Today an article on the BOREAL pilot project has been published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences. The article, titled “Life under an oil slick: response of a freshwater food web to simulated spills of diluted bitumen in field mesocosms,” is authored by Jeff Cederwall and Diane Orihel along with others in our collaborative team.
Wanted: Research assistants in aquatic ecotoxicology
Are you interested in field work? Do you care about relevant environmental issues? Dr. Diane Orihel’s lab is seeking two enthusiastic SWEP students to research aquatic pollutants using model ecosystems throughout the summer of 2020.
For more details, and to submit an application, visit Queen’s MyCareer.
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)”.
Update: We are excited to announce Eden Hataley won third place for her poster at the BWRC symposium! Read more about the BWRC Symposium and Eden’s award on the Queen’s Gazette.
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.