May 1, 2017: Welcome to new lab members: Ines Carvalho
(IST, Lisbon, Portugal) working on her MSc project examining
lichens; Rachel Clarke working on her BSc honours examining
mercury in invertebrates in Keji; and summer field assistant
November 2016: Most of the O'Driscoll lab attends
SETAC World meeting in Orlando Florida. Sara Klapstein, Jocelyn
Kickbush, Cardy Saunders, and alumni Erin Mann all presented
their current mercury research in a session co-chaired by Dr.
O'Driscoll and lab alumni Dr. Sizmur. Co-Chair Dr. Cai will be
organizing a special journal issue based on this session.
October 2016: Sara Klapstein, a PhD candidate in Dr.
O’Driscoll’s Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab, attended the
43rd Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop in Edmonton - September
25-28th. This was a great networking experience with
ecotoxicologists all across Canada. She attended several mentor
events and discussed her research with industry and federal
scientists alike! Sara co-chaired a session and discussion
panel: “Effective Communication in Ecotoxicology” with Guy
Gilron ( which focused on effective presentation styles and
bridging the gap between public and scientific understanding.
She also received an award for her poster presentation: “Risk of
methylmercury exposure in freshwater lakes".
June 2016: Sara presents her research at the Canadian
Society of Chemistry Conference in Halifax.
June 2016: Dr. O'Driscoll presents Dr. Sizmur and Adam
Godfrey's recently published research at the Bay of Fundy
Ecosystem Partnership Meeting in Fredericton, NB.
May 2016: Sara Klapstein, Jocelyn Kickbush, and Dr.
O'Driscoll travel to Nantes, France for SETAC Europe. Sara and
Jocelyn present their research in a session chaired by Dr.
April, 2016: Congratulations to Hannah Blanchard on
receiving a NSERC PGS scholarship for her MSc work on mercury in
Biota starting this year. Welcome to the group Hannah!
March, 2016: The Canadian National Risk assessment for
mercury is released. Dr. O'Driscoll is chapter coordinator and
co-author on several chapters. Summary Link Here:
March, 2016: Sara, Jocelyn, Thora, and Cardy all
present their research at Science Atlantic Environment and
Biology conferences. Great work everyone!
November, 2015: Sara Klapstein and Dr. O'Driscoll
co-chair a mercury session at SETAC North America in Salt Lake
October, 2015: Dr. O'Driscoll and Dr. Walker receive
funding from the Authur L. Irving Family Foundation to fund a
study on mercury accumulation in lichens and fungi.
October, 2015: Congratulations to Sara Klapstein on
receiving the TD Bursary for Environmental Study through
October, 2015: A meeting of the Briar Island wetland
restoration group is hosted by Dr. O'Driscoll at Acadia.
September, 2015: Congratulations to Erin Mann on
securing a postdoctoral fellowship with Dr. Carpi in New York
City. Best of luck Dr. Mann with your future mercury research
July, 2015: Welcome to Patricia Kowalski (PDF; U
Averiro) who was visiting our lab to work on methylmercury
toxciokinetics in fish brains.
July, 2015: Dr. O'Driscoll has started a collaboration
with Dr. Mallory and Nick Hill examining the restoration of Big
Meadow Bog on Briar Island. Initial samples were collected for
the MSc project of Jocelyn Kickbush (starting this September).
June, 2015: Dr. O'Driscoll collected Lichen samples to
analyze spatial distribution in Nova Scotia in collaboration
with Dr. Rob Cameron and Dr. Walker.
June, 2015: Dr. O'Driscoll, Dr. Canario, and Sara
Klapstein have had two mercury sessions accepted at SETAC Salt
Lake City. Both an oral session and poster session has been
filled. Will be a great time this November in Utah!
June, 2015: Sara Klapstein presented her research at
the International Mercury Conference in Korea. (See Pictures)
May, 2015: Congratulations to Sara Klapstein on
receiving an NSERC Doctoral Scholarship. Sara also
received a environmental Scholarship from MUN! Way to go Sara!
May, 2015: Congratulations to Erin Mann on
successfully defending her PhD dissertation at MUN!
