Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Environmental Geosciences
Assistant Professor, ERS, Environmental Geoscience Coordinator
Research interests: Carbon sequestration and tailings management, natural analogues for carbon mineralization, and geobiological approaches to carbon management
Professor Power is aiming to better understand fundamental processes that can be harnessed to address environmental challenges, including rising greenhouse gas emissions in the mining industry. He is doing this through field and laboratory studies to understand geochemical, mineralogical, and geobiological processes, particularly ones that capture and store carbon dioxide in natural and mining environments. This emerging field in geosciences is ripe for scientific inquiry and technological advances at a time when the impacts of climate change are becoming more pronounced.
“This research holds real promise for advancing efforts towards sustainable resource development, particularly in Canada’s mining industry. My research program at Trent that will lead to exciting innovations in environmental geoscience, and outstanding learning experiences for students.”
Prof. Powers has established the PowerGeolab, an environmental geoscience laboratory where both graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity participate in his groundbreaking research. The PowerGeolab has equipment and instrumentation for preparing and analyzing Earth materials as well as conducting a wide range of experiments with a focus on elucidating mineral-water-gas interactions.