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Bill Buhay

Dr. Bill Buhay
(Associate Professor)

Office: 5L08
Phone: (204) 786-9226
Fax: (204) 774-4134


B.Sc., M.Sc. (McMaster)
Ph.D. (University of Waterloo)
Post-Doctorate (Cambridge)

Courses (2017-2018):
GEOG-2212(3) Natural Hazards
GEOG-3219(3) Quaternary Environments
GEOG-4219(3) Physical Geography Seminar

Areas of Interest:
Post-glacial climatic/environmental changes.
Regional geology of southwestern North America.

Research Interests:
Environmental Geochemistry
Stable Isotope Climatology and Paleoclimatology
Isotope Technique Developments

Selected Publications:
Chinique de Armas, Y., Buhay, W.M., Rodriguez Suarez, Bestel, S., Smith, D., Mowat, S.D., Roksandic, M. Starch analysis and isotopic evidence of consumption of cultigens among fisher-gatherers in Cuba: The archaeological site of Canímar Abajo, Matanzas. Journal of Archeological Science (in press).

Roksandic, M., Buhay, W.M.,  Chinique des Armas, Y., Rodríguez Suárez, R., Peros, M.C., Roksandic, I., Armstrong,S.D., Vieira, L.M., Arredondo, C., Martinez Fuentes, A., Smith, D.G. Radiocarbon and stratigraphic chronology of Canímar Abajo, Matanzas, Cuba. Radiocarbon (in press).

Chinique de Armas, Y., Buhay, W.M., Rodriguez Suarez, Roksandic, M. (2013). Relacion entre el proceso de ablactacion y la mortalidad infantile mde los individuos subadultos del sitio arqueologico Canimar Abajo, Matanzas, Cuba. Cuba Arqueologica, 6, 27-36.

Carlson, J.C., Anderson, J.C., Low, J.E., Cardinal., P., Mackenzie, S.D., Beattie, S., Challis, J., Bennett, R.J., Meronek, S.S., Wilks, R.P., Buhay, W.M., Wong, C.S., Hanson, M., (2013). Presence and hazards of nutrients and emerging organic micropollutants from sewage lagoon discharges into Dead Horse Creek, Manitoba, Canada. Science of the Total Environment, 445-446, 64-78.

Buhay, W.M., Chinique de Armas, Y., Rodriguez Suárez, R., Arredondo, C., Smith, D.G., Armstrong, S.D., Roksandic, M., (2012). A preliminary carbon and nitrogen isotopic investigation of bone collagen from skeletal remains recovered from a Pre-Columbian burial site, Matanzas Province, Cuba. Applied Geochemistry, 32, 76-84.

Buhay, W.M., Wolfe, B.B., Schwalb, A., (2012). Lakewater paleothermometry from Deep Lake, Minnesota during the deglacial-Holocene transition from combined d18O analysis of authigenic carbonate and aquatic cellulose. Quaternary International, 260, 76-82.

Buhay,W.M., Wolfe, B.B., Schwalb, A. 2012 'Lakewater paleothermometry from Deep Lake,Minnesota during the deglaciale Holocene transition from combined d18O analyses of authigenic carbonate and aquatic cellulose' in Quaternary International 260 (2012) 76-82, Elsevier
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Simard, S., Morin, H., Krause C., Buhay, W.M., Treydte, K., (2012). Tree-ring widths and isotopes of artificially defoliated balsam firs: A simulation of spruce budworm outbreaks in Eastern Canada. Environmental and Experimental Botany, 81, 44-54.

Buhay, W.M., Simpson, S., Thorleifson, H., Lewis,M., King,J., Telka, A., Wilkinson, P., Babb, J., Timsic, S., Bailey,D. 2009 'A 1000-year record of dry conditions in the eastern Canadian Prairies reconstructed from oxygen and carbon iIsotope measurements on Lake Winnipeg sediment organics" in Journal of Quaternary Science (2009) 24(5) 426-436, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
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Buhay, W.M., Timsic, S., Blair, D., Reynolds,J., Jarvis S., Petrasha, D., Rempel, M., Bailey, D. 2008 'Riparian influences on carbon isotopic composition of tree rings in the Slave River Delta, Northwest Territories, Canada' in Chemical Geology 252 (2008) 9–20, Elsevier
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Teller, J.T., Yang, Z., Boyd, M., Buhay, W.M., McMillan, K., Kling, H.J., Telka, A.M. 2008 "Postglacial Sedimentary Record and History of WEst Hawk Lake Crater, Manitoba" in J Paleolimnol (2008) 40:661-688, Springer Science & Business.

Robertson, I., Leavitt, S.W., Loader, N.J., Buhay, W.M., "Progress is Isotope Dendroclimatology" in Chemical Geology 252 EX1-EX4, Elsevier

Lewis, C.F.M., Forbes, D.L., Todd, B.J., Nielsen, E., Thorleifson, L.H., Anderson, T.W., Betcher, R.N., Buhay, W.M., . Burbidge, S.M, Gibson, C., Henderson, P.J., Jarrett, C.A., King, J.W., Kling, H.J., H.J. Last, H.J., Lockhart, W.L., Matile, G., McMartin, I., Moran, K., Risberg, J., Rodrigues, C.G., Schroeder-Adams, C.J., Telka, A.M., Vance, R.E. "Effects of Mid-Holocene Warm-Climate Aridity on Lake Winnipeg and the Northern Great Plains" (submitted to Nature).

Wolfe, B., Buhay, W. M. and Schwalb, A. "A Varved Lake Sediment Carbonate and Organic Isotope Record of Late Glacial - Early Holocene Paleohydrology and Paleotemperature in the Northern Great Plains", USA (submitted to Geology).

Loader, N. J. and Buhay W. M. "Rapid Catalytic Oxidation: On the Development of a New On-line Method to Measure the Oxygen Isotopic Composition of Organic and Inorganic Matter" Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry (in press).

Buhay, W. M. and Betcher, R. N. 1998 "Paleohydrologic Implications of 18O Enriched Lake Agassiz Water" Journal of Paleolimnology, Vol. 19, pp. 285-296.

Motz, J. E., Edwards, T. W. D. and Buhay, W. M. 1997 "Use of Nickel-tube Pyrolysis for Hydrogen-isotope Analysis of Water and Other Compounds"
Chemical Geology, Vol. 140, pp. 145-149.

Buhay, W.M., Edwards, T.W.D. and Aravena, R. 1996 "Evaluating Kinetic Fractionation Factors used for Ecologic and Paleoclimatologic Reconstructions from Oxygen and Hydrogen Isotope Ratios in Plant Water and Cellulose" Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 60, pp. 2209-2218.

Buhay, W.M. and Edwards, T.W.D. 1995 "Climate in Southwestern Ontario, Canada, Between AD 1610 and 1880 Inferred from Oxygen and Hydrogen Isotopic Measurements of Wood Cellulose from Trees in Different Hydrologic Settings" Quaternary Research, Vol. 44, pp. 438-446.

Edwards, T.W.D., Buhay, W.M., Elgood,R.J. and Jiang, H.B. 1994 "An Improved Nickel-tube Pyrolysis Method for Oxygen Isotope Analysis of Organic Matter and Water" Chemical Geology,Vol. 114, pp. 179-183.

Clague, J.J., Mathewes, R.W., Buhay, W.M. and Edwards, T.W.D. 1992 "Early Holocene Climate at Castle Peak, Southern Coast Mountains, British Columbia, Canada" Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, Vol. 95, pp.153-16.


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