Nova Scotia gold mine issues
& vulnerable species
Chinese mystery snails
The DEEHR group present an update of our annual research projects at
the SMU Research Expo. (March 1, 2019). Link to our 2019 Poster.
WhiteFeather Hunter joins our group to work on Prospective Futures: Aurelia
as a part of her bioartist residency. The project will bridge
science to examine the impacts and "healing" of highly impacted legacy
gold mine tailing sites in Nova Scotia. (Oct 2018).
Duncan Carruthers-Lay, our Clean Leadership Youth Intern, profiled in
the latest Intern Spotlight! (PDF
Link) (August 7, 2018)
Funding from NS Department of Natural Resources
Innovation Program and
NS Habitat Conservation Fund awarded! Those will support our ongoing
invertebrate ecotoxicology & monitoring work to assess
in-situ gold mine tailing remediation strategies. (June 1, 2018)
Course opportunity! ENVS 4480 Environmental Contaminants offered for
the Fall 2018 term. Contact Dr. Linda Campbell if you're interested in
taking this as a graduate or undergraduate course. Transfer credit may
'atulations to Molly LeBlanc who was voted People's Choice and
placed 3rd for her presentation "Not All That Glitters: Assessing
Environmental Effects of Abandoned Gold Mines" in the Three
Minute Thesis Eastern Canada Regionals! (April 18,
to You-tube video. Link
to Transcript PDF.
Great presentations by Sarah Kingsbury and Molly LeBlanc on their MSc
research at the Science
Atlantic Environment Conference at Mount
Allison! (March 17, 2018)
In honour of Great Lakes Day, the ASLO Limnology & Oceanography
journal organized a virtual special issue for most influential
L&O papers in relation to 17 great lakes of the world. French
et al (2006) focusing on 20-year contaminant trends
for salmon was among those selected for Lake Ontario. (March 6, 2018).
Well done, DEEHR team, for pitching our research at the SMU Research
Expo! Link to our
research projects poster (jpg). (March 2018)
Linda Campbell visits Swarthmore
College to give the 2018 Luce Initiative on
Asian Studies and the Environment public lecture. (March 1,
Welcome to our two new SLCC Biotechnology interns,
Anabelle Lamothe and Shane Dalton and our returning SMUworks student
Nimisha Grover! It's going to be an exciting term! (January 2018)
to a DEEHR alumni, Dr. Sae Yun Kwon who is now a faculty member in
the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering,
and Technology University, South Korea! (Nov 11, 2017)
to a DEEHR alumni, Dr. Roxanne Razavi, who is now
a faculty member at State University of New York, Environmental Science
& Forestry! (Sept 1, 2017)
major funding awards for our gold mine contaminants research from Nova
Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund & Environment Canada &
Change National Wetlands Conservation Fund. Now the real work starts!
having a great week! Congratulations to Molly on getting 2nd place in
the Three Minute Thesis at SMU! (March 31, 2017).
Molly LeBlanc for her manuscript "A Literature Review on the
Ecotoxicology and Species-Specific Effects of Contaminated Historical
Gold Mine Sites within Nova Scotia" being selected for First Prize in
the 2017 NSIS
Science Writing Contest! (March 23, 2017)
Chapman and Molly LeBlanc co-presented the DEEHR group's research at
SMU Research Expo on March 3, 2017. View our DEEHR group poster
to Romina Juncos who published her paper showing links
between declining silver pollution and global changes in photographic
processing for Lake Nahuel Huapi. Link
to paper. (Feb 14, 2017)
The Atlantic Provinces Sign Language Place Name Project has been
launched! Check out the maps, learn a few MSL and ASL names for
Maritimes cities and towns. Link
to Project & Media
mentions. (January 30, 2017)
Congratulations to Molly LeBlanc and Dr.
Emily Chapman who both
received the CLRA Atlantic Chapter Scholarship Award for their
presentations at ARC 2016!
(Nov 10, 2016)
Dr. Emily Chapman invited to present at the Mining Industry
Research Connector event at the NL
Mineral Resources Review meeting in St. John's, NFLD. (Nov 2,
A new page has been developed for our gold mine contaminant research
initative. Check it out! Link.
