Current grant-funded research projects

Through innovation and collaboration, our researchers, faculty members, external partners and students are improving quality of life and strengthening our community, our province and our world. Explore some of our current research projects below (not all projects are listed). 


Internal funding





Improving Empathy for Addictions Clients using a Trauma-informed Immersive Experience
Aaron Eyjolfson
  • Funding for project: CARIF
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Aaron Eyjolfson (Instructor, Correctional Studies) and Tyler Heaton (Instructor, Virtual and Augmented Reality Program)
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In collaboration with local musician, Leeroy Stagger and award-winning playwright, Camille Pavlenko this project combines virtual reality technology, music, art, and a story about the role trauma often plays in opioid addiction. Some participants of this research project will immerse themselves in different visual and auditory narrative experiences using a VR headset, while others will watch the story unfold in a traditional cinematic experience or while reading about it in a news article. The researchers want to know if one particular narrative experience is more effective at improving empathy toward those that access the Lethbridge Supervised Consumption Site.

Intelligent Virtual Reality Environments: The Integration of AI and VR to enhance experiential learning for the Public Safety Industry
  • Dave Maze
    Funding for project: CARIF
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: George Gallant (Instructor, Digital Communications and Media); Stephen Graham (Chair, Computer Information Technology); and Dave Maze (Instructor, Criminal Justice)
  • Partners: Lethbridge Police Service
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The vast majority of calls made by police services in Alberta deal with public interactions that require officers to use time-tested and flexible communication skills, to deescalate difficult situations so they can be resolved without charges or apprehension. The challenge is, how can you effectively train officers to use these skills without the resources needed to set up live-action scenarios. Intelligent Virtual Reality Environments (IVE), investigates the efficacy of virtual reality (VR) 360-dgree video scenario training, where users will talk their way through a VR game and be scored based on their accuracy when verbalizing this script.

Effectiveness of a professional development program on teacher-child interactions
  • Funding for project: CARIF
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Hanako Shimamura (Instructor, Early Childhood Education)
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The proposed study will develop and deliver a professional development (PD) program for early years professionals in Lethbridge. The purpose of the study is two-fold: 1) to increase teachers’ knowledge about the important role that teacher-child interactions play in children’s learning; and 2) to elevate teachers’ specific skills in offering high-quality interactions with children with a particular focus on instructional support. To evaluate the effectiveness of a PD program on teacher-child interactions, the current study will employ a random assignment experimental design which utilizes a pre-test, professional development sessions and then a post-test.

Understanding Human Perceptions of Wildlife Interactions

This research is a piece of a much larger project on urban wildlife management being conducted in collaboration with the City of Lethbridge called Wild Lethbridge. Funding for various aspects of this larger project are coming form various different sources.


Can fertigation frequency affect nitrogen use efficiency and nitrate leaching loss?
  • Dr. Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi
    Funding for project: CARIF​
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi (Research Associate, Mueller Applied Research in Irrigation Science)
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Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) is becoming of increasing interest to irrigated field crop producers in Alberta. In addition to improving water use efficiency, SDI can be used for nutrient management during the growing season.

• There is no study on effect of fertigation frequency during growing season on nitrogen used efficiency and nitrate leaching loss. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of SDF for crops grown in Alberta.

• The results of the proposed study will help producers who operate SDI systems, or those who consider SDI, make evidence based decisions on SDF strategies for their crops.

Characterization of plants with antibiotic activity by chemical, biological and traditional knowledge approaches
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Dr. Sophie Kernéis
  • Funding for project: CARIF
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Sophie Kernéis (Instructor, Biological Sciences)
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The Plant Antibiotic Program at Lethbridge College is using its unique plant extract library to find new antibiotics to support farmers in Alberta.  Since December 2018 farmers can no longer use antibiotics as feed additives to raise cattle, poultry or pork. Our project focuses on the chemical characterization of the plant extracts, a novel testing method using morphology, and works with local First Nation communities to find new antibiotics.. 


