2016 Images of Research Finalists

The Images of Research competition is a new, unique opportunity for Graduate Students at the University of Lethbridge to display their research, scholarly and artistic work. The aim of the competition is to provide graduate students with an artistic alternative to highlight their work, as a way to celebrate the diverse research occuring at uLethbridge. Students were asked to submit an image, along with an explanatory abstract that would inform the community about their research and why it matters.  In our inaugural year the School of Graduate Studies recieved 12 outstanding submissions!

Anonymyized submissions were assessed by a multidisciplinary panel of judges utilizing the following criteria in order to select our first and second place finishers:

1) Aesthetic appeal and creativity of image;

2) Research connection; and 

3) Clarity of the abstract

The people's choice winner was selected by viewers of the 2016 online gallery.

The School of Graduate Studies and Graduate Students' Association would like to thank all of the expert judges and everyone who submitted their work to the inaugural competition. Following deliberation by our panel, the following submissions were selected as the 2016 Images of Research winners. 

First Place

The Invisible Life of Trees, by Gordon Logie (MSc, Geography)

This image shows the Helen Schuler Nature Centre and Indian Battle Park, bounded by the Crowsnest Highway to the left and Whoop-up Drive to the right.  Running down the middle is the Lethbridge Viaduct.  The image was created by sensing infrared light, invisible to the human eye.  In the image, infrared light is shown as red, red light shown as green, and green light shown as blue.  Vegetation appears dominantly red because it reflects much more infrared light that visible light.  Depending on the health of the vegetation, its reflectance properties change.  By measuring the amount of reflected infrared and visible light, we can estimate a variety of parameters related to vegetation health and function.  This image was acquired by myself in August of 2014 using cameras mounted on a light aircraft.  My research will contribute to monitoring the health and status of trees along the Oldman River.

Second Place

Awaiting the Dawn by Dave McCaffrey (MSc, Geography)

West Castle is one of the many important headwaters regions in Alberta. Snow that accumulates there over the winter feeds spring runoff, providing life-giving water across the prairies. In the mountains, the rate of snowmelt is closely related to vegetation cover, which is why I study shifts in elevation of treelines.  This image was taken with a technique known as digital hemispheric photography. A fish-eye lens generates a high contrast, full sky image of the forest, which is used to estimate the amount sunlight that penetrates the canopy and contributes to snowmelt. For ideal light conditions, these photographs must be taken in the hour before dawn, which made for many chilly morning hikes. As the sun prepares to rise over Rainy Ridge (the mountain on the right), I imagine these fir trees and I sharing the same desire, awaiting the first warm rays of the morning. 

People's Choice

Hairy and Vicious Invader by Diana Maria Wilches Correal (MSc, Biological Sciences)

This is a larva of Khapra beetle, a quarantine pest for Canada, US and Australia. It is one of the most invasive and most destructive insect pests of stored-products. The larvae can go into diapause, which allows them to tolerate years of starvation, high doses of insecticides and extreme temperatures. As part of my research, I assess Khapra beetle's tolerance to extreme temperatures and its associated bacteria, which may enhance its tolerance to extreme environments.