Many regions in the Canadian Prairies and American Midwest are managing declining water resources, lower snowfall volumes and less predictable precipitation events. With the impacts of changing climate beginning to become more evident and impactful on our behaviours, livelihoods, and economic development and sustainability, what are some of the innovations and research activities at the University of Lethbridge that are helping to improve resource awareness, management, and conservation? Through this presentation, we seek a discussion about the challenges, constraints, and competing interests that are making water management increasingly difficult and important for southern Alberta.
Speaker: Dr Dena McMartin
Dr Dena McMartin is an environmental and agricultural engineer (PEng, PAg), faculty member, and Vice-President (Research) at the University of Lethbridge. She is a leading researcher focused on rural, agricultural, and industrial water resources management and treatment, as well as impacts of freshwater climate extremes on communities and economies. Dena joined the U of L in summer 2021, having previously served in academic leadership and faculty roles at both University of Saskatchewan and University of Regina. She is an enthusiastic advocate for research, innovation, scholarship and creative activities and also deeply involved with diversity and inclusion work in academia and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).