I completed an Honors Bachelor degree in 2015 at the University of Toronto with a focus on atmospheric chemistry. During my undergraduate degree I completed a thesis that investigated the physical properties of isocyanic acid, a toxic atmospheric nitrogen compound. I enrolled in Memorial University as a Masters student in the summer of 2015 and since joining the BBERG group my research has focused on quantifying the atmospheric dry and wet deposition of nitrogen species across the NL-BELT. In particular, my main research focus has been to quantify the dry deposition of both nitric and nitrous acid at the field sites across the NL-BELT transect using custom-built passive gas samplers. However, since joining the group I have also developed and implemented multiple analytical methods to analyze trace nitrogen species, such as alkyl amines, in a variety of soil, aqueous and gaseous matrices. The larger goal of the project is to understand nitrogen cycling in the Newfoundland and Labrador boreal forests in the context of a changing climate.
Borduas, N., Place, B., Wentworth, G. R., Abbatt, J. P. D. and Murphy, J. G.: Solubility and reactivity of HNCO in water: Insights into HNCO’s fate in the atmosphere, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16(2), 703–714, doi:10.5194/acp-16-703-2016, 2016.
Place, B. K., Quilty, A. T., Di Lorenzo, R. A., Ziegler, S. E. and VandenBoer, T. C.: Quantitation of nine alkyl amines in atmospheric samples: Separating structural isomers by ion chromatography, Atmos. Meas. Tech. Discuss., (November), 1–31, doi:10.5194/amt-2016-343, 2016.