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
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
- Halifax Shipping Emission’s Study May 2011 – Present
- Set up several field sampling sites, which included building platforms for instruments as well as fencing to protect them.
- Established Field and Lab procedures for the various studies being conducted.
- Responsible for managing volunteers and interns within the lab and into the field.
- Trusted with ensuring all relevant QA/QC procedures are upheld
Centre Science Horizon Youth Internship Aug 2009 – May 2011
- Using SAS software, organized, processed and analyzed large amounts of Air Quality Data.
- Produced Graphs using SAS, Sigma plot and Microsoft Excel for use in various presentations and papers.
- Trained in the use various analytical techniques such as CMB (Chemical Mass Balance), PCA (Principle component analysis), PMF (Positive MatrixFactorization) and Recursive and Mixed model analysis.
- Preparing samples for the field and their extraction upon return.
- Training new technicians in the use of various air quality monitoring equipment for air quality studies
Field Technician/Scheduling Coordinator Dec 2008 – Aug 2009
- Health Canada50 Home Indoor Air Quality Study
- Responsible for the setup, maintenance and take down of various instruments used to measure air quality in and outside the home
- Administered questionnaires to homeowners regarding conditions inside the home
- Cataloged all samples brought back to the lab
- In charge of scheduling all visits to participant homes.
Research Technician Feb 2008 – April 2008
- Responsible for basic laboratory tasks such as maintaining stock solutions and buffer solutions, organizing laboratory space and washing glassware
- Participated in several experiments in which immunohistochemistry was performed
- Performed microscopy in order to identify astrocytes that had been labelled with GFAP and microglia that had been labelled with CD11b/c in the lumbar spinal cord
Bishops University, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Student Research Assistant*Summer 2006
- Field sampling of insect specimens.
- Planned and executed field sampling trips to various locations throughout the province of Quebec
- Assisted fellow students with the collection, identification and cataloging of specimens from the family Fanniidae (Diptera) found on dead and decaying plant and animal matter
Empirical Thesis* Sept 2005 - May 2006
- A Taxonomic Revision of the New World Fauna of Mesembrina Meigen (Diptera: Muscidae) with Description of the First Neotropical species.
- Coordinated with numerous academic institutions for the acquisition of desired specimens of the genus Mesembrina Meigen from their collections
- Engaged in the meticulous study of acquired specimens using dissection and compound microscopes in order to categorize and compare them
- Collected, analyzed and summarized data in a research poster for presentation at a scientific conference
Student Research Assistant*Summer 2005
- Participated in a comprehensive species inventory of the Calyptratae (Diptera) in Johnville Bog, Quebec.
- Orchestrated the collection, preservation, mounting and identification of large volumes of insect specimens belonging to over 100 different genus’s
- Maintained the laboratory space and tools to allow for a productive working environment
- Organized large numbers of insect specimens to allow for ease of use of the insect collection by researchers
*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.
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
Communication and Computer Skills
- Use of SAS (Statistical Analysis Software) to organize, process and analyze large datasets.
- Trained by Health Canada in Proper QA/AQ procedures.
- Excellent at identifying and correcting issues withing large databases
- 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
- Proficient at using Microsoft PowerPoint to produce poster presentations and sideshows
- Proficient with Adobe Photoshop and Sigma Plot used for producing figures fit for publication.
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
- 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
Bishops University Alpine Ski Team 2002-2004
Relevant Employment Experience
Granite Springs Golf Club, Bayside, Nova Scotia May - Nov 2008
- Perform various daily tasks to prepare the course for customers
- Trained in the use of various mowing equipment
- Aided the ongoing construction/landscaping projects
Turoa Ski Field, Mt. Ruapheu, New Zealand, June - Oct 2007
- Responsible for the operation and successful utilization of up to 36 SMI (Snow Machines Inc.) snow guns (various models) and the central water pump system for ski trail building
- Frequently worked up to 14 hours a day in severe winter conditions
- Maintained and repaired equipment
- Supervised and operated chair lifts to ensure the safety of customers
- Maintained the lift-loading area for continual use
Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke, Quebec
Lab Demonstrator Sept - Dec 2005
- Prepared specimens for examination by up to 40 students for the introductory zoology laboratory course
- Assisted students with laboratory procedures and demonstrated laboratory techniques
- Marked laboratory reports and exams