External funding


The Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC)

The Integrated Agriculture Technology Centre (IATC) at Lethbridge College provides vital support for the agriculture industry through three key services: applied research; technical services and consulting; and education and training. These services are centred on LC’s core areas of expertise: Aquaculture, Crop Production, and Wet Processing and provide Ag-tech, greenhouse, aquaculture, and large-scale crop producers with access to, customized services for, and first-hand research data on unique technologies including integrated food production systems, aerobic bioreactors, dewatering techniques, waste treatment, water processing, precision irrigation and fertigation, agricultural engineering, automation and control systems, post-harvest technology, organoleptics, and food safety.


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Quality inspection of agri-food products using near-infrared (NIR) hyperspectral imaging
Dr. Chandra Singh, Applied Research Chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology

Southern Alberta has a rich diversity of crop production including wheat, canola, pulses, corn, potatoes, and sugar beets. The region generates over $3.11 billion in farm revenues and provides high quality raw material for over 120 established agri-food businesses located near Lethbridge, including many world-leading food processors. Robust quality measurement of agri-food products throughout the supply chain is critical, as required by food safety regulations and increased consumer demand for high quality and safe food.

The food processing industry is looking for rapid and non-destructive methods for quality and safety inspection. Near Infrared (NIR) Hyperspectral imaging is emerging as rapid, non-destructive and multi-analytical technology for quality and safety inspection of agri-food products with improved measurement accuracy. Hyperspectral imaging provides the spectral information in a spatially resolved manner; therefore, each pixel of a scanned sample has its own spectrum. The vast amount of compositional information along with spatial labeling, can be used for quality (texture, flavor, shape, nutritional value, and composition) and safety (chemical and microbial contamination, foreign material, impurity, and adulteration) inspection of agri-food products such as: cereals and other grains, meat, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and processed food.​

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Dimensions Pilot Program

Lethbridge College is making a commitment to identifying and improving its equity, diversity and inclusion on campus. The college is one of just 17 Canadian post-secondary institutions chosen for the Dimensions pilot program, a national initiative designed to foster transformational change within research bodies and post-secondary institutions.

The two-year project will see the college set up an internal self-assessment committee to evaluate what Lethbridge College is already doing to promote equity, diversity and inclusion, and identify areas in need of improvement. The goal of the program is to eliminate obstacles and inequalities in the research and post-secondary ecosystems to support equal access for all.

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Remote soil moisture data collection in southern Alberta

Despite the ability of soil moisture observations to significantly increase agricultural water use efficiency and provide important increases in yield and product quality, they remain under-utilised in irrigation water management in Southern Alberta. Jadler Industries and Random Acronym are producers of the FieldTracker Telemetry Device for remote field data monitoring. The FieldTracker was designed for industrial operations that require real-time observation and reporting of variables such as flow rate, water level, temperature, and water chemistry. Currently, Jadler Industries and Random Acronym are incorporating weather and soil moisture sensors into a package aimed at the agricultural industry in Southern Alberta. Soil moisture content is

measured indirectly by analyzing the behaviour of electric currents through soils. The base observations require multiple corrections before being translated to information that is relevant for farmers. Lethbridge College proposes to assist Jadler Industries and Random Acronym with this problem through an indoor experiment on a set of experimental soil bins. The goal of the experiment is to answer the following questions:

1.What level of correction and calibration is required for each of the selected sensors to provide an accurate and reliable output of soil moisture content?

2.Can calibration and transformation of VWC data to irrigation information be accomplished with a time series analysis method instead of laboratory experiment?

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Smart on-Farm Grain Storage and Management
Dr. Kenny Corscadden

Lethbridge College (LC) is building research capacity in postharvest technology to develop engineering solutions for minimizing postharvest losses of grains, horticulture, and tuber crops. Southern Alberta, which is among the most fertile and productive regions in Canada with diverse crop production including wheat, canola, pulses, corn, potatoes, sugar beets in addition to significant livestock and dairy production, generates farm revenues of over $3.11 billion. Southern Alberta farms provide high quality raw material for over 120 established agri-food businesses in the Lethbridge Region, including world leading food processors.

OPIsystems Inc. (Calgary, AB, Canada) is an advanced grain management technology company that provides hardware and software solutions to prevent spoilage of grain stored on-farm and at grain handling facilities. The company offers cloud-based on-farm grain storage monitoring (grain moisture and temperature) using sensing technology and automated aeration controls for drying and aeration of grain. The proposed grant will be used to improve automated aeration and grain drying fan control algorithms.

