QE3 Research Demonstrates a Green Technology Can Make Tailings Ponds Less Toxic to Fish

Congratulations to QE3 lab members Barry Madison, Jessie Reynolds, and Lauren Halliwell on a new paper in FACETS about a green technology to make oil sands tailings ponds less toxic to fish. This paper is the result of a great collaboration with Frank Gu’s lab that was made possible by Queen’s Research Opportunity Funds. The paper “Can the toxicity of naphthenic acids in oil sands process-affected water be mitigated by a green photocatalytic method?” is available from FACETS.
abstract of NATiOX research study

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)”.

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.

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.