At the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, we investigate the natural world through environmental study in the Acadian Forest Region and its wetlands.
The Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens offer an exceptional opportunity for researchers to work within a living laboratory. This setting and its extensive resources – laboratories, gardens, greenhouses, and a world-class herbarium and seedbank combined with local businesses and agricultural partners – support students and faculty in leading-edge research.
Phytotrons, growth chambers, and mesocosms provide researchers with highly adaptable systems to understand the effects of environmental change and impacts associated with global warming. The Wetland Research Laboratory is specially equipped for the study of our unique Gulf of Maine/Bay of Fundy macrotidal environment. The hands-on study that these facilities provide is supported by analytical laboratories focused on the study of contaminants in the environment.
To help inform the public and other students of the research that is being conducted In the K.C. Irving Centre, we ask researchers using the facility to prepare small informative posters, highlighting the nature of their early stage research projects.
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SeaChange Biochemistry Inc. is an innovative start-up in Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, that has built an exceptional extraction method of numerous high-value industrial chemicals from seaweed. This has enabled them to produce these chemicals at a significantly lower cost than their competitors. Sabrena Mackenzie,...
Characterization of Braya longii and Brassicaceae volatiles, and oviposition assays of the Diamondback Moth (Plutella xylostella)See My Story
Long’s Braya, Braya longii, is an endangered perennial plant found only in the Great Northern Peninsula of Newfoundland. It is subject to annual infestations of the Diamondback moth (DBM), Plutella xylostella, who use B. longii as hosts to lay their eggs. The larvae then defoliate and...
E.C. Smith Herbarium
The E.C. Smith Herbarium houses the largest collection of dried plants and fungi in Atlantic Canada. These preserved plant specimens and associated data are available for scientific study and maintenance of biodiversity, particularly within the Acadian Forest Region.
Seed and Tissue Bank Programs
Plant biodiversity is threatened around the world, and our Acadia Seed Bank is a model for preserving it.
Pollution is among the most serious threats to the natural world. Our interdisciplinary lab space brings together faculty and students from the chemistry, environmental science, biology, and engineering departments to study and measure environmental contaminants to provide the information required for effective management and remediation.