James Kuchta

Research Staff
Atmospheric Forensics Research Group
Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science
Faculty of Engineering, Dalhousie University
Room N114, Sexton Campus
1360 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 2X4, Canada

Tel: 1-902-494-3278

e-mail: j.s.kuchta@gmail.com

Education

Bachelor of Science, Major Biology                                                                       2002 – 2006
Bishops University, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Graduated with distinction

Research and Project Management Experience

Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Primary Investigator: Dr. Mark Gibson
Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science
Research Scientist

Centre Science Horizon Youth Internship                                             Aug 2009 – May 2011

Research Technician                                                                            Feb 2008 – April 2008

Empirical Thesis*                                                                                Sept 2005 - May 2006

Student Research Assistant*Summer 2005  

*Positions were held at Bishops University under the supervision of Dr. Jade Savage

Publications and Conference Presentations
Gibson, M.D., Heal, M.R., Li, Z., Kuchta, J., King, G.H., Hayes, A. and Lambert, S. (2012) The spatial and seasonal variation of nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Canada and the association with lichen abundance. Atmospheric Environment (accepted for publication). (pdf)

Gibson, M.D. (invited speaker), James Kuchta, Lucy Chisholm, Tom Duck, Richard Leaitch, Jason Hopper, Stephen Beauchamp, David Waugh, Gavin King, Jeffrey Pierce, David Oram and Paul Palmer. Receptor modelling of surface atmospheric particulate matter in support of aircraft measurements of Boreal forest fire smoke outflow over Eastern Canada during the summer of 2011. 46th CMOS congress Montreal, May 29 to June 1, 2012. (pdf)

Wheeler, A.J., Gibson, M.D., Ward, T.J., Allen, R.W., Guernsey, J.R., Seaboyer,  M., Kuchta, J., Gould, R. and Stieb, D.M. (2011) Reductions in Residential Wood Smoke Concentrations and Infiltration Efficiency using Electrostatic Air Cleaner Interventions. Paper in the proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Indoor Air, Austin Texas. June 5 – 10, 2011. (pdf)

Gibson, M.D., David Waugh, Doug Steves, Dave Henderson, Judy Guernsey, Matt Seaboyer, James Kuchta, Gavin King, Neil Brewster, Dave Stieb, Amanda Wheeler, Richard Gould, Marie-ÈveHéroux, Keith Van Ryswyk. 2011. Quantifying the variation of the AQHI in urban Halifax and the rural Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada. CMOS 2011 Congress, Victoria, BC, June 6 – 9, 2011.

Wheeler, A.J., Gibson, M.D., (presenter), Ward, T.J., Allen, R.W., Guernsey, J.R., Seaboyer, M., Kuchta, J., Gould, R. and Stieb, D.M. (2011) Reductions in Residential Wood Smoke Concentrations and Infiltration Efficiency using Electrostatic Air Cleaner Interventions. Paper, 12th International Conference on Indoor Air, Austin Texas. June 5 – 10, 2011.

Mark Gibson, Tony J. Ward, Amanda J. Wheeler, Judy R. Guernsey, Matt P. Seaboyer, Patrick Bazinet, Gavin H. King, Neil K. Brewster, James Kuchta, Adrian MacDonald, Jenna Higgins, Ryan Potter, Dave M. Stieb (2010). Woodsmoke source apportionment, home infiltration and air cleaner intervention assessment in the Rural Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia, Canada. 12th Symposium of the International Commission on Atmospheric Chemistry and Global Pollution. Halifax, July 11-16 2010.

Kuchta, J. & Savage, J. (2008). Revision of the new world fauna of Mesembrina Meigen (Diptera: Muscidae) with the description of a new neotropical species. Zootaxa, 1689, 29-50.

Kuchta, J. & Savage, J. (2006). A Taxonomic Revision of the New World Fauna of Mesembrina Meigen (Diptera: Muscidae) with Description of the First Neotropical Species. Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of Canada. Montreal, QC. Nov 18–22 2006.

Academic Awards

The J.K. Lowther Prize in Biology                                                                   2005-2006
Nancy Dawes Scholarship, Bishop’s University                                               2005-2006
NSERC USRA Scholarship Award                                                                 2005
Bishops University Foundation Scholarship                                                      2004-2005
Richard Tomlinson Scholarship in Science                                                       2002-2003
Honour Roll, Bishop’s University                                                                    2002-2006
First Catholic Slovak Union Scholarship                                                          2002

Technical Skills

Communication and Computer Skills

-           Internet-based databases of scientific literature; for example: PubMed, EBSCO Host and Science Direct
-           Experience using Microsoft Office programs such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

Field Work Experience
-           Coordinating and carrying out extensive field sampling campaigns
-           Operating and maintaining equipment necessary for field work
-           Maintenance of neat and accurate records in the field
-           Collection of insect specimens, including capture, mounting, preservation, labeling and storage in the field

Laboratory Skills
-           Diverse laboratory experience, including ordering supplies, setting up and maintaining equipment, and maintaining a safe laboratory space
-           Experienced in data collection and analysis
-           Ability to operate basic laboratory instruments (e.g. manual micropipetter, scale, centrifuge)
-           Trained in the operation of Sartorius SE2-F Ultra-Micro balance used for filters
-           Experienced in the maintenance and operation of dissecting and compound microscopes
-           Experience working autonomously and as part of a team in the laboratory
-           Trained fellow students on laboratory safety and basic laboratory skills
-           Trained in techniques for dissecting, mounting and drawing insect specimens through the use of dissecting and compound microscopes

Extra Involvement and Interests

Working and Traveling in New Zealand                                                           2007

Bishops Biology Club                                                                                     2002-2006
President: 2005-2006
           
Bishops University Alpine Ski Team                                                                2002-2004

Relevant Employment Experience

Granite Springs Golf Club, Bayside, Nova Scotia                                    May - Nov 2008
Greens Keeper

Turoa Ski Field, Mt. Ruapheu, New Zealand,                                            June - Oct 2007
Snowmaking Assistant                                                                                                 

Lift Operator                                                                                                               

Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec                                                                       
Lab Demonstrator                                                                                            Sept - Dec 2005