CLIMATE CHANGE: Greenhouse gas exchange processes in aquatic and soil environments
WATER QUALITY: Transport and fate of reactive nitrogen in agricultural watersheds
LAND USE CHANGE: Changes in the storage and stability of carbon and nitrogen in agricultural and forest soils
Environmental Sciences Laboratory
Lab is equiped to analyze gases, soils, and water using an aray of advanced analytical instruments (Varian GC450; AAS. Shimazu TOC; Dionex LIC). The investigation of stable isotopes as tools for understanding biogeochemical processes are frequently incorporated into the research projects we undertake (Nu-Instruments, GV Instruments IRMS).
Interested students should contact me directly to inquire about opportunities for graduate work. There is an active MSc program in Earth Sciences at StFX. I supervise PhD students through my role as an Adjunct at Dalhousie University.
BSc - Samantha Stachiw
Project: Biochar amendment to agricultural soils
MSc - Danny Pink
Project: Greenhouse gas emissions from nitrogen loaded agricultural streams
MSc - Stephanie MacIntyre
Project: The quality and quantity of mineral soil carbon loss following clearcut harvesting
MSc - Amanda Vosman
Project: Examining reactive nitrogen loss from agricultural fields under variable drainage conditions [Co-supervised with Dr. E. Smith, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada]
PhD - Carrie-Ellen Gabriel
Project: How disturbance alters the stability of mineral soil carbon