Queen's University

Heather Jamieson  

Office: Miller 445
Phone: 613-533-6181
Fax: 613-533-6592
Email: jamieson@queensu.ca




Heather Jamieson grew up in Noranda, Quebec and is now a Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering at Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada. She also holds an appointment and teaches courses in the School of Environmental Studies at Queen’s. Her expertise is in the area of environmental geochemistry, particularly the mineralogical controls on the mobility of metals and metalloids (notably arsenic) in mine waste and the application of synchrotron-based X-ray experiments and other microanalytical methods to metal speciation in mine tailings, soils, sediments and household dust.  Much of her fieldwork is in the Canadian Arctic but she has also conducted research in Nova Scotia, California, Montana, Spain and Australia.

Research Interests/Current Research

Environmental Geochemistry and Mineralogy, Environmental Impact of Mining

Supervising Information

New projects are always available. Please contact me if you are interested in joining our research group.

Current and recently completed:

Andrew Gault PDF Sole
Faith Opio  PhD Co-supervised with J. Peacey, Mining
Stephanie de Sisto PhD Co-supervised with M. Parsons, GSC
Bartholomew Warren PhD Sole
Karina Lange PhD Co-supervised with K. Rowe, Civil
Skya Fawcett PhD Sole
Anežka Radková PhD Sole
Heather Sealey MSc Sole
Jessica Drysdale MSc Co-supervised with D. Fortin, UOttawa
Heather Jaggard MSc Sole
Mackenzie Bromstad MSc Sole
Julienne McLaughlin MES Co-supervised with G. Whitelaw, Env Studies
Tyler Nash MSc  Sole
Colin Purdy MSc Sole
Allison Laidlow MSc Co-supervised with M. Parsons, GSC
Drew Stavinga MSc  Sole
Rebecca Goldberg MES Co-supervised with G. Whitelaw, Env. Studies
Martha Buckwalter-Davis MSc Sole
Kristina Skeries MSc Sole
Mitchell Skuce BSc Sole
Julia Horvath BSc Sole
Sharon Zheng BSc Co-supervised with G. Whitelaw, Env. Studies
Cirisse Stephen BSc Sole


Professional Associations

Mineralogical Association of Canada, Mineralogical Society of America, Geological Association of Canada, Geological Society of America, Association of Applied Geochemists, International Medical Geology Association


Recent publications (student and postdocs noted in bold)

1. Jamieson, H.E.,Gault, A.G. 2012. Application of synchrotron microanalysis to studies of soils, sediments, dust and mine waste. In: Quantitative Mineralogy and Microanalysis of Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks, Mineralogical Association of Canada Short Course 42, ed. P. Sylvester,  St. John’s NL, May 2012,  35-53.

2. Hudson-Edwards, K. A., Jamieson, H.E., Lottermoser, B.G. 2011. Mine Wastes: Past, Present, Future. Elements, Special Issue on Mine Wastes, 375-380.

3. Jamieson, H.E. 2011  Geochemistry and Mineralogy of Solid Mine Waste: Essential Knowledge for Predicting Environmental Impact. Elements, Special Issue in Mine Wastes, 381-386.

4. Opio, F., Peacey, J., Jamieson, H.E. 2011 Tooeleite as a new possibility for arsenic fixation: thermal decomposition and stabilisation. Environmine 2011, Proc. 2nd Interntl. Sem. Env. Issues Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile.

5. Jamieson, H.E., Walker, S.R., Parsons, M.B., DeSisto, S., Wrye, L.A., Kavalench, J. 2011. Risk associated with the weathering of arsenopyrite from gold deposits. Environmine 2011, Proc. 2nd Interntl. Sem. Env. Issues Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile.

