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WaterSamplingThe Dalhousie Agriculture Campus is looking to collaborate with farmers and commodity groups to enhance agricultural research. We hope to stimulate interest in the farming community by showing the type of projects that have been done and can be done.

Senior Year Projects

It is amazing what students come up with… Click on the arrow by the department below for a list of senior year student’s project titles.

Environmental Science
  • The effect of bee density on berry weight and seed number in blueberry
  • The effect of application rate and time of bio-solid fertilizer to the biomass and biodiversity of microorganisms in soils
  • The potential for coal fly ash to control green peach aphid on tomato
  • Modelling nitrogen mineralization in the Annapolis Valley
  • Lethal exposure to imidacloprid over generations
  • Amending biochar in soils for retaining napthalene in order to miigate contamination transport in leachate
  • Analysis of biodegradable plastic degradation by Aspergillus oryzae
  • Potential of Panchagavya for the control of powdery mildew on cucumber
  • Egg predation of ground nesting birds: The effect of diturbance from the forest edge in meadow landscapes and residential backyards
  • United States (WESPUS) for Colchester County
  • Evaluating chemical characteristics of vermicasts from earthworms grown in fish based compost media
  • Evaluation of the prospects of spinach ribulose1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase (RubisCO) as a precursor of antioxidant peptides using in silico and experimental approaches
  • Dehydration stress and mitigation technologies on postharvest needle abscission in root detached Balsam fir
  • Assessing the effectiveness of watershed liming to enhance fish habitat on soil and vegetation
  • The survival ability of Sagina species as a green roof plant
  • Main and interactive effects on light intensity, carbon dioxide concentration and leaf temperature on the net photosynthetic rate of wild blueberry
  • The effect of plant roots on soil nitrogen mineralization
  • Fate of heavy metals in biosolids applied to red spruce stands
  • The effects of drying on soil nitrogen mineralization
  • Development of a rapid assessment index for local streams in Nova Scotia
  • Assessment and sensitivity testing of portions of the Wetland Ecosystem Protocol for the United States (WESPUS) for Colchester County
  • The effect of changing temperature on stormwater retention and runoff from a green roof
  • The influence of growing medium depth on urban stormwater drainage and storage through green roofs
  • Evaluation of hydrologic performance of lateral flow sand filters for on-site wastewater treatment
  • Examing the influence of freezing and thawing on soil nitrogen levels
  • Comparison of energy content of adapted local grasses with other grass species for use as a bioenergy crop
  • The effect of bee density on berry weight and seed number in blueberry
  • The effect of application rate and time of bio-solid fertilizer to the biomass and biodiversity of microorganisms in soils
Business and Social Science
  • Eating Habits of Video Game Users
  • The change of dietary pattern and eating habits from high school to university
  • Local customers’ attitude toward local food
  • Factors influencing the willingness to pay extra for improved environment quality in Atlantic Canada
  • Evaluating Highbush Varieties Best Suited to Nova Scotia
  • The use of herbal medicine to treat livestock
  • The Match Between Base Product and Beneficial Ingredients Influencing Consumer Attitude Toward Functional Food
  • Social Economic and Health Determinants of High Blood Pressure
  • Social-Economic and Health Determinants of BMI
  • The effect of soybean reserve on its prices
  • China’s economy and house price
  • Attitude toward Innovation; The case of New Brunswick Farmers and One-Pass Tillage
  • Comparing cost and efficiencies of on-farm renewable energy sources in the cases of an anaerobic digester, a wind turbine and a solar field
  • Nova Scotia Wine Industry: An Industry Lifecycle Comparison
  • Implications of free market milk prices on a Nova Scotia dairy farm
  • Social Media Discourse Related to Genetically Modified Food Organisms
  • Local Consumerism at Masstown Market
  • Wind Turbine Regulatory Issues
  • Planning for the future with Cardigan Bearing & Steel
  • Social-Economic and Health Determinates of Canadian teenager
  • The impact of college life on Eating Habits
  • Social-Economic and Health Determinates of heart disease
  • Performance evaluation of commercial wild blueberry harvester to quantify fruit losses during harvesting.
  • Effect of ground speed and header revolutions on the picking efficiency of a commercial wild blueberry harvester
  • Artificial Duck Nesting Structures in Agricultural Watersheds
  • Variation of nitrates-nitrogen over the length of a Constructed Treatment Wetland
  • Implementation and Application of a Prototype Weather Station Network for Wild Blueberries
  • Effect of Drying on Apple Microstructure —Porosity, Density and Texture
  • Dynamic contamination reduction rate of Constructed Treatment Wetland (CTW)
  • Cabbage washed water characterization and treatment
  • Monitoring the river water quality near a sewage outfall
  • Corrosion Prevention Analysis Through Electronic Testing
  • Analyzing and Processing Automotive Electrical Sensory Equipment

Have an idea? Looking for a contact? Find a researcher and their area of expertise

