Maiya Callister (Charles Best-Alumni)

Hey everyone! This week, I'm continuing my cycle on the function and role of a hatchery, but this round will be focused on threats to the hatchery in coming years. Just as a reminder, my inquiry question for this cycle is: How can I promote stewardship of the Hoy Creek Hatchery in my community? I am taking a slightly different route for this round of research, but one that is altogether relevant. I have research numerous factors that may effect the health of the hatchery. First and foremost,...Read More...
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Last Reply By Sephine Lauze (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This will be my final round of research for this cycle, but I will most likely be continuing my next cycle with something along the lines of this project. I have really enjoyed sharing my research as well as incorporating some personal experiences into this cycle. My research this round is almost solely focused on the hatchery, as its main points will be about upcoming projects and future of the hatchery and why I'm trying to promote it and raise awareness. Here's my inquiry...Read More...
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Last Reply By Venus Seyedi (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hi everyone! This is my second round of research for this cycle, and I received a lot of great comments on my first round, some of which inspiring me to look into answering them. This round will mainly be focused on the types of salmon in our community, why they are essential to the ecosystem, and what kinds of events my hatchery hosts! Before we start, I'll just reiterate my inquiry question: How can I promote stewardship of the Hoy Creek Hatchery in my community? To start off, I received a...Read More...
Last Reply By Joanna Whitter (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This is my first round of research for this cycle and I'm really excited to share this project with you guys. My inquiry question is: How can I promote stewardship of the Hoy Creek Hatchery in my community? For this round of research, I'll explain the importance and numerous functions of salmon hatcheries to contextualize my topic, talk about my involvement with the Hoy Scott Watershed Society, and go over what exactly happens at my hatchery. There are many benefits to a...Read More...
Last Reply By Jadyn Anderson (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This will be my last round of research for this inquiry project. Firstly, I will reiterate my inquiry question as well as recap my past two rounds of research related to this project. My inquiry question is: How is urban development impeding riparian zones and streamkeeping? For my first round, I went into depth with an explanation of what riparian zones were and what their importance was. In my second round, I looked at the factors that contribute to unhealthy riparian zones...Read More...
Last Reply By Juliana Nunes (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This week, I am posting my second round of research for this cycle. As a reminder, last week I posted about what purpose riparian zones serve in an ecosystem. Riparian zones are areas of vegetation boarding the edges of freshwater bodies, such as streams or rivers. They are extremely dense and are the habitats for many microorganisms ; they are small, complex ecosystems. This week, I will elaborate briefly on what unhealthy riparian zones resemble/cause and will focus on what...Read More...
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Last Reply By Juliana Nunes (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hello everyone! This is my last round of research for this inquiry project. I have really enjoyed delving further into the debate about GMOs as well as looking at it from an ethical perspective. This week, I will be concluding my research and choosing my side of this debate based on what I have researched. Again, although it's quite hard to do in this case, I will try to make my conclusion as objective as I can, using facts and one of the ethical problem solving approaches to determine...Read More...
Last Reply By Jessica Scott (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Today, I will be posting my fourth round of research for this cycle. This past week, I have been focusing on the negative side to GMOs. I have discovered that this is an extremely controversial topic in many aspects and I am hoping that bringing in the "ethical" point of view will help me make a clear conclusion from the most objective perspective possible. Before I start, here's a reminder of my question: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Here are some of the...Read More...
Last Reply By Justin Liu (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This is my third round of research for this cycle and this week I will be focusing on the ethical advantages to using GMOs. Last week, I researched some well-known points for and against the use of GMOs and will be relating some of those points in this round as well as bringing up some new ones. My inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Added nutrients in foods: One of the most beneficial aspects of being able to modify the genetics of...Read More...
Last Reply By Seth Young (Johnston Heights) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, Welcome to my second round of research for this cycle; I will be focusing on fully elaborating on GMO production, which is the other main factor in my project (aside from ethics). Not only that, but I'd also like to explain some of the most-widely known pros and cons of the use of GMOs. Just as a reminder before my research, my inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Since the mid-1990's, the production of GMOs has sparked public and scientific...Read More...
Last Reply By Erica Won (LFAS) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Today I will be posting my first round of research for my C5 project. My inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? Following my project plan, I will first be defining ethics because some people find it to be subjective, but there are some guidelines. I'll also introduce "ethical problem solving" which is a method I'll be using in the future for concluding my research (this method can be applied to virtually any situation). Let's begin! Generally,...Read More...
Last Reply By Jessica Scott (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This week I will be posting my project plan outlining my first project of the year. The plan as of now is to do 5 rounds of research, and I will be posting every week. My inquiry question is: What role do ethics play in the production of GMOs? I think that this will be a really interesting project because I'm looking at GMO production from a deeper perspective, not just the pros and cons based on a purely fact-based perspective. Because my project is ethics-related and may be...Read More...
