Mark D. Gibson
Associate Professor
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
Fax: 1-902-420-7639
e-mail: mark.gibson@dal.ca

Research

My research program focuses on the measurement and modelling of atmospheric composition for the purposes of understanding and quantifying both natural and anthropogenic air pollution impacts on health and the environment.

I currently co-lead a 5-year, $1M, atmospheric composition and source apportionment study with Dr. Susanne Craig on Sable Island investigating oil and gas and marine emissions (funded by the Environmental Studies Research Fund and supported by Parks Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada).

I am a project scientist on the $30M USD, NASA NAAMES, Earth Venture Class, 5-year, Sub-orbital study of the relaionship between phytoplankton emissions in the North Atlantic, their role in cloud formation and associated impact of climate.

In addition, I lead an NSERC funded study into alternative fuels in rotary cement kilns and the impacts of their emissions on community exposure and the environment.

I also serve on the network organizing committee of the NSERC funded project "Surface PARTiculate mAtter Network" (SPARTAN).

I am currently collaborating on additional air pollution exposure studies in Londrina, Brazil, ship emissions in Halifax and the chemical composition of size-resolved PM2.5 and PM1 in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia (funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada).

I utilize state-of-the-art measurements of size-resolved particulate matter composition and trace gases to achieve my research goals. I also use the following instrumental methods of analysis in my research: GC-FID/ECD, GC-MS, IC, HPLC, UHPLC, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, XRF and SEM-EDX. I also have a wealth of experience using the following receptor models: Positive Matrix Factorization, Chemical Mass Balance, Absolute Principal Component Scores and Pragmatic Mass Closure applied to population exposure, health effects and environmental impact studies. I also utilize NOAA's Hybrid Single Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory Model, AERMOD Gaussian air dispersion and FLEXPART Lagrangian dispersion models in my research program.


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Funding

2015-2020. An evaluation of alternate fuels for cement kilns. Funded under the Discovery Grant program ($125,000).
The primary long-term objectives of my Discovery Grant research program are to investigate the industrial application and air emission impacts on the environmental and community exposure from utilizing non-recyclable waste plastic alternative fuel in rotary cement kilns in Canada. This will be achieved by focusing on (1) the most appropriate waste plastic derived fuel preparation and handling methods prior to kiln delivery (2) optimise the waste plastic kiln delivering system (3) quantify changes in in-stack combustion products after waste plastic are used as an alternative fuel in rotary cement kilns (4) quantify the temporal and spatial variation in downwind surface air quality and to assess the environmental and community exposure impacts. Recovering value from non-recyclable plastic waste destined for landfills, improves the responsible life cycle management of this material. Reducing the reliance on fossil fuel used in cement kilns will also greatly reduce the carbon footprint of these industries as well as potentially generating less emissions of harmful air pollutants such as PM2.5, NOx, SO2, dioxins and furans.


NSERC Research Tools and Instruments program ($150,000).
2016. Measurements to Evaluate and Improve Satellite-Based Estimates of Air Pollution. Randall Martin (Co-applicant), Mark Gibson (Co-applicant). 

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments program ($150,000).
2015. Measurements to Evaluate and Improve Satellite-Based Estimates of Air Pollution. Randall Martin (Co-applicant), Mark Gibson (Co-applicant). 

Industrial Collaboration
Thermo Fisher Scientific: Air Pollution Analysis "Thought Leader"
LafargeHolcim Canada Inc.

Employment History
2016 - Associate Professor (Full-Tenure) in Environmental Health Science, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie
2015 - 2016 Associate Professor (Tenure-Track) in Environmental Health Science, Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie
2011 - 2015 Assistant Professor (Term) in Environmental Health Science, Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science, Dalhousie
2010 - 2011 Assistant Professor (Term) in Environmental Health Chemistry, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie
2006 - 2010 Senior Research Scientist, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, Dalhousie
2006 - 2011 Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, Dalhousie
2003 - 2006 Assistant Professor (Full-Tenure) in Public Health Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde
1997 - 2003 Public Health Engineering Laboratory Manager and Instructor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde
1990 - 1995 Technician/ Instructor and MSc/PhD student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde

Education
2003 PhD Thesis: Source apportionment of PM10 in Glasgow, Scotland. University of Strathclyde, Department of Civil and Envrionmental Engineering.
1995 MSc Instrumental Process Analytical Chemistry. Thesis: Solid phase extraction of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons in waste water. University of Strathclyde, Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
1989 - 1990 European social fund, post graduate course in soil and water analysis, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Stirling.
1986 - 1989 BA (Hons) Environmental Studies, Sheffield Hallam University.

