Felicia Pickard B.Sc. (Field Staff Leader) is a M. Sc. Environmental Science student at Memorial University of Newfoundland supervised by Dr. Trevor Bell. Her thesis is entitled “Environmental lead exposure in children from pre-1970’s housing in St. John’s Newfoundland and Labrador.” Felicia will focus on the analysis of soil, dust, water and garden produce collected from St. John’s homes involved in the LeadNL project. The bioaccessibility of lead in soil will also be assessed. Her research stems from an active interest in community environmental awareness and public health, and her future aspirations to enter the field of medicine. Felicia believes it is important to play an active role in the development of a healthy and environmentally aware community by providing community members with information to inform their choices.
Robert Foley BSc. (Field Staff Leader) is a M. Sc. Environmental Science student at Memorial University of Newfoundland supervised by Dr. Trevor Bell. Through his undergraduate work, Robert developed an interest in the field of heavy metal contamination. His Master’s thesis “Application of isotope ratio testing to source environmental lead exposure in children from pre-1970s housing in St. John’s” allows him to further explore this interest. Isotope ratio testing will enable Robert to determine sources of lead for samples gathered from the LeadNL project. He will also conduct an analysis of data to uncover information about the urban geochemistry of St. John’s. His research will assist LeadNL project efforts to help inform the St. John’s community about environmental lead exposure and to help provide citizens with a stronger understanding of their environment.