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John Smol

Queen’s University
FRSC, Department of Biology

John P. Smol, OC, PhD, FRSC is professor of biology at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change. Smol founded and co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), a group of ~40 students and other scientists dedicated to the study of long-term global environmental change, and especially as it relates to lake ecosystems. John has authored over 500 journal publications and chapters since 1980, as well as completed 21 books. Much of his research deals with the impacts of climatic change, acidification, eutrophication, contaminant transport, and other environmental stressors. He has led research on circumpolar Arctic lakes for 3 decades. John is a frequent commentator on environmental issues for radio, television, and the print media. Smol was the founding Editor of the international Journal of Paleolimnology (1987-2007) and is the current Editor of the journal Environmental Reviews.  Since 1990 John has been awarded about 50 research and teaching awards and fellowships, including the 2004 NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal as Canada’s top scientist or engineer. He has won 11 teaching, mentoring and scientific outreach awards, and was named by Nature magazine, following a nation-wide search, to be Canada’s Top Mid-Career Scientific Mentor.  He is currently Chair of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA). In 2013, John was named an Officer of the Order of Canada