Research conducted in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, studies whether trees in the region absorb contaminants and how tree cores can help in the preliminary evaluation of contaminated sites.
Dr. Merline Fonkwe is a research associate with the Labrador Institute, where she is responsible for the mineral deposits and environmental geochemistry program. She is also a registered professional geoscientist with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is the principal investigator of a team of researchers using tree cores to study subsurface contaminants in northern environments.
Northern environmental assessments
Funded by the Harris Centre-MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund (2014–15), this project is the first to use tree cores to study contaminants and evaluate how the method can be used in a waste management context in Newfoundland and Labrador. read more >>