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Investigating the Microbial dynamics of microcystin-lr degradation

Cyanobacterial harmful algal blooms (CyanoHABs) and the associated hepatotoxins produced (e.g. microcystins, MCs) create a significant human health risk in freshwater lakes around the world. Microbial degradation has shown to be the most viable solution to MC removal due to it being safer, more… Continue Reading “Investigating the Microbial dynamics of microcystin-lr degradation”


Terrestrial environments provide important nutrients, such as phosphorus, to the freshwater tributaries that surround them. Despite current reduction efforts set out by agencies, there is still sufficient phosphorus loading discharged to freshwater systems inducing anthropogenically accelerated eutrophication. One method of phosphorus loading generates from… Continue Reading “PHOSPHORUS EQUILIBRIUM AS INFUENCED BY MICROBIAL COMMUNITITES WITHIN SEDIMENTS”

Aquatic Nutrient Dynamics in Freshwater Systems

**Stay tuned for details about some of our latest work in the Windsor-Essex Region, researching how nutrients pass through our ecosystems, their source/sink characteristics, and how they interact with particulate matter**

Remediation of AMD with mussel shell bioreactors

Acid mine drainage (AMD) occurs when uneconomical waste rock containing iron sulphides are exposed to the atmosphere, water, and microorganisms. This acidic water, if left untreated can damage ecosystems as it is acidic and contains high concentrations of dissolved metals and sulphate. A novel… Continue Reading “Remediation of AMD with mussel shell bioreactors”

Microbial mineral dissolution impacting metal mobilization

Great Lakes recreational water security

Recreational water usage is a major tourist attraction within the Laurentian Great Lakes, where pathogenic bacterial levels have increased substantially compared to historic trends. Freshwater quality assessments commonly rely on CFUs of broad or ambiguous taxa (i.e. enterococci) found within the water column and… Continue Reading “Great Lakes recreational water security”

Novel detoxification treatment for oil sands tailings: validating reclamation strategies

The Athabasca Oil Sands of Northern Alberta, Canada is one of the largest bitumen reserves in the world, producing millions of barrels of oil per day. Given proximity of the surface, open-pit mining is a primary method of extracting bitumen from the ground, producing… Continue Reading “Novel detoxification treatment for oil sands tailings: validating reclamation strategies”