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Kevin Telmer

Job Title: Assistant Prof.
Employer: School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria
Place of Birth: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Public School attended: John T. Tuck, Burlington
High School attended: Nelson High, Burlington
Further Education: University of Western Ontario (B.Sc. - Earth Sciences), University of Ottawa (Ph.D. - Earth Sciences).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Brazil

mapBrief synopsis of current research:
My research focuses on aqueous biogeochemistry and employs stable and radiogenic isotopes, as well as major and trace elements, to apportion biogeochemical signals in the hydrosphere to naturally occurring processes and anthropogenic impacts. I study the geological, chemical and biological interactions between organic matter, rocks, sediments, soils, and fluids and human impacts on those interactions. In particular, my research interest concentrates on the signals carried in river water and the record of the fluvial signal stored in sediments and ice and snow. The distribution, sources and fates of elements are important from environmental (climate change, contamination) and economic (policy governing mining and smelting, forest harvest, agriculture, industrial emissions) perspectives.

Mailing address:
School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, Room 280 Petch Building, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, V8W 3P6
Phone: (250)472-4182; Fax: (250)472-4184



Recent Publications:

Telmer K. and Veizer J. (2000) Isotopic constraints on the transpiration, evaporation, energy and GPP budgets of a large boreal watershed: Ottawa River basin, Canada. Global Biogeochemical Cycles. March 2000 issue.

Telmer, K. and Veizer, J. (1999) Carbon fluxes, pCO2 and substrate weathering in a large northern river basin, Canada: carbon isotope perspectives, Chemical Geology, 159, 61-86.

Telmer K., Costa M., Araujo E.S., Angélica R.S. and Maurice Y. (1999) Mercury in the Tapajós River Basin - The Significance of Suspended Sediments from Alluvial Gold Mining, Pará, Brazilian Amazon. International Symposium on Hydrological and Geochemical Processes in Large-Scale River Basins, November 14, 1999, Sponsor: International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS), International Hydrological Program of UNESCO (IHP), Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

Telmer K. , Taylor C., Maurice Y. (1999) Gold Mining in the Amazon, Investigating the Mercury Problem. Video Documentary, 33 minutes, Contact for more info.

Telmer, K. and Veizer, J. (submitted) The Application of Earth Science to Critical Processes for the Ottawa and St. Lawrence River Ecosystems - Part I, Physical Controls on River Flow Variability, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.