Professional Qualifications
2002 Chartered Chemist, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.
2004 Chartered Scientist, UK Science Council.
2009 Professional Chemist, Canada.

Awards
Top 6 Coop Student Employers on the Planet Award (education sector) 2016.

Teaching Award - Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Program Fall 2015/Winter 2016

1st place for best research project, Divisional Research Day, Nova Scotia Society Of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (2014) The air that we breathe.’ Assessment of electrosurgical dissection devices on operating theater air quality. Brace, M.D., Stevens, E., Butt, S., Sun, Z., Hu, L., Borden, M., Khanna, N., Kuchta, J., Taylor, S.M., Gibson, M.D.

3rd best speaker. 5th National Graduate Research Conference on Environmental Health Protection and Safety. University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, April 11, 2002.

University of Strathclyde, Varsity Sports Blue - Karate (1999).

University of Strathclyde, Varsity Sports Half-Blue - Karate (1997).

Professional Society Membership
Air & Waste Management Association
Canadian Institute of Chemistry
Royal Society of Chemistry

Professional Board Membership
Nova Scotia Chemists' Society 2009-2013
Clean Nova Scotia 2010

Teaching
Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Program

2011 - ENVE3461: Environmental Measurements and Analysis (Fall Semester)
2011 - ENVE3500: Air Quality (Winter Semester)

Graduate
2013 - PEAS6000: Research Methodology (Winter Semester)
2008 - 2010 CHE6001: Occupational & Environmental Health

Guest Lecturer
PEAS 2202/CIVL3451 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
PHYC/OCEA 4595/5595 Atmospheric Chemistry
ENVS3400 Environment and Human Health

Current Supervision
Ellen Patrick, MASc Environmental Engineering
Zewen Zhang, MASc Environmental Engineering
Loay Jebre, MASc Environmental Engineering
Alan Wilson, MASc Biological Engineering
Ebenezer Asamany, PhD Biological Engineering (co-supervised with Dr. Michael Pegg)
Graydon Snider, Post doctoral fellow, Physics and Atmospheric Science (co-supervised with Dr. Randall Martin)

ENVE4401/BIOE4301 Design Project

Student Guidance Committee's
Crystal Weagle, PhD (supervisor Dr. Randall Martin, Physics and Atmospheric Science)

Completed Supervised Students
Thomas 'Codey' Barnett, MSc Environmental Engineering (2016)
Haya Qadoumi, MASc Biological Engineering (2016)
Aaron Outhwaite, MASc Biological Engineering (co-supervised with Dr. Stephen Kuzak) (2015)
Priyanka Mehra, MSc Food Science (2015)
Alex Hayes, MASc Biological Engineering (2014)
Dilyara Toganassova, MSc, Environmental Engineering (2013)
Gavin King, MSc, Community Health and Epidemiology (co-supervised with Dr. Judy Read Guernsey) (2011)
Araceli Jimenez Sanchez, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde (co-supervised with Dr. Iain Beverland) (2009)
Deborah Henderson, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde (co-supervised with Dr. Iain Beverland) (2009)

Service
Member-at-large, Faculty of Graduate Studies, Academic Program and Curriculum Committee. July 1, 2015 - August 31 2016
Chair, Faculty of Engineering, Graduate Studies Committee. July 1, 2014 - April 30 2016.
Graduate Coordinator, Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science. July 1, 2013 - April 30 2016.
Member-at-large Faculty of Graduate Studies, Faculty Council. June 1, 2013 - August 31 2016.
Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Coop Program Student Advisor. January 1, 2012 - June 30 2013.

Research Contract and Grant Reviews
2016 Health Canada, Research Proposal Reviewer.
2014 Health Canada, Research Proposal Reviewer.
2014 Ontario-China Research Innovation Fund. Clean Air Panel Review, Toronto
2013 CFI-Leaders Opportunity Fund
2012 NSERC Discovery Grant: 1511 - Materials and Chemical Engineering
2008 Health Canada, Research Proposal Reviewer.

Journal Manuscript Reviewer
Environmental Science & Technology
Journal of the Air & Watse Management Association
Atmospheric Environment
Air Pollution Research
Environmental Research
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Current and Completed Projects

Enquiries regarding graduate, post-doctoral and coop student positions welcome.

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