Sustaining the natural world begins with understanding it. Talented researchers and keen students use advanced equipment at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre to discover the workings of the natural world and investigate ways in which it can be preserved. 


Student and Faculty Research Previews

Research is a slow process, often taking many months or even years before it has progressed to the stage where results can be presented at conferences or in publications. To help inform the public and other students of the research that is being conducted In the KC Irving Centre, we ask researchers using the facility to prepare small informative posters, highlighting the nature of their early stage research projects. While the research is ongoing, the posters are available for viewing in the greenhouse corridor on the upper level, and in the research corridor on the lower level. The posters are archived here:




2017 Research

Contributions of Biochar and Mycorrhizal Fungi to the Growth of Geum peckii (Eastern Mountain Avens)
Jacqueline Bradbury, Dr. Juan Carlos López,Dr. Robin Browne, Dr. Allison Walker

Mercury stability on Usnea lichens
Inês Carvalho, Joao Canario, Nelson O’Driscoll


Acadia Seedbank Program
Irving Biodiversity Collection
April Muirhead, Riley Scanlan, Robin Browne, David Kristie, Rodger Evans

Spatial Distribution of Metals
in Lake Bottom Sediment
at a Pulp Mill Effluent Discharge Site, Pictou Co., Nova Scotia
Baillie Holmes, Kirklyn Davidson, Dr. Ian Spooner

Influences of Water and Sediment Chemistry on Mercury Bioaccumulation in Freshwater Invertebrates from Two Lakes in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia
Rachel Clarke, Sara Klapstein, Kirk Hillier, Nelson O’Driscoll

Epigenetic effect of Bisphenol-A and Folic acid on plant growth and flower development of Snapdagons (Antirrhinum majus). 
Kayoung Heo, Rodger Evans, Glenys Gibson

Examining Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Spartina species of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia
Tyler d’Entremont, Juan Carlos López, Allison K. Walker

From Seed to Plant: Propagating Critically Imperiled Rockrose  
Hannah Gillam, Colton Burke, April Muirhead, Robin Browne and Rodger Evans

Monitoring for Spotted-wing drosophila, an invasive pest in small fruits and berries. Little, CM, Chapman TW, Hillier NK

Recovery strategy for Long’s Braya, Braya longii, and
Fernald’s Braya, Braya fernaldii, in Canada 
Hillier NK, House D, Kollipara R, Luck T, Hermanutz L, Pawlowski S, Rizzato R

Testing biological control agents against Fusarium basal rot of
onions in the Annapolis Valley Adèle L. Bunbury-Blanchette, Allison K. Walker

Effects of lime application on root starch content and growth of sugar maple trees  Tyler Wade d’Entremont, Sarah Adams, Phyllis Essex-Fraser, Anthony Tong, and David N. Kristie

2016 Research Projects
2015 Research Projects
2014 Research Projects