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Queen's University

Research Program

The ASU has an active research program. The research has focused on phytoremediation and the environmental assessment and cleanup of contaminated sites in the Canadian North. Current arctic research topics are landfarming arctic soils contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons and permeable reactive barriers for PCBs. Other research topics include development of methods for benzene metabolites in animal tissue, arsenic speciation and mercury in the environment


Greenwood, S. Rutter, A. and Zeeb, B.A. The Absorption and Translocation of Polychlorinated Biphenyl Congeners by Cucurbita pepo ssp pepo.  Environ. Sci. Technol. 2011 , 45 (15), pp 6511–6516


Langlois, V., Rutter, A., and Zeeb, B.A. Activated Carbon Immobilizes Residual Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) at Contaminated Terrestrial Sites.  J. Envt. Quality 40:1130–1134 (2011)


Ficko S, Rutter A and Zeeb B “Potential for Phytoextraction of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) from Contaminated Soils using Weeds” Science of the Total Environment408: 3469–3476 , (2010)


Manion NC , Campbell A  and Rutter A “ Historic brownfields and industrial activity in Kingston, Ontario: Assessing potential contributions to mercury contamination in sediment of the Cataraqui River ”   Science of the Total Environment Volume 408: 2060-2067 (2010)


Kalinovich I., Rutter, A., Poland, J.S., Cairns, G., Rowe, R.K. Remediation of PCB Contaminated Soils in the Canadian Arctic: Excavation and Surface PRB Technology. Sci Total. Env. (2008) 407: 53-66.


Paudyn, K, Rutter A, Rowe RK, Poland JS,  “Remediation Of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soils In The Canadian Arctic By Landfarming” Cold Regions Sci. and Tech. (2008) 53: 102-114.


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