On 2 February, executive members of the student chapter attended a Distinguished Lecture Program hosted by SPETT at the Royal Hotel. Professor Jerry L. Jensen from the University of Calgary was the speaker. The lecture was on Field-Based Connectivity Predictions Without Simulation. Three case studies were used to describe how the CM (capacitance model) and PBM (percolation-based method) can be used to give results that do not require simulation.
On 11 February, members of the UTT student chapter engaged in extracurricular activities by participating in a hike to the Matura River.
The significance of Matura and its biodiversity has been recognized for many years as a forest reserve. In the very quiet village of Matura, inside Thomas Trace, hikers trekked to the popular “Mermaid Pools” and, as they proceeded, were eventually engulfed into the natural forest before they reached the popularly known “Soap Hill”. Trekking onwards led to the beautiful Matura River.