• Student Natalie surveying the coast of an island for locations to sample

    Natalie Koopman will be returning to classes with some unique field experience to compliment her studies as she starts the third year of her biology and chemistry degree this fall. Over the summer she has lived at the Morton Centre, on Heckman’s...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Lauren collecting samples at Gaspereau lake, NS

    In the fall of 2020 Acadia University announced the launch of a new Master of Science in Environmental Science Program. This is an exciting development for the university, now students engaged in interdisciplinary environmental science research will have the option to choose a degree...