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.
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.
“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.”