PEOPLE Newsletter – January 31, 2022

PEOPLE & Partner Events

Call for Abstracts: PEOPLE 2022 International Conference (hybrid), August 23-26, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada

We warmly welcome you to the PEOPLE 2022 International Conference on Persistent, Emerging, and Organic Pollution in the Environment – Challenges and Solutions under Climate Change on August 23-26, 2022, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. This is a hybrid event co-organized by the PEOPLE Network (Memorial University), the Canadian Centre for Climate Change and Adaptation (University of Prince Edward Island), the Sigma Academy, Center for Catastrophic Risk Management (University of California, Berkeley), the Canadian Association on Water Quality Atlantic Region, and the Journal of Environmental Systems Research (Springer). This is also an annual conference of the Network on the Persistent, Emerging, and Organic PoLution in the Environment (PEOPLE Network), funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC).

Submit abstracts through before March 31, 2022

Stay tuned for more information:

Attach: Conference Poster (keynote speakers and committee list included)


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PEOPLE Workshop: How to Run an Ideation Workshop

Instructor: Dr. Carlos Bazan, Assistant Professor & Engineering Chair in Entrepreneurship, Memorial University

Date & Time: Thursday, February 10th, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm (NL time)

Location: WebEx meetings

Agenda and Handout:

Please 1) print the worksheets in the handout folder, 2) have a few color markers/pens to work with during the session, and 3) if you can, prepare a few pieces of dark chocolate.

Free Registration:


Training webinar on Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Curves and Climate Change

CSA Group and the Canadian Centre for Climate Services will be co-delivering a training webinar on Intensity-Duration-Frequency (IDF) Curves and Climate Change on February 16 from 1-2PM EasternFour new articles about using IDF curves were recently added to the Learning Zone, drawing from technical guidance from Environment and Climate Change Canada and CSA PLUS 4013:2019 (Technical guide: Development, interpretation and use of rainfall intensity-duration-frequency (IDF) information: Guideline for Canadian water resources practitioners). This webinar will address why it is no longer appropriate to use IDF curves based on historical information alone for long-term planning, provide an overview of best practices for using IDF curves and describe the scaling approach recommended by Environment and Climate Change Canada and outlined in CSA PLUS 4013 to account for climate change. This webinar will be 1 hour long and will take place on the WebEx platform.

Register here:


Member News

Deepest Condolences – Dr. Tahir Husain

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With deep sadness we share news that Dr. Tahir Husain passed way. “Dr. Husain was an esteemed and highly-respected professor of Environmental Engineering at the Department of Civil Engineering at Memorial University, with over 50 years of international experience. He was passionate about research and teaching and proud of helping his students succeed in their professional careers. He exemplified generosity, dedication to his family, compassion, encouragement, sincerity, and forgiveness. He served as a role model, mentor and friend to many. He placed emphasis on education as a means to leading a better life.” Dr. Husain has been a great scholar and kind supporter to PEOPLE Network. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.



Dr. Gordon Huang honoured by Engineering Institute of Canada

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Dr. Gordon Huang, Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Regina, has been inducted as a 2022 Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) Fellow. Dr. Huang is one of 20 members inducted this year and the only one from Saskatchewan.

Dr. Huang has received more than 200 research grants and contracts, eight NSERC Strategic Grants, and over 20 other NSERC/CFI grants. He also has over 1000 peer-refereed international journal papers with an H-index of 75 in Science Citation Index, was recognized by Web of Science Group for 0.1 per cent of the world’s researchers across 21 research fields in 2019, and was the most cited researchers in Environmental Science and Engineering as recognized by Elsevier in 2016. He supervised over 100 Master/PhD students with over 30 of them teaching at universities over the world. Read more


Dr. Rehan Sadiq inducted as 2022 EIC Fellow and appointed new Provost pro tem at UBC Okanagan

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Dr. Rehan Sadiq, School of Engineering Executive Associate Dean, UBC Okanagan, was inducted as 2022 Fellows inducted by the Canadian Institute of Engineering (EIC) for his exceptional contributions to engineering in Canada. Read more

Starting from February 1, 2022, Dr. Rehan Sadiq will serve as UBC Okanagan’s Provost and Vice-President, Academic pro tem. Dr. Sadiq is a Professor of Civil Engineering and a Distinguished University Scholar and currently holds the position of Executive Associate Dean in the School of Engineering at UBC Okanagan. He is also a co-lead of the Life Cycle Management Laboratory at UBC. Read more


Spotlight on Members

PEOPLE Knowledge and Skills (KS) set Co-Leads on Control and Remediation Technologies

Dr. Uta Passow

Professor, Canada Research Chair-1, Ocean Sciences, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, Email:

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Dr. Passow was educated as a field-going Biological Oceanographer in Kiel, Germany, where she investigated the role of sedimentation in the lifecycle of phytoplankton. The following 10 years she spent at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB, USA) researching aggregation, discovering the key role of particulate phytoplankton exudates. Then she held a position at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany exploring the Biological Carbon Pump (BCP). The next decade her research at UCSB focused on climate change, including ocean acidification, and the role of aggregation for the fate of oil. Now, here at Memorial University, Canada, her lab investigates the impacts of anthropogenic disturbances such as oil spills, micro-plastic pollution and increasing pCO2 on the BCP. The term BCP encompasses all processes leading to the formation of sinking particles. Sinking marine oil snow plays a key role in the distribution and fate of oil in the ocean. Within the Multi-Partner Research Initiative (MPRI), her team target oil-dispersant-particle-exudate interactions and aim to bridge the gap between academic and applied science.