Dr. Linda Campbell is interviewed on Science
Files about environmental science. The transcript is just
out! [Aug 13, 2016; Sept 12, 2016]
Congratulations to Dr. Emily Chapman who has just published the results
of our 2015 NSERC Engage project in Water,
Air, and Soil Pollution! (May 30, 2016).
Molly LeBlanc will be joining the
DEEHR group to begin research on contaminated wetlands associated with
historical gold mine fields in Nova Scotia. Welcome! (April 28, 2016)
Congratulations to Julianne Robinson who received a Dean of Science
Research Award for her summer research in DEEHR! (April 20, 2016)
Dr. Linda Campbell will be
presenting an update on mercury & contaminants in Nova Scotia
freshwater fish on March 4, 2016. See poster for details.
On Friday Feb 26, SMU held their annual Research Expo. Here's our DEEHR
project poster for that event.
Dr. Emily Chapman
will be presenting
the results of her study looking at low-dose selenium additives on
reducing mercury & arsenic risk from historical gold mine
material on Friday Feb 26, 2016. See poster for details!
to Romina Juncos who has just published her work on natural
arsenic in an aquatic food web before and after a major volcanic
eruption. (Nov 20, 2015).
of mercury in aquatic food webs: a worldwide meta-analysis"
by Lavoie et al (2013) was recognized by Web of Science as a Highly
Cited Paper for being among the top 1% cited papers in its
field (ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY) as of
May/June 2015. (Nov 2015)
Robinson who has receieved a SMU Academic Achievement Scholarship for
her high GPA!
Robinson is on the cover of the Society
of Canadian Limnologists' Fall 2015 newsletter. Link
to PDF of newsletter on SCL website (Oct 26, 2015).
overview of the summer research
carried out by Gallaudet Biology intern, Amberlin Hines and Dr. Linda
Campbell at SMU has been published in the Maroon & White SMU
magazine. Link to PDF of
article. (Oct 20, 2015)
Campbell has started a list of useful aquatic environments videos. Do
pass along any good videos and animated GIFs if you know of any! Link.
(Sept 2, 2015),
on mercury in archived little bat fur from across Atlantic Canada now
out. Free reprints available until Oct 21, 2015. (Sept 1, 2015).
our laboratory group name to "Dynamic Environment & Ecosystem
Health Research" from "Aquatic Ecosystem Health Research Laboratory" to
more accurately reflect our range of research interests and projects.
(June 18, 2015).
Roxanne Razavi, an
AEHL alumnus, will be working as a research postdoctoral fellow at the Finger Lakes
(Hobart & William Smith Colleges) in New York. Congratulations
for her successful defense of her honours thesis on arsenic, selenium
& mercury in Nova Scotia fish! (April 16, 2015)
Just in! We have been awarded an NSERC
Engage Grant to work with Amec
on an innovative remediation project to try to find a way to reduce
bioavailability and toxicity of mercury and arsenic in mining wastes.
Dr. Emily Chapman will be leading this project (March 30, 2015).
completed her honours thesis in the AEHL in 2014, has landed an MES
Sustainability internship with Clearwater
work looking at
little brown bat maternity colonies
across Nova Scotia and its relationships with water acidity is out! http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es5050375.
her research looking at fish mercury
biomagnification trends in reservoirs across an eutrophication gradient
in China. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/lno.10036
(January 30, 2015)
Raphael Lavoie's latest paper on using isotopes to track overwintering
sites of fish-eating Great Lakes birds to identify regions of mercury
exposure now out. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es502813t
(December 16, 2014).
