Jason Ahad

Research Geoscientist

Field of expertise: Applications of stable (13C, 15N, 18O and 2H) and radiocarbon (14C) isotopes in environmental and hydrogeological research.

Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

What is the focus of your research?

My current research projects are focused on the use of novel and existing methods in applied isotope geochemistry to understand the environmental impact associated with the development of Canada’s unconventional energy resources:

1) Characterizing and quantifying Athabasca oil sands organic acids (i.e., ‘naphthenic acids’) in environmental samples.

2) Evaluating microbial uptake of petroleum-derived compounds in groundwater and oil sands tailings ponds.

3) Delineating sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in the Athabasca oil sands region.

4) Evaluating the vulnerability of shallow groundwater resources to shale gas and shale oil exploration and exploitation.

 What is the significance of your research?

This research addresses NRCan’s mandate to promote the sustainable development and responsible use of Canada's natural resources. Results are published in high-impact, peer-reviewed scientific journals and the knowledge gained is used by interested stakeholders for informed policy advice, decision making and regulation development.

Education and awards

Ph.D., University of Edinburg, Scotland, UK, 2005

M.Sc., University of Toronto, 2000

B.Sc., University of Ottawa, 1997

Key publications


Economics and IndustryPrimary industryPetroleum industry
Economics and IndustrySustainable development
EnvironmentAirAdaptation & ImpactsEnvironmental contaminants
EnvironmentAirAir Pollution & QualityStable Isotopes
SciencesEarth SciencesGeologyEconomic geology
SciencesScientific research


Adjunct professor INRS-ETE