Authentic Research Experience for University of the Fraser Valley Undergraduate Students through the Global Rivers Observatory.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Steven J Marsh1, Sharon Louise Gillies1, Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink2, Britta Voss2, Alida Janmaat1, Ashleigh Yakemchuk1, Sophie Smith1, Audrey Faber1, Rosalie Luymes1, Audrey Epp1, Michelle Christine Bennett1, Jenna Fanslau1, Bryce Downey1, Brayden Wiebe1, Helena VanKoughnett1, Garrett Macklam-Harron1 and Jocelyn Herbert1, (1)University of the Fraser Valley, Abbotsford, BC, Canada, (2)Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA, United States
The University of the Fraser Valley has undertaken the time series sampling of water chemistry of the Fraser River at Fort Langley, British Columbia, Canada as a member of the Global Rivers Observatory (GRO, www.globalrivers.org) which is organized by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Woods Hole Research Center. In addition, we have been afforded the opportunity to undertake a time series sampling of Fraser Valley tributaries of the Fraser River. These small salmon bearing streams are being threatened by increased urbanization within their watersheds and runoff from agricultural activity. Students in upper level courses and individual research students have had the opportunity to become involved in GRO research projects. These students have been instructed in the sampling protocol and techniques and have become more aware of the threats to both local streams and the Fraser River watershed. Additionally, individual research students have been able to develop their own research projects within the larger project and present their findings at academic conferences. They have also been involved in peer-reviewed publications as co-authors of research papers.