Graduate Studies: MSc ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF COAL TAR COATINGS

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECTS OF COAL TAR COATINGS
Position: MSc student
Start Date: As soon as possible
Location: Department of Renewable Resources, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Supervisor: Dr. M Anne Naeth, Professor, Land Reclamation and Restoration Ecology https://naethresearch.ualberta.ca/

Research Project
The objective of the research program is to determine whether historically used coal tar coatings for pipelines pose an environmental risk that needs to be addressed by the pipeline industry in Canada. Many pipelines with coal tar coatings are now at the end of their life and are being decommissioned. There has been little research on the effect of coat tar coatings as they age on the surrounding environment. Scientific data is needed to determine if they degrade and enter the environment through soil or water. This data will lead to development of cost effective reclamation strategies for decommissioned sites.
The research program will involve identifying potential contaminants in soil and water, delineating their extent, and assessing potential impacts to flora, fauna and humans. The effect of factors such as depth to ground water, soil type, plant community, and age of pipeline will be considered. In assessing potential adverse effects of coal tar coating, a regulatory and scientific approach will be taken.
The successful candidate will be well positioned to work in the pipeline industry and in consulting following their program.

Qualifications
• A BSc degree in land reclamation, environmental, soil or plant science, or equivalent field of study
• A strong interest in soil and water remediation and environmental impact assessment
• Resourcefulness and able to effectively problem solve
• Adaptable to changing priorities and schedules
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Experience working in the field and lab would be an asset
• Willingness to travel extensively and live and work in remote locations during the field season
• A Class 5 non graduated driver’s license and be comfortable driving 4×4 trucks
• Enjoys working in a dynamic environment
Stipend: MSc stipend of $30,000 per annum.

Apply: Send a statement of interest, current CV and copies of your academic transcripts to sarah.wilkinson@ualberta.ca
Position is open until a suitable candidate is found.