Gwen O'Sullivan

Gwen O'Sullivan PhD

Position: Professor, Chair of Department
Office: B248 C
Phone: 403.440.6257
Fax: 403.440.8558

Gwen joined the department in 2011 from Plymouth University.  Her teaching is based on the principals that students learning is enhanced when it is enjoyable, innovative, and student-centered. She strives to equip students with a professional toolkit, including mastery of specific knowledge and facts and lifelong learning skills which will enable students to develop as reflective practitioners.

As an environmental chemist, Gwen's research area focuses within the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Forensics. Through the combination of analytical chemistry and environmental science she examines the sources, fate and behavior of environmental pollutants to better understand their impact on the environment. Over the course of her career, in industry, consultancy, and academia, Gwen has developed technical expertise in the areas of environmental chemistry, environmental forensics, air quality, and contaminated land and groundwater. She has worked on numerous research and industrial projects including the development of technologies and remedial actions, plans for the treatment of petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, and saline impacted sites. She has also designed and managed environmental forensic investigations involving compounds of concerns including drilling fluids, petroleum hydrocarbons, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenlys, polychlorinated dibenso-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans, methane, and nitrates. She has also authored numerous scientific articles, edited book series, and successfully competed for research grants both nationally and internationally.