First University College of the North transfer students graduate
Two recent graduates Michel Leclaire (B. Env. Sc. (Hons.) May 2013) and Nick Kosmenko (B. Env. Sc. (Hons.) May 2013) were the first students to have completed their degrees as part of a University College of the North (UCN) transfer agreement with the Riddell Faculty and the University of Manitoba. This initiative is open to graduates of the two Year Natural Resource Management Technology Diploma from University College of the North who may apply for admission into the Bachelor of Environmental Science program in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources. Successful applicants will be granted 60 credit hours of transfer credit on admission towards the completion of the 120 credit hour Bachelor of Environmental Science degree.
Michel completed his NRMT diploma in 2010 focusing on water resources and fisheries conservation. Once at the University of Manitoba, he took part in three different research projects with Fisheries and Oceans. All three projects took him to northern Canada where he worked on population assessments of northern salmonids. These projects not only gave Michel a better understanding of the unique challenges of northern fieldwork, but also showed him the full range of ecosystem complexities that surround environmental research. He is currently working on his Master of Science once again with Fisheries and Oceans at the University of Manitoba in which he is examining the cisco species complex to determine the subtle differences of these species found in Great Bear Lake.
Having completed his NRMT diploma, Nick Kosmenko worked for three summers as a resource officer for Manitoba Conservation in Snow Lake, Thompson, and Flin Flon. He subsequently took a position as a wildlife assistant once again for Manitoba Conservation in Dauphin and then worked for Tolko Industries in The Pas as a forest surveyor. While at the University of Manitoba, Nick was also a Bison athlete in the University’s cross country and track and field teams. Upon graduation, he enrolled in the Environmental Science M.Sc. program at the University of Windsor. Nick’s research focuses on the ecological, morphometric, physiological, and behavioural traits of fish and their rates of respiration and consumption. This will form the basis of a predictive model to estimate potential trophic impact of introduced species.