Historical gold mine
Chinese mystery snails
Dr. Linda Campbell is selected as the 2020
Professional of Distinction Discovery Awards for Science &
Press Release. (Nov 26, 2020)
Congratulations to Sarah Kingsbury who successfully completed her
MSc thesis: "Predicting the distribution of the Chinese mystery
snail, Cipangopaludina chinesis, a potentially invasive,
non-indigenous species, in Atlantic Canada". Also this
was our first ever virtual graduate defense for the research
group. Well done! (July 14, 2020).
Congratulations to Meghan Fraser who completed her Environmental
Honours thesis presentation "Ecological thresholds of the
Chinese mystery snail (Cipangopaludina chinesis) in Nova Scotia
environments." This was done virtually at the early
stages of a global pandemic. Well done! (April 16, 2020).
The DEEHR group present an update of our annual research projects at
the SMU Research Expo - just before we shifted to virtual
operations! (March 6, 2020)
Congratulations to Molly LeBlanc who has just published her
first MSc paper in Environmental Reviews! (Nov 26, 2019)
Seminar at Wilfred Laurier University, Nov 8, 3:30 pm! Poster design
by Tristan Long (Biology WLU).
Published! Emily Chapman's paper on using local plants &
low-dose Se treatments for potential remediation strategies is now
out. Read online for free: https://rdcu.be/bP9M7.
95.7 radio interview: Link.
Congratulations to Sarah Kingsbury for receiving the 3rd place award
for her poster presentation at the International Conference on
Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS) 2019 in Montreal! You
can see her poster here. (Oct 31 2019).
Congratulations to Molly LeBlanc for successful defense of her MSc
thesis and the Georgia Pe-Piper Medal for Excellence in Applied
Science! (May 2019).
Congratulations to Brittany Hill for the successful completion &
defense of her BES honours thesis & goldenrod art-science
project! This was a challenging project and has resulted in
beautiful work. (April 2019).
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 Project
as a part of her bioartist residency. The project will bridge
art and 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 & test 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 be possible.
'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
Thesis Eastern Canada Regionals! (April 18, 2018). Link
You-tube video. Link
Great presentations by Sarah Kingsbury and Molly LeBlanc on their
MSc research at the Science
Atlantic Environment Conference at Mount Allison! (March
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
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, 2018)
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)
Congratulations to a DEEHR alumni, Dr. Sae Yun Kwon who is now a
faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science and
Engineering, Pohang Science and Technology University, South Korea!
(Nov 11, 2017)
Congratulations 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)
Two major funding
awards for our gold mine contaminants research from Nova
Scotia Habitat Conservation Fund & Environment Canada
& Climate Change National Wetlands Conservation Fund. Now
the real work starts! (June 2017)
Molly LeBlanc is
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)
Emily Chapman and
Molly LeBlanc co-presented the DEEHR group's research at the 2017
SMU Research Expo on March 3, 2017. View our DEEHR
group poster (jpeg).
Romina Juncos who published her paper showing links between
declining silver pollution and global changes in photographic
processing for Lake Nahuel Huapi. Link
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
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
Resources Review meeting in St. John's, NFLD. (Nov 2, 2016).
A new page has been developed for our gold mine contaminant research
initative. Check it out! Link.
Dr. Linda Campbell is interviewed on Science
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,
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 tailing material on Friday
Feb 26, 2016. See poster for details!
Congratulations to Romina Juncos who has
just published her work on natural
in an aquatic food web before and after a major volcanic
eruption. (Nov 20, 2015).
The paper "Biomagnification
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)
Congratulations to Julianne Robinson who has receieved a SMU
Academic Achievement Scholarship for her high GPA!
Julianne Robinson is on the cover of the Society
Canadian Limnologists' Fall 2015 newsletter. Link
PDF of newsletter on SCL website (Oct 26, 2015).
An 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 alumni magazine. Link
to PDF of article. (Oct 20, 2015)
Dr. 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),
Paper on mercury in archived little bat fur from across Atlantic
Canada now out. Free reprints available until Oct 21, 2015. (Sept 1,
After discussion, we have changed 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).
