Dr. Ana da Silva is a Civil Engineer specializing in Environmental Fluid Mechanics, Fluvial Hydraulics and River Engineering and is an Advisory Committee Member for the Water Research Centre at Queen’s University. Her research interests include mechanics of turbulent river flows, sediment transport and river morphodynamics. Her present research efforts include the development of analytical and numerical models for the simulation and prediction of river morphological response to natural or man-induced changes in flow regime and/or sediment load.
The impact of oil spills to fish habitats:
Dr. da Silva (Principle Investigator) and co-PI’s Dr. Kevin Mumford, Dr. Peter Hodson, Dr. Stephen Brown and Allison Rutter have received the 2014 NSERC Strategic Project Grant for their proposed research on the impacts of oil spills to fish habitats.
With the ongoing discussions surrounding the development of pipelines across Canada, Dr. da Silva and her research team look to provide the critical insights into the implications of oil spills to the natural habitats that may be affected.
The research group will use a multidisciplinary approach to determine the extent to potential contamination in river sediments as well as potential impacts to fish reproduction for species that spawn in sediments shoals.
By further understanding the implications of oil spills to river systems, this project will provide “practical guidelines and tools to be able to assess and mitigate the risk of oil spills on fish habitat, impacts to fish and fisheries, as well as cleanup strategies focused on the most likely areas of contamination”.
This project is in collaboration with Environment Canada agencies as well as Northwest Hydraulic