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.
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.
Congratulations to QE3 graduate student Johanna Mason, who successfully defended her Master of Environnmental Studies thesis, “Stable isotope analyses reveal minimal incorporation of petrogenic carbon into a freshwater food web after experimental spills of diluted bitumen” today!