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

The 2nd year Environmental Science Field School was taught in April this year and we had fantastic sunny weather for most of the week! We had 18 ENVS students enrolled and help from a wide variety of instructors from Academia, Government, and NGOs. The students learned practical multidisciplinary field skills and hands on training both outside and in the labs. The field school program this year covered many topics including geological mapping, research design, salt marsh biogeochemistry, sand barren ecology, plant identification, forest ecology, mycology, invertebrate collection and identification, and plastic pollution / bioaccumulation. Looking forward to next year!

Dr. Mark Mallory and students in a K.C. Irving Environmental Laboratory.

ENVS Field School class

Working on fine motor skills!

Tree coring!

Third and fourth-year students from the igneous, metamorphic, and tectonics classes this year took part in a 2-day field trip around the southern half of Nova Scotia lead by Dr. Barr and Dr. van Rooyen. Students and Dr. Donnelly Archibald from St.FX also came along, and the trip was generously supported by a Nova Scotia MRDF Education Grant.

The trip started in the Bridgewater area at the contact between the Goldenville and Halifax Groups, and continued down the coast to Shelburne for some spectacular metamorphic rocks and beautiful plutons which were great even in the rain. The second day started from the Yarmouth lighthouse and continued up the Fundy coast to Bear River, fortunately in beautiful sunshine!

Students examining the Cunard Formation.

A spectacular peperite!

Halifax Group rocks at Cape St. Mary, geologist for scale...


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.