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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Natural causes are the key driver of change in Athabasca Delta flood patterns, research shows

Athabasca Delta aerial view

Natural environmental processes—not upstream energy projects—are the primary cause of changing flood patterns in Alberta’s Athabasca Delta, new research shows.

The research also shows there is no evidence to support the perception that energy projects have increased the amount of metal pollutants in the delta ecosystem.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Biology Professor Kirsten Müller embarking on leadership voyage to Antarctica

Leaving family, friends and Wi-Fi might not be most people’s idea of a dream experience. However, for biology Professor Kirsten Müller, these things are necessary for her upcoming once-in-a-lifetime trip to Antarctica. In this trip, she will travel alongside 99 other women in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Medicine) fields as the fourth cohort of Homeward Bound.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Feds invest $1.2 million into Waterloo research on Nunavut fisheries

Two arctic charr.

University of Waterloo researcher Heidi Swanson is set to receive $1.2 million, over five years, from the Federal government’s $75 million Coastal Restoration Fund to perform community-partnered research. The aim of the project is to restore fish in the Coppermine River and other river systems near Kugluktuk, Nunavut.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Scientists find new source of Botox

Needle with text saying botulium toxin.

A new source of the botulinum neurotoxin was discovered by Canadian and American scientists in a strain of animal gut bacteria known as Enterococcus faecium. The neurotoxic protein is known for its paradoxical ability to remove wrinkles yet cause botulism, a potentially fatal illness associated with food poisoning.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Dead fish do tell tales: Using the necrobiome to measure impact of wastewater on aquatic life

Rainbow darter fish in a respirometer used to measure metabolic activity.

Waterloo Biologists Paul Craig and Andrew Doxey find fish struggle to live in the Grand River downstream from Kitchener, Ontario’s wastewater treatment plant.