Applied Geo-Environmental Science and Geotechnique (Hydrogeology, Environmental Geochemistry, Geotechnical Engineering, and Geo-Environmental Engineering) is a relatively young but vibrant graduate field at Queen's. This subdiscipline is open to graduate students from both engineering and pure-science backgrounds, who can obtain their graduate degrees from either respective graduate division (III and IV) at Queen's. Current graduate research includes issues dealing with: mine-waste or industrial-contaminant interaction with sediment, bedrock and/or groundwater; waste impact assessment and containment; fluid flow in fractured ground; geological controls on wetland processes and environmental sustainability; natural and anthropogenic geo-hazard prediction and mitigation; subsidence prediction and risk management; geological factors for infrastructure development; underground design; and GIS/Geomatics.
The core professors in this field are very well respected in the national and international community and members of this group have recently received a number of key research awards and honours at the university, provincial, national, and international levels. The supporting professors and researchers within the department provide additional strengths in key fields of research investigation.
All of the core professors are also Research Directors in the Geo-Engineering Centre at Queen's University and Royal Military College.
This centre provides for formalized collaboration and graduate-student interaction across four engineering departments in two institutions. In addition to standard instruction and supervision, students within this group have the opportunity to participate in a full-year graduate seminar series hosted by the Geo-Engineering Centre.
H. Jamieson is also a member of the Queen's School of Environmental Studies, further enhancing the potential for collaborative graduate research.