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Queen's University

BIOL 537 2014-15
Dr. B. Cumming

Rm:  4307b Bioscience Complex
Tel:   (613) 533-6153
Faculty Web Site:

My research interests are in the areas of aquatic ecology, paleolimnology and sustainability of water quality and supply.  I am broadly interested in understanding how the chemical, physical and biological conditions of aquatic ecosystems influence the distributions of biological communities, and how the remains of aquatic organisms in the sedimentary record of a lake can be used to study local, regional and global environmental change.

I will supervise/co-supervise 2-3 undergraduate thesis students in 2014/15. Undergraduate thesis projects could include studies designed to address the following questions: 1) How did water quantity and quality change in southern Ontario and northeastern North America over the last 10,000 years?, and what insights can these changes give us on our vulnerability to future climate change in southern Ontario (potential projects on Lake Simcoe, and Wolf Lake in the Adirondacks); 2) Are chronically-acidified Adirondack lakes showing a biological response to recent climate change in the Adirondacks? 3) Do deeper lakes in Saskatchewan show a larger biological response to recent climate change than shallow systems? 4) How can paleolimnological techniques be used to better understand the impacts of mining activities (potential projects on lakes in northern Saskatchewan, and the Sudbury region) .    For information on activities at PEARL (Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab), please visit our website(



    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000