Congratulations to Dr. Raphael Lavoie and Dr. Roxanne Razavi who
convocated with their PhD degrees (and fancy gowns)! (Nov 2014)
Data give-away! The standardized yellow perch Fish Mercury Datalayer
for Canada (FIDMAC) now available. Request
form here; Metadata
here. (November 14, 2014)
Campbell presents the group's latest research at the SETAC North
America Conference in Vancouver (November 10-14). One of the
presentations is linked here: http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1243183
Lavoie's latest paper on the role of Great Lakes aquatic migratory
birds and mercury contaminants is now out! (November 7,
Razavi's latest PhD paper is now in print! Read about mercury, selenium
& fatty acids in Bighead Carp from reservoirs of
(Sept 2 2014)
The AEHL 1-pager on common mistakes in stable isotope ecology
terminology has been published to FigShare: http://dx.doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.1150337
(August 26 2014)
congratulations to Dr.
Razavi who successfully defended his PhD thesis "Mercury
Biomagnification in Subtropical Reservoirs of Eastern China"
at Queen's University on
June 24 2014!
congratulations to Dr. Raphael Lavoie who successfully defended his PhD
thesis "Mercury Biotransport via Migratory Birds and Food Web
Biomagnification Influenced by Geospatial Patterns" at Queen's
University on June 23 2014!
Congratulations to Carolyn
who successfully defended her SMU ENVS honours thesis in April and
graduated in May! (May 16, 2014)
Laura Gibson who
just had her honours thesis work on gene expression and mercury in
double-crested cormorants accepted by Ecotoxicology! http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10646-014-1243-5.
(April 8, 2014)
carrying out field
research in Nahuel Huapi National Park, Patagonia Argentina with Marina
Arcagini and Romina Juncos. Stay tuned
for more updates on volcanic sources of trace metal contaminants to
lake food webs! (Feb 2014)
Razavi who just published her first China food web biomagnification
paper. (Dec 16,
David Depew for acceptance of his next CARA National Sportfish Mercury
Project paper in ES&T! http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es403534q. (Oct
Lavoie who just had his first ES&T paper accepted! http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es403103t.
(Oct 23, 2013)
Canada releases a summary of the CARA Sportfish Mercury Project which
David Depew has been working on for his postdoctoral work. Link.
Carolyn Stevens and Dr. Linda Campbell will be presenting Nova Scotia
research at the Aquatic Toxicity
2013. in Moncton, NB. (October 2013)
Dr. David Depew's overview CJFAS paper among the most read papers in
the journal. Link
to the list. (Sept 2013)
Congratulations to Raphael Lavoie for his Ontario
Graduate Scholarship for 2013-2014!
Dr. Linda Campbell, Raphael Lavoie and Roxanne Razavi presented their
work at the
Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Edinburgh,
Scotland. (July 2013)
Congratulations to Chris Baird for his successful MSc defense! (May 24,
Chris Baird presents his research on "Mercury
biomagnification trends near and away from contaminated sites in the
St. Lawrence River." at the Queen's
Research Station (May 15, 2013)
to Laura Gibson for her successful BIOL 537 Honours Thesis defense!
Razavi's Queen's Limnology Seminar "Eutrophication and mercury
dynamics: insights from reservoirs in subtropical China" (April 9, 2013)
"Migratory fish-eating birds and food web biomagnification: a spatial
analyses of mercury" (Feb 13, 2013)
Poulopoulos has successfully completed his PhD thesis.
Congratulations, Dr. Poulopoulos! (Jan 2013).
overview CJFAS paper on developing a database for sportfish mercury
across Canada is now out. Link
to abstract. (Jan 2013)
PNAS paper out (open access): Link.
More information at the GLEAM
(Dec 17, 2012).
Razavi has had
her MSc paper accepted for publication in Environmental Toxicology and
Chemistry (November 2012).
Many congratulations to Dr. Jorge
Revenga who completed the last of his PhD thesis requirements at Universidad Nacional del
"aprobado, distinguido" evaluation (Nov 9, 2012).
"Trophodynamicsof chromium, cobalt and arsenic in fish from North
Patagonian lakes." has been recognized as the best poster in its
subject area at the IV
Congreso SETAC Argentina. Congratulations! (October
to AEHL Alumnus, Didi Allen, who was just hired by SNC Lavalin in BC to
work on contamination remediation projects. (Oct 2012).
