Inspiring Minds seeks to broaden awareness and impact of graduate student research, while enhancing transferable skills. Students were challenged to describe their research, scholarship or creative activity in 150 or fewer words to share with our community.

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My research studies a new technology to control phosphorus from different water sources in agricultural watersheds that produce high phosphorus input into surrounding water bodies. Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that impacts aquatic life directly. Some phosphorus is essential for plant growth. However, too much phosphorus causes excessive plant and algae growth, and decreases oxygen level and fish populations leading to a phenomenon called eutrophication. Without excessive nutrients load, eutrophication takes thousands of years. However, nutrients that were added to Lake Erie caused it to undergo the eutrophication process in only 25 years. My research focuses on removing phosphorus from agricultural pollutants and animal waste produced on the farm and field versus watersheds and lakes. Reducing phosphorus load is crucial for protecting aquatic ecosystems from serious problems. Findings from this research will assist agencies and decision-makers in developing and choosing the right strategies and tools for phosphorus removal.

Mohammad Noor Tamim
MESc candidate, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Faculty of Engineering - Western University

Martha Dagnew

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Mohammad Noor is an MESc student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western. He completed his BESc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Western in 2020 and was awarded the Dr. James A. Vance Gold Medal for ranking first in his cohort. Mohammad Noor’s research interests are centred around water quality and treatment, green technologies, climate change, and municipal infrastructure. His Master’s thesis looks at removing phosphorus from non-point sources such as agricultural runoff to protect water bodies and aquatic ecosystems, including the great lakes. He is always collaborating with scientists and researchers from various fields, especially those interested in promoting the circular economy. Mohammad Noor is a recipient of a Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s program (CGSM) and an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS). Outside the lab, Mohammad Noor enjoys playing tennis, biking, and hiking.

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