Dr. Ian Spooner
Head: Department of Earth and Environmental Science
Office Location: HSH 325
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.
Ph.D. University of Calgary (Geoscience) 1994. Quaternary Environmental Change in the Stikine Plateau Region of North-western British Columbia.
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.
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. 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. 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
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. 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