Tom AlResearcher Profile

Tom A. Al

Job Title:Assistant Professor
Employer:Dept. of Geology, University of New Brunswick
Place of Birth: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
High School attended: Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School
Further Education: Memorial University of Newfoundland (B.Sc.), Memorial University of Newfoundland (M.Sc.), University of Waterloo (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: New Brunswick, Ontario

Brief synopsis of current research:
Tom Al's students My research focuses on determining the nature of reactions that control the concentrations and transport of inorganic species in groundwater. This requires knowledge of aqueous geochemistry, mineralogy and hydrogeology which are the principal disciplines that my co-workers and I have employed in previous research which has been conducted in groundwater settings affected by the disposal of mine tailings and waste rock. My current research focuses on contamination of groundwater from mining and other anthropogenic activities. I also study the release and transport of inorganic species in groundwater systems in contact mineral deposits undergoing natural weathering.

Mailing Address:
Dept. of Geology, University of New Brunswick, P.O. Box 4400, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5A3

Recent Publications:

Al, T.A., Blowes, D.W., Jambor J.L. and Scott, J.D. 1994. The geochemistry of mine-waste pore water affected by the combined disposal of jarosite and base-metal sulphide tailings. The Canadian Geotechnical Journal. 31, pp. 520-512.

Blowes, D.W., Al, T.A., Lortie, L., Gould, D.W. and Jambor, J.L. 1995. Chemical, mineralogical and microbiological characterization of the Kidd Creek mine tailings impoundment, Timmins area, Ontario. Geomicrobiology, 13: 13-32.

Al, T.A. and Blowes, D.W. 1996. Storm-water hydrograph separation of run off from a mine tailings impoundment formed by thickened tailings discharge at Kidd Creek, Timmins, Ontario. Journal of Hydrology, 180: 55-78.

Al, T.A., Blowes, D.W., Martin, C.J., Cabri, L.J. and Jambor, J.L. 1997. Time-of-flight laser- ionization mass spectrometer analysis of the surfaces of pyrite grains in sulfide-rich mine tailings. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 61:(12), 2353-2366.

Al, T.A. and Blowes, D.W. 1999. The hydrogeology of a tailings impoundment formed by central discharge of thickened tailings: implications for tailings management. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, 38, 489-505.