Arcagni has had
her paper accepted for publication in Limnologica
Raphael Lavoie has been awarded a significant SETAC
Registration Award for the North American SETAC 2012 Meeting
California. (August 2012).
David Depew was
recognized as an
emerging young scientist to watch
by the Journal of Great Lakes Research and the International
Association for Great Lakes research. Congratulations! (July 2012).
Dr. David Depew's first Clean
Air Regulatory Agenda manuscript is in print in
Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. More
to come soon!
Dr. Reyam Naji is profiled on the Saint
Mary's University website for her work in the AEHL
Raphael Lavoie has been
awarded the internal
Senator Frank Carrel Fellowship at Queen's University.
Roxanne Razavi has been awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her
final year of PhD. Congratulations! (May 2012)
Reyam Naji joins the AEHL Laboratory at Saint
University as an
UNESCO - L'Oreal Fellow. She will be working on metals and
contamination in the southern Iraqi Marshes region (September 2011)
Congratulations to Raphael Lavoie for being awarded the NSERC
Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship for 2011-2013!
Congratulations to Eric DeLong for a successful MSc defense! (Sept 8,
The AEHL members attend the International Conference on
a Global Pollutant in Halifax. Many good talks and posters
come! (July 2011)
Linda Campbell moves to a new position at Saint Mary's University in
Halifax (July 2011). She will remain affiliated with Queen's University
as adjunct faculty.
Raphael Lavoie mentioned in the Society
of Canadian Ornithologists PICOIDES bulletin for his Fred
research award. June 2011.
Roxanne Razavi has been awarded a prestigious IDRC
Doctoral Research Award to support her field research in
Michele Parisen and Tori Donovan, to the AEHL research group. May 2011.
Raphael Lavoie has been
awarded a 2011 Paul
A. Stewart Award ($500) by the Wilson
Society. (March 2011)
Dr. Linda Campbell has just returned from her one-month
field work in southern Argentina! (March 2011).
Jorge Revenga has his paper accepted in Chemosphere
Raphael Lavoie has had his
Discourses article accepted (January 2011)
Lavoie has been awarded a significant SETAC
award for the SETAC
Portland OR. (Sept 2010)
Raphael Lavoie, a FQRNT
scholarship holder, has been offered an Ontario
Graduate Scholarship, as well as had his FQRNT renewed.
Contgratulations! (June 2010)
Dr. Linda Campbell is one of the 2009
Canada's Top 40 under 40TM
Awardees (June 7 2010). PDF
Roxanne Razavi has
been awarded a CoPEH-Can EcoHealth Graduate Award for the EcoHealth
Short Course in Montreal. (April
Roxanne Razavi has
been awarded a Queen's Graduate
Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research.
(April 10 2010)
Mercury in the Cataraqui River:
gets media attention in Kingston. Link..
Nathan Manion and Eden Siwik had their
papers accepted in Science
of the Total Environment and in Environmental Pollution
respectively. (March 2010)
Fang successfully defended her MES thesis
on Dec 7, 2009. Congratulations!
Shannon LeBlond successfully defended her MSc thesis
on Sept 18, 2009. Congratulations!
Eden Siwik's paper Fine-scale
mercury trends in
temperate deciduous tree leaves from Ontario, Canada) from
her MSc research was just accepted for publication in the Science of
the Total Environment. (August 2009).
Jorge Revenga & the Campbell
Laboratory has been awarded an Emerging
Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) fellowship to visit
Queen's University and carry out research us for 4 months this fall. Welcome!
Roxanne Razavi has been awarded the E.G. Bauman fellowship from Queen's
University. Congratulations! (July 2009).
IAGLR Canada Team won their second consective international hockey
tournament against the IAGLR USA Team, with Shannon LeBlond
Norris playing for Canada (May 2009).
Sae Yun Kwon has been awarded
the NSERC Queen's University Reps Prize - Best Poster for her
undergraduate thesis poster at the "Inquiry@Queen's"
Undergraduate Conference (March 2009)
Razavi successfully defended her MSc thesis
on Dec 15, 2008. Congratulations!
