Three master of science students in environmental science at Thompson Rivers University have received Jake McDonald Memorial Scholarships from the British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation.
The trio consists of Chantelle Gervan, who is studying invertebrate response to mine reclamation, Ashley Fischer, whose research focuses on investigating topsoil stockpiles and native soil inoculations, and Brandon Williams, who is studying the use of prescribed burns as a reclamation tool for mine sites.
A fourth scholarship went to UBC student Bilawal Soomro, an undergraduate mining engineering student involved in a research project to investigate the ability of mine tailings to directly capture carbon dioxide.
The British Columbia Technical and Research Committee on Reclamation originated in the early 1970s to increase government-industry communication in the area of environmental protection and reclamation.
Membership is drawn from industry, provincial and federal government agencies, exploration and mining associations and universities and colleges.
It sponsors the annual BC Mine Reclamation Symposium and studies on reclamation-related issues.