Selected recent oil-spill related publications

  • Passow, U., Sweet, J., Quigg, A. (2017). How the dispersant Corexit impacts the formation of sinking marine oil snow. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 125(1-2):139-145.doi: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2017.08.015
  • Chanton, J. P., Giering, S. L. C., Bosman, S. H., Rogers, K. L., Sweet, J., Asper, V. L., Diercks, A.R., Passow, U. (2018). Isotopic composition of sinking particles: Oil effects, recovery and baselines in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010–2015. Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene, 6(1), 43. doi:
  • Wirth, M., Passow, U., Jeschek, J., Hand, I. and Schulz-Bull, D.E. (2018). Partitioning of Oil Compounds into Marine Oil Snow: Insights into Prevailing Mechanisms and Dispersant Effects. Marine Chemistry, 206: 62-73. doi:
  • Passow, U., Sweet, J., Francis, S., Xu, C., Dissanayake, A.L., Lin, J., Santschi, P.H., Quigg, A. (2019). Incorporation of oil into diatom aggregates. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 612:65-86. doi:
  • Francis S, Passow U (2019) Transport of dispersed oil to the seafloor by sinking phytoplankton aggregates: a modeling study. Deep Sea Research 156(18)103-192. DOI:10.1016/j.dsr.2019.103192
  • Passow, U., Stout, S. (2020) Character and Sedimentation of “Lingering” Macondo Oil to the Deep-Sea after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. Marine Chemistry, 218(103733). doi:
  • Burd, A., Quigg, A., Jeffrey P. Chanton, Daly, K.L., Gilbert, S. and Passow, U. (2020) The Science Behind Marine-Oil Snow and MOSSFA: Past, Present, and Future. Progress of Oceanography, 187: 102398.
  • Passow, U., Overton, E. (2021) The Complexity of Spills: The Fate of the Deepwater Horizon Oil. Annual Review of Marine Sciences , 13:109-136. DOI:10.1146/annurev-marine-032320-095153
  • Passow, U and K. Lee (2022): Future oil spill response plans require integrated analysis of factors that influence the fate of oil in the ocean. Current Opinion in Chemical Engineering, 36(100769).


Dr. Stanislav R. Stoyanov

Senior Research Scientist

CanmetENERGY Devon, Natural Resources Canada, Government of Canada

1 Oil Patch Drive, Devon, Alberta T9G 1A8, Canada


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Dr. Stoyanov is a Senior Research Scientist at Natural Resources Canada, CanmetENERGY Devon. He leads a project on the development of sorbent-type and gelator-type solidifiers for the containment and recovery of diluted bitumen and conventional crude oil spills on water. He also develops a new process for treating water-in-diluted bitumen emulsions, aiming to reduce the energy use and greenhouse gas emissions associated with bitumen recovery. The fundamentals of the new oil-water separation process have important implications for oily water treatment and oil-water emulsion stability relevant to oil spills.

His Doctorate is in the modeling of photosensitive compounds for solar cells from Wichita State University, Kansas. In his first postdoc at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he studied metal-doped carbon nanocones, fullerenes and nanotubes for energy harvesting and catalysis. In his second postdoc at the National Institute for Nanotechnology (NINT), he modeled the hydrotreatment of heterocyclic compounds on activated zeolites. In 2009, as a Research Officer at NINT he developed a computational research program for the rational design of solvents for bitumen recovery, catalysts for bitumen upgrading, hydrophobic grafts for cellulose nanocrystals, and junctions for molecular electronic devices.

Relevant publications


Spotlight on PEOPLE HQP

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JJ (Jong Jin) Lee is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Ocean Sciences at Memorial University under the supervision of Dr. Uta Passow. He studies biodegradation of oil in seawater. His current research focusses on the role of exudates during biodegradation of chemically dispersed oil in the presence or absence of phytoplankton aggregates. Next, JJ will be researching biodegradation of oil and solidifier complexes in seawater with Natural Resources Canada at CanmetENERGY Devon. During his internship there, which begins in February 2022, he will be working with Dr. Stanislav Stoyanov. For his MSc, he studied variations of sedimentary biogenic silica in the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon and IXTOC-I oil spills at the University of South Florida College of Marine Science.

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