Head: Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Coordinator: Environmental Science Program
Coordinator: M.Sc. in Applied Geomatics
Manager: The Morton Centre
Office Location: HSH 325
Phone (902) 585-1312
Ian Spooner (P. Geo, Ph.D.) has been a professor at Acadia in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science for the past 21 years. He has supervised 22 masters and 40 honours theses to date. 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, New Brunswick and British Columbia. He has served with a number of professional organizations and was recently awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Atlantic Geoscience Society.
Link to Paleoenvironmental Research Group
Ph.D. University of Calgary (Geoscience) 1994. Quaternary Environmental Change in the Stikine Plateau Region of North-western British Columbia.
M.Sc. Queen's University (Geology)1988. Applied Sedimentological Evaluation of a Glacial Deposit, Joyceville, Ontario.
B.Sc (Honours) Queen’s University (Geology). 1984
Scholarly interests and expertise
Applied Physical Limnology
Surface water – Groundwater Interaction
ENVS 1023 Introduction to Environmental Science 2
ENVS 3423 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENVS 4423 Senior Seminar
GEOL 1073 Natural Disasters
GEOL 3303 Clastic Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology
GEOL 3723 Hydrogeology
GEOL 4723 Quaternary Geology
Field Schools: ENVS 2523 & GEOL 2083
GEOL 5703 Quaternary Paleoecology
GEOL 5923 Special topics in Geology
Funding and Awards (since 2010)
2016 NSERC Engage- Plus Grant: With Halifax Water - Impact of watershed development on water quality
2016 NSERC Grant: Tracking environmental impact in shallow lakes using abiotic proxies
2015 NSERC Engage Grant: With Halifax Water -Measuring the impact of watershed development on water quality in surface water supply reservoirs in Halifax Regional Municipality
2014 NSERC Engage Grant: Developing methods for the rapid determination of the impact of watershed development and environmental change on small lakes
2014 Acadia University Research and Graduate Studies Support: Environmental Change at the Boswell Terminal Archaic Site, Nova Scotia.
2013 NSERC Interaction Grant: Tracking anthropogenic change in lakes using paleolimnological methods.
2012-2013 Ducks Unlimited Research Grant: With M. Mallory (principal Researcher) and N. O’Driscoll. Open Water Wet Ecosystems and Environmental Change in the Chignecto Isthmus.
2012-2013 Acadia University Research Fund (Article 25.55): Enviromental Change in lakes.
2012 Nova Scotia Freshwater Fisheries Research Cooperative Grant: with John McMillan, Department of Inland Fisheries.
2011-2012 Acadia University Research Fund (Article 25.55): Influence of regional geology on the water quality of lakes in southwestern Nova Scotia
2011-2012 Ducks Unlimited Research Grant: Environmental Change in the Chignecto Isthmus.
2010-2011 NSERC- IRAP Grant. Physical structure of shallow reservoirs.With Minas Basin Pulp and Power (partner).
2010 NSERC Grant: Physical Limnology of Shallow Organic Lakes
Publications in Preparation
Quantifying anthropogenic impact from historical mining and watershed development in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada. I Spooner, D. Dunnington, B. Misiuk, D. Tymstra, C. White and J. Cornett
Morphology and age of the Bloody Creek Crater, Nova Scotia. Nalepa, M., Spooner, I., Williams, P.
The influence of lake basin morphometry on cold water habitat in shallow dimictic lakes. I. Spooner., A. Lavers, A. Bureaux, M. Brylinsky.
