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Kenneth J. (Ken) Reimer

Professor and Director of Environmental Sciences Group, The Royal Military College of Canada



Contact Information

Office: Building 62, 12 Verite Ave, RMC
Phone: 613.541.6000 ext. 6161
Fax: 613.541.6596
Email: reimer-k@rmc.ca

Mailing Address: Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Royal Military College of Canada
Bldg. 62, Royal Military College
                           P.O.Box 17000 Stn., Forces
                           Kingston, ON
                           K7K 7B4

Department & Associations

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering & Royal Military College of Canada
 

Supervising

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Academic Training

Ph.D. (Chemistry, Organometallic), University of Western Ontario (1975)
M.Sc. (Chemistry, Inorganic), University of Calgary (Chemistry/Mathematics).


General Academic and Research Interests

Ken Reimer has held cross-appointments in the Department of Chemistry and the School of Environmental Studies since September 1996. In addition, his group, the RMC Environmental Sciences Group (ESG), has had a strong collaborative relationship with Queen's Analytical Services Unit for a number of years. As part of Ken's association with the School of Environmental Studies, Ken has acted as thesis supervisor to Hilary Davies, one of Queen's first MES students.

Ken's research interests focus on the evaluation of northern and remote sites and the development and implementation of major remediation projects at contaminated sites. The research component of ESG is engaged in studies that include new ways of conducting ecological and human health risk assessments, bioremediation in harsh climates, contaminant uptake, transformation and mobility (especially of arsenic and PCBSs) in the food chain, impacts from mining, and the integration of Inuit knowledge in the development of environmental monitoring programs.

Areas of Potential or Present Thesis/Project Supervision

Remedial technologies; environmental assessment; arsenic speciation; human health and ecological risk assessment; Arctic issues; traditional knowledge.
 
 

Courses Taught at Queen's

Chemistry 326 (Queen's) - Survey of Environmental Chemistry; CC 365 (RMC) - Environmental Engineering; CC 555 (RMC)/Biol 849 (Queen's) - Environmental Issues

Publications

Moriarty, M.M., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic speciation, distribution and bioaccessibility in shrews and their food." Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 62, 529-538 (2012).

Whaley-Martin, K., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic species extraction of biological marine samples (periwinkles, Littorina littorea) from a highly contaminated site." Talanta, 88, 187-192, (2012).

Lai, V.W.-M., Kanaki, K., Pergantis, S.A., Cullen, W.R. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic speciation in freshwater snails and its life cycle variation." Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 14, 743-751 (2012).

Reimer, K.J. and Koch, I. "Metals and metalloids in complementary and alternative medicines." Maturitas, 72, 267-268 (2012)  - Invited Editorial.

Button, M., Koch, I., and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic resistance and cycling in earthworms residing at a former gold mine in Canada." Environmental Pollution, 169, 74-80 (2012).

Caumette, G., Koch, I., Moriarty, M. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic distribution and speciation in Daphnia pulex." Science of the Total Environment, 432, 243-250 (2012).

Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Bioaccessibility extractions for contaminant risk assessment." In Comprehensive Sampling and Sample Preparation, Volume 3; Editors Pawliszyn, J., Le, X.C., Li, X-F., Lee, H.K.. Elsevier Academic Press, Oxford, UK, 487-507 (2012).

Burbridge, D.J., Koch, I., Zhang, J. and Reimer, K.J. "Chromium speciation in river sediment pore water contaminated by tannery effluent." Chemosphere, 89, 838-843 (2012).

Whaley-Martin, K., Koch, I., Moriarty, M. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic speciation in blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) along a highly contaminated arsenic gradient." Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 3110-3118 (2012).

Caumette, G., Koch, I., Estrada, E. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic speciation in plankton organisms from contaminated lakes: Transformations at the base of the freshwater food chain." Environmental Science and Technology, 45, 9917-9923 (2012).

Saunders, J., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Inclusion of soil arsenic bioaccessibility in ecological risk assessment and comparison with biological effects." Science of the Total Environment, 412-413, 132-137 (2011).

Button, M., Moriarty, M.M., Watts, M.J., Zhang, J., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic speciation in field-collected and laboratory-exposed earthworms Lumbricus terrestris." Chemosphere, 85, 1277-1283 (2011).

Koch, I., Moriarty, M., House, K., Sui, J., Cullen, W.R., Saper, R.B. and Reimer, K.J. "Bioaccessibility of lead and arsenic in traditional Indian medicines". Science of the Total Environment, 409, 4545-4552 (2011).

Meunier, L., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Effects of organic matter and ageing on arsenic bioaccessibility." Environmental Pollution, 159, 2530-2536 (2011).

Koch, I., Moriarty, M., Sui, J. and Reimer, K.J. "Methodological artefacts in the XANES analysis of hexacoordinated pentavalent arsenic." Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 26(9), 1897-1899 (2011).

Wragg, J., Cave, M., Basta, N., Brandon, E., Casteel, S., Denys, S., Gron, C., Oomen, A., Reimer, K.J., Tack, K. and Van de Wiele, T. "An inter-laboratory  trial of the unified BARGE bioaccessibility method for arsenic, cadmium and lead in soil." Science of the Total Environment, 409, 4016-4030 (2011).

Saunders, J.R., Hough, C., Knopper, L.D., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic transformations in small mammal food chains from abandoned gold mines sites in Canada." Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12, 1784-1792 (2011).

Meunier, L., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Effects of dissolution kinetics on the bioaccessibility of arsenic in soils and tailings." Chemosphere, 84, 1378-1385 (2011).

Meunier, L., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Effects of particle size on arsenic bioaccessibility in gold mine tailings of Nova Scotia." Science of the Total Environment, 409, 2233-2243 (2011).

Sanscartier, D., Zeeb, B.A. and Reimer, K.J. "The effect of temperature and aeration rate on bioremediation of diesel-contaminated soil in solid phase bench-scale bioreactors." Soil and Sediment Contamination, 20(4), 353-369 (2011).

Meunier, L., Walker, S.R., Wragg, J., Parsons, M.B., Koch, I., Jamieson, H.E. and Reimer, K.J. "Effects of soil composition and mineralogy on the bioaccessibility of arsenic from tailings and soil in gold mine districts of Nova Scotia." Environmental Science and Technology, 44, 2667-2674 (2010).

Sanscartier D., Margni, M., Zeeb, B.A. and Reimer, K.J. "Comparison of the secondary environmental impacts of three remediation alternatives of a diesel-contaminated site at a remote location in Northern Canada."  Soil and Sediment Contamination, 19, 338-355 (2010).

Meunier, L., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Method variables affecting the bioaccessibility of arsenic in soil." Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 45, 517-526 (2010).

Sanscartier, D., Reimer, K., Zeeb, B. and George, K. "Management of hydrocarbon-contaminated soil through bioremediation and landfill disposal at a remote location in Northern Canada." Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 37, 147-155 (2010).

Saunders, J.R., Knopper, L.D., Koch, I. and Reimer, K.J. "Arsenic transformations and biomarkers in meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) living on an abandoned gold mine site in Montague, Nova Scotia, Canada." Science of the Total Environment, 408, 829-835 (2010).

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