Testing the Waters


Our environment is subject to myriad stressors, from climate change and acid rain, to eutrophication and exotic species. Queen’s University biologist John Smol pioneered many of the approaches used to study the long-term impact of these stressors on lake ecosystems, including core sampling and sediment analysis techniques. His research has allowed scientists to identify changes resulting from human and natural causes.

Smol has informed environmental policy by establishing a baseline for work on water quality, acidification, contaminant transport, climate change and changing wildlife stocks in critically-important ecosystems.

John Smol