Sarah DePalma (graduated 2009)
MSc Biology Student
I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University
with an Honours BSc in Chemistry and Biology June 2007 and from Waterloo Biology with an MSc in spring 2009. My undergraduate thesis project focused on the
study of adsorption and desorption behaviour of organoarsenicals on iron oxide
nanoparticles representing inorganic soil components. My interest in environmental issues and the
opportunity to apply my academic training towards improving the environment has
lead me to furthering my education through Wilfrid Laurier University
and University of Waterloo. Under the supervision of Dr. S. Smith, Dr. J.
McGeer, and Dr. G. Dixon (UW), my MSc focused on the toxicity of copper in
marine and estuarian systems on Mytilus galloprovincialis and working
towards adapting the Biotic Ligand Model for saltwater systems. This work was funded in part by the Copper Development Association.
Sarah is currently working as a Research Technologist at National Water Research Institute, Environment Canada, Burlington, ON.