Anne Wozney

MSc graduate
University of Ottawa

I completed my undergraduate degree in Geology at the University of Western Ontario. My undergraduate thesis was a geochemistry project looking at the influence of organic carbon on mercury sorption to silt overburden at a mine site in Northern Ontario, as part of broader project scope that monitored the cycling of mercury through the environment after landuse change due to mining. My favourite part of my degree was the opportunity to participate in some great field work at different sites in both Canada and internationally. I took a particular interest in hydrogeology which I was first exposed to as third year research assistant for a MSc project investigating water quality in the beaverhills watershed in eastern Alberta. I again had the opportunity to do field work in water resource management in fourth year working in Fort McMurray on monitoring tailings pond discharge and groundwater flow.

My MSc at the University of Ottawa was under the co-supervision of Dr. Uli Mayer and Dr. Ian Clark. I investigated a novel method of measuring elevated CO2 efflux overlying hydrocarbon source zones to determine the rate of biodegradation of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminants into end-members (CO2 and CH4). My research coupled CO2 efflux surveys with radiocarbon isotope analysis to quantify the contribution of natural and contaminant CO2 respiration to total surface CO2 efflux. I did this through a method comparison project of different sampling techniques to determine the most representative estimates of source zone natural attenuation rates. I had the opportunity to analyze my samples using the Ottawa University’s A.E Lalonde AMS (accelerator mass spectrometer) facilities, the only of its kind in Canada. MAGNET was an integral part of my program, both for the learning opportunities that I was able to participate in, as well as the funding opportunities that made many of my extra analysis and attendance at an international conference (Goldschmidt 2017, Japan) possible. I had great MAGNET experiences including the workshops in Vancouver and Ottawa, and the field trip to Yellowstone. Most importantly, MAGNET provided an excellent network for sharing ideas and creating research partnerships and collaboration opportunities. I am very grateful to have been part of the MAGNET research group, and thankful for the opportunities it has provided me. Through the MAGNET internship program, I continued on with my industry sponsor to obtain full time work as an environmental consultant in Vancouver. I look forward to continuing my career in geochemistry applied to contaminated sites remediation and am so happy to have been part of such an amazing program!