Jean Birks

Ph.D

Principal Researcher

Water Research

403.210.5219

Jean.Birks@innotechalberta.ca

Jean specializes in the development and application of isotope tracer techniques to better understand the hydrological cycle. Recent research has included using geochemical and isotopic tracers to investigate the impacts of oil and gas activities on surface water and groundwater, characterizing OSPW composition, toxicity, and fate and transport, and evaluating groundwater and surface water resources in the Athabasca oil sands region. Jean has adjunct positions at the University of Waterloo and the University of Victoria, and is the former chair of the Canadian Geophysical Union Committee on Isotope Tracers. She is a participant on expert panels advising on Oil Sands Groundwater Monitoring programs and is the co-ordinator of the Canadian Network for Isotopes in Precipitation.