Colin Ragush, PhD - Staff

Supervisor: Dr. Jamieson

I was born in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, but moved at the age of 3 to Brandon Manitoba. From a young age I was an avid explorer of nature and science. My favourite word quickly became “why?” whether it was about the sky being blue or about my mother flipping the pancakes. I never was discouraged when I did not know something or the people I asked did not know as it just meant I needed to look harder. I did learn, though my parents would attest not so quickly, that repeating the why question to the same person about the same subject is ineffective and arguably annoying.

At the age of 11, after much nagging of my parents, I received my first fish tank for Christmas. My fish tank collection grew in my later high school years to 8 tanks with a capacity of over 300 gallons (the hobby still talks in imperial) and over 300 inhabitants. It was my aquarium hobby that created my affinity for water at a young age, and sparked my interest in research and work related to water resources. Although my aquarium hobby laid the foundation for my participation at CWRS, my presence is more serendipity than planned, as I was sure I was going to be an MD when I left high school. Prior to engineering, I pursued medicine through a B. Sci. in chemistry at Brandon University for 2 years before transferring to Dalhousie.

NOTE: I do not have any fish tanks at this time; however I have almost bought one many a times.

Thesis Titles

An Assessment of Arctic Climate’s Impact on Water Stabilization Ponds Biogeochemisty and Effluent Water Quality: with Considerations of Pond Optimization (Proposed PhD.)

Development and Analysis of a Water Quality Monitoring Program for the Pockwock Lake Watershed (MaSc.)

Research Interests

My research interests are broadly water management, monitoring, and treatment. One of my more prevalent and specific interests lately is phytoplankton’s and algae’s impact on Wastewater Stabilization Ponds (WSP). One day they aren’t there, and the next day they have overtaken the pond, tank, or river. I believe these microscopic flora have not received the attention they deserve with respect to their impact on water characteristics and quality.