an arctic fen
  • The Paleolimnology of Haynes Lake, Ontario: Tracking land-use and climate changes
  • Climate growth response of Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum) and Red Oak (Quercus Rubra) Trees in Gatineau Park, Quebec
  • The Climatic Signal preserved in early and latewood ring width of Jack Pine (Pinus Banksiana) in Yellowknife, NWT.

Water Science

  • Determination of Free Nickel Ion in water by Ion-Exchange Technique
  • The camoebians (Arcellaceans) as indicators of Land-Use change in Teapot Lake, Brampton, Ontario
  • A comparision of freshwater fish communities in three watersheds of the Lake Huron drainage basin
  • Is evaporation a viable technique for sufficiently concentrating Pb and Zn in waters to enable isotpe analyses:  a test using Bog waters from McIlevena Bay Mining Site
  • Hydrogeological characterization of a glaciofluvial aquifer near Joe’s Lake in Lavant Township, Ontario
  • Thecanoebians (arcelleceae) as low pH indicators in a pyrite mining contaminated lake, Northeastern Ontario

Energy and Mineral Resources

  • Volcanology and geochemistry of Soda Lakes Maar Volcanoes, Fallon Nevada
  • Characterization of the groundwater Geochemical Signature of Rock Formation in the Lachute and Laval Regions, QC. Canada
  • History and Statistical Analysis of Gasoline Prices
  • Identification of the Cavern Thermal Energy Storage Potential in Cobalt, Ontario
  • Potential of the Stellarton Basic for the Application of Cavern Thermal Energy Storage
  • Hydrogeological analysis of the Central mineralized zone of the Yava Deposit, Cape Breton County, Nova Scotia
  • The Biometeorology of an Oilsands reclamation site, Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • Biofuel powered micro cogeneration: Is it a suitable means of household energy production in Canada?
  • Wind speed trends and implications for wind power potential in the southern Canadian provinces

Agroecossytems and Food Security

  • Host Plant Recognition of the Lily Leaf Beetle Lilioceris Lilli
  • Potential Application of Molecular Imprinting Technology for Online Micro-Solid Phase extraction of Four Estrogenic
  • Compounds Through Analysis by High Performance Liquid Chromatography with Fluorescence Detection
  • Assessing DNA damage in Frogs Inhabiting Agricultural Areas of Southwestern Ontario, Canada
  • One Potato, Two Potato: A comparative Energetics Lifecycle analysis of frozen and homemade french fries
  • The Effects of the Fungicide Azoxystrobin on Four Non-Crop Terrestrial Plant Species
  • Effects of Residue Input on the Microbial Activity in Tilled and No-Till Soils
  • The response of moss carbon dioxide exchange to fertilizer treatments in a drought year
  • The relationship between weeds and arthropods in conventional crop field in Eastern Ontario
  • Conparison of tractor fuel consumption with different biodiesel blends
  • Assessing the reliability of Farmers’ Perceptions of Crop Loss to Estimate White-Tailed Ddeer (odocoileus Virginianus) Densities in Lanark County
  • Effect of organics and inorganic dispersant on rheological behaviour of Champlain sea clay at different range of pore water salinities