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Environmental science

Students in their fourth year complete environmental science 4951/4959 (honours) research and environmental science 4950 (general) project courses.

These research/project-based courses allow for specialized training and research with a supervisor as well as the chance to get a taste of advanced learning on a focused environmental problem over an extended time period.

  • For the honours biology and chemistry program a two-semester field research or experimental laboratory research project (environmental science 4951 and  4959) is mandatory.
  • For the general biology or chemistry program, a supervised one-semester project (environmental science 4950) is mandatory, completed (depending upon supervisor availability) either as: experimental laboratory research, field research, or as individual or a small group literature study/assessment projects.

Many of our students have had their research funded by a number of agencies (example: the Gros Morne Internship and Kruger Pulp and Paper Research Grant) and have gone on to win the top poster or presentation awards at the Atlantic A.P.I.C.S. Environmental Science, Biology and Chemistry Society chapters.

Recent Fourth year Experimental Laboratory and Field Research Projects


D. Barter. Development of a quicker method for the quantitative analysis of THM’s from natural waters by SPME-GC/MS (Honours, Supervisor: D-R. Parkinson) in process.

A. Stokes. Hotspots on Ice: the ecology of icebergs. (General, Supervisor: Dr. Julie Sircom)

G. Moore. Dendro-ecology of an unusual Eastern White Pine population. (General, Supervisors: Dr. Dmitry Sveshnikov, and Dr. Andre Arsenault)


T. Chaisson. Actinometric assignment of skin protection factor (SPF) values to a range of aromatic alkyl alkanoates. (Honours, Supervisor: J.M. Dust)

T. Goosney. Investigation of the use of chitosan in purification of a model waste-water containing hexamethylazobenzene dye: UV-vis spectroscopy. (General, Supervisor: J.M. Dust)

R. Kanyangarara. Speciation of Arsenic in Newfoundland water. (General, Supervisor: G. Rayner-Canham)

D. Meade. Morphometric variations between freshwater and marine populations of the threespine stickleback. (General, Supervisor: B. Scott)

M. Montevecchi. Ghosts of fishing past: Bycatch in lost and abandoned fishing gear in the Bay of Fundy. (General, Supervisors: J. Sircom, and C. Hood, Bonne Bay Marine Station)

C. Power. Effect of soil disturbance and soil properties on the distribution of earthworm populations. (General, Supervisor: M. Krishnapillai)

S. Thompson. Litterfall in forested sites of the Newfoundland and Labrador Boreal Ecosystem Latitudinal Transect. (General, Supervisors: D. Sveshnikov and K. Edwards, Canadian Forest Services)

S. White. Applying the principles of green chemistry to selected traditional organic chemistry reactions. (Honours, Supervisor: S. Abhyankar)


M. Cook. Investigation into metal uptake from potting soil by Brassica Rapa (L.) (Field Mustard). (Honours, Supervisor: D-R. Parkinson)

A. Dolter. An examination of private well water quality in western Newfoundland. (General, Supervisors: M. Krishnapillai and A. Sarkar, Faculty of Medicine, MUN)

J. Grandy. Investigation of Cd2+, Ca2+ and Zn2+ binding with Fontinalisantipyretica and Sphagnum andersonianabiomass for application to metal ion removal from aqueous solutions. (Honours, Supervisor: D-R. Parkinson)

V. Hussey. Ecological integrity of shallow, soft-bottom marine faunal assemblages in GrosMorne National Park, NL. (Honours, Supervisors: C. Campbell and D. Whitaker, Parks Canada)

D. Keefe. A model for predicting the post glacial distribution of lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) in Labrador, Canada, using geographical information systems data. (General, Supervisor: B. Scott)

R. LeBlanc. Partitioning soil respiration using the trench-plot method in balsam fir forests in Newfoundland. (Honours, Supervisors: M. Krishnapillai, and X. Zhu, Canadian Forest Service, Corner Brook)

J. McCarthy. Investigation of multi-valent metal binding with certain biomass for application to metal ion removal from aqueous solutions: Assessment of multiple metal competition reactions in ion-exchange processes by FAAS. (Honours, Supervisor: Dr. D-R. Parkinson)

N. Stapleton. The distribution and potential for dispersal of nonindigenous anurans in western Newfoundland. (Honours, Supervisors: I. Warkentin and C. Campbell)


S. Bursey. Studies into kinetics of nucleophilic aromatic displacement: Picryl fluoride reaction with ‘green’ reactive room temperature ionic liquids (RTILs). (Honours, Supervisor: J.M. Dust)

A. Godin. Total Coliform abundance of freshwater systems in proximity to a newly built constructed wetland. (Honours, Supervisor: C. Campbell)

L. Griffin. Preliminary UV-vis spectroscopic studies of Meisenheimer complex formation between 1,3,5-trinitrobenzene and a reactive room temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium cyanide: Approaches to Green Chemistry. (General, Supervisor: J.M. Dust)

R. Melanson. Species diversity and population distribution of fishes within St. Paul’s inlet in comparison with other fjord-type estuarine systems. (Honours, Supervisors: C. Campbell, and T. Knight, Parks Canada)

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