Research Scientist/Adjunct Professor
Lead researcher on
Quality of drinking-water in the remote community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Southern Labrador: Assessment of residents' perceptions Oct 2014
A framework for better understanding drinking-water quality in small community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Southern Labrador: Implications for optimization and protection of the municipality supplied water Oct 2014 - Sep 2016
Documenting spatial and temporal variations of subsurface contaminants using tree-cores in the remote community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Southern Labrador: Implications for the design of effective waste management strategies Aug 2014
Geology, mineralogy and geochemistry of vanadium-rich oxide mineralization in the Paleoproterozoic massif anorthosite in the in the Cape Caribou River Allochthon, Grenville Province, Southeast Labrador Jun 2014
MUN and North West River, Sitting in a Tree Feb 2014 - Feb 2014
Active Research Interests
-Geochemistry, mineralogy and petrology of mineral deposits to elucidate the processes responsible for the deposit formation and the development of new exploration tools for the search of new deposits (e.g. magmatic Fe-Ti-V oxide, ironsand, Ni-Cu sulphide
Ore characterization by using several analytical methods, such as petrography, XRD, SEM/EDS, mineral liberation analyser (MLA), EPMA, LA-ICP-MS and image analysis software and applications to mineral processing and metallurgical extraction (e.g. vanadium-
Mineralogical characterization of mine wastes to evaluate their potential environmental impact and development of stabilization method to reduce the risk of pollutant transfer.
Applications of Hand-Held X-ray Fluorescence (HH-XRF), a portable technique for on-site (field) chemical measurements, in mineral exploration, mining/ore grade control, mineral processing, and assessment of heavy metal pollution in soil.
Phytoscreening and dendrochemistry to detect and delineate subsurface contamination in Canada's North environment.
Hydrochemistry and stable isotopes (18O and 2H) assessment of groundwater, surface water and drinking water, and applications in the management of drinking-water quality in remote northern communities.
Mineralogy, physical-mechanical characteristics of natural (or dimension) stone and application in assessment of the quarry potential (e.g. anorthosite outcrops in Labrador).
Special Equipment and Facilities
North West River Research station operated by the Labrador Institute of Memorial University.
Ore and rock samples preparation instrumentation, such as cutting rock saw, saw for the production of thin sections and polished thin sections, Jaw crusher, disk mill, hydraulic rock press, and sieve shakers and sieves.
Petrographic microscope with transmitted and reflected light and digital camera for capturing high resolution images, and coupled with image analysis software.
Stereomicroscopes with digital camera for capturing high quality images.
Hand-Held X-ray Fluorescence (HH-XRF) analyzer.
Microwave Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES).
Emerging Research Interests
Applications of dendrochemistry (the study of trace element concentrations within tree rings) to the search for concealed mineral deposits.
Application of phytoscreening method (the study of organic compounds in tree cores) to detect Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in the subarctic-artic environment.