Diane Orihel


I am a freshwater ecologist who investigates human impacts on aquatic ecosystems through large-scale, multidisciplinary field experiments. I received my Bachelors of Science from the University of British Columbia, Masters of Natural Resource Management from the University of Manitoba, and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Alberta, and was a Banting and Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Ottawa. Currently, I am an Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Ecotoxicology in the School of Environmental Studies and Department of Biology at Queen’s University. I also have the distinct pleasure of serving as the Director of the QE3 Research Group, which allows me to work with a wonderful team of students and early-career scientists to understand the fate and effects of contaminants in freshwater ecosystems. My research has focused on nutrient cycling and algal blooms in eutrophic lakes, mercury contamination of aquatic food webs, the environmental fate of flame retardants, and most recently, on the effects of oil sands contaminants and unconventional oil products on aquatic biota. I have published in leading scientific journals, received numerous national scholarships and awards, and was featured in the journal Nature. I live in Kingston, Ontario and enjoy spending my time with family and friends in a canoe exploring our beautiful country!

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