February, 2015: Dr. O'Driscoll welcomes Thora
Christensen to lab to work on her summer BSc project and aid
Sara in the field.
November, 2014: Sara Klapstein and Erin Mann present
their research at SETAC Vancouver in a session chaired by Dr.
August, 2014: Congratulations to Sara Justino on
successfully defending her MSc thesis on mercury flux in the
March, 2013: Dr. O'Driscoll awarded Harrison McCain
visitorship to work with Dr. Canario in Lisbon, Portugal for
March, 2013: Dr. O'Driscoll's NSERC
Discovery grant is renewed for another 5 years. Thank you NSERC!
March, 2013: Erin and Adam present their
research at the Science Atlantic Conference hosted at Acadia
University. Adam wins oral presentation award. Congrats!
December, 2012: Congratulations to Ravinder
on Successfully defending his PhD dissertation. Best of luck Dr.
November, 2012: Erin Mann and Adam Godfrey
present their research at SETAC North America in Long Beach
California, USA. Erin gives a platform and poster presentation
on her work on mercury in Arctic snow. Adam presents a poster on
his work concerning mercury in reclaimed salt marshes. Dr.
O'Driscoll chairs the mercury session with Dr. Poulain and Dr.
November, 2012: Dr. O'Driscoll presents
summary of groups research at 1st annual MTRI research confernce.
September, 2012: Welcome to Sara
Klapstein who will official join the group in January once all
the paperwork is sorted! Sara's PhD will examine mercury
and green house gas linkages to carbon in Cape Breton wetlands.
September, 2012: MacLean's Magazine drops by
the lab for photos of Erin Mann's research for inclusion in
upcoming universities issue.
July, 2012: Stephanie Rogers' Research on
fluorescence LIDAR for DOC quantification in Lakes is chosen to
be highlighted in Coastal and Esutarine Science News. Conrats
July, 2012: Dr. O'Driscoll with help of Erin
Mann trials DGT devices in lakes of Kejimkujik Park.
Collaboration with Dr. Murimboh. See pictures to the Left!
May, 2012: The Northern Contaminants Program
awards $38,000 to Dr. O'Driscoll to support Erin Mann's Arctic
research on mercury in snow.
May, 2012: Dr. O'Driscoll is awarded a
renewal of his Canada Research Chair ($500,000).
May, 20112: Welcome to Ben Callahan who will
be working with our lab this summer on his BSc research co
supervised by Mark Mallory.
April, 2012: Congratulations to Emma Vost on
successfully defending her M.Sc. thesis!
April, 2012: Stephanie Rodgers' paper is
accepted by journal Estuaries and Coasts. Congrats Steph!
March, 2012: Sarah Haverstock's BSc thesis
work on DOC photo-degradation is accepted for publication by the
journal Chemosphere. Congrats.
March, 2012: Erin Mann heads to Resolute Bay
to sample snow for her PhD project. Insanely cold weather and
airlines complicate the trip but things go well. See pictures to
November, 2011: Tom Sizmur, Ravinder Pannu,
and Sam Edmonds present their research in Mercury session
chaired by Dr. O'Driscoll and Jane Kirk at SETAC North America
in Boston, MA. Erin Mann also attends and has meetings with Asif
Qureshi at Harvard U.
September, 2011: Tom Sizmur presents his
research on mercury accumulation in polycheate worms at the Bay
of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership Conference.
September, 2011: Welcome to new PhD
students Lilianne Arsenault and Erin Mann who will be research
ring aspects of the Arctic mercury cycle.
September, 2011: Dr.
O'Driscoll joins Portuguese-based research teams investigating
salt marsh mercury flux over the next 3 years.
August, 2011: O'Driscoll Lab members
present at Global Mercury Conference in Halifax. Public info
session slides here.
June, 2011: Northern Contaminants Program funds work
on mercury in Arctic snow in O'Driscoll Lab.
May , 2011:
Dr. O'Driscoll and Mercury Lab
interview of Breakfast Television:
April, 2011: Ducks Unlimited funds work on mercury in
polycheate worms in O'Driscoll Lab.