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​​​​​​Advancing Commercial Food Production Through Integrated Fish and Plant Systems to Meet the Needs of Industry and Community
Dr. Nick Savidov


With over 12 years of experience and expertise, Lethbridge College is a leader in Integrated Fish and Plant Systems (IFPS) research. Building on the success of its two-year CCI-IE, dedicated towards optimizing and expanding commercial aquaponics systems, the college has worked closely with aquaponics, aquaculture and greenhouse producers to identify critical issues facing the commercial food production sector in southern Alberta. To address these, Lethbridge College has taken a multi-disciplinary approach that also aligns with its strategic focus on agriculture. Accordingly, the objectives of the proposed activities centre on three main areas: food safety, consumer acceptance and economic return on investment (ROI). Each of these areas will drive projects that are specific to the needs of both industry and community that in turn will lead to commercialization opportunities.

The outcomes of the project will include knowledge transfer, skills development, and products and services. By year five, Lethbridge College fully expects to be able to adapt and transfer findings throughout the partnerships.

Agriculture and value-added agriculture are key aspects of the regional economy. If successful, funds from this proposal would bring tremendous impact to the community and would make southern Alberta a centrepiece of IFPS food production, demonstrating that rural communities can maintain a competitive advantage through economic diversification.


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The Emergence of the Transgender Child: Parent Politics and Social Change
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Dr. Jennifer Davis
  • Funding for the project: SSHRC Insight Grant​ ​
  • Project duration: 2017-2021
  • Principal Investigator: Dr. Jennifer Dyer, Memorial University.
  • Co-investigators: Dr. Jennifer Davis (Lethbridge College Instructor, General Studies); Dr. Julie James, Ryerson University; Dr. Ruth Koleszar-Green, York University; Dr. Kimberley Manning, Concordia University; Dr. Sarah Pickett and Dr. Julie Temple-Newhook, Memorial University; Dr. Annie Pullen-Sansfacon, University of Montreal


Recent research suggests that strong parental support of transgender youth dramatically reduces their otherwise extremely high risk of self-harm and suicide. The challenges that parents and caregivers face in supporting and advocating for a transgender child, however, are immense. This project is a national study of parent advocates of transgender children and youth. It has two objectives: 1) to explain both advocacy success and the ongoing challenges that parents face, and 2) to create new networks, organizational links, and templates for practice within rural and urban Canadian communities in which parents are advocating for their children.

Transgender children began to emerge in the Canadian public eye in 2013 when several originally independent initiatives simultaneously got underway in several parts of the country. In the space of a few short months, parents began speaking to the media, creating support networks, and lobbying to have laws changed. Resource mobilization theory, which focuses on external resources, and political process theory, which focuses on frames, offer partial explanations for this sudden burst in activity, but a shift in emotional response has also played a vital role. Many parents have moved from a position of anxiety, that gender non-conformity was a problem produced by parenting to a position of parental pride.

This project combines group auto-ethnography and participatory action research in four different regions across Canada. It involves qualitative interviews with parent advocates and a critical media analysis of representations of transgender youth and their families to better understand the phenomenon of parental advocacy. It approaches advocacy as a type of gendered work that involves a large commitment of time, energy, resources, and emotional labour and considers the many affective and ethically fraught challenges that parents of transgender children face, including public backlash. It also examines how gender and heteronormativity, whiteness, class, and urban privilege shape collective parental strategies. Thus it contributes to forging a new conversation about care work in social movements, and directly contributes to grassroots knowledge mobilization.



Sparking Interest in Literacy - Author Visits as a Tool to Enhance Learning, Motivation, and Connection
  • Funding for project: SSHRC Exchange
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Amy Hodgson-Bright (Instructor, General Studies)
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One or more Canadian authors of children and young adult literature will be invited to Lethbridge College to 1) speak to student writers in ENG1185 Writing for Children and Young Adults, and 2) provide a public talk to the Lethbridge College community or provide a writing workshop for interested members of the College community. Not only will this enhance students’ experiences as readers and writers, but it will also mobilize the wider Lethbridge College community to construct knowledge around literary practices.



