Centre for Environment and SustainabilityWestern Science

Research Areas

2016 Seed Grants

Water Resources and Contamination

Seed grant proposals in this research area should aim to improve the quality of water in reservoirs, including, but not limited to, groundwater, wastewater, coastal water, wetlands, rivers, and lakes. Studies involving the contamination of water by pollutants and their effect on ecosystems are welcome, but should include potential solutions or suggestions for mitigation.

Selected: “From Production to Water Pollution: the fate of plastic products and their role as anthropogenic hazards”

Kelly Jazvac (Visual Arts), Kelly Wood (Visual Arts), Kirsty Robertson (Visual Arts), Patricia Corcoran (Earth Sciences), Elizabeth Gillies (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering/Chemistry), Kathleen Hill (Biology/Computer Science)

Climate and Atmospheric Change

Seed grant proposals in this research area should aim to evaluate the effects of climate and/or atmospheric change on the adaptation of flora and/or fauna. Research areas could focus on topics including, but not limited to, atmosphere and biosphere gas exchange, the response to climate extremes, evidence for changing paleoclimate, and monitoring ecosystems. Proposals should include potential suggestions for mitigation.  Researchers are encouraged to include some aspect of environmental economics, climate change politics, and climate change law.

Selected: “Back to the Future: The Last 2000 Years of Environmental and Climatic Change in Southern Ontario”

Lisa Hodgetts (Anthropology), Fred Longstaffe (Earth Sciences), Katrina Moser (Geography) and Elizabeth Webb (Earth Sciences)

 

Nutrients, Contaminants and Remediation of Soils and Sediment

Seed grant proposals in this research area should aim to improve the quality of soils and/or sediment, and may focus on issues such as, but not limited to, nutrient cycling, soil ecology, plant-metal interactions, plant-soil interactions, soil chemistry, agriculture, and urban agriculture. Studies involving the contamination of soils/sediment are welcome, but should include potential solutions or suggestions for mitigation. 

Selected: “Uptake of benzalkonium chlorides by plants grown using wastewater sludge”

Mita Ray (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering), Sheila Macfie (Biology) and Sarah Mason (Geography)

Natural and Anthropogenic Hazards

Seed grant proposals in this research area should aim to evaluate the effects of natural and human-induced hazards on Earth’s ecosystems. Topics include, but are not limited to, induced seismicity, earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, vegetation change, forest disturbance, forest fires, and mining. Studies involving the nature of hazards are welcome, but should include potential solutions or suggestions for mitigation and/or remediation.

Selected: “Assessing variation in forest fire intensity (present, past and future)”

Douglas Woolford (Statistics and Actuarial Sciences), Elizabeth Webb (Earth Sciences), and Craig Miller (Civil and Environmental Engineering)

Clean Technology

Seed grant proposals in this research area should aim to explore ideas for development or improvement of clean technology. Topics may include, but are not limited to, wind engineering, nuclear energy and nuclear waste disposal, solar and wind power generation, biofiltration and biofuels, alternative energy, and waste as a resource.

Selected: “Vibration Monitoring and Site Assessment at Wind Turbine Location(s) in Southern Ontario”

Matt Davison (Statistics and Actuarial Sciences), Sheri Molnar (Earth Sciences), Tim Newson (Civil and Environmental Engineering)