Director of Research


David Kristie, Ph.D.
Retired Professor | Director of Research

Dave grew up on a fruit farm in the Niagara Peninsula where he acquired a love for plants and gardening. Dave obtained a BSc (Agr) in Environmental Biology at University of Guelph, where professors such as Larry Peterson made a lasting impression and provided a model for his teaching style at Acadia.  An MSc on phytochrome-mediated seed germination in Plant Science at the University of Alberta, was followed by a PhD in Plant Science at UBC, where he worked on plant growth rhythms and the high resolution measurement of plant growth. Following postdoc stints at the Glasshouse Crops Research Institute in the UK, and work in a cell biology lab at the University of Waterloo, Dave took a position in Biology here at Acadia in 1986, where he taught a variety courses in intro biology, botany, plant physiology, and cell biology and continued work on phytochrome-mediated germination and plant growth rhythms.   

Dave retired from Biology in 2014, but came back to Acadia later that year, this time as Director of Research in the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre. If you would like a tour, or want to discuss possibilities for research or learning activities in the KC Irving Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, please email Dave.  Dave also helps administer the Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Science, and the Arthur Irving Research Grants to faculty. Questions about either program can be directed to him.