April, 2011: New postdoctoral fellow Tom Sizmur visits
O'Driscoll lab (funded by British Ecological Society) to examine
mercury accumulation polycheate worms in the Minas Basin.
March, 2011: Dr. O'Driscoll joins PROFLUX team to
research mercury dynamics in polluted salt marshes in Portugal.
March, 2011: Sam Edmonds (MSc), as well as Amy
Buckland (BSc) and Amy Larkin (BSc) defend their theses.
March, 2011: Sam Edmonds work on rusty blackbirds
shows up in On-Nature article:
February, 2011: Ravinder Pannu wins best presentation
prize at the AGS conference in Fredericton, NB for his work on
mercury volatilization from soil. Congrats Ravinder!
December, 2010: Sam Edmonds wins 1st place for best
student platform presentation ($300 prize) from SETAC North
America. Congrats Sam!
November, 2010: Sam Edmonds, Ravinder Pannu, and Dr.
O'Driscoll present their research at SETAC North America in
Portland Oregon. Dr. O'Driscoll co-chairs mercury sessions with
Dr. Jane Kirk (Environment Canada).
October, 2010: Welcome to Hilary White who joins
our group. Hilary is co-supervised by Ian Spooner and is working
on the Limnology of Tantramar lakes for her MSc in Geology.
October, 2010: Center for Analytical Research on the
Environment (CARE) is established bringing together the
contaminant labs in the KC Irving Center including the
Environmental Biogeochemistry Lab.
October, 2010: Dr. O'Driscoll receives funding from
Environment Canada for research in support of air quality LIDAR
September, 2010: Dr. O'Driscoll gives invited talk at
May, 2010: Dr O'Driscoll is a visiting researcher at
IPIMAR in Portugal collaborating with Dr. Canario and hosting
the trace metals session at SETAC Europe (Seville, Spain).
May, 2010: O'Driscoll lab graduates Jillian Hanmore (Honours
BSc) and Stephanie Rogers (MSc) convocation.
May, 2010: NSERC CREATE grant awarded for ~$1.7
Million to 8 researchers including Dr. O'Driscoll (P.I. Dr.
Belltrami). Dr. O'Driscoll to collaborate as part of group to
train students in climate change impacts and adaptation.
April, 2010: Sam Edmonds paper on mercury in Rusty
Blackbirds accepted for publication in Condor. Congrats Sam!
April, 2010: Amy Buckland Nicks receives NSERC USRA
for her work on mercury accumulation in dragonflies.
April, 2010: New grants from Ducks Unlimited Canada,
Environment Canada, and Natural Resources Canada received. Also
new funding from Acadia Research Fund.
January, 2010: Our Carbon Nanotube research
interview posted in Water Canada:
January, 2010: Congratulations to Sam Edmonds and
Jillian Hanmore who both won student presentation awards from
the SETAC North America conference this past November in New
December, 2009: New LIDAR air quality system is
installed in collaboration with Environment Canada (Dr. Kevin
Strawbridge - lead researcher). Newspaper article and radio
November, 2009: Discovery awards video is posted
November, 2009: Emma, Sam, and Jill present their
research at SETAC North America (New Orleans, USA) in
special mercury session co-chaired by Dr. O'Driscoll.
November, 2009: Asif Qureshi's publication on mercury
reduction and oxidation in ocean water is accepted for
publication in Environmental Science and Technology.
October, 2009: John Hill's publication on mercury
binding to DOC is accepted for publication in Science of the
September, 2009: Welcome to PhD student Ravinder Pannu
to the O'Driscoll lab. Ravinder will be co-supervised by Dr.
Siciliano at U Sask.
August, 2009: Dr. O'Driscoll nominated for Emerging
Professional Award by Discovery Center
August, 2009: Mercury book proposal accepted by John
Wiley and Sons to be co-edited by Drs Cai, Liu, and O'Driscoll
July, 2009: Carbon nanotube paper is accepted for
publication in Water, Air and Soil Pollution. (See Dr.
