Our researchers and graduate students address complex environmental challenges facing terrestrial and aquatic environments impacted by industry and agriculture.

Scott Mundle
Assistant Professor

Scott has led a multidisciplinary research program involving the development of collaborative networks with universities and industrial partners in areas of organic, analytical, biological, environmental, and isotope chemistry/geochemistry.  He specializes in using compositional and isotopic environmental/geochemical tracers to characterize gas/fluid/contaminant sources and their migration/transport pathways in the oil/gas, mining, and environmental sectors. His research has ranged from applying isotope (geo)chemistry to understand fundamental chemical processes (decarboxylation and catalysis), to broader geochemical applications on contaminated surface/groundwater, carbon capture and nuclear waste storage programs, and subsurface gas/fluid migration pathways in the oil/gas and mining sectors.

Karly Dominato
PhD Student

Karly graduated from the University of Windsor with a BSc (honours) in chemistry. Her research is focused on developing geochemical approaches to characterize the fate and transport of reservoir gases/fluids from CO2/steam enhanced oil recovery operations; and their impacts on gas migration to surface from well integrity issues in the oil & gas sector.

Nadia Tarakki
PhD Student

Nadia graduated from the University of Dhaka with a BSc in geology and MSc in Mining and Geological Engineering;  and received an MSc from St. Francis Xavier University. Her research focuses on understanding the impacts of microbial degradation on gases released from the oil and gas sector.

Neda Mashhadi
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Mashhadi graduated from the university of Windsor studying the effects of natural enzymes that degrade emerging pollutants in ground/surface water. Her research is focused developing new techniques to characterize gas migration source zones to understand the fate and transport of gases/fluids that migrate to surface from thermal oil recovery operations.

Meagan Beaton
MSc Student

Meagan graduated from the University of Windsor with a BFrSc (honours) and Trent University with an MSc in Forensic Science. Her research focuses on developing new geoforensic approaches to characterize the fate and transport of gases in thermal oil recovery operations 

Matthew Day
MSc Student

Matthew graduated from the University of Windsor with a BSc (honours) in earth and environmental sciences. His research focuses on using stable isotope approaches to characterize the influence of conventional and thermal oil recovery on near surface soils and wetlands.

Kaylee Anagnostopoulos
MSc Student

Kaylee is an undergraduate student studying forensic science with a specialization in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Windsor.  She is developing analytical techniques to characterize compositional and isotopic tracers in the oil and gas sector.

Kelsey Friesen
MSc Student

Kelsey graduated from the University of Manitoba with a BSc (honours) in environmental chemistry. Her research is focused on using geochemical tracers to identify the sources, transport pathways, and biogeochemical processes that affect gases/fluids migrating to surface from well integrity issues in the oil & gas sector.

Zachary Lauzon
Undergraduate Researcher

Zachary is an undergraduate in the Outstanding Scholar program studying forensic science with a specialization in biology at the University of Windsor.  He is developing analytical techniques to improve the geochemical tools used in gas migration investigations and helium exploration.

Da-Wei Qiu
Research Associate

David is a well established researcher with over 25 years of technical expertise in environmental and analytical chemistry. He provides support for a wide range of sample preparation, analysis, instrument maintenance, and field programs. David recently led a study that validated the methods he developed for nutrient analysis at GLIER with government regulatory bodies in Ontario.

Michelle Quan
Undergraduate Researcher

Michelle is an undergraduate biochemistry student with hands-on experience as a laboratory technician intern at CNOOC International in Ft. McMurray, AB.  She is characterizing the chemical processes and impacts of steam injection on bitumen in thermal oil recovery operations. 

Gaetan Borgonie

Dr. Gaetan Borgonie is a biologist, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work that characterized metazoan extremophiles in the deep subsurface of South Africa.  His research in the Great Lakes is focused on understanding the factors that control the survival of organisms migrating from surface water sources to the subsurface.


Timothy Maguire (PDF,

Scott Colborne (Co-Supervised PDF)

Florent Blancho (RA)

Matviy Prokipchuk (Undergraduate Summer Student)

Grace Enns (Undergraduate Thesis)


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