People of the UVic Paleoenvironmental Group:
Vera Pospelova, (Associate Professor).
Current Graduate Students:
Zhen Li (Ph.D.) Holocene climate and marine primary productivity
history in the low-latitude western Pacific Ocean: high-resolution dinoflagellate cysts and pollen records.
NSERC CGS D3 Scholarship.
Maximilien Genest (M.Sc.) Identification of anthropogenic and natural eutrophication through dinoflagellate cysts.
NSERC AGB/GS-M Scholarship.
Sandy McLachlan (M.Sc.) A macro- and microfossil assemblage from the Upper Cretaceous sedimentary rocks of Hornby Island, British Columbia.
Andrea Price (Ph.D.) Co-supervised with Dr. C. Chmura. McGill University.
Dinoflagellate cysts as indicators of water quality in Northeast US estuaries.
NSERC CGS D3 Scholarship.
Carl Jonsson (M.Sc.) Co-supervised with Dr. R. Hebda.
Sean Mullan (Ph.D.). Co-supervised with Dr. V. Barrie.
The morphodynamics of a submarine bedform field with giant dunes hosted in a tidal scours-trough system: Boundary Passage, British Columbia and Washington State.
Pieter Gurdebeke (Ph.D.). Co-supervised with Drs. Mertens and Louwye at University of Ghent (Belgium).
Dinoflagellate cysts in recent sediments from fjords of western Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada).
Alison Thomas (NSERC USRA). 2015.
Quantitative reconstructions of past sea-surface salinity change in the western North Pacific using dinoflagellate cyst process length.
Dr. Maija Heikkilä. 2010-12. Co-supervised
with Drs. R. Macdonald and G. Stern at University of Manitoba.
ArcticNet, Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence.
Website at University of Helsinki
Dr. Kenneth Mertens. 2009.
Website at Ghent University
Former Graduate Students
Manuel Bringue (Ph.D.). 2015. Thesis:
High resolution dinoflagellate cyst sedimentary records of past oceanographic and climatic history from the Northeastern Pacific over the last millennium.
FQRNT B2 PhD Scholarship.
Cooper Stacey (M.Sc.). 2014. Thesis:
Frequency and Initiation Mechanisms of Submarine Slides on the Fraser Delta Front. Co-supervised with Dr. P. Hill.
Joanna Czarnecki (M.Sc.). 2013. Thesis: Palynology and
geochemistry of channel-margin sediments across the tidal-fluvial transition, lower Fraser River,
British Columbia, Canada. Co-supervised with Drs. Dashtgard and Mathewes (SFU).
Andrea Price (M.Sc.). 2012. Thesis: Late Quaternary climatic and oceanographic changes in the Northeast
Pacific as recorded by dinoflagellate cysts from Guaymas Basin, Gulf of California (Mexico). NSERC AGB/GS-M Scholarship.
Miranda Brintnell (M.Sc.). 2012. Thesis: Ancient Earth Ovens and their Environment: a
Holocene History of Climate, Vegetation, and Fire in Upper Hat Creek Valley, British Columbia, Canada. Co-supervised with Dr. R. Hebda.
Clio Bonnett (M.Sc.). 2011. Thesis: Dinoflagellate cysts from the Upper
Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous sedimentary rocks of Grassy Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Byron Molloy (M.Sc.). 2010. Thesis: Marine geomorphology study of post-glacial landscapes and the sea level implications: using
multibeam bathymetry from Goletas Channel - Hardy Bay - Shusharti Bay, northeast Vancouver Island, British Columbia,
Canada. Co-supervised with Drs. A. Dallimore & V. Barrie.
Svetlana Esenkulova (M.Sc.).
2010. Thesis: Organic-walled dinoflagellate cyst production,
composition and flux in the Central Strait of Georgia (BC, Canada): a sediment trap study.
Former Undergraduate Students
Jasmin Chana (NSERC USRA). 2014. Development of paleo-indicators
and reconstruction of past sea-surface salinity in coastal waters of Vancouver Island.
Grace Aroella-Jarvie. 2014. Honours Thesis:
Sediment trap study of dinoflagellate cyst production in Effingham Inlet (BC, Canada) and the impact
of the 1999 La Niña event on phytoplankton.
Francine Beaujot. 2014. Honours Thesis: Monitoring
benthic communities at Ogden Point: a seven month underwater experiment. Co-supervised with Dr. J. Volpe.
Guy Hoffman. Precambrian micropaleontology and geochemistry.
Julia McMillan. 2012. Honours Thesis:
Dinoflagellate cysts in the Chukchi Sea during the Holocene: A pilot study.
Andrea Price (NSERC USRA). 2010.
Honours Thesis: High resolution sediment trap study of dinoflagellate cyst production in Saanich Inlet.
Alanna Krepakevich (NSERC USRA). 2008.Potential impact of sewage outfall
discharge on distribution of toxic dinoflagellates in coastal waters of the Greater Victoria region.
Kirsten Kennedy (NSERC USRA). 2009. Honours Thesis: Copepod eggs:
A discussion of morphology, distribution, and abundance in British Columbian marine sediment.
Kyla Adams. 2009.
Honours Thesis: Dinoflagellate Stratigraphy of the Trent River Formation.
Keely Roden (NSERC USRA). 2006.
Identification of Foraminiferal Organic Linings.