- Master of Soil Science student
- University of Manitoba
- Supervisors: David Lobb and Annemieke Farenhorst
Johanna’s MSc project involves working with the Norway House Cree Nation to identify sediment sources in their drinking water supply and determine if the nearby 2-Mile Channel is a major contributor. She has a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree from the University of Manitoba. Johanna has focused her studies on water resources and was also part of the co-operative education program.
While working with Norway House Cree Nation, she co-ordinated a Health Canada project investigating mercury and hydrocarbon levels in the environment and traditional foods. Through this project, she did extensive soil, sediment, and water sampling throughout the community and conducted a traditional foods survey and hair sampling for the community members.
Johanna has gained extensive laboratory experience with analysis of water quality and sediment parameters through university work and co-op work placements. Through her undergraduate coursework, she has gained experience analyzing for multiple water quality parameters, including dissolved oxygen, mercury, hydrocarbons, phosphates and sulfates. Johanna’s co-op work placement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada also gave her extensive laboratory and field experience in water quality research. During this placement, she monitored for the environmental impacts of freshwater aquaculture on benthic invertebrate communities and analyzed sediments for particle size to identify impacts of cattle grazing on stream ecosystems.,p>
Through her co-op work placements, she has also gained extensive field work experience with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, where they continue to do research and monitoring for the environmental impacts of freshwater aquaculture on the benthic invertebrate community.
MES project: Johanna’s graduate work will involve developing water quality monitoring programs for long-term evaluation of point- and non-point source pollution impacting First Nations communities.
Download a PDF of her presentation
on the effects of the Two Mile Channel on Sedimentation and Contamination in Norway House Cree Nation Waters?
Here is a link to Johanna's thesis.