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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Sand and Mud, and the Habitat Engineers of the Minas Basin

Dr. Glenys Gibson and her team of students have one of the most beautiful laboratories in the world, the Minas Basin, in Nova Scotia. Benthic invertebrates of the Minas Basin are a major food source for fishes and also for thousands of migratory birds that flock to the tidal flats to feed. The invertebrates rely on suspended sediment carried by the tides for nourishment. 

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Acadia’s Biology Undergraduate Research Conference: A Class Act

In their final year at Acadia, Honours students in Biology work on an intensive 12-month research project, usually with a faculty member at Acadia, but sometimes in association with researchers in government or at other institutions. 


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Endangered Species Endophytes

Sarah is an Arthur Irving Scholarship recipient, funded by the Arthur Irving Academy, and is researching endophytes (fungi that live within plants) found in the endangered and protected Eastern Mountain Avens plant population located on Nova Scotia’s Brier Island and Digby Neck. This plant, Geum peckii, is actually an alpine plant but a distinct population is found in coastal bogs in these two locations. Why an alpine plant is found in coastal bogs is a mystery and the question for researchers is whether endophytes are playing a role in making this rare plant more resilient and helping it survive outside its normal range. Find out more about Sarah's research at the KC Irving Environmental Science Centre. 

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