Publications in Review
2016 Late Holocene records of changing moisture regime from wetlands in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada: implications for wetland conservation and restoration. Spooner, IS, Principato, S., Hill, N., White, H., Dunnington, D., Neily, T., and Stolze, S. Northeastern Naturalist. N-1524
2016 Modelling the effect of convex upward deformation and horizontal sectioning on paleolimnological data. Journal of Paleolimnology. Dunnington, D and Spooner, I. JOPL-D-16-00088
2016 Do rural impoundments in coastal Bay of Fundy, Canada sustain adequate habitat for wildlife? Loder, A.L., Mallory, M.L, Spooner, I.S. McLellan, N.R., White, C. and Smol, J.P. 2016 Wetlands Ecology and Management. WETL-D-16-00203
Published and Accepted Papers (since 2010)
2016 A 500-year record of environmental change at Alta Lake, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada: a bulk geochemical perspective on the impact of development in small, shallow lakes. DW. Dunnington IS Spooner CE White, RJ Cornett, D Williamson, M Nelson. Journal of Paleolimnology. 56: 315-330
2016 Bioaccumulation of Lead and Arsenic in Gastropods Inhabiting Salt Marsh Ponds in Coastal Bay of Fundy, Canada. Loder, A. L, Mallory, M.L. Spooner, I., McLauchlan, C. Englehardt, P.O. McLellan, N. and White, C. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 227(3), 1-12
2015 Colonial marine birds influence island soil chemistry through biotransport of trace elements. M. L. Mallory, L. Mahon, M. D. Simon, C. White, G. R. Milton and I. Spooner. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. Accepted
2015. Open-water classification in the Mackenzie Delta, NWT using airborne LiDAR. *Crasto, N., Hopkinson, C., Forbes, D., Marsh, P., Lesack, L., Spooner, I. Remote sensing of Environment. Accepted
2015. The North Structure: Evidence for a Multiple Impact Event at the Bloody Creek Crater site, Nova Scotia, Canada I. Spooner, P. Pufahl, T. Brisco, J. Morrow, M. Nalepa, P. Williams and G. Stevens. Atlantic Geology. 51:44-50
2014. A 10 000-year record of environmental change from Pleasant River Fen, Nova Scotia, Canada: Impact on Blanding’s turtle habitat. I. Spooner, S. Stolze, *B. Martin, A. Robichaud, T. Herman, S. Mockford, B. Caverhill, *D. Mazzucchi, and *H. White. Wetlands.34: 1145-1158.
2014. Remote Predictive Mapping 5. Using a Lidar Derived DEM to Test the Influence of Variable Overburden Thickness and Bedrock on Drainage and Basin Morphometry *T. Webster, J. Gosse I. Spooner and B. Murphy.Geoscience Canada. 41: 89-205.
2013. The Neoglacial Deposits of the Bear River Glacier, British Columbia. R. Haspel*, G. Osborn and I. Spooner. The Holocene . 23:330-338
2013 Slope Failure Hazard in the Atlantic Provinces: A Review. I. Spooner, M. Batterson, N. Catto, D. Liverman, B. E. Broster, K. Kearns*, F. Isenor and G. W. McAskill Atlantic Geology. 49: 1-14.
2012. Canadian Groundwater Inventory: regional hydrogeological characterization of the Annapolis Valley aquifers. C. Rivard, D. Paradis, S. J. Paradis, A. Bolduc, R. H. Morin, S. Liao, S. Pullan, M.-J. Gauthier, S. Trépanier, A. Blackmore, I. Spooner, C. Deblonde, R. Boivin, R.A. Fernandes, S. Castonguay, T. Hamblin, Y. Michaud, J. Drage, C. Paniconi. Geological Survey of Canada Bulletin 598. 152 p.
2012 Delineation of lakes and channels in the Mackenzie Delta, NWT, using airborne LiDAR. N. Crasto*, C. Hopkinson, P. Marsh, D. Forbes and I. Spooner.
Remote Sensing and Hydrology. 352-16: 359-362.
2012. Spatial snow depth assessment in a mountainous watershed using LiDAR and GIS C. Hopkinson , T. Collins*, A. Anderson, J. Pomeroy, I. Spooner. Canadian Water Resources Journal. 37: 69-87
2012. The influence of groundwater on uranium migration in Grand Pré, Nova Scotia. M. Samolczyk*, I. Spooner and C. Stanley. Atlantic Geology 48:1-13
2010. Post-glacial climate change and its effect on a shallow dimictic lake in Nova Scotia, Canada: A chemostratigraphic and lithostratigraphic investigation. B. Lennox*, I. Spooner, T. Jull, W. Patterson. Journal of Paleolimnology. 43: 15-27.
Papers presented at Conferences and Colloquium (since 2013)
2015. A 10,000 year record of environmental change at Long Lake, Cumberland Marshes Region, Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border region, Canada. Dewey Dunnington, Chris White, Ian Spooner, Hilary White, Nelson O'Driscoll & Nic McLellan. TheAtlantic Geoscience Society 41th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. Jan 30-31, 2015. Sackville, NB. p.19
2015. A paleoenvironmental and paleogeographic reconstruction of the Terminal Archaic - Woodland Boswell site, Kingston, Nova Scotia. Erin McKee, Michael Deal & Ian Spooner. TheAtlantic Geoscience Society 41th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. Jan 30-31, 2015. Sackville, NB. p.30.
