Waterloo Scientist featured on CBC Quirks and Quarks radio show

Monday, February 8, 2021

Jenine McCutcheon sampling snow and ice on the Greenland Ice sheetLast Friday, Professor Jenine McCutcheon from Earth and Environmental Sciences was featured on CBC's Quirks and Quarks podcast, talking about her recent research on the Greenland Ice Sheet.

This research, featured in a recent Waterloo Homepage story, investigated how dark glacier algae is contributing to the melting of the Greenland Ice Sheet, and where the algae was getting its nutrient source. 

“What we’re trying to do is to better understand how algal blooms form, why they form where they do and is there a way to predict how they’ll form in future melt seasons,” says McCutcheon. “One season to the next, algal blooms may change and vary in intensity, making them difficult to model year-to-year.”

Quirks & Quarks is the award-winning radio science program of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, hosted by Bob McDonald. The program is heard by a national audience in Canada of nearly 800,000 people, and by thousands more around the world on our weekly podcast.