• a photo of Jean holding her plaque

    The E.C. Smith Herbarium and Irving Biodiversity Collection add hundreds of new specimens to their collection each year. The specimens are gathered in the field, identified, preserved for long term storage and entered into an online database.  Preserving the plant specimens is...

  • Alain is pictured in the forest, the photo is from video content he created for the course

    Our Irving Biodiversity Collection Manager and E.C. Smith Herbarium Curator, Alain Belliveau, just finished teaching the Flora of Nova Scotia, a third year biology course. This course has been taught at Acadia University for decades, and Alain follows in the footsteps of...

  • Student Claire working in the lab

    At Acadia, research opportunities are available to undergraduate students from all disciplines throughout their degree programs. Claire Spearns worked throughout the summer after her first year of study and part time during the second year of her Certificate of Applied Science in...

  • Attn: Acadia Alumni you’re invited a special garden talk with Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist from the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens on June 7, 2021, 7-8 p.m. ADT. Melanie will be giving a brief introduction to the plant research and conservation work happening...

  • Students sitting in the forest

    There’s still lots going on behind the closed gates at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. While we dearly miss having members of the community in the garden, we have been very happy to be able to offer a safe outdoor space for...

  • This past weekend two important Science Atlantic Conferences took place virtually. The Science Atlantic series of conferences cover many disciplines and are an important opportunity to highlight the science that takes place in our Atlantic Canadian Universities. Many Acadia biology and environmental...

  • Sign at entrance to woodland trails

    The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Acadia Counselling Centre are excited to offer Acadia students an opportunity to engage in mindfulness in nature right on campus! The Woodland Trails on the Acadia Campus are a wonderful space to connect with...

  • Alain and Sarah holding a bag of hemlock seeds they collected

    The near-loss of dominant Acadian Forest tree species is inconceivably detrimental to wildlife and unique habitats, and even the most ambitious in situ (on location) conservation efforts may not protect these ecosystems. Our herbarium director, Alain Belliveau, and herbarium coordinator, Sarah Adams, are involved...