B. Cousens

Office: 
2259 HP
Tel: 
(613) 520-2600 Ext. 4436
Email: 
brian [dot] cousens [at] carleton [dot] ca

Since arriving at Carleton University in 1992, I have specialized in providing isotopic analyses for researchers here in Ottawa as well as at government, academic, and private institutions in Canada, the United States, and elsewhere in the world.  Our laboratory, supervised by Dr. John Blenkinsop, conducts radiogenic isotope analyses of rocks, mineral separates, sulphide minerals, carbonate fossils and groundwater on a contract basis.  We routinely perform Pb-Pb, Sm-Nd, and Rb-Sr determinations on a wide variety of materials, and can determine Pb, Rb, Sr, Sm, and Nd concentrations to a high precision.  We are extremely interested in developing new techniques that have direct application to environmental problems, such as the analysis of Pb in groundwater and lakes or the analysis of organic matter (mosses, trees, wood).  Our research group has considerable experience in Pb isotopic analysis of mine drainage and tracing of sulphide-contaminated waters in surface and groundwater systems.

In addition, I taught several courses at undergraduate and graduate level here and at the University of Ottawa.  I was appointed a Research Adjunct Professor in 1996 and have held an NSERC research grant ever since.

As of July 2007, I landed an Assistant Professor position here at Carleton, and was promoted to Associate professor in July 2009.  This will allow me to expand my research program, attract more graduate students, and allow me to teach senior undergraduate and graduate level courses.  The teaching is certainly the most fun part of the job, and I have focused on first-year introductory geology and our fourth-year field camp.  I expect that the best is yet to come!