Dr. David McLagan
Lab Principal Investigator
I recently returned to Canada after completing a German Science Foundation (DFG) and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) funded postdoctoral fellow at the Technical University of Braunschweig (TUBS). Preceding this, I worked as a research associate with Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). I hold a PhD in Environmental Sciences from UofT. My doctoral work was supported by NSERC (CGS-D) and earned me the Governor General’s Gold Medal: the most prestigious graduate-level academic award available in Canada. I hold a Bachelor of Science (1st Class Honours) from Griffith University (Australia), where I received the University Medal for outstanding achievement.
The roots of my education, teaching, and research are in environmental sciences, an intrinsically multi-disciplinary area of science. Naturally, my research has evolved to be highly interdisciplinary; I have published studies spanning the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere, and hydrosphere. Central to this research is understanding the biogeochemical cycling of contaminants within and between the Earth’s “spheres” with a focus on the development of novel, yet often accessible technologies and methods to advance our scientific understanding of contaminant biogeochemistry. This relates to my philosophy of “Global Science” that encourages the dissemination of information, intersectoral collaboration, bridging of Knowledge systems, and empowers local scientists and communities across world.
Away from science, I have a wife and two kids that I love spending time with in the forest, particularly examining the fascinating world of fungi. I am a self professed coffee-snub; I think I’d rather lick my own boots than drink bad coffee. I also love listening to music (some may call it dated; I prefer vintage), cycling, swimming, football (the one played with the foot), basketball, and cricket.
Memberships and Associations:
Biogeosciences (EGU/Copernicus Journal) – Associate Editor
International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF)
European Geophysical Union (EGU)
Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU)
MSc – SES
I am currently a teaching assistant at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), where I assist first-year physics and engineering students with experiments and scientific writing. Additionally, I work as a customer service representative at the Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre. Feel free to say hi if you happen to be on campus!
When I’m not working or studying, you can usually find me traveling. I absolutely love exploring new places and learning about local cultures and traditions. I also enjoy swimming and playing badminton, as well as watching hockey and American football with my partner.
Outside of my studies I enjoy being outdoors, mostly participating in hikes in the summer and skiing in the winter along with a new found hobby of whitewater kayaking. For days when I am not as feeling as ambitious, I enjoy relaxing by reading or playing the guitar.
Undergrad – SES
I was also grateful to receive an Undergraduate Student Research Award from NSERC, so this summer I will investigate prescribed fires and their effects on fungi and metal concentrations. I am extremely happy to be in the FEWA lab, work with brilliant people, and challenge my ways of knowing.
As for my free time, I enjoy learning about medicinal plants and fungi, and painting and drawing. I do love boxing, jumping rope, hiking, and anything to do with being outside, or identifying new species (add me on iNaturalist: hmoranmac)!
Undergrad – SES
I grew up in New York City, but always found myself more comfortable in natural spaces. I often visited natural history museums to learn more about environments around the world, and hope to eventually experience some of them in person.
Outside of work and school, I enjoy horseback riding, singing, reading, swimming, volleyball and spoiling my cat. I have also recently become interested in upcycling clothing, and am excited to experiment with other products and materials.
MSc – GSGE
FEWA Lab Alumni
Apart from school, I love spending time outdoors, cycling, slacklining, hiking, and camping. I have also recently become a huge fan of puzzles and baking bread (thanks quarantine). I am a part of the Queen’s Backing Action on the Climate Crisis (QBACC) exec team, and also work for the AMS service, Walkhome.
In my free time, I enjoy learning new recipes, listening to music, going on hikes with friends, and just spending time outdoors in general! I am also part of the Queen’s varsity swimming team and get a lot of enjoyment from both the team dynamic and the competitive aspect you get from racing.
I have been involved in research with the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre at Toronto General Hospital, where I collected data within the cardiac intensive care unit to be used in various cardiological studies such as cariogenic shock, renal replacement therapy, and clonal hematopoiesis among other things. I have not yet been involved in research within the geosciences, so I am very excited for this door to be open now through the FEWA lab.