Mark D. Gibson
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
July 1, 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
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.
2002 Chartered Chemist, Royal Society of Chemistry, UK.
2004 Chartered Scientist, UK Science Council.
2009 Professional Chemist, Canada.
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
Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Program
2011 - ENVE3461: Environmental Measurements and Analysis (Fall Semester)
2011 - ENVE3500: Air Quality (Winter Semester)
2013 - PEAS6000: Research Methodology (Winter Semester)
2008 - 2010 CHE6001: Occupational & Environmental Health
PEAS 2202/CIVL3451 Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering
PHYC/OCEA 4595/5595 Atmospheric Chemistry
ENVS3400 Environment and Human Health
Ellen Patrick, MASc Environmental Engineering
Zewen Zhang, MASc Environmental Engineering
Loay Jebre, MASc Environmental Engineering
Alan Wilson, MASc Biological Engineering
Mohit Kalahari, MSc Food Science
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
Haya Qadoumi, MASc Biological Engineering
Aaron Outhwaite, MASc Biological Engineering (co-supervised with Dr. Stephen Kuzak)
Priyanka Mehra, MSc Food Science
Alex Hayes, MASc Biological Engineering (2014)
Dilyara Toganassova, MSc, Environmental Engineering (2013)
Gavin King, MSc, Community Health and Epidemiology (2011) - co-supervised
Araceli Jimenez Sanchez, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde (2006) - co-supervised
Deborah Henderson, PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Strathclyde (2006) - co-supervised
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.
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 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. I am currently collaborating on air pollution exposure studies in Kenya, Nova Scotia and Londrina, Brazil. I co-lead an air quality study with Dr. Susanne Craig on Sable Island investigating oil and gas production emissions. 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).
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).
2015. Measurements to Evaluate and Improve Satellite-Based Estimates of Air Pollution. Randall Martin (Co-applicant), Mark Gibson (Co-applicant).
Thermo Fisher Scientific: Air Pollution Analysis "Thought Leader"
Research Contract and Grant Reviews
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
Journal Manuscript Reviewer
Environmental Science & Technology
Journal of the Air & Watse Management Association
Air Pollution Research
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Enquiries regarding graduate, post-doctoral and coop student positions welcome.