Exploring the Possibilities
Alanna is a recent graduate of the Masters of Environment and Sustainability program at Western University. During her co-operative education placement, Alanna worked at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in Climate Change (MOECC) in their Algal and Nutrient Monitoring lab. Throughout the 4-month internship, she developed an instructional booklet for Environmental Officers responding to algal blooms to standardize the process of collecting and submitting bloom samples. The majority of her time at the MOECC was spent processing algal samples using the FlowCAM, particularly looking at quantifying cyanobacteria within a sample. Alanna also developed training materials and a standard operating procedure for the FlowCAM with the hope that this technology will one day be incorporated into the Ministry’s bloom-response protocol.