John Smol, OC, FRSC, FRS
Distinguished University Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change
“We study how lake ecosystems change over long time frames in response to multiple environmental stressors”
Research: We study how ecosystems change over long time frames in response to both natural and human-induced environmental change. Key topics include climate change, nutrient enrichment, contaminant transport and the environmental legacies of acid rain, such as calcium decline in lakes. A large part of my research program is centered on Arctic and alpine ecosystems, which are especially sensitive to climatic and other forms of environmental change.
Teaching: I teach courses using lectures, labs, field work, and seminars, focussing on key ecological and environmental issues, and especially as they relate to human impacts on ecosystems. Major topics include water pollution, climate change, contaminant transport, and overall global environmental change.
Course topics: Aquatic ecology and limnology, global environmental change