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Brittany Rundle Germain

Master of Environmental Science

Applying a Hydrologic Classification Approach to Low Gradient Boreal Watersheds

10:00 am pm, Thursday 4th May, 2017

A258, North Bay Campus, Nipissing University


 The Attawapiskat River catchment makes up a ~57,000 km2 area in Ontario’s Far North extending from Precambrian Shield headwaters through the Hudson Bay Lowlands (HBL) ecozone to the coast. The region is peatland dominated and the low gradient, large expanses require further analysis and study to address uncertainties about their variations in hydrologic response. Recent hydrologic or catchment classification studies aim to assess broad-scale hydrologic systems in terms of smaller ‘building blocks’ to help develop hypotheses of how hydrologic systems function within specific terrains, but few if any have focused on low gradient peatland dominated systems. This study applies Principal Component Analysis (PCA) to representative catchments within the HBL ecozone, the Boreal Shield and the transition between the two in the Attawapiskat River watershed to assess hydrologic similarity based on physical, climatic and hydrologic characteristics. Different assessments of hydrologic similarity between catchments were made based on the combination of metrics/characteristics included in seven scenarios. Physical and terrain-based characteristics grouped catchments by physiographic region (HBL, transition zone and Shield), while hydrologic characteristics (i.e. tracer and flow-based metrics) grouped catchments both by physiographic region and partly by groundwater influence. Physical and terrain-based characteristics were found to exhibit the most control on the PC-space while hydrologic characteristics provided additionally important details about source water contributions to overall catchment hydrology. This study illustrates the importance of tracer-based/flow metrics in hydrologic similarity analyses.

 Tiffany Roberts

Doctor of Philosophy

A Case Study:  The School Experiences Of Children With Life-Threatening Food-Induced Allergies And Anaphylaxis As Perceived By Children, Parents, Teachers, And A School Administrator

1:00 pm, Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

B217, North Bay Campus, Nipissing University


The purpose of my qualitative case study research was to examine the perceptions of children/teens, parents, teachers, and administrators around the school experiences of students with life-threatening food-induced allergies and anaphylaxis. In addition, I wondered how participants‘ lived experiences might serve to ameliorate educational policies and practices in schools so that all students who have food allergies and anaphylaxis can feel safe, cared for, and be available for learning.

Using a purposive sample of convenience (Merriam, 1998), 10 participants (including 3 children/teens, 4 parents, 2 teachers, and 1 administrator), were invited and agreed to participate in audio-recorded in-depth individual interviews around my study topic. My interpretation and analysis of interview data depicted complex connections between and among the following themes: allergy identity, safe-care strategies, labels and labelling, allergy communications, and ethical disconnects. Three recurring subthemes—time, trust, and transition also emerged and are thread throughout. At times, intense emotions punctuate the discourse as empathetic signposts for the reader. I conclude the study with suggestions for families and school communities so all might better support the physical, social, emotional, and academic needs of those living with life-threatening food allergies and anaphylaxis. 



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