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.
Caleb Sinn, Program Manager
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 Manager.
Kurstyn Cappis, LakeWatch Technician
Kurstyn’s love for lakes began as a child where she spent many summers at Pigeon Lake with her family and has continued on as an adult, through always searching for new lakes to set up a tent by. She graduated from the University of Alberta in 2015 with a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences and a major in Conservation Biology. She has spent time working on projects involved with invasive species monitoring, developing land management plans and wildlife rehabilitation. She is looking forward to learning more about aquatic ecosystems this summer and sharing her passion of the outdoors with all of the volunteers.
Dominic Wong, LakeWatch Technician
Dominic’s interest in freshwater restoration has flourished over the years, and began where he grew up by the Pacific Ocean. He graduated from the King’s University in 2016 with a B.Sc. in Biology as well as Conservation Biology Diploma from NAIT in May 2022. He spent the summer of 2015 researching sculpin species association with freshwater environmental quality in the Manistee watershed in Michigan, USA. He also spent three summers at Elk Island National Park doing public education about wildlife and conservation. Dominic looks forward to the exciting learning opportunities while water monitoring and sharing stories with lake volunteers as he travels to various Alberta lakes in summer 2022.