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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Congratulations are in order for two Acadia students who presented at the Science Atlantic Environment Conference in Moncton, New Brunswick, on the weekend of 18-19 March, 2016.

Our oceans are full of interesting organisms, including many species of fungi. No, they don’t look like the mushrooms you’d find on a forest hike but they are just as interesting. And, although you need a microscope to see them suspended in sea water, they have the potential to perform environmentally significant work.  Some can even “eat” oil.

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.