In the Field

My pursuits in science and education have taken me into the field several times so far.

  • Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland

    I sampled waters from various locations including along a salinity transect in the Salmonier River on the Avalon Peninsula for my M.Sc. project. The results from this work are currently being prepared for submission to the journal Limnology and Oceanography: Methods.

  • Humber River watershed, Newfoundland

    I collected water samples and performed in-situ reverse osmosis for collection of high molecular weight dissolved organic matter at various sites in the Humber River watershed during a 10 day summer sampling campagin. These samples are part of the Ziegler laboratory’s investigation of the impact of warming climate on boreal forest dissolved organic matter reservoirs.

  • Chalk River, Ontario

    I was a participant in the University of Toronto Department of Geology’s Field Course III. The 9 day field course was held at the Chalk River Laboratories of Atomic Energy Canada Limited (AECL) and locations in Deep River. Skills learned included determining water table elevations and mapping flowpaths, and the assessment of 1) the biogeochemical cycling of iron and sulphur in a small lake and 2) the microbial activity of a wetland via the production of methane.

  • Deboullie Lakes Ecological Reserve (DLER), northern Maine

    I was one of 5 students from the University of Toronto selected to participate in an Experiential Study Project which included a 14 day field trip to northern Maine. We performed ground penetrating radar, mangetometry, and seismic refraction surveys at the Gardner Pond rock glacier and a potential archaeological site. We then analyzed the data collected in two teams over two terms following the field trip. Our results were presented in two posters at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Geological Association of Canada and the Mineralogical Association of Canada in 2008. I was the lead author of the Gardner Pond rock glacier poster.

  • Sudbury, Ontario, Val d’Or and Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

    I was selected as the representative of the University of Toronto for the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada Student-Industry Mineral Exploration Workshop (S-IMEW) in 2008. The S-IMEW is a 14 day all-expenses paid opportunity to learn about the mineral exploration industry in a hands-on setting. The workshop included many on-site visits with companies including Inco (now Vale), Xstrata and Agnico-Eagle. Some of the highlights were a visit to an active drilling sites, and underground tours at Goldex Mine in Val’Dor and McCreedy Mine in Sudbury.

  • Whitefish Falls, Ontario

    I participated in the University of Toronto Department of Geology’s Field Course I. The 11 day field camp is an introduction to field geology, including the creation of a stratigraphic section and a basic geological map.

Noteable minor excursions:

  • Crawford Lake – field hand for M.Sc. student Laura Lee
  • Don Valley Brickyards – field trip leader for GLG102 Earth Sciences

Lab Visits

I have also been fortunate enough to be a guest in Adina Paytan and Marilyn Fogel’s laboratories.

  • Barite separation at the Paytan Biogeochemisty Lab (4 weeks)
  • Stable hydrogen isotope work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegite Institution of Washington (4 months)