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Dr. Evan Edinger

{Dr. Evan Edinger}
Dr. Evan Edinger

Assistant professor
Geography and Biology

Research interests
Dr. Edinger's research has primarily focused on the environmental impacts of human activities on coral reefs, including mining, eutrophication, poor coastal development, aquaculture, global warming, blast fishing and cyanide fishing on coral reefs. In May 2002, he will continue research on the environmental and health effects of two mining sites on coral reefs and communities in Sulawesi, Indonesia. Also, Dr. Edinger plans on examining the deep biodiversity of the sea coral reefs off Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

Experience
The study of fossils and coral reefs has hooked Dr. Edinger ever since his undergraduate days. While completing his PhD, as part of a CIDA-sponsored project between Indonesia's Diponegoro University and McMaster, he studied the effects of land-based pollution on Indonesian coral reefs, including biodiversity, growth rates, bioerosion and applications to the fossil record. A postdoctoral fellowship in paleontology at Laurentian University allowed Dr. Edinger the opportunity to study fossil reefs and climate change on Bank's Island in the Arctic for a summer, and the growth rates of fossil corals on Anticosti Island in Quebec.

Background
Growing up in Los Angeles, California, Dr. Edinger was very aware of the dire effects pollution could have on people. As a young adult, he decided to merge his mutual love of fossils and modern coral reefs through an undergraduate program in marine biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. After completing his B.Sc. (Honours), in 1987 Dr. Edinger met a McMaster University professor at the Australian Institute of Marine Studies who helped to influence his decision to pursue a M.Sc. in paleontology and a PhD in environmental earth science from McMaster. The California native then taught geology at St. Francis Xavier University for a year, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in paleontology at Laurentian University. In June 2001, Dr. Edinger and his wife, a Newfoundlander herself, moved to Newfoundland to work and study.