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

On January 12 four co-op students presented their public reports on their placements completed in the summer of 2023. It was great hearing about their varied work experience and everything they learned. Thank you to Beth MacKenzie for organizing and being a great support to the students!

Brady MacLean worked as a freshwater research assistant with Parks Canada, Kejimkujik National Park, Maitland Bridge, Nova Scotia. Ulric Mortimer IV spent the summer with Nova Agri Inc., Vital Berry Farms, Centreville, Nova Scotia as a horticultural and hydroponic research assistant. Leah Mymin worked at Teck Coal Limited, Sparwood, British Columbia in a geology co-op student position. Abbey Smith worked as an assistant field technician at Environment and Climate Change Canada, Moncton, New Brunswick.

Co-op students with coordinator Beth MacKenzie.

Acadia Geology MSc student Amanda Smith and Professor Deanne van Rooyen spent a week in Dresden, Germany, in December doing U-Pb zircon dating.  They worked in the Geochronology Lab at the Senckenberg Natural History Museum at the invitation of the lab director, Dr. Ulf Linnemann.  Amanda was analyzing zircon grains to determine the age of ironstone in the Cobequid Highlands of northern mainland Nova Scotia, and Dr. van Rooyen was analyzing detrital zircon in Cambrian sedimentary rocks from southern New Brunswick. The zircon grains for analysis were picked, annealed, and polished in preparation for analysis in a new lab at established at Acadia by Dr. van Rooyen.  Amanda’s travel to Germany was supported by a grant from the Mineralogical Association of Canada and research funds from her supervisor, Sandra Barr.


Photo caption: Amanda (right) and Dr. van Rooyen examining some of the amazing rocks and mineral samples in the collections of the Senckenberg Natural History Museum, Dresden.

December was a busy month for EES! We started the month with some EES representation outside of our traditional haunts when Dr. McMullin (tenor) and Dr. van Rooyen (harp) performed in the Acadia University Chorus’ concert on December 3rd.

Photo caption: Drs. McMullin and Van Rooyen after their choral concert! We clean up well…

The ESSA and Fletcher Clubs also hosted the annual potluck for the department in the Faculty Club on December 6th. The food was excellent and there was an excellent turn-out from students and faculty, it was an excellent send-off before exams for everyone.

Once exams started students hit the books very hard. ESSA hosted some study nights in Huggins, complete with hot chocolate, snacks, decorations, and the nicest touch of all, a roaring virtual fire (mostly harmless, definitely approved by health and safety)…

Photo caption: ESSA students at Study Night.