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Trent University Scientists Receive $1,667,920 from the NSERC


Funds to Support 15 New Studies including Mercury Contamination in the Environment and the Formation of Memories in the Brain

Thursday, May 22, 2008, Peterborough

The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced yesterday announced that 15 projects led by Trent University scientists would receive a total of $1,667,920 in Discovery Grants.

“This announcement will accelerate the momentum in scientific research currently taking place at Trent University,” said Dr. James Parker, associate vice president of research at Trent. “We greatly appreciate NSERC’s support which will enable our faculty to move forward on exciting new projects that are poised to make a real difference in our world.”

“Investing in our university research is also an investment in our future, since this will enhance Canada’s competitive position in the global economy,” said Minister Prentice. “This funding will help ensure that the best university professors and their students across the country can continue to engage in research that will directly contribute to our national stock of knowledge, and to our prosperity.”

Since 1999, research funding at Trent has grown 400% to just over $15 million annually in 2007 in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. This investment has enabled Trent to develop state-of-the-art facilities and support structures that nurture research excellence and in the field. The funding announced yesterday was awarded to the following researchers at Trent:




Total Award

Atkinson, W.A.

Physics and Astronomy

Theory of inhomogenous strongly-correlated systems


Dokuchaev, N.G.


Regularity of parabolic Ito equations and applications to stochastic analysis and control


Dorken, M.E.


Evolution and ecology of plant sexual systems


Ellis, D.A.


The environmental fate of emerging pollutants in the Canadian environment: merging modelling and experimental techniques to create accurate predictive methods


Emery, R.J.N.


Cytokinins and source-sink relationships within plants


Guéguen, C.


Dissolved organic matter characterization and metal speciation in boreal streams


Hintlemann, H.


Fractionation of mercury isotopes in the environment


Kyle, C.J.

Natural Resources

Co-evolutionary mechanisms within vector/pathogen complexes


Lehmann, H.E,


Promoting memory consolidation outside the hippocampus

$ 124,680

Murray, D.L.


Assessment of mechanisms underlying range limit determinants in terrestrial carnivores


Pivato, M.J.


Emergent defect dynamics in cellular automata


Rafferty, S.P.


Structure-function studies on protein homodimers


Wallschläger, D.

Environmental and Resource Studies

Determination of redox-sensitive trace element species


Wilson, P.J.


Genetic structure and adaptation at a dynamic range margin


Xenopoulos, M.A.


Variation of stream dissolved organic carbon quantity, character and ecosystem function in a changing landscape


Total Funding





For additional information please contact:
Dr. James D. Parker, associate vice president of research, Office of Research at