Last Reply By Jessica Scott (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, This will most likely be my final round of research for this cycle, where I have researched prions: what they are, the benefits and disadvantages of having them, as well as their impacts on evolution. This week, I have researched how influential prions are and have been on evolution as well as whether overall, they are more beneficial or detrimental. Restating my inquiry question, it is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more beneficial or...Read More...
Last Reply By Angela Mukami (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey guys! This week, I have been continuing my research for this cycle about the role of prions in evolution. Last week, I covered the benefits of having prions in our bodies as well as briefly touching upon the subject of their roles in evolution. This week, I will be going more into depth about prions and evolution as well as weighing the benefits/disadvantages of having them. Before we begin, here is my inquiry question: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more...Read More...
Last Reply By Claire Njeri (Sweetwaters) · First Unread Post
Hey guys, This is my third round of research for this cycle! So far, I have covered what exactly prions are and what their function is and have also researched three specific diseases that are caused by them. This week, I have been researching the benefits of prions. What beneficial reactions do they cause in our bodies? I will also be comparing the advantages and disadvantages from an evolutionary standpoint. My inquiry question is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is...Read More...
Last Reply By Juliana Nunes (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This week, I have been researching three specific diseases (two of which are hereditary and found in humans and the other in cows). I will be referring to terms that I used in my previous round of research; I will provide short explanations for some of them as a recap, but refer to my 1st round if confused. My inquiry question is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more beneficial or detrimental? Before we begin, I will do a quick revision to clarify.Read More...
Last Reply By Emily Trepanier (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This will be my first round of research for the fourth cycle. This week, I have been researching prions ; what they are, how they are formed, and what their role is in the human body. My inquiry question is: How influential is the role of prions in evolution and is it more beneficial or detrimental? First off, many people who commented on my project plan were a bit confused as to what prions actually are. The word prion is derived from proteinacious infectious particle and is...Read More...
Last Reply By Max Wu (Charles Best - Alumni) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! This week I will be posting my fifth round of research about the loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos. I have done research about the broader impacts, about the main causes of biodiversity loss and about some specific marine species that have been impacted. This round of research will be about our impacts that we can make and what we can do to help. First off, as minor as our individual impacts seem, they still have significance and often spark other ideas. So that...Read More...
Last Reply By Lauren Jang (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone! Today I will be posting my fourth round of research about my project concerning the loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos. This week, I have been researching what the impact on the islands has already been in relation to the loss of species as well as the environment in general. I will also connect and compare the effects to other places in the world, relating this issue on a global scale. First of all, referring to my second round of research, the three biggest causes...Read More...
Last Reply By Adithya Baskar (Johnston Heights Alumni) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, So this week will be the third round of research I will be posting for this cycle. This week, I will research different marine species of the Galapagos that are threatened. I will research them separately but then relate their combined impacts on the biodiversity. My inquiry question is: What are the causes and broader impacts of loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands? The first species I will be looking into is the whale shark . The largest shark and fish in the...Read More...
Last Reply By Audrey Heath (Charles Best - Alumni) · First Unread Post
Hey everyone, Today I will be posting my second round of research for my third project. In case you haven't read my previous research rounds, my project is exploring the loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos, then relating it on a global scale. My inquiry question is: What are the causes and broader impacts of loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands? Last week, my research was about the marine biodiversity itself, not really exploring anything as specific. This week, my...Read More...
Last Reply By Jim Liu (Charles Best) · First Unread Post
Hey guys! I'm really excited to be starting a new cycle of research, which will be related to loss of marine biodiversity globally, but where I will be focusing on a specific area. My inquiry question is: What are the causes and broader impacts of loss of marine biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands? As I said in my project plan, first I'll be starting off with describing the level of biodiversity in the Galapagos and learning more about the area itself, the climate, the level of human...Read More...
Last Reply By Melissa Lee (Mentor) · First Unread Post

Research Round #5

Maiya Callister (Charles Best)
Hi everyone! So, although I concluded my research last week technically, this week, I will be posting a hypothetical scenario of what the benefits and disadvantages would be if our world went vegan or vegetarian like I had suggested would be the most eco-friendly diet. It may not be a very realistic scenario, but it could potentially play a big role in the future. I will Greenhouse gas emissions : Studies conducted have shown that by 2050, if everyone was vegetarian, food-related greenhouse...Read More...
Last Reply By Tiana Andjelic (Charles Best) · First Unread Post

Research Round #4

Maiya Callister (Charles Best)
Hey everyone! So today, as I mentioned in my last post, is my fourth round of research and this week I have researched the western diet, which is the diet that most Canadians have (more or less, there's obviously variation), as well as doing my final judgement based on all of my rounds of research on which diet would be the most environmentally sustainable. After doing my research, I found that it's the unhealthiest diet of all the ones I have research, mainly because of the over-consumption...Read More...
Last Reply By Emily Schaffer (LFAS) · First Unread Post
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