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 of our lab team attended the CCFFR-SCL (Canadian Conference for Fisheries ResearchSociety of Canadian Limnologists) conference in London ON in early January. Both presented in the Understanding and Mitigating Impacts of Unconventional Oil Production and Transport on Canada’s Aquatic Resources Symposium.

Barry Madison presented “Assessing the effects of TiO2-treated oil sands wastewater exposure on developing fathead minnows” (other authors are Lauren Halliwell, Jessie Reynolds, Tim Leshuk, Frank Gu, Kerry Peru, John Headley, and Diane Orihel).

Jeffrey Cederwall presented “Diluted bitumen spills and the boreal freshwater ecosystem: a microcosm study” (other authors are Tyler Black, Jules Blais, Mark Hanson, Bruce Hollebone, Vince Palace, Jose Luis Rodriguez Gil, Charles Greer, Christine Maynard, Alice Ortmann, Rebecca Rooney, Sawyer Stoyanovich, and Diane Orihel).