Household waste, marmot and CORE issues examined

Three UVic students are among the 10 recipients of the second annual B.C. Environmental Research Scholarships, each worth $7,500.

Lorie Zorn, a masters of arts in economics candidate, will use her scholarship to continue her research into whether a user-pay policy affects the amount of household waste generated in the Capital Regional District. Zorn is trying to locate and collect data from different area municipalities to compare residents' behaviour before and after the introduction of the policy to charge more to pick up extra cans of garbage. She will also study how residents react when presented with different choices of waste disposal.

Colin Laroque, a geography doctoral candidate, is using tree ring analysis to help develop an assessment procedure to determine where best to relocate the highly-endangered Vancouver Island marmot. The marmots are threatened by a dwindling food supply and by climate change causing forests to invade the marmots' natural meadow habitat.

Maria Barnes, a psychology doctoral candidate, is evaluating participation in the Commission on Resources and the Environment (CORE) process, as a result of her interest in how various groups participate in key decisions in the province. Barnes' research into how people are invited to participate, who is and isn't invited, and who, within those groups, actually makes it to the negotiating table, will form the basis for her dissertation. She hopes the results culled from her research will be applicable to decision-making committees outside of CORE and serve as a model for other groups.

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