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A yellow signs declare a park is closed due to COVID

The Conversation: Reopen recreation spaces after COVID-19 for the good of the public, not the individual

January 8, 2021 — 
Yet the lessons from our first reopening strategies last spring make it clear that we have a number of very important questions arising about leisure, recreation and public space

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University of Manitoba assistant professor P. Durkin (right) studies sedimentary layers at Oldupai Gorge, Tanzania with local Maasai employees (left). Photograph: Stephen Hubbard

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources News

Our early ancestors utilized unstable environments two million years ago

January 8, 2021 — 
Their findings, recently published in Nature Communications, include 2-million-year-old stone tools excavated from ancient river- and lake-bed sediments. Their results demonstrate that early humans were able to colonize a diverse range of environmentally changing habitats.

An exemplary skull of a gorgonopsian collected from Zambia in 2018 and currently at the Burke Museum of Natural History. The upper canine of this specimen is broken and would have extended below the lower jaw. Photo credit: Brandon Peecook

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources News

UM researcher part of team that finds surprising connection between dinosaurs and mammals

December 23, 2020 — 
Kirstin Brink is part of a team that discovered that gorgonopsians, early ancestors to mammals and not related to dinosaurs, have very similar tooth structure to carnivorous dinosaurs.

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Research and International News

Meet Nicole Wilson, the new Canada Research Chair in Arctic Environmental Change and Governance.

December 16, 2020 — 
Community-based research approach working with partners

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Eleven new Canada Research Chairs awarded to UM faculty

December 16, 2020 — 
New CRC research explores a range of health, social and science fields

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Arctic shrub Betula nana Northern Alaska; Photo: Agata Buchwal

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources News

Declining Arctic sea ice drives divergent arctic shrub growth

December 15, 2020 — 
Arctic sea ice has been in steep decline over the last two decades. Meanwhile, tundra shrub abundance has been increasing in many regions of the Arctic.

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Optical measurement of a melt pond; Photo: Pierre Coupel

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources News

Synthesis study demonstrates phytoplankton can bloom below Arctic sea ice

November 19, 2020 — 
Until roughly a decade ago, most scientists assumed that phytoplankton remained in a sort of stasis throughout the winter and spring until sea ice break-up. Now there is a growing body of evidence that suggests under-ice blooms (UIBs) of phytoplankton can occur in low-light environments below sea ice.

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Dr. Stephan Pflugmacher Lima

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources News

New Riddell Faculty Dean excited for the future

November 9, 2020 — 
When Dr. Stephan Pflugmacher Lima was growing up in Augsburg, a city close to Munich in Bavaria, Germany, he didn’t think moving to Manitoba would be in his future.

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Max Sandred, Faculty of Architecture, won in the Creative Works category for his poster project 'Theatres of architectural imagination.'

Research and International News

Making research accessible to a broader audience

November 2, 2020 — 
Students demonstrate knowledge translation skills in Undergraduate Research Poster Competition

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Rendering of the Churchill Marine Observatory

Wpg Free Press: UM researchers racing to protect Arctic from an inevitable oil spill

November 2, 2020 — 
With the possibility of an ice-free summer in the Arctic in the near future, understanding how oil behaves in an Arctic ecosystem is critical

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