Acadia researchers receive $1.8 million in NSERC funding


Fifteen Acadia University researchers have received more than $1.8 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). Announced Friday, September 8, 2017 by Minister of Science, the Hon. Kirsty Duncan, eleven faculty members and four students from the Acadia community have been awarded a combined total of $1,854,988 from NSERC’s 2017 competitions for Discovery Grants and graduate and post-graduate scholarships.  

2017 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Masters:

Alice Lacaze-Masmonteil, MSc in Applied Mathematics and Statistics – “Counting NonGraceful Labelings of Trees” ($17,500 for one year)

Sarah Dunn, MSc in Geology – “Ironstone, Iron and Phosphorous Cycling, and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event” ($17,500 for one year)

2017 NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral:

Jennifer Morgan Brown, Acadia alumna, formerly supervised by Dr. Phil Taylor, Biology – “The Effects of Migration Strategy on Memory and Post-Fledgling Exploration in Catharus Thrushes” ($105,000 over three years)

2017 NSERC Post-Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral:

Amanda Loder, Acadia alumna, formerly supervised by Dr. Mark Mallory and Dr. Ian Spooner, Biology – “Potential of Managed Coastal Wetlands to Provide Compensating Ecosystem Services” ($63,000 over three years)

2017 NSERC Discovery Accelerator Supplement:

Dr. Kirk Hiller, Biology – “Pheromone Blend Complexity in Heliothine Moths” ($120,000 over three years)

2017 NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grant:

Dr. Nelson O’Driscoll, Earth and Environmental Science – “Replacement of Total Mercury in Solids Analyzer for the Analysis of Mercury Contamination in Sensitive Ecosystems” ($61,738)

2017 NSERC Discovery Grants:

Dr. Allison Walker, Biology – “Biodiversity and Hydrocarbon Degradation Capacity of Marine Fungi” ($130,000 over five years)

Dr. Kirk Hillier, Biology – “Pheromone Blend Complexity in Heliothine Moths” ($264,000 over five years)

Dr. Trevor Avery, Biology – “The Effects of Variability in Fisheries Conservation; Citizen Science Monitoring and Modeling” ($120,000 over five years)

Dr. Mark Mallory, Biology – “Habitat Connectivity: Terrestrial and Marine Hotspots for Seabirds, Chemical Biotransport, and the Role of Seabirds in Coastal Ecosystems” ($200,000 over five years)

Dr. Mike Stokesbury, Biology – “Detection and Avoidance of Tidal Turbines by Fishes” ($120,000 over five years)

Dr. Elhadi Shakshuki, Computer Science – “Cooperative Intelligent Distributed Systems for Indoor Localization” ($100,000 over five years)

Dr. Peir Pufahl, Earth and Environmental Science – “Ironstone, phosphorite, and nutrient cycling during Paleozoic biodiversification” ($110,000 over five years)

Dr. Hugh Chipman, Mathematics and Statistics – “Methods for Statistical Learning” ($146,250 over five years)

Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, Physics – “Electroweak Processes at NLO and NNLO Level” ($175,000 over five years)

Dr. Craig Bennett, Physics – “Materials at the Nanoscale: Structure, Properties and Applications” ($105,000 over five years)


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