Christina Smeaton, B.Sc. (Memorial-Grenfell Campus), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Windsor), Post doctoral research (Waterloo)
Assistant Professor – Environmental Science
Phone: (709) 639-2549
Office: AS 226-C
My research focuses on elucidating the thermodynamic controls (bioenergetics) on the biogeochemical cycling of carbon, nutrients and metals. Microbial bioenergetics applies thermodynamic principles to quantitatively describe energy transformations and utilization to predict reaction rates and microbial growth. The goal of my research is to develop quantitative tools in combination with laboratory studies to advance our ability to predict the response of microbial reaction networks to dynamic changes in physical (e.g., temperature) and geochemical (e.g., redox state, pH, substrate availability) environmental conditions.
The fundamental principle driving my teaching practice is rooted in my belief that all students possess the ability to succeed. My role is to facilitate learning by providing students with tools and meaningful opportunities to support deep learning, cultivate student autonomy and produce lifelong learners. At Grenfell I will teach courses related to environmental chemistry including Analytical Chemistry and Sampling Methods in Environmental Science.