The interdisciplinary ASPIRE team includes Dalhousie University faculty across several departments, along with collaborators from other universities, government, and non-governmental sectors. Our industrial partners include engineering consulting companies of various sizes, environmental technology development firms, utility operators, and analytical services providers. This section introduces our investigators,  our partners, and our students.

 
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Rob Jamieson, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering
Associate Director, Centre for Water Resources Studies
Canada Research Chair in Cold Water Ecological Engineering

Rob is a professor with the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. He applies his 20 years of research and consulting experience in water resources to approach complex and interesting issues in Atlantic Canada and the North. His research interests include watershed modeling, passive wastewater treatment systems, and contaminant transport.

"One of the most interesting places I’ve traveled to as part of my work was Grise Fiord, Nunavut, the northernmost community in Canada, where we investigated their passive wastewater treatment system."

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Graham Gagnon, Ph.D, P.Eng., FEC

Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering
NSERC / Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair
Director, Centre for Water Resources Studies

Dr. Graham Gagnon progressed as researcher at Dalhousie from a CRC Tier 2 (2002-2012); to an Associate NSERC Chair holder (2007-2012); to now a Senior NSERC / Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair (2012 – present).  His research has translated into several process and policy changes in Halifax Water’s operations.  He has also taken his knowledge and applied them to addressing drinking water challenges in Atlantic Canadian First Nation communities and in Nunavut.


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Margaret Walsh, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor, Civil and Resources Engineering

Dr. Marg Walsh has over 25 years of experience in the water treatment industry, and works with a number of industrial partners developing novel phys-chem treatment strategies for municipal and industrial wastewater streams. Her current research program has focus on industrial stormwater run-off water quality and treatment.  Marg was recently the recipient of the Engineers Nova Scotia Advancement of Women in Engineering Award.


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Craig Lake, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor, Civil and Resource Engineering

Craig is a professor with the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. He has over 25 years of research and consulting experience related to engineered containment of waste and contaminated soil. His research interests include remediation of contaminated sediments, contaminant transport through engineered barrier systems and geosynthetic applications in geoenvironmental engineering.

"I enjoy working with graduate students and learning new things. The chance to work on applied problems in geoenvironmental engineering in Atlantic Canada helps me do this."

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Suzanne Budge, Ph.D.

Professor, Process Engineering and Applied Sciences

Sue has been a professor in the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science since 2004. She has an active research program with funding from both Canadian and international partners, and carries out extensive consulting with academic and industrial clients in the general area of marine lipids. Her research is focused primarily on applications of fatty acids and stable carbon isotopes in elucidating food webs and trophic linkages.

"My favourite aspect of my work is its variety. With teaching, student supervision and research, every day presents new situations that challenge me and keep me engaged with my work."

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Tony Walker, Ph.D., E.P.

Tony is an Assistant Professor at the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. He has over 25 years of research and consulting experience in resource and environmental management. Tony previously worked in industry for a decade as an environmental consultant, specializing in monitoring and management of contaminants in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. He did his PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK studying terrestrial pollution in the Russian Arctic arising from resource extractive industries. 

"The most interesting place I’ve traveled to was during my early research career where I spent four years living and working in the Antarctic where I first became aware of the devastating impacts of marine plastic pollution on Antarctic birds and seals."

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Shannon Sterling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Earth Sciences
Director, Hydrology Research Group

Shannon is a professor with the Department of Earth Sciences at Dalhousie University and founded the Dalhousie Hydrology Research Group in 2011.  One of her research interests is to study the effects of climate change and the legacy of acid rain on the chemistry of Nova Scotia's rivers.  We are currently running an experiment to see whether helicopter liming will reduce toxic metal release from the soils, a serious threat to aquatic life that is due to chronic acidification. This exciting project is a team effort with Department of Natural Resources and Nova Scotia Salmon Association.

"Since I was a little kid playing in the forests of BC, I wondered what effects the big clear-cuts were having on the rivers.  I am still working on the same question: how is human activity, through land use change, climate change, or acid deposition, altering forested watersheds and our water?"

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Azadeh Kermanshahi pour, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science

Azadeh is an associate professor with the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science at Dalhousie University. Her research interests include biorefinery, waste to resource conversion, and remediation.

 
"I heard on the news that wastewater discharged from pulp and paper industries are causing damage to nature, when I was an undergraduate student, which inspired me to get into the field of Environmental Engineering."

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Barret Kurylyk, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Barret is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University. He has almost 10 years of research experience in water resources engineering and physical hydrology and hydrogeology. His research program combines field investigations with process-based modeling to better understand aquatic systems and their vulnerabilities.  He specializes in coastal dynamics (saltwater intrusion and submarine groundwater discharge), climate change impacts on hydrologic systems, groundwater-dependent ecosystems, and applications of groundwater tracers.

"My favourite aspects of my work are (a) studying world-class field sites from the Canadian Rockies to the rugged Atlantic coastline and (b) collaborating with brilliant colleagues outside of my discipline (e.g. ecologists, oceanographers, epidemiologists, geographers, and geologists) to learn more about the complex world we live in and to position my work within the broader research framework."

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David Roach, Ph.d., MBA, B.Eng.

Assistant Professor, Rowe School of Business

 


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Ian Spooner, P.Geo., Ph.D.

Ian has been a professor at Acadia in the Earth and Environmental Science Department for the past 21 years..  His primary research interest is investigating environmental change and he has active research programs in northwestern British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.  He also has consulted in the areas of Environmental and Risk Assessment, groundwater and surface water contamination, coastal erosion and has been involved in environmental risk assessments for resource companies in Nova Scotia, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.


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Gordon W. Price, Ph.D., P.Ag.

Innovative Waste Management Research Program
Faculty of Agriculture Graduate Coordinator

Gordon is an associate professor with the Department of Engineering in the Faculty of Agriculture and has a cross-appointment with the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science at Dalhousie University. His research spans a wide breadth of areas including soil biochemistry, contaminant fate and transport, composting process systems, whale bone preservation, and building soil health of agro-ecosystems. Gordon has worked with collaborators and industry partners in Atlantic Canada and across Canada.

"The most interesting place my work has taken me to is Jimma, Ethiopia where we worked on post-harvest management and provided training on bioconversion of organic wastes into value added products."

Nicole Bell, M.A.Sc. candidate

Proposed research: Establishing Baseline Hydrologic Conditions in Nova Scotia Wetlands
Supervised by Dr. Jamieson
Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie Univeristy

David Foster, PhD student

Proposed research: Modeling the Impacts of Forest Management and Climate Change on Forested Drinking Water Supply Watersheds
Co-supervised by Dr. Jamieson and Dr. Peter Duicker
Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie Univeristy
School for Resource and Environmental Studies, Dalhousie University

Mike Hamilton, M.A.Sc. candidate

Proposed research: Analysis of High Resolution Site Characterization techniques by use of Risk-based assessment
Supervised by Dr. Lake
Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University

Caitlin McCAvour, M.Sc. candidate

Proposed research: Catchment liming in Eastern Nova Scotia to promote restoration of soils and forest ecosystems
Supervised by Dr. Sterling
Department of Earth Sciences, Dalhousie University

Heather McGuire, M.A.Sc. candidate

Proposed research: Understanding lake recovery processes within source water lakes in Atlantic Canada
Supervised by Dr. Gagnon
Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University

Aidan Van Heyst, M.A.Sc. candidate

Proposed research: Characterizing the Baseline Hydrologic Regime of Wetland Ecosystems in the Boat Harbour Watershed
Supervised by Dr. Jamieson and Dr. Kurylyk
Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie University

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