The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens provide facilities for a wide variety of research, teaching, and community involvement activities, as well as a beautiful location for studying, meetings, or just relaxing. For a spectacular video introduction to the centre, click on the green Explore the K.C. Irving Centre icon located above, or click through the images below to get some quick insight into the research and other activities that occur in this remarkable facility. For a more detailed introduction to the research going on in the Centre, click here.  A twitter feed highlighting some of our recent research and learning activities can be found here.

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Acadia's K.C. Irving Centre and Arthur Irving Scholars

The K.C. Environmental Science Centre has an oversized presence on campus. It's a place to study, have a meeting, take classes, have a snack, or simply hang out.  Many students may not realize however, that the K.C. Irving Centre is also a beehive of research activity, and the home base of Acadia's Arthur Irving Scholars in Environmental Studies.  First year ESST/Community Development student and Arthur Irving Scholar Sarah Lavallée, provided readers of the Athenaeum with a bit of the history of the Irving Centre and the scholarships, as well as a brief description of the research journeys of Hannah Machat and Rachel Clarke, two senior Arthur Irving Scholars.

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Acadia Alum and Arthur Irving Scholar, Kayoung Heo, discusses her research journey and Acadia’s impact post-graduation

Acadia alum, Kayoung Heo, graduated from Acadia last year with an Honours in Biology. As a student, Kayoung was the recipient of the Arthur Irving Environmental Science Scholarship in 2016 which allowed her to fully focus on her research. Her Honours Thesis explored the effects of bisphenol-A and folic acid on growth, reproductive development and DNA methylation in snapdragons. Read the paper published from her thesis here

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Acadia researchers discover a novel plant-insect interaction in an endangered NS plant

Research conducted by former Acadia Biology Honours student Emily Evans, and Acadia professors Dr. Kirk Hillier and Dr. Rodger Evans has been published in the online Nature journal, Scientific Reports. The paper entitled "Novel Insect Florivory Strategy Initiates Autogamy in Unopened Allogamous Flowers” a new insect-plant interaction which has never been described previously. 

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