Earth and Environmental Science at Acadia offers programs leading to B.Sc. degrees in Environmental Science, Geology and Environmental Geoscience, and M.Sc. degrees in Geology, Environmental Science and Applied Geomatics.

Departmental News

Graduating students Jonathan Koulouras, Jack Carnochan, Keaton Markham, Graham Thorne, and Tyler Fox are officially APGNS Members in Training!  These graduating students and Dr. Cliff Stanley travelled to Halifax to participate in the annual APGNS Earth Ring ceremony on April 5th.

Congratulations on this milestone! (pun absolutely intended…)


Above: Jonathan Koulouras, Graham Thorne, Jack Carnochan, Keaton Markham, Tyler Fox, and Dr. Cliff Stanley show off their Earth Rings!

Above: Professor Emeritus Pat Ryall P.Geo (Dal) presenting an Earth Ring to Acadia Class of 2024 graduate Graham Thorne.

A contingent from Earth and Environmental Science attended the Science Atlantic Environment Conference in Charlottetown PEI this past weekend (Match 22-24).

Photo: Arwen Estrada Perez; Jara deHoog; Dr. O’Driscoll; Hayley Newell; Holly Turner; Hannah Hayes Clara Ryan].


Five oral presentations were given by students on the following topics:

Holly Turner, Acadia University: Examining temporal trends in the production and bioaccumulation of methylmercury in a restored wetland habitat

Clara Ryan, Acadia University: Effects of biochar and Rhizophagus irregularis on Malus domestica, variety Honeycrisp, in the presence of apple, replant disease pathogens

Hayley Newel, Acadia University: MeHg and THg concentrations of Hawaiian invertebrates and surface soils: potential volcanogenic influence

Jara de Hoog, Acadia University: Technology and capitalism in Nova Scotia’s new climate change plan

Arwen Estrada, Acadia University: Utilization of marine and coastal fungi as bioremediation tools for plastic pollution

Students enjoyed a student social on the Friday night with triva as well as Keynote lectures at the conference and a banquet with career panel discussions. Next Year’s SAEC will be held at Mount Allison University in 2025, followed by Acadia University in March of 2026. Dr. O’Driscoll was named the chair of the SAEC committee for 2024-2025. Everyone enjoyed meeting other research students and faculty from across eastern Canada.