Currently, there are several research projects available for graduate students at both M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.
The research projects involve applications of marine palynology (studies of dinoflagellate cysts, foraminiferal organic
linings, spores and pollen) and geochemistry for paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Interested students should contact Dr. Pospelova,
Reconstruction of environmental conditions in the late Quaternary. Dinoflagellate cyst records
from several cores in the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans will be analyzed to reconstruct sea surface hydrographic characteristics
through the late Quaternary. Obtaining of high-resolution records of upwelling, marine productivity change
and climatic histories from Quaternary sediments is an essential part of this research.
Applications of dinoflagellate cysts in environmental studies of estuarine systems.
Dinoflagellate cysts in surface samples from multiple locations along the Atlantic
and Pacific coasts of Canada and the United States will be analyzed in combination with sediment
chemistry and water quality data. The focus will be to determine the role of individual environmental
parameters that control cyst distributions.
Human impact on coastal waters and the distribution of toxic species. A number of particularly
polluted estuaries and coastal areas will be analyzed in detail. The goal of this project is to identify
natural variability and human impact on coastal and estuarine waters. In addition, this project will
investigate the spatial and temporal extent of toxic species of dinoflagellates in order to determine
their environmental preferences in coastal and estuarine environments. Frequency and extent of HABs
(harmful algal blooms) in the resent past will be assessed.