2016

by Kristie, David

Mercury research, sunshine and politics at SETAC in Florida

The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry World conference in Orlando Florida was well represented by current Acadia students and alumni from Dr O’Driscoll’s mercury research lab his year. 
 
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by Kristie, David

4th year Biology student and Arthur Irving Scholar discussing research with Minister McKenna

Federal Minister of the Environment tours KC Irving Science Centre labs and greenhouses

On Monday August 8 we were fortunate in having Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of the Environment, and Treasury Board President, Scott Brison, stop by for a whirlwind tour of the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre research labs and greenhouses. Minister McKenna took the time to chat with a number faculty and research students to learn about some of the environmentally-focussed research that is going on in the Centre.  

A few additional images from the visit can be accessed here.  

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by Kristie, David

Mercury research, croissants, and labour reform strikes in France

When undergraduate students profess an interest in conducting research, more senior students often take great delight in highlighting some of the difficulties of research; hard to satisfy supervisors, experiments that won’t work, unexpected setbacks, and endless revisions of reports and theses. But an undeniable reward for perseverance and hard work is the opportunity to see your name in print and communicating your hard won new knowledge to other like-minded students and scientists via publications and conferences. Specialized national and international conferences provide a collaborative environment where experts and students alike come together to share research findings, make new contacts, and possibly enjoy a brew (or wine in this case). 

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by Kristie, David

2016 Arthur Irving Academy scholarship recipients announced

Four students are this year’s recipients of the Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Science for undergraduate students at Acadia University, academic awards that are among the most prestigious in Canada. The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships are conferred on students who demonstrate a commitment to the environment and combine exceptional academic credentials with leadership, community volunteerism and other extracurricular activities.

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by Kristie, David

Reviving Mycological Research and Learning at Acadia

In the heyday of mycological research at Acadia in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Dr Darryl Grund offered courses, field trips and research opportunities to literally hundreds of students interested in mushrooms and mycology. Dr Grund’s courses and mushroom forays were assisted and enriched by Dr Ken Harrison, a retired plant pathologist from Agriculture Canada. A plaque commemorating Dr Grund's and Dr Harrison's contributions to mycology can be seen at the picnic site at Kentviille Research and Development Centre (Agriculture Canada), at the upper entrance to the Kentville Ravine.

Given the importance of fungi to the ecology of the Acadian Forest region and its associated wetlands, Acadia University and the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre are fortunate in having a new mycologist, Dr Allison Walker...

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by Kristie, David

Girls Get WISE Science Retreat – a Rousing Success!

WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Acadia hosted a Girls Get WISE Science Retreat in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre on March 18th, 2016.  This event was open to girls in grades 7 and 8, as this is a critical age when girls may lose interest in, or are discouraged from, pursuing a career in science or science-related fields.

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by Kristie, David

Generous Donation Helps Grow The Herbarium

The EC Smith Herbarium, part of the Irving Biodiversity Collection, is grateful to receive a private collection of mosses (approximately 800 specimens) from the family of the late Stephen Ward.   

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by Muis, Ryan

Acadia student award winners at the Science Atlantic Environment Conference

Congratulations are in order for two Acadia students who presented at the Science Atlantic Environment Conference in Moncton, New Brunswick, on the weekend of 18-19 March, 2016.

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by Kristie, David

On the hunt for oil-eating fungi

Our oceans are full of interesting organisms, including many species of fungi. No, they don’t look like the mushrooms you’d find on a forest hike but they are just as interesting. And, although you need a microscope to see them suspended in sea water, they have the potential to perform environmentally significant work.  Some can even “eat” oil.

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by Priesnitz, Melanie

Sand and Mud, and the Habitat Engineers of the Minas Basin

Dr. Glenys Gibson and her team of students have one of the most beautiful laboratories in the world, the Minas Basin, in Nova Scotia. Benthic invertebrates of the Minas Basin are a major food source for fishes and also for thousands of migratory birds that flock to the tidal flats to feed. The invertebrates rely on suspended sediment carried by the tides for nourishment. 

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by Priesnitz, Melanie

Acadia’s Biology Undergraduate Research Conference: A Class Act

In their final year at Acadia, Honours students in Biology work on an intensive 12-month research project, usually with a faculty member at Acadia, but sometimes in association with researchers in government or at other institutions. 

 

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by Priesnitz, Melanie

Endangered Species Endophytes

Sarah is an Arthur Irving Scholarship recipient, funded by the Arthur Irving Academy, and is researching endophytes (fungi that live within plants) found in the endangered and protected Eastern Mountain Avens plant population located on Nova Scotia’s Brier Island and Digby Neck. This plant, Geum peckii, is actually an alpine plant but a distinct population is found in coastal bogs in these two locations. Why an alpine plant is found in coastal bogs is a mystery and the question for researchers is whether endophytes are playing a role in making this rare plant more resilient and helping it survive outside its normal range. Find out more about Sarah's research at the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre. 

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by Kristie, David

Inspired by the Amazon.

“I think it’s important to reach beyond your comfort zone,” says fourth-year biology student and Arthur Irving Scholar in Environmental Science Sadie Moland. “At Acadia, there are so many academic options available that I encourage everyone to explore something that has a certain base-level appeal to them as a person. If I hadn’t done this by taking an environmental history course from Dr. David Duke, I wouldn’t be on the research journey I’m currently enjoying.”

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