Development, application, and testing of an environmental fate model for assessing wastewater remediation capacity of treatment wetlands

The development of the oil sands has led to a large consumption of freshwater in Canada. The wastewater that is produced is contaminated with many industrial pollutants leading the provincial government of Alberta to issue a “zero-discharge” policy for untreated wastewater. This project will investigate treatment wetlands as an option for reclaiming oil sands-related wastewater.

Testing efficacy of bird deterrents for use at wind energy facilities

For this project the intern will place a predator owl deterrent at the base of a wind turbine and hang nest boxes at a distance of at least 200 m from a wind turbine. The expected result of implementing the predator owl and the nest boxes will be a decline in bird mortalities occurring at three wind-energy sites in Nova Scotia. These sites will be monitored for 12 weeks during spring and fall 2016 bird migration periods (May 16th – June 10th & August 15th – October 7th).

Long-Term Ecosystem Monitoring of the British Columbia Coast across a Gradient of Human Stressors - Year Two

Proposed developments (pipelines, super-tankers) along the coast of BC have the potential to negatively impact (shell)fisheries. Direct monitoring of fisheries can only detect negative impacts which have already occurred; therefore, indicator species (meiofauna) and environmental variables are monitored to detect disturbances before productivity is impacted. Our project will monitor intertidal ecosystems (numerous species and environmental variables) spanning the entire coast of BC, across a gradient of human impacts, long term.

Life Cycle Assessment of Diesel Fuel Production from Woody Biomass in Nova Scotia

As concerns grow globally about resource scarcity and the impacts of climate change, there is greater need to develop alternative energy systems to support our economic activities. As new technologies are developed, there is also a need to fully understand their potential environmental benefits and impacts so we can make design improvements and so governments and consumers can make informed choices. CelluFuel Inc. is a Nova Scotia-based start-up company looking to produce biodiesel made from wood wastes from forestry activities as a substitute for diesel in heavy-duty vehicle transport.

Rethinking Seafood Production: Developing Sustainable Communities with Land-Raised Fish

Tides Canada strives to connect researchers and initiatives across the Canada to take on tough social and environmental challenges. The program support of Tides Canada will bring high-level research from the three interns under the guidance of Mark Roseland, an expert in sustainable community development. Our collaboration will unveil new resources for Tides Canada?s community based aquaculture projects and provide innovative solutions to implement aquaculture technology with community development as the primary focus.

Development of An Alternative Landfill Barrier Material From Treatment Plant Residual Solids

This project will take existing waste material(s), blended with a stabilization agent and create a useful material that can be used as a cover material for a landfill. The waste materials will consist of residual material from municipal water or waste water treatment plants, pulp and paper plants combined with waste materials that are residual from industrial processes such as cement manufacturing, energy generation, etc. The material to be created will be engineered to have desirable properties to act as a suitable cover material replacement for clay in a landfill.

Prioritizing decision-making for agriculture and conservation in North America’s prairies under climate change and land-use change

Wetland habitats are critically important to many animal and plant species, and they are in trouble. The North American prairies, for example, comprise some of the most productive wetland habitats in the world, but many areas of the prairies have lost up to 90% of their wetlands and more than 90% of their native grasslands due to farming practices and more recently, climate change. This project will build a decision-support framework to prescribe the conservation actions needed to sustain wetland biodiversity in the face of climate and land-use changes.

Evaluation of the potential benefits of the implementation of battery-powered electric LHD (load-haul-dump) machines in the conditions of a deep underground gold mine

This project will offer a comprehensive review of the latest battery electric-powered equipment addressed to UG mining industry. Consequently, the research will contribute to a better understanding of the technology. Westwood mine will assist the student with his research with the opportunity of acquiring experimental data on battery electric prototypes. The enquiry will serve to either justify or preclude the use of battery-electric vehicles as a possible way out to diesel powered vehicles usage in UG mining operations.

Developing a Business Model for a Cleantech Accelerator

Technology business accelerators represents a relatively recent concept to accelerate the growth of technology companies. Little research has been done on how to best implement this concept to different sectors and the specific needs of the Cleantech sector received even less attention. My research will explore current accelerators’ design and develop a new business model for a Cleantech business accelerator that will be tailored to local conditions, expertise, and needs in the Greater Peterborough Area.

A fully customized image sensor for fluorescence imaging in biomedicine

Customized image sensors will be designed by EnviroSen specifically for advanced microscopes used in biomedical imaging. The goal is to develop image sensors with improved efficiency, image resolution and speed compared to existing technologies for novel microscopes for fluorescence lifetime imaging. The McMaster Biophotonics group has recently developed a novel microscope that is capable of detecting fluorescence lifetimes of biological samples with 400 times improvement in image acquisition speed.