July, 2009: Dr. O'Driscoll and lab group collaborate
with Environment Canada and St. Francis Xavier to measure
mercury flux and green house gases movements on Kingsport salt
marsh. Continuous readings for 10 days. See pictures in album.
June, 2009: Amy Buckland and Dr. O'Driscoll return to
Gagetown for post-spraying measurements in experimental
June, 2009: Gordon McArthur begins mesocosm
experiments in KC Irving Center. Replicating tidal cycle on salt
marsh to examine variations in flux of green house gases.
May, 2009: Dr. O'Driscoll presents salt marsh research
at Bay of Fundy Ecosystem conference at Acadia.
May, 2009: Emma Vost and Dr. O'Driscoll perform water
sampling in Kejimkujik Park, NS. Environment Canada funded
project to examine photo-chemical processes in lakes affecting
mercury retention and loss. (aee pictures in album)
May, 2009: Amy Buckland and Dr. O'Driscoll
collaborate with researchers examining the effects of glyphosate
and UV radiation on amphibian development in large ecosystem
experiment in Gagetown, NB (see pictures in album).
April 2009: Congratulations to Stephanie Rogers on
awarded an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS-M graduate scholarship worth $17,500
for her work on fluorescence LIDAR and dissolved organic matter. This prestigious
scholarship is for the top ranked NSERC PGS-M applicants. Way to go
April 2009: Congratulations to Emma Vost on being
awarded an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell CGS-M graduate scholarship worth $17,500
for her work on mercury photo-reactions. This prestigious
scholarship is for the top ranked NSERC PGS-M applicants. Way to go Emma!
April 2009: Welcome to Stephanie Rogers (M.Sc.
student-AGRG), Gordon McArthur (M.Sc. student - StFX), and Amy
Buckland Nicks (Summer assistant) to the lab group (see current
March 2009: Jennifer, Sarah, Sam, and Emma present
their research at the APICS ENVS conference at the University of
New Brunswick in Fredericton. Sarah wins "best student
presentation award" at APICS (See Pictures to Left).
March 2009: Jill Hanmore awarded NSERC USRA to work on
mercury volatilization from soils this summer.
March 2009: Dr. O'Driscoll received funding from
Natural Resources Canada (and CARA program) to develop
techniques to measure mercury volatilization potential from
March, 2009: Sarah Haverstock, Jen Herrick, Sam
Edmonds, Emma Vost and others to present research at APICS
Environmental Science conference at UNB Fredericton.
January, 2009: Welcome Jill Hanmore to the group who
will be examining mercury volatilization from soil as her
January, 2009: New course on Contaminants in the
Environment (ENVS 3613/ CHEM 4823) is taught by Dr. O'Driscoll.
November, 2008: Welcome to Emma Vost, current lab
technician and MSc student starting in 2009. Dr. O'Driscoll
chairs mercury sessions at SETAC North America and provides
invited talk at Florida International University. Sam Edmonds
presents newest mercury in blackbird research at rusty blackbird
September, 2008: Welcome to Sam Edmonds new M.Sc.
student examining mercury concentrations in blackbirds and
relationships to wetland water chemistry.
July, 2008: Installation and training for Brooks Rand
Methyl Mercury and Total Mercury analysis system in O'Driscoll
June, 2008: Dr. O'Driscoll teams with researchers from
Environment Canada and St. Francis Xavier to examine mercury and
green house gas emissions from salt marsh (see Lab Photo album).
June, 2008: Dr. O'Driscoll chairs mercury session at
ALSO meeting in St. John's Newfoundland.
June, 2008: Welcome to Asif Qureshi a visiting PhD
student from ETH Zurich examining mercury redox reactions and
global modeling of oceans.
June, 2008: New publication in ES&T on mercury in
April, 2008: Dr. O'Driscoll receives funding from
Clean Air Regulatory Act (Environment Canada) to study mercury
photo-reactions in Lakes.
March, 2008: Sarah Haverstock awarded NSERC
Undergraduate Research Award to examine dissolved organic carbon
March, 2008: Dr. O'Driscoll's NSERC Discovery grant is funded
for $120,000 over a five year period to examine mercury
photo-chemical reactions and the role of dissolved organic