Department of Environmental Science

Public Lecture May 2: What is in the air we breathe?
Time: 7:30pm
Location: University Club, Dalhousie University, 6259 Alumni Crescent, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Speaker: Aldona Wiacek
Department of Environmental Science, Department of Astronomy & Physics, Saint Mary’s University 

Canadians have access to air quality reports that detail a small number of gases and aerosols, but the more complex chemical nature of our air environment is left unmonitored and poorly understood. Dr. Wiacek will review the Nova Scotian air quality context and describe her own research using a new remote sensing technique.

The Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources (NSDNR) in collaboration with Saint Mary’s University is looking for a student interested in conducting their honours research utilizing a collection of forested wetland shallow groundwater well data that has been collected from a series of wetlands sites between Kentville and Brier Island, NS.
Click the link above to read the full description and find out how to apply.

From National Geographic: This Canadian Island Is Losing Ground But Not Losing Hope

A tiny island off the Atlantic coast is shrinking as the climate warms and the seas rise. But its indigenous people aren’t waiting for global help: They’re taking action now. School of the Environment Director, Dr. Tony Charles speaks with National Geographic on sea level rise and storm surges. Click the image for the National Geographic video.

Lennox Island National Geographic


Dr. Jason Clyburne is a finalist in the 13th Annual Discovery Awards
The Environmental Science Department is very pleased to announce that ENVS faculty member, Dr. Jason Clyburne is a Discovery Award Finalist in the category: Professional of Distinction – An individual who is a leading innovator,  a role model for people who choose science as a career. The Discovery Awards Ceremony takes place on November 19th at the Halifax Marriot Harbourfront Hotel. 

ENVS faculty member featured in The Renewable Energy Global Innovations Series
The paper A Methodology for the Time-scale-sensitive Evaluation of Wind Speed and Direction Variability (C.Suteanu, 2015) was featured as a Key Wind Energy Article. 
Linda and Amberlin Maroon and White

Congratulations to ENVS Part-time faculty member, Roxanne Richardson who was the 2015 recipient of the Dr. Geraldine Thomas Educational Leadership Award! Here is Roxanne receiving the award from SMU President, Dr. Colin Dodds at the Spring 2015 Convocation Ceremony.

Roxanne R Geraldine Thomas award

New Course Offering: ENVS 3450 Aquatic Environments with Dr. Linda Campbell.

Aquatic Environments

Congratulations to Julian Purcell and Nanae Kii for being awarded the ENVS Co-Curricular Award! They are now on their way to developing their university co-curricular records. Environmental Science majors and honours students can apply for this award in the Spring of each academic year.

Congratulations to ENVS minor, Geordan Lynk and BES major, Meghan Clarke for being awarded funding from the SMU Sustainability Initiative Fund! Their proposal involves reinvigorating the campus community garden with new garden beds and a small scale greenhouse. The greenhouse and a quarter of the garden beds will be used solely for academic purposes by faculty for small experiments and demonstrations. This project has the potential to add urban agriculture components to the sustainability curriculum at Saint Mary's University, and may lead the way for further advancements within the curriculum. 

Dr. Jason Clyburne discusses the impact of osmium tetroxide in CBC news interview about the Chimo Hotel incident.



Three Environmental Science faculty members invited to speak at the 2015 Information Without Borders Conference this Wednesday, February 11. Dr. Tony CharlesDr. Cristian Suteanu, and Dr. Aldona Wiacek deliver talks on this year's conference theme, Information Management for Climate Adaptation.

Roxanne Richardson's ENVS Seminar Class co-hosts upcoming seminars with The School of the Environment. Check out the schedule here!

Dr. Cristian Suteanu, Chair of the Environmental Science Department, will speak in the Blue Box Seminar Series January 15 at 1pm in Burke 207.