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Graduate Students

University of Alberta

Postdoctoral scholars
Dr. Muhammad Javed Babar: Characterization of the suspended particles (>0.45 µ) using multidisciplinary approaches such as metal sequential extraction, mineralogy, and fractionation of the particles in different size ranges (2-100 µ) using SPLITT fractionation.
Dr. Beatriz Bicalho: Atmospheric deposition of V and Ni recorded by Sphagnum moss and peat from the Athabasca Oil Sands region: a molecular speciation study from source to receptor.
Dr. Chad Cuss: Application of asymmetrical flow field-flow fractionation coupled to UV-Visible and fluorescence detectors (AF4-UV-FLD) to distinguish natural and processed bitumen, and to characterize DOM in the Athabasca R. and its source waters.
Dr. Claudio Zaccone: Atmospheric deposition of organic contaminants in NE Alberta.

Graduate student supervision
Melissa Dergousoff, M.Sc: Landscape evolution and beaver populations: impacts of open pit bitumen mines and upgraders versus forest fires.
Mark Donner, Ph.D: Natural and anthropogenic inputs of arsenic and selenium to the environment in the Athabasca Oil Sands Region, Alberta.
Gillian Mullan-Boudreau, M.ScDust In Reclamation Technology (DIRT): moss and peat as monitors of past, present, and future rates of atmospheric dust deposition. Completed December 2016.
Samantha Stachiw,
M.Sc: Distinguishing natural from anthropogenic sources of trace elements to native berries.

University of Heidelberg

Postdoctoral scholars
Dr. Heike Kempter: Sphagnum moss from ombrotrophic bogs as archives of atmospheric dust and metal deposition. (current)
Dr. Nicolas Givelet: Natural and anthropogenic deposition of Hg, As, and Se in the Canadian Arctic.
Dr. Bin Chen: Natural and anthropogenic deposition of Sb and Bi from the atmosphere.
Dr. Karin Koinig: Reconstructing Holocene climate change and human impacts using trace metals in Alpine lake sediments

Graduate student supervision
Alex Mitev, Diploma. The isotopic evolution of Pb in the atmosphere of Ontario since AD 1850.
Monika Lindemann, Diploma: Titanium in ombrotrophic peat as a surrogate of the abundance of mineral dusts. ( August, 2010)
Caroline Furneisen, Diploma: Arsenic in bottled waters. (November 2009)
Biver, Marc, Ph.D: Chemical speciation of Sb in surface waters impacted by weathering of stibnite at an ancient mining site, Goesdorf, Luxembourg. (defended May 2011)
Zheng, James, Ph.D: Accumulation rates and predominant natural and anthropogenic sources of trace elements in ice from Devon Island, Canada (Marie Curie Fellow, defended February, 2008).
Sapkota, Atindra, Ph.D: Chemistry, mineralogy, and isotopic composition of atmospheric soil dust recorded by a peat bog in Tierra del Fuego, southern Patagonia (defended December, 2006).
Gonzalez, Zayre. Ph.D: Mechanism of natural As enrichment in peat, and implications for the treatment of As-bearing waters (defended July, 2006).
Jutta Frank, Ph.D: Mechanism of As retention and atmospheric accumulation rates in Finnish bogs impacted by Ni-Cu smelters (defended December 2005).
Nicole Rausch, Ph.D: Deposition and fate of trace metals in Finnish bogs and implications for the use of bogs as geological archives (defended July 2005).
Gäel Le Roux, Ph.D: Fate of natural and anthropogenic particles in peat bogs (defended May 2005; 2006 Viktor Dulger Environmental Prize).
Henrik Wild, Diploma: Uptake of Sb by earthworms in contaminated soils, Braunschweig, Germany (2007).

University of Berne

Graduate student supervision
Nicolas Givelet, Ph.D. thesis: Longterm records of atmospheric Hg deposition in the High Arctic of Canada (defended February 2004)
Fiona Barraclough, Ph.D. thesis: A complete Holocene record of atmospheric Hg deposition (defended December 2002)
Dominik Weiss, Ph.D. thesis: Peat bog archives of atmospheric Pb deposition (defended June, 1998)
Urs Eggenberger, Ph.D. thesis: Mineralogy, geochemistry, and weathering rates in forest soil profiles in Canton Ticino, Switzerland (defended November, 1995)
Philipp Steinmann, Ph.D. thesis: Mineral weathering and pore water genesis in Sphagnum bog profiles in Canton Jura, Switzerland (defended April, 1995)
Ina Potthast, Ph.D. thesis: Historical record of heavy metals in a fringing reef system, Mauritius (defended November, 1994)
Kristina Knudsen, M.Sc. (Dept. Chemistry, Uni. Odense, Denmark): Long term records of atmospheric Hg deposition in the Faroe Islands using peat cores from bogs (since September 2000).
Michael Goodsite, M.Sc. (Env. Engin, Uni. Odense, Denmark): Long term records of atmospheric Hg deposition in Denmark and Greenland using peat cores from bogs.
Martin Otz, Diploma: Geological controls on the chemical composition of groundwaters in the Southern Alps
Hubert Vogel, Diploma: Organic and inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus in corals from a fringing reef system, Mauritius.

Current Research

My main research areas are human impacts on the geochemical cycles of potentially toxic trace elements, including archives of atmospheric change (peat bogs and polar ice cores), fate in soils and sediments, and impacts on natural freshwaters. Read more ...

SWAMP Lab

The SWAMP lab is concerned with environmental quality in its broadest sense: the quality of our soil resources, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the food we eat. The research lab is a unique state-of-the-art, metal-free, clean-lab and analytical facility. Read more ...

Elmvale

I am the President of the Elmvale Foundation, a Canadian, federally registered charity for environmental science education which I created in 2007. The main public education initiative of this Foundation is the Elmvale Water Festival which uses the water emanating from artesian springs in the Elmvale area as a tool for environmental education.

Contact Me

Prof. William Shotyk
348 B South Academic Building

shotyk@ualberta.ca

Tel.: 780-492-7155
Fax: 780-492-4323


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