New Research Projects Set to Enhance Mine Site Reclamation

Vancouver, BC - August 22, 2018 - Geoscience BC is funding two new research projects to improve mine site restoration in partnership with a new federally-funded Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation at Thompson Rivers University (TRU).

TRU and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) announced that Dr. Lauchlan Fraser will be the new Industrial Research Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation today, and Geoscience BC funded projects will be some of the first research undertaken.

Called Soil Amendments in Mine Closure, the first project will measure the soil microbiota through DNA sequencing to establish the health of topsoil stockpiles at numerous mine sites around British Columbia, and will test if soil amendments improve the health of the topsoil.

A second project, Understanding Invertebrate Dynamics Using DNA Barcoding, will test invertebrate species diversity and composition and will more accurately measure biodiversity at mine sites in British Columbia.

Commenting on the news, Geoscience BC President and CEO Gavin C. Dirom said: "Geoscience BC is excited that Dr. Lauchlan Fraser is the new Chair in Ecosystem Reclamation, and we are proud to be involved in the partnership. We know that new science to improve mine reclamation is important to the mining sector, communities, First Nations and government."

He added: "These projects support Geoscience BC's strategic goals to advance science and innovative geoscience technologies and to facilitate responsible natural resource development.

Accessing Information

More information on these projects are available on the Geoscience BC website

View Soil Amendments in Mine Closure project page   View Understanding Invertebrate Dynamics Using DNA Barcoding project page

View the Thompson Rivers University news release here

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