Nabila Rahman

PhD student
University of Toronto

I completed my Master of Science in Environment Management with full scholarship from Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB), for which I was awarded the Chancellor’s Gold Medal for achieving a GPA of 4 on a scale of 4. I also completed my Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, while minoring in Environmental Science with full scholarship from Independent University, Bangladesh, and was awarded Magna Cum Laude. My master’s thesis was an extension of my undergraduate thesis, the focus of which was to degrade azo dyes using nanoscale zero valent iron. My project comprised of characterization of the nano particles using SEM, TEM and XRD analyses followed by spectrophotometric analyses of the degraded dyes. Upon completion of my M.Sc, I joined my Alma Mater as a Lecturer in the Department of Environmental Science. Prior to joining IUB, I worked for an international consulting firm where I was involved in writing expression of interests and proposals for different national development projects. I also have experience of working as a junior environmental consultant in several national projects where I conducted Environmental Impact Assessments.

I commenced my Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Bridget. A. Bergquist at the University of Toronto in the Fall of 2017. The focus of my research is to use stable mercury isotope fingerprinting as a tool to trace mercury sources and transformations in the mercury biogeochemical cycle. More specifically, to study the contributions of local sources to mercury levels found in fish from the St. Clair River and St. Lawrence River Areas of Concern.