As an environmental science student from Jamaica, I did extensive research on degraded coral reefs along the northern coast of the island. My past experience made it easier to engage in the research at the Squamish Estuary. Working along coastal communities can be fun as there is rich biodiversity in the area. This is clearly seen newly restored site along the Squamish Estuary.
Now why are we interested in this site? The only visible feature is a cleared area old log sorting facility as seen in the photograph below. I wanted to understand the physical properties of the soil as this will shed light on factors such as particle size. This data would allow us to know whether this brown unattractive area will once again return to an area which is fully vegetated and one that we can enjoy during our evening walks.
Jhanelle is an environmental science student at Quest University with a focus on soil and water quality. She is excited to work with the Squamish Watershed Society in the estuary soils as this provides the basic understanding for the fate and transportation of contaminants in soils. Furthermore seeing that this a relatively new restoration project, understanding the physical characteristics of the soil is central for advancing in the development of the site. Stay tuned for the interesting research forthcoming!