Dr. Richard Amos

The availability of potable water for human populations varies dramatically throughout the world and will remain an issue of primary concern as this resource is stressed by population increase and the uncertainty of climate change. In many places mining and industrial activities pose additional threats to water resources that can create human health or ecological concerns. Managing these risks is a significant challenge of our generation. My research focuses on understanding the biogeochemical reactions and transport processes that affect groundwater quality in and around mining and industrial sites with a focus on improving strategies for managing waste and remediating contaminated sites. This research involves the study of fundamental physical, hydrological, and biogeochemical processes that are also relevant to a broad range of issues in earth and environmental sciences.


Dr. Amos with Governor GeneralThe NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation was awarded to the Diavik Waste Rock Research Team, highlighting a 10 year collaboration between Diavik Diamond Mines Inc and partners at four Canadian universities including the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia. Waterloo and Carleton University