2017

by Kristie, David

There are a myriad of jobs at K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens that need to be done to keep the Centre and Gardens in tip top shape and running smoothly. Thankfully over the years, dozens of community members and retired folk, as well as high school, undergraduate and graduate students have volunteered their time to help out with these essential, but sometimes onerous tasks, in the Gardens, the Herbarium, and the Seedbank. Thank you to all of these folks for their generous sharing of time and effort. 

by Kristie, David

The Arthur Irving Academy Research Grants in Environmental Science are annual funding awards for Acadia researchers/research teams promoting the use of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and/or the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens through research projects in support of the environment.


In 2017-18, the following research projects were each granted funding through this distinguished award program:

by Kristie, David

The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre at Acadia University not only houses a collection of dried plant specimens within the Irving Biodiversity Collection’s E. C. Smith Herbarium, it is also home to a seed bank of native plant species from the Acadian Forest Region.

by Kristie, David

Wolfville, NS, July 12, 2017 – Two students, one from Saskatchewan and one from nearby Port Williams, are this year’s recipients of the Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Science for undergraduate students at Acadia University; academic awards that are among the most prestigious in Canada and offer students unique research and mentorship opportunities. Successful applicants must demonstrate a commitment to the environment and an understanding of the importance of scientific research combined with exceptional academic credentials, leadership skills, community volunteerism, and participation in extracurricular activities.

by Kristie, David

Visitors to the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre, who tour the beautiful Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, visit the extensive greenhouses, and see signs and posters about the Herbarium, and Seed Bank, may be forgiven if they assume that research at the KC Irving Centre focuses only on plants. However housed within the research wing on the lower level of the KC Irving Centre is one of the crown jewels of Acadia's research infrastructure, the Centre for Analytical Research on the Environment, or CARE.

by Kristie, David

Students in Dr. Alan Warner’s Community Development class, Sustainable Food Systems, have been using a K.C Irving Environmental Sciences Centre greenhouse to apply the knowledge they have gained in the classroom in a practical, hands-on way.

by Kristie, David

The casual observer does not usually associate engineers or engineering students with research activities in the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre, but that impression is quite incorrect. 

by Kristie, David

In late winter and early spring, the thoughts of 4th year Honours students turn to... thesis writing and conferences!