Kingston Climate Emergency

On March 5, 2019, Julia Weder, QE3 Honour’s Student, and 4 other Environmental Science students delivered a short speech to Kingston’s city councillors to urge them to vote in favour of Kingston’s declaration of a climate emergency. The motion, introduced by councillor Robert Kiley, aimed to “name, frame, and deepen [the city’s] commitment to climate action”.

article in Kingston Whig Standard on March 5
Click the screen capture to read the full article in the Kingston Whig Standard online.

Dr. Diane Orihel teaches the class ENSC480, on science communication, and previously invited Councillor Kiley to the class. During the class, Councillor Kiley facilitated a brainstorming session which aided the students in crafting their City Council speech. At the March 5 council meeting, the students’ science-based, emotion-infused, well-structured speech helped influence Kingston’s 13 councillors to vote unanimously in favour of the declaration!
See the Kingston Whig Standard for the full article.

QE3 hosts Canadian radio journalist at Queen’s

Molly Segal presenting about science commuication
On February 5th, QE3 Research Group hosted inspiring Canadian radio journalist Molly Segal, from Banff, Alberta. Molly’s work focuses on science and environment, ranging from 3-minute news reports to documentaries up to an hour long, which air across North America on public radio and podcasts. While at Queen’s, Ms. Segal guest lectured to our undergraduate students in Communications in Environmental Science on the topic of producing and editing audio stories. Ms. Segal convinced us of the profound power of using voice and sound in storytelling. To the benefit of faculty and students alike, she conducted a seminar titled “The Taxonomy of an Audio Story” in the School of Environmental Studies Seminar Series. In the presentation, Ms. Segal deconstructed the elements of an audio story which radio journalists utilise when interviewing scientists about their research. With much appreciation, we would like to thank Molly Segal for sharing her expertise and putting yet another tool in our kit!

Molly Segal’s visit was made possible by the Queen’s University Experiential Learning Projects Fund.

QE3 hosts leading plastics researcher at Queen’s

Dr. Jennifer Provencher giving a talk at Queen's University
On Thursday January 31st, Dr. Jennifer Provencher visited Queen’s University to spend the day meeting with professors and giving talks. Dr. Provencher is an Environment and Climate Change Canada researcher and is the Wildlife Health Unit Head at the Canadian Wildlife Service. She lectured on the topic of “Microplastics and Indigenous Knowledge” and gave a seminar entitled “Plastic pollution in wildlife; trends, knowledge gaps, and emerging international policies”. Dr. Provencher explained the classification of plastics based on their size, type, and use as well as the impact that they have on the environment. The talk was well attended by students and faculty from both the School of Environmental Studies and Department of Biology. Thank you, Dr. Provencher, for teaching us all more about microplastics!

Two summer jobs for undergraduates in the QE3 Lab

The Queen’s Experimental Ecology and Ecotoxicology (QE3) Lab is looking for two Queen’s undergraduate students who are interested in working in a research position for the summer, funded through the Summer Work Experience Program (SWEP).
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The successful SWEP students will assist with the set-up of the QE3 Living Laboratory – a new outdoor aquatic laboratory facility at the Queen’s University Biology Station. The SWEP students will be involved in testing lab equipment and monitoring water quality parameters in outdoor aquatic tanks (i.e. mesocosms), caring for fish and amphibians housed in mesocosms, monitoring ambient weather, building simple structures for scientific studies (e.g. partitions, exclosure cages, etc.), and identifying and documenting safety concerns. The students will be required to keep detailed records and produce written reports detailing their suggested methods for running future experiments at QE3.

These positions are based at the Queen’s University Biology Station (QUBS) which is located approximately 50km north of Kingston. Accommodations and meals at the station will be covered by the QE3 Lab.

Apply online through the Queen’s MyCareer site.

Applications close on February 8th.

Required Qualifications:
• Enrolled in a life or physical science degree, including, but not limited to: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental studies.
• Ability to be outside for extended periods of time, sometimes in adverse weather conditions (including hot/cold temperatures, wind, rain).
• Ability to use basic tools and troubleshoot issues with equipment.
• Willingness to live and work in a remote field station for up to 4 months.
• Ability to do limited amounts of heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs), hike over uneven, outdoor terrain, and possess a strong swimming ability.
• Ability to occasionally work irregular hours.
• Ability to work in a team environment.
• Exceptionally organized, and proficient at keeping detailed, thorough notes in a lab notebook.
• Experience using MS Word, MS Excel.
• Ability to communicate effectively orally is an asset.
• Ability to communicate effectively in writing is an asset.
• Experience working with water quality testing is an asset.
• Experience assisting with a research project is an asset.
• Possess or ability to obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator license with experience operating small boats and motors is an asset.

UPDATE: Thank you to all the candidates who applied; we have hired two students who will start in May.