6. Bromstad, M., Jamieson, H.E. 2011 The persistence and mobility of roaster-derived arsenic in surface soils at Giant mine, NWT. Mining and the Environment International Conference V, Sudbury, ON

7. Jaggard, H., Jamieson, H.E. 2011 Mineralogical characterization of tailings and respirable dust from lead-rich mine waste and its controls on bioaccessibility. Mining and the Environment International Conference V, Sudbury, ON

8. Drysdale, M., Ljung, K., Jamieson, H.E., Weinstein, P., Cook, A., Watkins, R.T. Evaluating the respiratory bioaccessibility of nickel in soil through the use of a simulated lung fluid. Environ Geochem Health DOI 10.1007/s10653-011-9435-x. Accepted April 11, 2011.

9. Bromstad, M., Jamieson, H.E. 2012 Giant Mine,Yellowknife, Canada: Arsenite waste as the legacy of gold mining and processing. Chapter 2 (page 25-42) in The Metabolism of Arsenite (eds.) J.A. Santini and S.A. Ward. Volume 5 of the series Arsenic in the Environment. CRC Press ISSN: 1876-6218.

10.  Fawcett, S.E. , H. Jamieson, D. Nordstrom, B. McClesky  Recognizing the Distinct Geochemical Nature of As and Sb associated with mine-waste, sediment, and water at the Giant Mine, Yellowknife. Accepted December 2011.

11.  Walker, S.R., Jamieson, H.E., Lanzirotti, A., Hall, G. E. M., Peterson, R.C. The effect of ore roasting on arsenic oxidation state and solid phase speciation in gold mine tailings. Applied Geochemistry, In Press.

12.  Walker, S.R., Jamieson, H.E., Rasmussen, P.E. 2011 Application of synchrotron microprobe methods to solid-phase speciation of metals and metalloids in house dust. Environmental Science & Technology 45, 8233-8240.

13.  Jamieson, H.E., Walker, S.R., Andrade, C.F., Rasmussen, P. Beauchemin, S., Lanzirotti, A., Parsons, M.B., Wrye, L.A.  2011 Direct identification of metal compounds in contaminated soil, mine tailings, lake sediments and house dust using synchrotron-based microanalysis. Accepted by Human and Ecological Risk Assessment, 17: 1292–1309.

14.  Corriveau, M.C., Jamieson, H.E., Parsons, M.B., Hall, G.E.M. 2011 Mineralogical characterization of arsenic in gold mine tailings from three sites in Nova Scotia, Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis 11, 179-192.

15.  DeSisto, S., Jamieson, H.E., Parsons, M.B. Influence of hardpan layers on arsenic mobility in historical gold mine tailings. Applied Geochemistry 26, 2004-2018

16.  Corriveau, M.C., Jamieson, H.E., Parsons, M.B., Campbell, J.L., Lanzirotti, A. 2011. Direct characterization of airborne particles associated with arsenic-rich mine tailings: Particle size, mineralogy and texture. Applied Geochemistry 26, 1639-1648.

17.  Osborne, T.H., Jamieson, H.E., Hudson-Edwards, H.E., Nordstrom, D.K., Walker, S.R., Santini, J.M. 2010. Microbial oxidation of arsenite in a permafrost environment: diversity of arsenite oxidase genes and identification of a new psychrotolerant arsenite oxidiser. Accepted by BMC Microbiology 10, 205..

18.  Fawcett, S.E., Jamieson, H.E. 2011. The Distinction between ore processing and post-depositional transformation on the speciation of As and Sb in mine waste and sediment   Chemical Geology 283, 109-118.

19.  Lange, K., Rowe, R.K., Jamieson,H., Flemming,R., Lanzirotti, A. 2010. Characterization of geosynthetic clay liners using micro-analytical methods: Implications for metal mitigation. Applied Geochemistry. 25, 1056-1069.

20.  Clyde, E.J., Champagne, P., Jamieson, H.E. 2010. The use of passive treatment alternatives for the mitigation of acidic drainage at the Williams Brothers Mine, California: Bench-Scale Study. Applied Geochemistry 25, 958-971.

