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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It is always a pleasure to watch students begin their research journeys at Acadia, often by volunteering and/or working as research assistants in the K.C. Irving Centre, and then sometimes returning to the Irving Centre in their fourth year, to work on their Honours Research projects. It's great to welcome back two 4th year ENVS students, Haley Geizer, and Riley Scanlan, who have been working and volunteering in the Irving Centre since their first year at Acadia. Haley spent her first two summers at Acadia working as a research assistant in Dr Nelson O'Driscoll's mercury lab, and is returning this summer to begin her Honours thesis on mercury and nutrient transport by seagulls. Riley Scanlan started volunteering in the Gardens in her first year and then worked in the Acadia Seed Bank in her second year. Riley is now back and beginning her Honours thesis work mapping old growth forests in the Annapolis Valley under supervision of Dr David Duke and Herbarium manager, Alain Belliveau.

We missed Haley and Riley in their third year as both took part in Acadia's spectacular exchange program to study in Norway. While studying in Norway Riley also had the rare opportunity to visit the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which she wrote about here.  Haley's and Riley's experiences in Norway were recently highlighted in an Acadia Spotlight article.

Four students have been awarded prestigious 2019 Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Science at Acadia University. The recipients, from schools in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario, exemplify an extraordinary commitment to changing the way humans care for the planet through research in fields including marine biology, genetics, waste reduction, and protecting species at risk. They are all outstanding young scholars who demonstrate leadership and compassion combined with an interest in pursuing scientific research.

This year’s recipients of the Arthur Irving undergraduate scholarships are Olivia Crooks from Coldbrook, NS; Natalie Koopman from Perth Road, ON; Abby Legere from Yarmouth, NS; and Sophie Visser from Waterville, NS.

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.