Environmental Science


Area of Research

Industry Connections

Brewster, Gordon Spatial variability of soil properties,
Burton, David Analytical support for the measurement of greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O) in stored samples. This provides a cost-effective means of measuring greenhouse gas emissions from a wide range of ecosystems.
Cutler, Chris Integrated management of insects in wild blueberries, Insect toxicology and ecotoxicology, Insecticide resistance, Entomopathogenic nematodes, Conservation biological control, Wild pollinator and natural enemy ecology and Hormesis Blueberry, bees, insects
France, Robert Aquatic repercussions of riparian forestry, Effects of urbanization on the integrity of stream fish communities, Response of lakes, ponds and wetlands to shoreline development, Implications of coastal marina construction on littoral ecology, Riparian processes and how they influence soil erosion, Instream and submerged lakeshore restoration practices, Aquatic remediation of disturbed sites and design of artificial lakes and Wetland creation and restoration
Goodwin, Carol Examination of how wire basket transplant containers influence tree longevity in the urban landscape – research focus is on the propagation and production of native plant species and their integration into urban landscapes, and the evaluation of underutilized plant species.
Hoyle, Jeff GC-MS, Organic Agriculture, Organosulfur Chemistry, Organosulfur Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, River Studies and Innovative Teaching Methods
MacKenzie, Tracey Environmental Services of vegetation in urban/built environments
Nams, Vilis Spatial scale of habitat selection of animals – studied by fractal analysis of foraging paths and other types of spatial statistics. This is a combination of field biology and theoretical work, Statistical techniques used in radio-telemetry – author of the radio-telemetry computer program
Olson, Randy Mutualistic, commensal and parasitic symbiotic relationships among plants with specialized modes of nutrition, Ecotheology, Religious world views and nature and Sexual reproduction of plants
Percival, David Environmental regulation of carbon assimilation and metabolism (i.e., source-sink relationships), Whole plant growth dynamics, Impact of environmental stresses on phytochemistry, growth and development, Plant growth regulation and the use of exogenous plant growth regulators and Soil fertility and plant nutrition dynamics and the subsequent impact on symbiotic relationships, plant growth, development, yield and fruit structure and composition Blueberry, Viticulture Industries
Pitts, Nancy
Prithiviraj, Balakrishnan Marine bio-products in plant and animal health, Plant-microbe interactions and Natural anti-infective compounds
Rupasinghe, Vasantha Natural products chemistry; plant secondary metabolites: phenolics and isoprenoids; structure-activity relationship of flavonoids; bio-active phytochemicals of fruits, their health benefits and mode of action, development and evaluation of value-added health food and feed ingredients, natural food additives, functional foods, natural health products and other horticultural bio-products and postharvest biology and technology of fruits; biochemistry of fruits; fresh-cut and minimally processed technologies; shelf life and quality.
Udenigwe, Chibuike The Health and BioProducts research program focuses on developing human health-promoting applications of food bioproducts to enhance value of the product and support the growth of Canada’s agri-food economy, focus on basic and translational research towards the discovery of bioactive ingredients from animal food bioproducts, and also seek to understand the molecular mechanisms of interactions of the bioactives with disease-related physiological targets. Specific areas of focus include various aspects of food protein-derived biopeptides including chemistry, processing and stability, multifunctional properties, elucidation of mechanisms of physiological function, structure-function relationship studies, matrices for efficient delivery, bioavailability in target mammalian tissues, sensory attributes and safety Plant and Animal Industry
Lada, Rajasekaran Environmental Stresses & Crop Adaptation, Horticultural Science and Global Agro-ecosystems, Plant Science, Plant, Tree, Seed and Ecophysiology, Environmental Stress physiology and Metabolism – Ecochemicals, Plant growth and development, Hormonal physiology and signals, Photosynthesis and water relations. Christmas Trees, Maple, Edible Horticulture crops
Business and Social Science
Dr. Ji Lu Decision science in self-control, lifestyle related chronic diseases (focused on eating behavior)
Dr. Chris Hartt Actor-network Theory and Critical Sense-making, Strategic Management
Dr. Steven Russell Areas of micro and small enterprise(mse) management including strategic marketing, financial management, human resource management and operations management.
Vacant Positions Value Chain Management – marketing & finance
Prof. Diane Dunlop Trade and Policy- Agriculture
Dr. Gary Grant Financial Markets, agricultural pricing
Dr. Emmanuel Yiridoe Production economics , environmental economics
Dr. Katheen Kevany Adult education, transformative learning, social change, rural wellbeing
Prof. Lauranne Sanderson Agricultural health and safety, forest values
Dr. Greg Cameron Co-operatives and other popular organizations, rural policy, food security, the developmental state, democratization transitions, and global trends in trade and governance practices
