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Thursday, March 5, 2015 — 2:30 PM EST

Dr. John SmolThe Water Institute is pleased to host a lecture by Dr. John P. Smol, Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL) and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, Department of Biology, Queen's University.


Dr. Smol's lecture is titled: Exploring the past to protect our future: Using lake sediments to study water quality issues.


Abstract

One of the greatest challenges faced by ecologists, water quality managers, and other environmental scientists is using appropriate time scales. Due to the general lack of reliable long-term monitoring data, it is often difficult to determine the nature and timing of ecosystem changes. In lieu of direct monitoring data, paleolimnologists have developed a variety of approaches to track past changes in aquatic ecosystems using proxy data archived in lake and river sediments. This presentation summarizes a few recent examples that have studied the effects of human impacts on lake ecosystems. The problems of contaminant transport, using the Alberta oil sands region as one example, will be highlighted, as will be the challenges that lake managers must face when dealing with multiple stressors.

This lecture will be available by livestream.

Cost 
Free
Location 
DC - William G. Davis Computer Research Centre
Room 1302
200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Canada

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