Each year ALMS hires field technicians to conduct LakeWatch’s water quality monitoring. Field technicians have a technical diploma or degree in environmental sciences or a related field, and receive a month of training with ALMS and Environment and Parks Environmental Monitoring and Science Division. Here is our 2020 LakeWatch team:
Ryan Turner, LakeWatch Technician
Ryan grew up in rural Alberta and has a great appreciation for our natural environments. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, hunting, and fishing. Ryan graduated from MacEwan University in 2019 with a B.Sc in Biology, focusing on freshwater ecology and invertebrate zoology. He is very excited to be learning and working with ALMS and its volunteers this summer. Ryan is grateful for the opportunity to continue developing his knowledge and skills in limnology and to contribute to the stewardship of Alberta’s freshwater environments.
Kyra Ford, LakeWatch Technician
Kyra graduated from the University of Alberta in 2020 with a B.Sc. in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology. Throughout her undergraduate degree she did research for the Edmonton Urban Coyote Project and she spent a semester at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in B.C. studying marine biology. In 2019, Kyra was a summer student with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry where she monitored the water quality of small agricultural streams, and she is eager to expand her knowledge of freshwater ecosystems. She looks forward to working with our excellent team of volunteers and exploring Alberta’s lakes as a LakeWatch technician this summer.
Caleb Sinn, Program Coordinator
Caleb’s passion for freshwater ecology developed after spending many summers throughout his childhood at Gull Lake, exploring Alberta’s mountain national parks, and fishing in southern British Columbia. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 2019 with a B.Sc. double-major in Biology and Chemistry, and focused his studies specifically on community and freshwater ecology, environmental chemistry, and analytical chemistry. He also spent two years working on freshwater ecology projects ranging from mountain lake sampling to cyanobacteria monitoring and algal pigment analysis at the University of Alberta. Caleb was a LakeWatch technician in the summer of 2019, and looks forward to coordinating lake monitoring projects and public outreach across Alberta as the ALMS Program Coordinator.