2014.Records of Late Holocene moisture regime from wetlands in Nova Scotia Canada. Spooner, I., *White, H., Principato, S., Stolze, S. and Hill, N. Abstracts with Program. Northeastern Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Lancaster, PA. 23-25 March, 2014 p.71
2014. A comparative Study of anthropogenic impact on dimictic lakes in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia: Implications for restoration and management. Misiuk, B., Tymstra, D., Spooner, I. and White, C. Abstracts with Programs. Northeastern Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Lancaster, PA. 23-25 March, 2014 p
2014. Examination of trace metals in gastropods to determine the potential for accumulation in the Border Marsh Region. Loder, A., Mallory, M., Spooner., I., McLauchlan, C., Englehardt, P., and White, C. TheAtlantic Geoscience Society 40th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. February 7-9, 2014. Wolfville, Nova Scotia. p.26.
2014 A comparative study of anthropogenic impact on dimictic lakes in Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia: Implications for restoration and management. Misiuk, B., Tymstra, D., Spooner, I. and White, C.TheAtlantic Geoscience Society 40th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. February 7-9, 2014. Wolfville, Nova Scotia. p.31
2014 Records of Late Holocene moisture regime from wetlands in Nova Scotia Canada. Spooner, I., *White, H., Principato, S., Stolze, S. and Hill, N. The Atlantic Geoscience Society 40th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. February 7-9, 2014. Wolfville, Nova Scotia. p.41
2014 Salt March Migration in the Prince Edward Island. Daniel, A., Webster, T., Spooner, I., and Hanson, A. The Atlantic Geoscience Society 40th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. February 7-9, 2014. Wolfville, Nova Scotia. p. 15.
2014 Fifty years of Environmental Geoscience in Atlantic Canada. Spooner, I.S.
The Atlantic Geoscience Society 40th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. February 7-9, 2014. Wolfville, Nova Scotia. p.40
2014 An integrated water quality forecasting model to restrict the harvesting of shellfish following extreme weather events. Mouland, C., Webster, T., Spooner. and Crowell, N. The Atlantic Geoscience Society 40th Colloquium and Annual Meeting, Program with Abstracts. February 7-9, 2014. Wolfville, Nova Scotia. p.32
2013 Spatio-temporal phenology of macroinvertebrates and bird use of coastal wetland landscape near Aulac, NB.Christine McLauchlan, Mark Mallory, Kirk Hillier, Nic McLellan, Ian Spooner. Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists . Program with Abstracts. Oct. 29-31, 2013. Sackville, NB.
2013. Paleolimnological records of post-glacial lake and wetland evolution from the Isthmus of Chignecto Region, Eastern Canada . White, H., Spooner, I., White, C., O'Driscoll, N., and Dunnington, D. 2013 Ontario-Quebec Paleolimnology Symposium.
2013. Tracking post-glacial lake and environmental evolution at Long Lake within the Isthmus of Chignecto Region of Nova Scotia. White, H., Spooner, I., White, C., O'Driscoll, N., and Dunnington, D. 2013 CANQUA-CCRG Biennial meeting , Edmonton AB.
2013 A paleolimnological record of anthropogenic impact on water quality in First Lake, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Drake Tymstra, Ian Spooner, Cliff Stanley and Chris White. Program with Abstracts. 2013 CANQUA-CCRG Biennial meeting , Edmonton AB.
2013 Sensitivity of Dimictic Lakes to Climate Change, A Paleolimnological Perspective. Spooner, I.S. Abstracts with Programs. Northeastern Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Bretton Woods, NH. 18-20 March, 2013 p. 23-1
2013 Bloody Creek: a possible low angled, multiple impact crater site in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada I. Spooner, P. Pufahl, T. Brisco, J. Morrow, M. Nalepa, J. Spray, and G. Stevens.Abstracts with Programs. Northeastern Section Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Bretton Woods, NH. 18-20 March, 2013 p. 66-4
2013 Lead accumulation in open water wet ecosystems in the Border Marshes region, Nova Scotia – New Brunswick. P. Englehardt, I. Spooner, M. Mallory, C. McLauchlan and N. McLellan. Program and Abstracts. 39th Annual Atlantic