Wildlife Connectivity and Community Attitudes

Wildlife and humans experience daily encounters. Some are positive while others are negative. Due to the large urban park system in the City of Lethbridge, we wish to investigate the nature of the relationship that residents of the city of Lethbridge have with the wildlife in their area. To this end, during the Summer of 2020 we will conduct door to door canvassing of city residents. Our results will help inform city planners of how to mitigate any conflicts that might arise and promote positive experiences between residents and wildlife.


Hearing Voices: Heteroglossia in the Era of Podcasting
  • Funding for project: SSHRC Explore
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Brent Cottle (Instructor, General Studies)
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In this project, I will explore how podcasting functions as a final outpost for democratic voices in the digital age.  Contrary to initial hopes, social media and website trade are places of corporate sponsorship and privacy being sacrificed to data-mining and monetization.  Podcasting, however, remains a place where non-professional and non-sponsored voices find a wide audience.  To explain these qualities of podcasting, I plan to use the literary ideas of Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin, specifically his idea of heteroglossic storytelling.  Heteroglossia, Bakhtin contends, is  a storytelling of layered voices, and where contradicting voices can occupy the same place.



Creating Opportunities for Lethbridge College Students' Writing and Publication: Launching a Student-Run Literary Magazine
  • Funding for project: SSHRC Explore​​
  • Project duration:  July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Amy Hodgson-Bright (Instructor, General Studies)
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The purpose of this project is to create a student-run campus literary magazine at Lethbridge College to showcase students' creative writing work, and provide those writers with opportunities to collaborate on the writing, editing, and publication of a magazine. It is my goal to co-create with students a 50-60 page first issue (print in the first year, expanding to print and digital in the second year). From this first issue, we will establish a series of best practices for creating and running a literary magazine through Lethbridge College to ensure its future success and expansion.




Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)

Towards climate-robust irrigation water management for potato production

This project will study five different potato fields in southern Alberta. The watering practices of two producers near Vauxhall, as well as farms near Bow Island, Chin and Taber, are being monitored. The diversity of fields allows researchers to study a variety of different soil types and topographies, which will give a holistic look at how moisture reacts with and affects potato crops. The research team will record how producers use their existing irrigation and available water sources and the outcome it has on crops in different parts of their fields.​


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Enhancing Science Adoption with Modern Communication Tools -Virtual Reality, 360-degree videos, Podcasts and Apps

Lethbridge College is proud to partner with Farming Smarter to develop 360 degree videos, virtual reality experiences, podcasts, and apps for agriculture education.  Our goal is take best practices and share these with other organizations to improve the adoption of science in agriculture, best management practices, and new technologies.​

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Enhancing Yield and Nutrient Use Efficiency of Crops under Subsurface Drip Fertigation in Southern Alberta
  • Dr. Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi
    Funding for project: Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) Adapting Innovative Solutions in Agriculture Program 
  • Project duration:  2019 to 2020
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Rezvan Karimi Dehkordi (Research Associate, Mueller Applied Research in Irrigation Science)
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Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) is gaining popularity in Alberta, currently covering 1,090 ha of field crop area. In addition to improving water use efficiency, SDI can be used for nutrient management during the growing season. Current analyses of subsurface drip fertigation (SDF) are largely based in the USA for corn, soybean, alfalfa, and cotton crops. This study aims to investigate the efficacy of SDF for crops grown in Alberta, e.g. canola, dry beans. The proposed on-farm study will help producers who operate or consider SDI systems assess the cost efficiency of SDF strategies for their crops.​

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Comparison of Traditional Crop Inputs and Biostimulants Application on Wheat, Canola and Peas in Alberta

Access to a plethora of micro-nutrients, plant growth hormones, mycorrhizae, pesticides and biostimulants have left crop producers overwhelmed with anecdotal claims of higher yielding crops and healthier soils. The proposed project aims to validate a selection of 4 full-package systems against conventional systems to determine feasibility. Over three years, each of these 4 systems will be applied to peas, canola, and wheat in Lethbridge, Forestburg, and Fahler. Plant response and economics will be studied and findings will be disseminated through planned KTT activities.​


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Lethbridge College Agriculture Science Farm Fair

The objective of this project is to increase student knowledge of the production, quality and safety of food. The intent is to present the scientific facts surrounding current agriculture concerns, explain the processes necessary for sustainable agriculture, the resources required to feed the world by 2050 and weave that with local industry and products they can relate with. Steps to implementation begin with development of College student presentations, coordination with local schools and industry to facilitate the Ag Sciences Farm Fair, and promotion using local media sources. 

