ACA Biodiversity Grants logo Student using a cordless drill and hole saw to collect bark-samples that contain mountain pine beetles Once winter ticks start feeding on elk, magpies may try to catch a meal and a ride Wood frogs breed very early in the spring, often while there is still snow on the ground Student holding a large female rainbow trout

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The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program for graduate students is funded by the Alberta Conservation Association and operated through the Alberta Cooperative Conservation Research Unit - a partnership between the University of Alberta, the University of Calgary and the University of Lethbridge. With the announcement of the 2015 recipients, the 21 year old ACA Grants in Biodiversity has now awarded over $4.5 million dollars to 444 graduate student researchers. The research supported by the ACA Grants in Biodiversity ultimately aims to conserve, protect and enhance Alberta's fish, wildlife and natural habitats.


2015 Winners Announced

March 23, 2015 – The ACA Grants in Biodiversity program is pleased to announce that 21 graduate student projects will share $231,575 of funding this year. Projects ranged from bee conservation, to use of a wasp as a biocontrol agent, to the prevention of bear-train collisions. A wide range of other topics were funded including deer mating tactics, optimizing forest harvesting to maintain diversity, and the effect of wastewater on native fish. The study of Alberta's flora and fauna will benefit from research expertise from universities across Canada this year. Fifteen of the awards went to students working towards Masters degrees, with the remaining six awards going to PhD candidates.

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