John Smol, Professor of Biology

EVENT DATE: March 10, 2022
TOPIC: Climate Change: Longer Summers! (But why is our lake turning green?)

John Smol is a Distinguished University Professor in the Biology Department, Queen’s University. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change and the President of the Academy of Science, Royal Society of Canada. He holds adjunct appointments in Canada, the U.S. and China.

He received his B.Sc in Marine Biology from McGill, an MSc in Immunology from Brock University and his Ph. D. from Queen’s.

John founded the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Laboratory (PEARL) at Queen’s, a group of about 40 researchers studying long-term changes in aquatic ecosystems using lake and river sediments. John and his team “read” an area’s history by studying sediment drill cores from its lakes and rivers. Recent projects include studying the long-term effects of lake eutrophication, acidification, contaminant transport, calcium decline, fisheries management and a large body of work on climate change with a special focus on the Arctic.

John is a prolific writer (edited/authored 21 books; 620 journals and book chapters to his credit), he has lectured on all seven continents, and is a frequent commentator on environmental issues for radio, TV
and the print media. This will be John’s third talk to the Canadian Club of Kingston.