Acadia E&ES programs featured in Maclean's

Posted earlier this year on Maclean's Education section, "On-the-ground study with Acadia University’s environmental science".

In a small community in northern Nova Scotia, a pulp and paper mill has been spewing contaminated water into the nearby lake for the better part of five decades. Now, the provincial government is calling for Boat Harbour—currently full of black, gooey sediment—to be restored to its original state as a tidal estuary that once carried fresh water to the open sea.

Rarely does an undergraduate’s thesis carry so much influence on a consequential project. “I’m over the moon,” says Holmes. “It’s overwhelming in some senses, but it’s exciting. I feel really fortunate to be in this position, to work with these people so early in my career.”

At Acadia, that interaction is possible because of small class sizes, ranging from about 40 to 100 students, and access to the field, which gives students the hands-on experience needed to jump into big industry projects immediately after—and often before—graduation.

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