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This Week in Research: Welcoming the New Perdue Analytical Facility Manager

Laurentian University welcomes Dr. Alan Lock as the Manager of the Perdue Analytical Facility which will officially open to faculty and students in September 2018.  The Perdue Analytical Facility will be located in the Fielding Building on the second floor and will house high-end equipment that will operate on a shared basis with the goal of increasing research capacity and collaborations on campus. 

Alan brings with him over 15 years of research experience as an environmental biogeochemist, with much of this experience focused on the analysis of soil/sediment, biological material, water, and air samples. He has completed more than 50 technical reports, conference manuscripts and peer-reviewed publications and is a proud graduate of Laurentian University with a B.Sc. in Environmental Earth Sciences and a M.Sc. in Geology.

Alan further enhanced his management capacity in his project lead role with the Centre for Environmental Monitoring at MIRARCO while concurrently doing a part-time Ph.D. thesis in the Environmental and Life Sciences program at Trent University. For nearly 10 years at MIRARCO, Alan worked closely with undergraduate and graduate students, interns and post-doctoral fellows training and guiding them in methods and techniques for environmental monitoring and analysis. As an integral team leader, he built partnerships and collaborations with academia, governments and industries.

In 2010, Alan became Manager of the Elliot Lake Research Field Station (ELRFS) laboratories, through Laurentian University’s faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture at Laurentian University. This position allowed  him to expand his technical knowledge through the management of day-to-day operations and quality control of the ISO:17025 accredited laboratory.  The ELRFS provided services to both Laurentian University faculty and students, and external industrial clients.

In 2016, “Doc Lock” completed his Ph.D. publishing three journal articles that investigated; 1) advanced techniques for monitoring water quality;  2) validation of a sequential extraction procedure for soils and sediments that maintains inorganic arsenic species; and 3) time dependent batch reaction experiments to elucidate mechanisms and rates controlling arsenic mobility in lake sediments. When not found in the lab “tinkering” with analytical equipment, Alan is likely drifting down the French River trying to catch his dinner.

“The Perdue Analytical Facility is an integral part of Laurentian’s strategic goals in research.  We are lucky Alan is joining our team as he is keen to start meeting and consulting with researcher with the ultimate goal of successfully operating the centralized facility and meeting the research needs of Laurentian faculty and students,” says Gillian Schultze, Director of Strategic Research Initiatives, Laurentian University. 

For further information about the new Perdue Analytical Facility, you can reach Alan at or visit him in his temporary office in the Parker Building in Rm. L-642 extension 5065.