The objectives of the DUC-MBNA Canada Bank® Conservation Fellowship are to develop talented young professionals who are dedicated to furthering the conservation of wetlands and wildlife, and to advance the scientific understanding of waterfowl and wetland biology in Canada.
This fellowship has been awarded to Reyd Smith, a PhD student at Carleton University, for her research on effects of oil contamination on seabirds in Nunatsiavut. Although large oil spills often catch the media and public’s attention, smaller-scale spills and chronic leaks can also impact local wildlife, including through sub-lethal exposure. For example, oil exposure may alter gene expression, with downstream effects on reproductive success. In collaboration with the Nunatsiavut

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