Dr. Steven Dukeshire Consumer food choice and decision making, rural health and safety
Dr. Deborah Stiles Poetry, Canadian and U.S. regional, rural, and gender history for the 19th to 20th centuries.
Astatkie, Tessema Design of experiments, Regression modeling, Time series analysis
Corscadden Ph.D, P.Eng, FIET, Kenny Environmental management, Energy, Biomass, Biofuels, Energy efficiency, Sustainability
Georgallas, Alex Soil organic matter, Soil nutrient dynamics, Probabilistic modeling, Applied mathematics, Biosystems modeling, Theoretical biophysics
Havard, P. Eng, Peter Waste management, Environmental management, Energy, Energy efficiency, Sustainability, Conservation, Irrigation, Drainage, Water management and monitoring, Water quality
He, Quan “Sophia” Energy, Energy efficiency, Sustainability, Biomass, Biofuels, Catalyst
Martynenko, Alex Computer-vision, Imaging, Bioinstrumentation, Agricultural automation
Nguyen-Quang, Tri Water management and monitoring, Water quality, Probabilistic modeling, Applied mathematics, Biosystems modeling, Bioreactors, Computational fluid dynamics, Optical visualization for fluid flows, External bio-fluids
Niu, Haibo Water management and monitoring, Water quality, Sustainability, Waste management, Environmental management, Irrigation, Drainage, Organic contaminants, Water resources, Hydrology, Wastewater
Price, Gordon W. Water quality, Sustainability, Environmental management, Organic contaminants, Wastewater, Biosystems modeling, Biomass, Soil organic matter, Conservation, Soil nutrient dynamics, Waste management
Yildiz, Ilhami Biosystems modeling, Energy, Energy efficiency, Heat pumps, Sustainability, Wastewater, Biomass, Conservation, Bioreactors, Bioinstrumentation, Biofuels, Controlled environments
Zaman, Qamar Sustainability, Bioinstrumentation, Water quality, Environmental management, Computer-vision, Imaging, Agricultural automation, Precision agriculture, GPS-GIS-VRT
Animal Science
Derek Anderson Poultry, Swine, Fish nutrition
David Barrett Sheep and reproductive physiology
Berni Benkel The use of genomics to improve health and productivity in traditional and non-traditional livestock species.
Jim Duston Aquaculture
John Duynisveld (AAFC) Beef/ forages
Hossain Farid Mink and Aleution disease
Nigel Firth Nutrition and animal products
Alan Fredeen Dairy and sustainability and nutrition. Pasture- based and forage- based milk production, greenhouse gas emmision, milk quality
Yuri Montinholi Beef cattle husbandry, Ruminant Physiology, Cattle fertility, Feed efficiency, Greenhouse gas emmision and Genomics
Leslie Maclaren Dairy reproduction physiology
Yousef Papadopoulos (AAFC) Forage breeding, nitrogen cycling
Dian Patterson
Sarah Stewart-Clark Shellfish and invasive species
Bruce Rathgeber (AAFC) Poultry and animal products
Kirsti Rouvinan-Watt Mink and carnivore nutrition. Body condition, n-3/n-6 PUFA balance and the development of fatty liver disease in mink. Role of liver fat synthesis in mink fatty liver. Indicators of liver inflammation in mink. Fatty acid nutrition and liver inflammation in mink. Pathophysiology of mink fatty liver disease. Bioactive peptides for prevention and treatment of fatty liver in mink. Effect of moderate diet restriction on mink females. Effect of maternal body condition on mink kits.
Tarjei Tennessen
Plant Science
Sam Asiedu (Chair) Tuber and root crop ecophysiology, potato management systems, postharvest physiology and technology, biotic and abiotic stress management in crops, adaptation evaluation of new potato cultivars, food safety and quality, biostimulants in plant agriculture.
Claude Caldwell Cropping systems, cereal and oilseed crop physiology and management, water relations and environmental stress effects on crops, sustainable agriculture, agroecology.
Andy Hammermeister Organic agriculture, soil fertility and amendments, crop rotations, nutrient cycling, cultivar evaluations, small bush fruit horticulture, vermicomposting, land reclamation/restoration
Derek Lynch Organic and low-input production systems, agroecology and environmental impact of farming systems, management and assessment of soil quality and soil health, integrated/whole-farm nutrient management. Industry connections: Organic dairy, grain, blueberry, potato. Composting and soil amendment industries
Nancy MacLean Research: forage crops, cover crops, forage-finished beef, plant and animal genetics.
Sean Myles Genomics, genomics-assisted breeding, DNA sequencing, apples, grapes
Kris Pruski Micronutrient management to increase yield of New York Muscat grapes, alternative small fruit crops for organic production of fruit in Nova Scotia, apple, pear and cherry rootstock trials, Use of DNA markers in protection of newly released ornamental hybrids, development of new and under-used plants for the Atlantic Canadian nursery, greenhouse, and habitat remediation industry.
Gefu Wang-Pruski Potato production management, tuber processing quality, nutrition and bioactive compounds, cultivar improvement by genetic markers, control of late blight and Verticiilium wilt in plant and crops, marketing and consumer perception.


Research projects usually require some funding while the senior year student projects usually require little to no funding. Most departments at Dalhousie Agricultural Campus are looking for ideas for their students’ senior year projects. The Nova Scotia Federation of Agriculture is available to coordinate and present research ideas to the appropriate department. Please contact the NSFA with your research needs at 893-2293.

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