21.  Meunier,  L., Walker, S.R., Koch, I., Wragg, J. Parsons, M.B., Jamieson, H.E., Reimer, K.J. 2010. Effects of Soil Composition and Mineralogy on the Bioaccessibility of Arsenic from Tailings and Soil in Gold Mine Districts of Nova Scotia. Environmental Science Technology 44, 2667–2674.

22.  Andrade, C.F., Jamieson, H.E., Praharaj, T., Fortin, D., Kyser, T.K. 2010. Biogeochemical cycling of arsenic in mine-impacted sediments and co-existing pore waters. Applied Geochemistry 25, 199–211.

23.  Akabzaa, T.M., Jamieson, H.E,  Jorgenson, N., Nyame, K. 2009 The Combined Impact of Mine Drainage in the Ankobra River Basin, SW Ghana. Mine Water Environment 28, 50-64.

24.  Fawcett, S.E., Gordon, R., Jamieson, H.E.  2009. Optimizing experimental design, overcoming challenges and gaining valuable information from the Sb K-edge XANES region. American Mineralogist 94, 1377–1387.

25.  Walker, S.R., Parsons, M.B., Jamieson, H.E., Lanzirotti, A. 2009. Arsenic mineralogy of near-surface tailings and soils: Influence on arsenic behaviour and bioaccessibility in the Nova Scotia gold mining districts. Canadian Mineralogist. 47: 533-556

26.  Sidenko, N.V., Cooper, M.A., Sherriff, B.L., Jamieson, H.E. 2009. Formation and Stability of (Na,K)2Zn3[Fe(CN)6]2.nH2O in Gold Heap Leach Mine Waste.  Canadian Mineralogist 43, 1157-1170. 

27.  Lange, K., Rowe, R.K., Jamieson, H.E. 2008. Diffusion of Metals in Geosynthetic Clay Liners. Geosynthetics International 16, 11-27.

28.  Lange, K,. Rowe, R.K., Jamieson, H.E.  2007. Metal Retention in Geosynthetic Clay Liners Following Permeation by Different Mining Solutions.  Geosynthetics International 14, 178-187 (Honourable Mention for Best Paper of 2007).

29.  Laird, B.D., Van De Wiele, T., Corriveau, M., Jamieson, H., Siciliano., S.D. 2007 Gastrointestinal microbes increase arsenic bioaccessibility of ingested mine tailings using the Simulator of the Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem (SHIME). Environmental Science and Technology 41, 5542-5547.

30. Rollo, H.A., Jamieson, H.E. 2006. Interaction of Diamond Mine Waste and Surface Water in the Canadian Arctic. Applied Geochemistry 21, 1522-1539.

31.  Walker, S. R., Jamieson, H.E., Lanzirotti, A., Andrade, C.F. 2005 Determining arsenic speciation in iron oxides derived from a gold-roasting operation: Application of synchrotron micro-XRD and micro-XANES at the grain scale. Canadian Mineralogist 43, 1205-1224

32.  Jamieson, H.E., Robinson, C., Alpers, C.N., Nordstrom, D.K, Poustovetov, A., 2005. The composition of co-existing jarosite-group minerals and water from the Richmond Mine, Iron Mountain, California Canadian Mineralogist 43, 1225-1242

33.  Sidenko, N.V., Sherriff, B.L., Jamieson, H.E., Shaw, S.C. 2005 Aluminum behavior in heap-leach piles at the Landusky gold mine, Little Rocky Mountains, Montana,USA. Canadian Mineralogist 43, 1157-1170.

34.  Jamieson, H.E., Robinson, C., Alpers, C.N., McCleskey, R.B. Nordstrom, D.K., Peterson, R.C. 2005. Major and trace element composition of copiapite-group minerals and coexisting water from the Richmond mine, Iron Mountain, California.  Chemical Geology 215, 387-405.

35.  Hudson-Edwards, K.A., Jamieson, H.E., Charnock, J.M., Macklin, M.G. 2005. Arsenic speciation in waters and sediment of ephemeral floodplain pools, Ríos Agrio-Guadiamar, Aznalcóllar, Spain. Chemical Geology 219, 175-192.

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