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Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

The Centre for Sustainable Food Production
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The world needs to produce at least 50% more food to feed 9 billion people by 2050. However, climate change and the depletion of natural resources present significant challenges. There is urgent need to develop alternative sustainable food production systems, reduce organic waste and improve the efficacy of food systems at commercially viable scales. A CFI investment will enable Lethbridge College to create the Centre for Sustainable Food Production to help industry develop innovative technologies that: (1) convert manure and other wastes into highly efficient, soluble fertilizers; (2) improve the delivery of soluble fertilizers by optimizing fertigation systems; (3) improve organic crop production through optimized pest management (bio-pesticides); and (4) maximize greenhouse production through vertical aquaponics.

CFI funding will be used to construct a 10,000 sq. ft. research greenhouse and header house, purchase supporting laboratory equipment, greenhouse hardware, and fertigation technology. The greenhouse will provide a much needed validation tool, mirroring the exact conditions for commercial production and support research in the four identified pillars. This research aligns with the Alberta’s Research and Innovation Framework Action Plan 2017-2020, to reduce organic waste by 50% and support innovation targets to produce new, value-added products using agricultural waste. The outcomes will benefit Alberta’s farmers who produce 53 million tonnes of manure per year.

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Alberta Research Capacity Program (RCP)



Alberta Innovates

CareGiVR: Building Self-Efficacy in Dementia Care Through Immersive Education
Mike McCready, President's Applied Research Chair in Virtual and Augmented Reality

Lethbridge College's Spatial Technologies Applied Research and Training (START) initiative and Red Iron Labs have partnered to develop an immersive VR training platform for caregivers working with clients with dementia. Using motion and facial capture technologies, the platform will allow caregivers to interact with virtual clients and practice communication skills in a variety of highly realistic scenarios.


Smart Technology For Optimised Greenhouse Crop Production

With14.74 million ft2 of greenhouse space, the greenhouse sector in Alberta is the fourth largest greenhouse industry in Canada, after Ontario, BC, and Quebec. The industry has experienced bourgeoning growth in recent years thanks to consistently low natural gas prices. This has led to a highly competitive environment as greenhouse growers in Alberta are forced to look for innovative technologies such as: LED; advanced growing media; computer-controlled climate; integrated production, such as aquaponics; sensing technology; and more efficient water and nutrient management systems. The industry is under increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impact such as wastewater discharge and light contamination.

Lethbridge College (LC) has developed a unique expertise, which allows us to dramatically improve the water, nutrient, and energy efficiency of greenhouse operations. It is proposed that a new recirculating irrigation system based on sensing technology and artificial intelligence will be built and tested at LC’s Centre for Sustainable Food Production (CSFP) to improve water and nutrient efficiency for the Alberta greenhouse industry. An energy optimization model will conserve energy and improve the competitiveness of greenhouse operations in Alberta.


Smart in-bin grain storage and management system for optimum quality
  • Dr. Chandra Singh, Applied Research Chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology
    Funding for project: Smart Agriculture and Food Innovation Program
  • Project duration:  2020 to 2021
  • Lead Researchers: Dr. Chandra Singh
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Southern Alberta, which is among the most fertile and productive regions in Canada with diverse crop production including wheat, canola, pulses, corn, potatoes, sugar beets in addition to significant livestock and dairy production, generates farm revenues of over $3.11 billion. Southern Alberta farms provide high quality raw material for over 120 established agri-food businesses in the Lethbridge Region, including world leading food processors.

