[ensu] Water Qual, Clim Chnge and Lake Sediments Lecture

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  • Date: Wed, 16 Mar 2005 11:21:02 -0500

Wednesday 16 March - 7:30 p.m. 
Theatre, Royal Ontario Museum 
100 Queen's Park, Toronto 

Royal Canadian Institute for the advancement of science, and 
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada are proud to 
sponsor the: 
Foundation Lecture 
NSERC Herzberg Award recipient 
John P. Smol, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., LLD, FRSC 
Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), 
Department of Biology, Queen's University, Kingston 

Water Quality, Climate Change, and Lake Sediments: 
A Window on the Past and a View to the Future 
There is growing evidence that human activities are greatly impacting many 
ecosystems, although the timing and magnitude of changes are difficult to 
determine as long-term monitoring data are rarely available. Aquatic 
resources are considered to be especially at risk, but data on these 
systems are especially sparse. Important questions include: Is the water 
quality changing? If so, why and by how much? What are the causes of these 
Because long-term monitoring data are not available, indirect methods must 
be used to infer past ecological conditions. Fortunately, aquatic systems 
archive a tremendously important library of information of past changes in 
their sediments. For example, a large number of organisms leave fossils in 
lake muds, which paleolimnologists can then use to track past environmental 
conditions. Important issues that have been addressed using these 
approaches include water quality deterioration (and recovery), climate 
change, and reconstructing past trends in important resources, such as fish 

Refreshments and an opportunity to meet Dr. Smol after the lecture 
Information (416) 977-2983 

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