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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Water Quality, Climate Change,
and Salmon Stocks:
Getting a clear view of the past...from mud

John Smol
Queen’s University

Human activities are greatly affecting water systems, but data from the past are hard to get. Is water quality changing? If so, why and by how much?

Fortunately, aquatic systems archive an immense library of information in their sediments. From the fossil organisms deposited in lake muds, scientists can understand past changes in environment, including such things as acidification, water quality deterioration, climate change, and changes in fish stocks over time.

Dr. Smol will tell us about rapid scientific progress in reading the unique "mud libraries" from different parts of Canada, including the North. He will also show how Canadian leadership in this interdisciplinary field is giving us major new insights into environmental problems.

John P. Smol, FRSC is a professor in the Dept. of Biology at Queen's University and co-directs the 30-odd member Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL). He has received 18 research and teaching awards and fellowships since 1989. He has published over 200 research papers since 1980, and 6 books (with 4 more nearing completion). He is the founding editor, and currently co-editor-in-chief, of the international Journal of Paleolimnology, is co-editor of a new books series, and is on the editorial boards of four other journals.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

DATE: Thursday, May 10, 2001 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am