The Water Institute is pleased to host a seminar by:
Dr. Mike Paterson
Senior Fellow and Associate
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)
Towards a New Vision for the Experimental Lakes Area
December 12, 2013
Davis Centre, room 1302
University of Waterloo
Dr. Paterson is the lead researcher at the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA), where he has worked since 1992. His primary research area is planktonic invertebrate communities, but he has worked on a wide variety of whole-lake experimental studies, including the effects of aquaculture, hydroelectric developments, lake eutrophication, mercury contamination, acidification, climate change, and invasive fish species.
The Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) is a world-renowned aquatic research facility located in northwestern Ontario. At ELA, scientists have used whole-ecosystem experiments to address a wide range of environmental problems including eutrophication, climate change, and contaminants, among others. Research at ELA has affected environmental policy around the world and resulted in the publication of many influential scientific publications and graduate theses. In May 2012, the federal government announced that it would no longer fund ELA and negotiations were initiated to transfer the ELA operation to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). These negotiations are now nearly completed and ELA will be embarking on a new model of operation in 2014. Research at ELA has always depended upon the extensive participation of researchers from universities across Canada, including the University of Waterloo. As ELA moves forward, the continued involvement of universities is essential to ensure that the facility is used to the greatest benefit of all Canadians. My talk will provide a brief overview of ELA and progress made to date on the transfer to IISD. I wish to initiate a discussion on the best ways to involve universities in ELA’s future.
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