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Laurentian University PhD student wins competition by presenting research in under 3 minutes.
Boyle, who studies in the Boreal Ecology program at Laurentian, beat out 11 other graduate students by clearly communicating his thesis in under three minutes.
Before a panel of judges, Boyle explained his work tracking animals using a method called circuit theory.
"The animal movement through the landscape is like the electricity flowing through a circuit," Boyle said.
By looking at what causes resistance to travel, such as a mountain or river, scientists can predict the routes animals will travel.
Boyle has been working in Presqu'ile Provincial Park near Lake Ontario, and hopes his work will help determine where mitigation efforts such as tunnels and fencing may prevent threatened species like turtles from being hit on highways.
Ever seen a three-minute PhD presentation before? Check out the one done by last year's winner, Jasdeep Saggar.