Anne-Marie Ryan

University Teaching Fellow


Phone: +1 902 494 3184
Fax: +1 902 494 6889
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University
1459 Oxford Street
PO BOX 15000
Halifax NS B3H 4R2
Life Sciences Centre
2nd floor, Bio / ES Wing
Rm. 2047
Research Topics:
  • See below

Co-ordinator of First Year Earth Sciences Program
Cross-Appointment with Environmental Science Program
Faculty Associate, Centre for Learning and Teaching



RESEARCH - my research follows two paths:

Geoscience Research

  • Ongoing project: Environmental geochemistry, in particular, metals in urban soils
  • Metals and radionuclides in waters

(Geoscience) Education Research

  • Visuals in teaching in the Geosciences: creativity and critical thinking
  • Geoethics
  • Threshold Concepts
  • Role of Conversations in teaching and learning, particularly
  • Working with science faculty and career development


TEACHING: Current:

Additional Courses taught:

  • Intro to Physical Geography (ERTH/GEOG 1030)
  • Geochemistry (ERTH 2380)
  • Forensic and Medical Geology (ERTH 2430)


  • B.Sc (Geology, chemistry, math), University College Dublin, Ireland
  • M.Sc. (Geology), Acadia University
    Thesis: Geochemistry and mineralogy of the Gillis Mountain Pluton, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
  • B.Ed., Acadia University
  • M.Ed., Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Ph.D. (Earth Sciences), Dalhousie University
    Thesis: Weathering history of granitoids of the South Mountain Batholith, N.S., Canada: Mineralogy, Geochemistry and Environmental Implications of Saprolites