Dr. Ian Spooner

Head: Department of Earth and Environmental Sciencetl_files/sites/ees/Images/people/Spooner.jpg
Environmental Science Program
M.Sc. in Applied Geomatics
The Morton Centre

Office Location: HSH 325
Phone  (902) 585-1312
Email: ian.spooner@acadiau.ca

Ian Spooner (P. Geo, Ph.D.) has been a professor at Acadia in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science for the past 26 years. He has supervised 30 Masters and 48 B.Sc. 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 and the Acadia Faculty of Pure and Applied Science Teaching Award.

Scholarly interests
Funding and Awards (since 2015)
Published and Accepted Papers (since 2015)


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

Applied Physical Limnology
Surface water – Groundwater Interaction
Environmental Change
Applied Geomorphology


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 2015)

2019 MITACS Accelerate Award: Application of paleolimnological tools for assessing the transfer of marine derived nutrients and toxins to fresh water systems, Nova Scotia Canada: Focus on Alewife within the Gaspereau Lake watershed. 2019.

2018 NSERC Discovery Grant: Arsenic in Lakes in Nova Scotia 2018 -2023

2018 NSERC CREATE funding for ASPIRE (Aquatic Systems Professional and Industrial Training for the Restoration Economy, Dr. Rob Jamieson, Principal applicant), I Spooner Collaborator.

2018 Nova Scotia Lands Research Grant: Tracking contamination in Sitmu’k, Pictou Landing First Nation, Nova Scotia 2018-2019.

2018 NSERC Engage Award: Impacts of watershed development and environmental change on Lakes in Cape Breton Regional Municipality

2017 Acadia University Research Fund (Article 25.55).  Environmental Change in lakes. $3500.

2017 Nova Scotia Lands Research Grant: Tracking contamination in Boat Harbour, Pictou, Nova Scotia 2017-2019.

2015 NSERC Engage Plus Award: Impacts of watershed development and environmental change on Lakes in Halifax Regional Municipality

2015 Acadia University Research and Graduate Studies Support: Environmental Change Avon River, Nova Scotia.

Published and Accepted Papers (since 2015)

2019. Correlates of Waterbody Characteristics and the Occurrence or Diversity of Larval Amphibians in Central Ontario, Canada. A. L. Loder, R. Weeber, S. N. P. Wong, I. S. Spooner and Mark L. Mallory. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-019-02698-8.

2019. Effect of different sediment dewatering techniques on subsequent particle sizes in industrial derived effluent.  Alimohammadi, M; Tackley, H., Lake, C., Jamieson, R., Spooner, I., Walker, T., Gan, C., Bossy, K., Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering. Accepted

2019. Examples of large-scale rock slope deformation from the Tablelands and Lookout Hills of Western Newfoundland, Canada. I. Spooner, D. Dunnington, J. Gosse, G. Osborn, A. R. Berger and I. Brookes. In Geomorphological Landscapes of Eastern Canada. Ed. Catto, N., and Slaymaker, O.  Springer-Verlag.

2019. Evaluating the utility of elemental measurements obtained from factory-calibrated field-portable X-Ray Fluorescence units for aquatic sediments. D. W. Dunnington, I. S. Spooner, M. L. Mallory, C. E. White, and G. Gagnon. Environmental Pollution. ENVPOL_2018_2719_R1

2018. Water chemistry of managed waterfowl wetlands in coastal Bay of Fundy, Canada: Regional comparisons and temporal trends. A. L. Loder, I. S. Spooner, N. R. McLellan, J. Kurek, A. Hanson, M. L. Mallory. Wetlands Ecology and Management. DOI: 10.1007/s13157-018-1101-y

2018. Separating anthropogenic watershed activity using bulk sediment geochemistry. D. W. Dunnington, I. S. Spooner, C. E. White, W. H. Krkošek, R. J. Cornett, and G. A. Gagnon. Lakes and Reservoir Management. ULRM-2017-0088

2018. Using a linked table-based structure to encode self-describing multiparameter spatiotemporal data. *D. Dunnington and I. Spooner. FACETS-2017-0026

2018. Nutrient availability reduced in older rural impoundments in coastal Bay of Fundy, Canada. *A. L. Loder; M. L. Mallory; I. S. Spooner; *M. Turner; N. R. McLellan. Hydrobiologia. HYDR-D-17-00118.

2017. 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. Wetlands Ecology and Management. 1:1-18

 2017. A paleolimnological archive of metal sequestration and release in the Cumberland Basin Marshes, Atlantic Canada. *D. Dunnington, *H. White, I. Spooner, M. Mallory, N. O’Driscoll, C. White and N. McLellan. FACETS. 2:440-460

2017. Late Holocene records of changing moisture regime from wetlands in southwestern Nova Scotia, Canada: implications for wetland conservation and restoration. I.S. Spooner, S. Principato, N. Hill, * H. White, *D. Dunnington, T. Neily, and S. Stolze, Northeastern Naturalist. 24:331-338

2017. Modelling the effect of convex upward deformation and horizontal sectioning on paleolimnological data. Journal of Paleolimnology. * D. Dunnington and I.S. Spooner. JOPL-D-16-0008

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. *D. W. Dunnington I.S. Spooner C.E. White, R.J. 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. A LiDAR-based decision-tree classification of open water surfaces in an Arctic delta. *Crasto, N., Hopkinson, C., Forbes, D., Marsh, P., Lesack, L., Spooner, I. Remote Sensing of Environment. 164:90-102.

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, and G. Stevens. Atlantic Geology. 51: 44-50

2015. Colonial marine birds influence island soil chemistry through biotransport of trace elements. M. L.  Mallory, *L. Mahon, *M. D. Simon, I. Spooner, C. White, and G. R. Milton.  Water, Air, & Soil Pollution.  226:31