Dr. Roxanne Razavi, an AEHL alumnus, will be working as a research
postdoctoral fellow at the Finger
Lakes Institute (Hobart & William Smith Colleges) in New
York. Congratulations and best wishes!
Congratulations to Jocelyn Kickbush 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
Grant to work with Amec
Wheeler Foster 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).
Carolyn Stevens, who completed her honours thesis in the AEHL in
2014, has landed an MES Sustainability internship with Clearwater
Our work looking at mercury in little brown bat maternity colonies
across Nova Scotia and its relationships with water acidity is out!
(January 15, 2015)
Roxanne Razavi has published 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
here. (November 14, 2014)
Linda 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
Raphael Lavoie's latest paper on the role of Great Lakes aquatic
migratory birds and mercury contaminants is now out! (November 7,
Roxanne Razavi's latest PhD paper is now in print! Read about
mercury, selenium & fatty acids in Bighead Carp from
reservoirs of eastern China. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.08.019.
(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)
Many congratulations to Dr. Roxanne Razavi who successfully
defended his PhD thesis "Mercury Biomagnification in
Subtropical Reservoirs of Eastern China" at Queen's University on
June 24 2014!
Many 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 Stevens who successfully defended her SMU
ENVS honours thesis in April and graduated in May! (May 16, 2014)
Congratulations to 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)
Linda Campbell 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)
Roxanne Razavi who just published her first China food web
Link to paper.
(Dec 16, 2013)
Congratulations to Dr.
David Depew for acceptance of his next CARA National Sportfish
Mercury Project paper in ES&T!
(Oct 28, 2013)
Congratulations to Raphael Lavoie
who just had his first ES&T paper accepted! http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/es403103t.
(Oct 23, 2013)
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 Workshop 2013. in Moncton,
NB. (October 2013)
Dr. David Depew's overview CJFAS paper among the most read papers
in the journal. Link
the list. (Sept 2013)
Congratulations to Raphael Lavoie for his Ontario
Scholarship for 2013-2014!
Dr. Linda Campbell, Raphael Lavoie and Roxanne Razavi presented
their work at the
International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in
Edinburgh, Scotland. (July 2013)
Congratulations to Chris Baird for his successful MSc defense!
(May 24, 2013)
Chris Baird presents his research on "Mercury
biomagnification trends near and away from contaminated sites in
the St. Lawrence River."
at the Queen's
Biological Research Station (May 15, 2013)
Laura Gibson for her successful BIOL 537 Honours Thesis defense!
Roxanne 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).
Dr. David Depew's
overview CJFAS paper on developing a database for sportfish
mercury across Canada is now out. Link
abstract. (Jan 2013)
Mapping Great Lakes
stressors: PNAS paper out (open access): Link.
More information at the GLEAM
website (Dec 17, 2012).
Roxanne 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 Comahue with an "aprobado, distinguido"
evaluation (Nov 9, 2012).
Jorge Revenga's poster
"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 2012).
Congratulations to AEHL Alumnus, Didi Allen, who was just hired by
SNC Lavalin in BC to work on contamination remediation projects.
Marina 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 in California. (August 2012).
Dr. David Depew was
recognized as an
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
Regulatory Agenda manuscript is in print in
Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry. More to come
soon! (July 2012)
Dr. Reyam Naji is profiled on the Saint
University website for her work in the AEHL laboratory.
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)
Dr. Reyam Naji joins the AEHL Laboratory at
Saint Mary's University as an UNESCO - L'Oreal Fellow. She will be
working on metals and mercury contamination in the southern Iraqi
Marshes region (September 2011)
Congratulations to Raphael Lavoie for being awarded the NSERC
Graham Bell Scholarship for 2011-2013!
Congratulations to Eric DeLong for a successful MSc defense! (Sept
The AEHL members attend the
International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in
Halifax. Many good talks and posters to come! (July 2011)
Dr. 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
Canadian Ornithologists PICOIDES bulletin for his Fred Cooke
research award. June 2011.
Roxanne Razavi has been awarded a prestigious IDRC Doctoral
Research Award to support her field research in China. June 2011.
