Kate and Dominique used sensitive mass-spectrometer techniques to determine that the average concentration of lead in honey collected downwind of the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris, three months after the devastating April 2019 fire, was around four times higher than lead levels in honey collected from the countryside and about three-and-a-half times higher than the urban honey collected before the fire. The research was published last week in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.
Despite these lead levels, all the honey collected for this study in and around Paris following the fire are still within the European Union’s safe levels for consumption.
Supervised by Drs. James Scoates and Dominique Weis, June’s thesis is entitled “A microanalytical investigation of feldspars in the Skaergaard intrusion, East Greenland: Ternary feldspar compositional relations and lead isotopic geochemistry.”
Rhy successfully defended his dissertation, entitled “Micro-Analytical Geochemical and Spectroscopic Investigations of the Original Context and Condition of Archaeological Biominerals and Mineraloids,” supervised by Dominique Weis. Congratulations on an excellent defence, Dr. McMillan!
PCIGR student Evelyn Freres, a PhD candidate with Dominique Weis, is featured in this week’s Meet The Scientist segment of the Geochemical Society’s news page. In this Q & A session, Evelyn provides insight into her work on the multi-collector ICP-MS and why she finds her research so fascinating.
Access the article here. View Evelyn’s profile here.
Dominique has received the 2020 Mentorship Medal from the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences. The award is made in recognition of her passion for helping students to achieve their potential and her transformative vision for enriching student training. Throughout her career, she has kept an exceptional track record of mentoring over 60 students and many more early career researchers. The award was created by the CFES in 2008 to recognize the sustained and inspirational mentorship of colleagues and employees including peers, graduate students, undergraduate students and technicians.