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STFX And Springboard Researcher Named To Royal Society Of Canada

StFX earth sciences professor Dr. David Risk named one of The Royal Society of Canada inaugural members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

The 91 scholars named to the College have been nominated by 51 Canadian universities and the National Research Council. They represent the emerging generation of scholarly, scientific and artistic leadership in Canada.

Together, the members of the College will address issues of particular concern to new scholars, artists and scientists, for the advancement of understanding and the benefit of society, taking advantage of the interdisciplinary approaches fostered by the establishment of the College.

“This is an important moment in the history of the Royal Society of Canada,” said Royal Society of Canada President Graham Bell. “The College is Canada’s first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the emerging generation of leaders. Together, the members of the College will be in a position to provide guidance on issues of importance to Canadians, and to promote Canadian achievements in the arts, humanities and sciences around the world.”

Dr. Risk is recognized for making significant contributions to the understanding of how greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide, are released from soils and how the sequestration of greenhouse gases can be monitored. Applications of his research have been used around the world and his research collaborations to date have involved individuals in four continents.

Students at all levels, bachelor, master’s and doctoral, have benefitted from working with him.