Dr. Linda Campbell quoted in the
front-page Kingston Whig-Standard article "Getting the Lead Out"
Estelle D'Souza successfully defended her MES thesis on Sept 12, 2008.
Congratulations! (Sept 2008)
Roxanne Razavi has been awarded a Canada-China
Scholars' Exchange Award by the China Scholarship Council to
in China (July 2008).
Nikisha Grant will be giving the
Alumni Address at
Spring 2008 Convocation at St. Lawrence College (June 12 2008).
Canada Team won 6-5 in overtime against the IAGLR USA Team,
with Shannon LeBlond playing for Canada (May 2008).
Thank you to the
Environmental Studies under
who voted Dr. Linda
Campbell as the "outstanding ENSC prof of the year"! (March 2008).
Jon Martin has been awarded the NSERC
Reps Prize - Best Poster for his undergraduate thesis (BIOL537) poster "Bioaccumulation and depuration
in amphipods from a contaminated site" at the campus-wide
The Campbell Laboratory has been awarded a significant Graduate
Exchange Program award, which will be used to support Marina
Arcagni's visit from Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Bariloche,
Argentina (March 2008). Marina will be working with the
Laboratory from April to September 2008. Welcome!
Dr. Campbell will be
co-instructing a new field course (BIOL 407/848) in northeastern
Argentina with Drs. Lougheed and Tubaro (Feb 2008).
Hatton successfully defended her MSc thesis
on Dec 17,
2007. Congratulations! (Dec 2007).
Eden Siwik successfully defended her MSc thesis on Dec 7,
2007. Congratulations! (Dec 2007).
Nathan Manion successfully defended his MSc thesis on Oct
29, 2007. Congratulations! (Nov 2007).
Eric DeLong presented his MSc progress "Mercury, mercury, wherefore art
thou distributed in fish tissue across Ontario, mercury? OR, Analysing
a long-term environmental dataset: Fish tissue mercury burden trends in
Ontario" in the Biology BEERS Seminar Series on Oct 31, 2007.
Nathan Manion presented his MSc research "Determining
the distribution, sources, and fate of mercury in sediment in the
Cataraqui River at Kingston, Ontario" in the
Series on Oct 11 2007.
At the ATW, Nathan Manion won the prize for the
largest powerpoint file size! (Oct 2007).
The Campbell Laboratory will be attending the Aquatic Toxicology
to present our results (Oct 2007). Lab road trip!
Liz Hatton presented her research "The
Invasive Bythotrephes in
Lake Food Webs and Mercury Trophic Transfer to Fish" in
Limnology Seminars on Sept 26, 2007.
Eden Siwik presented her thesis research in a seminar "Eat
Wood, Not Leaves!
Dendrochronological and microspatial comparisons of mercury in Ontario
deciduous trees" in the ENSC Seminar Series on Sept 20,
Dr. Linda Campbell has been awarded the Early
Award from the Ontario
Ministry of Innovation. The award is to support innovative
and postdoctoral research (August 2007).
Lib Yanch successfully
defended her MSc on June 27, 2007. Congratulations! (June
Estelle D'Souza and Roxanne
Razavi have been awarded significant Ontario
Scholarships for 2007-08 (April 2007).
John Poulopoulos has been awarded a Queen's Graduate
Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research (in full) for field
in 2007 (March 2007).
Dr. Linda Campbell has been awarded the
Chancellor's Research Award
Queen's University. The award is to support innovative graduate
research (Jan 2007).
DeLong, Liz Hatton, Nathan Manion, Roxanne
have been awarded significant Clemens-Rigler travel awards for the 2007
SCL / CCFFR
meeting in Montreal. (Dec 2006).
Roxanne Razavi and Lib Yanch have been awarded Society of Toxicology
Environmental Chemistry travel awards for the 2006 SETAC
Eric DeLong and John Poulopoulos have been awarded significant Mercury
support attendence at this prestigious conference. (July 2006)
John Poulopoulos has been
awarded the International
of Great Lakes Research Scholarship. (May 2006)