Due to adverse weather condition during harvest season, Southern Alberta famers have suffered losses of more than $750 million in 2019 harvest season as per the Team Alberta report. Therefore, there is an increasing need for advancing research in postharvest handling and storage of grains to minimize the losses. With advancement in postharvest technology, framers can start early harvest to minimize adverse weather effect and properly manage the grain in-storage with minimum spoilage risk.

Crops can be harvested as soon as they reach physiological maturity (typically 4-5% above safe storage limit) and dried in-bin using natural air with supplemental heat (low temperature heater). New postharvest management technologies including sensors, internet of things (IOT), wireless data transfer, cloud based monitoring and automation can significantly reduce postharvest losses of grains and beets and improve the quality. Grain/beet moisture and temperature are the two most critical factors that affect the long term storability. In this project, sensing technology will be used to monitor in-bin grain storage condition and grain will be dried using advanced automated fan and heater control.

Smart irrigation through observation and prediction

Increasing water use efficiency through site-specific irrigation management is an important tool in ongoing regional development of high-value agricultural products in Southern Alberta. Variable Rate Irrigation is an important technology in achieving this, but the uptake of said technology is low and its use suboptimal. In this project we propose to integrate various types of sensors to develop a model-based, closed-loop irrigation system that is based on the spatial distribution of soil moisture and crop water availability. We will include microwave radiometers for moisture mapping, point sensors, and simulation models to automatically create maps of irrigation amounts through data fusion. This would be a big step forward in reaching the full potential of VRI technology.​


Other Funding

Wild Lethbridge

The City of Lethbridge has an extensive suite of parks that run through the entire length of its deeply incised river valley system. There are 1600 Hectares of parks with 177 km of paved trails and 57 km of gravel trails. This, along with multiple green spaces and strips within the city, is considered to represent the 3rd largest city park system in Canada.

A number of these parks support substantial components of the native, natural, coulee ecosystem of Southern Alberta. Currently, there are many and varied physical obstacles to wildlife movement, including roads, bridges, gravel pits, urban infrastructure, gaps between parks, as well as habitat interruptions and degradation between and within these parks. In addition, much of the wildlife that use the parks, also use a variety of other green spaces within and about the city. These include green strips/boulevards, inner city parks and golf courses. It is known that all of these serve to provide movement corridors and habitat for a variety of species. The wildlife in question includes a number of species at risk. In addition, wildlife movement in and around the city can and does create safety conflicts between wildlife and citizens.

With this in mind, Lethbridge College and The City of Lethbridge Parks Department have developed a long term partnership. Lethbridge College will endeavour to use a combination of research projects and citizen science in a number of ways. In general, researchers (both faculty and students) will develop and use a precision, three dimensional landscape model (aerial photography and lidar based) and ground truthing plan. They will then identify and classify the physical obstacles and habitat interruptions throughout the system. They will also track selected indicator species via radio/gps tracking and other methods, in order to help determine how wildlife use the parks and the urban interface (including road crossings), as well as which features are truly obstacles to wildlife movement.

The Wild Lethbridge citizen science app and web site for smart phones will be an integral part of the wildlife observation and movement data that will help us to achieve the most comprehensive knowledge possible. We will be relying upon what we perceive to be a strong interest on the part of our citizens to help us to understand and hopefully, successfully manage at least some of the issues unique to a city with a substantial wildlife presence.

We would ultimately use all of this information to develop recommendations and methods for improved physical and habitat connectivity between and within the parks and the urban environment. These recommendations might include anything from the re-establishment of missing/damaged habitat to construction of physical structures to improve connectivity and/or avoid traffic conflicts. In addition to all of this, the research projects are designed to provide real world, practical opportunities for the education and development of our students at Lethbridge College.

EarthRenew Greenhouse Trials

EarthRenew is conducting greenhouse trials at Lethbridge College to determine how EarthRenew fertilizers will impact plant germination rates. Using Lethbridge College’s sophisticated greenhouse research facilities for the trials, results are expected to be available by early summer 2020. Trials will utilize barley and peas as test subjects to obtain results for both broad acre and specialty crops.​



Henderson Lake Phoslock Project

Lethbridge College is conducting phoslock sampling and separate water quality analysis at Henderson Lake for the City of Lethbridge.​