Student Opportunities

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. Research projects focus 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. Research involves the study of fundamental physical, hydrological, and biogeochemical processes that control contaminant fate and are also relevant to a broad range of issues in earth and environmental sciences.

Student projects will involve the integration of leading edge field sampling techniques, well developed laboratory studies to isolate and investigate specific processes of interest, and the development and application of numerical models to aid in the interpretation of the data collected. In addition, students will have the opportunity to work within multidisciplinary teams involving university and government researchers as well as industrial partners to gain a broader perspective on relevant issues to industry and society.

Potential PhD and MSc projects include:

Modelling of oil sands tailing leachate transport in boreal wetlands:

Greenhouse gas cycling in agricultural: 

Investigation of colloidal metal transport in wetlands:

Interested students should contact Prof. Amos at Richard [dot] Amos [at] Carleton [dot] ca

Luke, Steven and Andrew digging a pit in the Ore Chimney waste-rock pile.