QE3 at BWRC Symposium

The Beaty Water Research Centre held their annual Symposium on campus today.

Graduate student Eden Hataley reprised her poster “Can microplastics act as a medium to concentrate waterborne microcystin” and undergraduate student Brianna Jackson presented work from her undergraduate thesis, “Toxicity of naphthenic acid fraction components from oil sands process-affected water to fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas)”.

QE3 at SETAC Toronto

Graduate students from QE3 attended the North America Annual Meeting for the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
In the session on Fate, Effects, Mitigation and Monitoring of Oil and Oilfield Wastewater Spills in Freshwater Ecosystems, Johanna Mason presented her MES work, “Dilbit for dinner: Using stable isotope analysis to trace carbon from a diluted bitumen spill into the aquatic food web.”

Jeff Cederwall followed with his presentation on “The stimulation of freshwater phytoplankton communities following experimental diluted bitumen spills in a boreal lake.”

Eden Hataley included a poster titled “Can microplastics act as a medium to concentrate waterborne microcystin?”

Students report their talks were well-attended and the conference was a great opportunity to connect with old and new acquaintances.

Johanna Mason Defends Thesis

Johanna Mason presents her MES thesis.

Congratulations to QE3 graduate student Johanna Mason, who successfully defended her Master of Environnmental Studies thesis, “Stable isotope analyses reveal minimal incorporation of petrogenic carbon into a freshwater food web after experimental spills of diluted bitumen” today!

A Conversation on Sustainability with Federal Candidates

Yesterday, we welcomed three federal candidates (Barrington Walker, Mark Gerretsen, and Candice Christmas) for Kingston and the Islands to discuss and answer questions on sustainability. Organized by SustainabilityAction, topics included social and environmental justice, indigenous reconciliation, commitment to climate action, investing in public transit and green technologies, banning single-use plastics, regionalizing food systems, and more!
QE3 research group members, Diane Orihel and Eden Hataley, moderated the forum.

Eden and candidate Mark Gerretsen.

Don’t forget to vote on Monday, October 21!