Welcome SWEP'ers, 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
Ornithological Society. (March 2011)
Dr. Linda Campbell has just returned from her one-month
work in southern Argentina! (March 2011).
Jorge Revenga has his paper accepted in Chemosphere
Raphael Lavoie has had his SETAC Learned
Discourses article accepted (January 2011)
Raphael Lavoie has been awarded a significant
SETAC travel award for the SETAC
2010 conference in Portland OR. (Sept 2010)
Raphael Lavoie, a FQRNT scholarship holder, has
been offered an Ontario
Scholarship, as well as had his FQRNT renewed.
Contgratulations! (June 2010)
Dr. Linda Campbell is one of the 2009
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 22 2010)
Roxanne Razavi has been awarded a
Queen's Graduate Dean's Travel Grant for Doctoral Field Research.
(April 10 2010)
Mercury in the Cataraqui River: Nathan's project 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)
Tian Fang successfully defended her MES thesis
on Dec 7, 2009. Congratulations!
Shannon LeBlond successfully defended her MSc thesis on Sept 18,
Eden Siwik's paper Fine-scale
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! (July
Roxanne Razavi has been awarded the E.G. Bauman fellowship from
Queen's University. Congratulations! (July 2009).
The IAGLR Canada Team won their second consective international
hockey tournament against the IAGLR USA Team, with Shannon
LeBlond and Kristin 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
Roxanne 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" (November 2008).
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 study in China (July
Nikisha Grant will be giving the Alumni Address at
the Spring 2008 Convocation at St. Lawrence College (June 12
The IAGLR 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 Queen's
University Reps Prize - Best Poster for his undergraduate thesis
(BIOL537) poster "Bioaccumulation
and depuration of mercury in amphipods from a contaminated site"
at the campus-wide "Inquiry@Queen's" Undergraduate Conference
The Campbell Laboratory has been awarded a significant Graduate
Students' 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 Campbell Laboratory from April to September 2008.
Dr. Campbell will be co-instructing a new field
course (BIOL 407/848) in northeastern Argentina with Drs. Lougheed
and Tubaro (Feb 2008).
Liz 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
distribution, sources, and fate of mercury in sediment in the
Cataraqui River at Kingston, Ontario" in the ENSC Seminar
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
Workshop (ATW) in Halifax to present our results (Oct 2007). Lab
Liz Hatton presented her research "The
of Invasive Bythotrephes in Lake Food Webs and Mercury Trophic
Transfer to Fish" in the Limnology Seminars on Sept
Eden Siwik presented her thesis research in a seminar "Eat
Not Leaves! Or,
Dendrochronological and microspatial comparisons of mercury in
Ontario deciduous trees" in the ENSC Seminar Series on
Sept 20, 2007.
Dr. Linda Campbell has been awarded the Early Researcher Award
from the Ontario Ministry of Innovation. The award is to support
innovative graduate and postdoctoral research (August 2007).
Lib Yanch successfully defended her MSc on June 27, 2007.
Congratulations! (June 2007).
Estelle D'Souza and Roxanne Razavi have been awarded significant
Ontario Graduate Scholarships for 2007-08 (April 2007).
John Poulopoulos has been awarded a Queen's Graduate Dean's Travel
Grant for Doctoral Field Research (in full) for field work in 2007
Dr. Linda Campbell has been awarded the Chancellor's Research
Award from Queen's University. The award is to support innovative
graduate research (Jan 2007).
Eric DeLong, Liz Hatton, Nathan Manion, Roxanne
Razavi and Lib Yanch have been awarded significant Clemens-Rigler
travel awards for the 2007 SCL / CCFFR meeting in Montreal. (Dec
Roxanne Razavi and Lib Yanch have been awarded Society of
Toxicology & Environmental Chemistry travel awards for
the 2006 SETAC meeting. (Aug and Sept 2006)
Eric DeLong and John Poulopoulos have been awarded significant
Mercury 2006 Conference travel awards to support attendence at
this prestigious conference. (July 2006)
John Poulopoulos has been awarded the International Association of
Great Lakes Research Scholarship. (May 2006)
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