Environmental Sciences Group

Royal Military College of Canada

ESG's Expertise:

Overview

Since 1989 the Environmental Sciences Group (ESG) of the Royal Military College of Canada has played an important role in some of the most complex environmental cleanups in Canada. Working in the most remote areas on Earth, using processes developed by our researchers, we have become a leading authority on the investigation, remediation and monitoring of contaminants in the environment.

ESG has an active, dynamic research program focused on collaborative and interdisciplinary studies of environmental problems. Our staff; chemists, geologists, biologists, hydrogeologists, environmental scientists, geomatics specialists, and engineers; conduct fundamental and applied research with particular focus on the assessment and remediation of remote contaminated sites. ESG develops scientific guidance for practitioners and site-owners for the long-term monitoring of terrestrial and aquatic contaminated sites. ESG offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an environment in which they can see their research turn into products, processes and policies.

ESG’s analytical sciences division provides highly specialized, non-routine analysis for emerging contaminants (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs), nanoparticles) as well as speciation and bioaccessibility testing for arsenic.

Past and Current Projects Across Canada

Fundamental Research

ESG conducts fundamental and applied research programs focused on collaborative and interdisciplinary studies of environmental problems. Fundamental research includes topics such as emerging contaminant detection, microbial community analysis for bioremediation, use of wetlands for water pollution control, arsenic speciation and transformation, bioaccessibility, and risk assessment. By providing ”real-world” field laboratories, ESG offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in an environment in which they can see their research turned into products, processes and policies.

Graduate student research may be supervised by Dr. Kela Weber, Dr. Michael Hulley, Dr. Iris Koch, Dr. Tamsin Laing or Dr. Daniela Loock. Experts from our scientific team are also available for guidance and supervision as needed. ESG provides full logistical support for field work conducted as part of student research projects. Contact us if you are interested in undergraduate or graduate research at ESG.

Additional information can be found at WeberWetlandLab.ca.

Contact us for more information:

Kela Weber
PhD, PEng

Director, ESG

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Michael Hulley
PhD, PEng

Associate Director, ESG

Department Head, Civil Engineering

Daniela Loock
PhD, CChem

Associate Director, ESG

Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Darren White
BScH

Program and Operations Manager, ESG