Varun Gupta, PhD Candidate

Varun Gupta, PhD Candidate

Living with Lake Centre, Laurentian University

935 Ramsey Lake Road

Sudbury, Ontario

P3E 2C6

t. 705-675-1151 ext. 2209

Thesis title
Use of Wetlands as an Acid Mine Drainage Treatment Strategy in Boreal Landscapes

My PhD project focuses on the passive remediation of acid mine drainage using natural wetlands. Interactions between the plants, microbes and sediments will be investigated; that would allow us to better understand how biotic and abiotic processes affect metal retention. In particular, floating wetland mesocoms will be deployed in the ponds affected by mine drainage to study the interactions.
Also, a long-term wetland metal retention model that incorporates the effect of climate change will be created for a semi-natural wetland situated in a boreal region.

Academic Background
MSc. Geography, University of Toronto, 2011
Thesis title: Anaerobic Oxidation of Methane in Northern Peatlands

BSc. (honours), Biology and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Mississauga, 2009
Graduated with High Distinction

2015-2018 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council – CGS – PhD
2014-2018 NSERC – CREATE – Mine of Knowledge, PhD
2014-2018 Goodman Schools of Mines, PhD Scholarship
2011-2012 ECO Canada Student Ambassador
2010-2011 NSERC – CGS – Master
2009 University of Toronto Fellowship
2009 C.B. Macpherson Graduate Admission Award, University of Toronto
2009 NSERC – Undergraduate Student Research Award
2008-2009 University of Toronto Dean’s Honour List
2008 NSERC – Undergraduate Student Research Award
2007 Dean’s Research Opportunity Program Award, University of Toronto

Basiliko, N and Gupta, V. (2015) Bringing guest scientists to the university biology classroom via the web. FEMS Microbiology Letters. 362(16)

Gupta, V; Smemo, K.A; Yavitt, J.B.; Fowle, D; Branfireun, B; Basiliko, N. (2013). Stable isotopes reveal widespread anaerobic methane oxidation across latitude and peatland type. Environmental Science and Technology, 47 (15): 8273-8279.

Basiliko, N; Henry, K; Gupta, V; Moore, T.R.; Driscoll, B.T; Dunfield, P.F. (2013). Controls on bacterial and archaeal community structure and links to greenhouse gas production in natural, mined and restored Canadian peatlands. Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology, 4:215.

Gupta, V; Smemo, K.A; Yavitt, J.B.; Basiliko, N. Active methanotrophs in two contrasting North American peatland ecosystems revealed using DNA-SIP. (2011). Microbial Ecology, 63 (2): 438 – 445.