SES - 2021 Virtual Graduate Student Conference

The School of Environmental Sciences Graduate Student council presents

2021 Virtual Graduate Student Conference

Keynote speakers 

Dr. Simone Härri (she/her) (@SimoneHaerri), Communications Manager for the School of Environmental Sciences, University if Guelph, will give a virtual talk/workshop on "Three key principles when sharing science with the general public”.

Simone came to the University of Guelph more than a decade ago as a post-doctoral researcher studying climate change impacts on tri-trophic interactions. Over the years, her focus shifted from research to teaching and science communication. 


Jennifer Marvin (@jrm_librarian), Research & Scholarship Librarian of the Data Resource Centre of the University of Guelph, will give a virtual talk on "Tips for Effective Knowledge Translation Using Data Visualizations".

Jennifer is a librarian on the Research and Scholarship team in the University of Guelph.   She has 20 years of experience in providing GIS and data support.  Her current focus is data visualization, and text analysis.  She is excited by the exploration of new tools and how they can uncover patterns, and information that would be otherwise hidden or very difficult to find. 



Note: Youtube videos will be available for viewing starting May 27. All the presentations and posters will be shared on Twitter @UofG_SES and @SESGSC


9:00 – 10:00 Dr. Simone Härri (@SimoneHaerri): “Three key principles when sharing science with the general public”

Morning Presentations

10:00 - 10:30 Francis Durnin-Vermette, "Improving Ontario's modelling estimations of soil organic carbon sequestration in manure-amended croplands". Watch presentation here. Advisor: Dr. Adam Gillespie

10:30 - 11:00 Jacob Coppolino, "Effects of freeze-thaw on the mobilization of soil phosphorus in a Grand River wetland riparian buffer zone". Watch presentatioin here. Advisor: Dr. Susan Glasauer

11:00 - 11:30 Kimber Munford (she/her) (@KimberMunford), "Plants on acidic, metalliferous mine tailings recruit beneficial microbes". Watch presentation here. Advisor: Dr. Susan Glasauer & Dr. N. Mykytczuk

11:30 - 12:00 Nicole Legge (@NicoleLegge2), "Assessing the role of soil nitrogen content on the interactions between Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and crops". Watch presentation here. Advisor: Dr. James Longstaffe

Lunch Break

12:00 - 13:00

Afternoon Presentations

13:00 - 13:30 Alvaro De la Mora (@AlvaroDelaMora3), "Breeding program for Varroa mite resistance in Ontario honey bee populations". Watch presentation here. Advisor: Dr. Ernesto Guzman

13:30 - 14:00 Sabrina Rondeau (@SabRondeau), "Sublethal effects of realistic single and combined exposure to pesticides used on squash crops for a ground-nesting solitary squash bee (Eucera pruinosa)". Watch presentation here. Advisor: Dr. Nigel Raine (@NigelERaine)

14:00 - 14:30 Charlotte Coates,  "Looking inside plants to understand the effects of climate change". Watch presentation here. Advisors: Dr. Peter Kevan & Dr. Jon Warland

Keynote Presentation

15:00 – 16:00 Jennifer Marvin (@jrm_librarian), “Tips for Effective Knowledge Translation Using Data Visualizations” ->

Poster Sessions

16:00 - 16:30 Abigail Wiesner (@EntoAbbie), "The biological status and current distribution of box tree moth in Ontario". Advisors: Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree

16:30 - 17:00 Serena Leo (@SerenaLeo14), "Biological control of the pepper weevil using the parasitoid wasp, Jaliscoa hunteri". Advisors: Dr. Cynthia Scott-Dupree & Dr. L. Roselyne



  • 1st and 2nd place winners of the pre-recorded presentation receive $150 and $100, respectively.
  • 1st and 2nd place winners of the Twitter e-Poster receive $150 and $100, respectively.
  • There will also be a $50 prize for the audience’s choice for Top Presentation and Top e-Poster (to be voted on based on the number of interactions, likes, retweets, comments, etc)!


The presenters are open to all of our current SES graduate students. The e-posters and presentation videos are open to students, faculties, and anyone who is following @UofG_SES or @sesgsc on Twitter. 

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 27th, 2021. 

Abstracts: extended to May 15th

Presentation submission: May 24th, 2021 (for more info, see attached file "Submission Instructions")

We highly recommend that you join Twitter for this conference. Twitter is the platform of choice for many academics. On the day of the conference, you will get to tweet the link to your presentation or your e-poster. If you do not want to join Twitter, you can still participate. Please reach out to to make arrangements to have your research be shared via the official SES and the SESGSC twitter account. 

For help on how to record videos and for a template for the e-posters, see the attached instruction file