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Queen's University

BIOL 537 2015-16
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 2015/16. Undergraduate thesis projects could include studies designed to address the following questions:

1) the impact of local watershed development versus recent climate change on algal and invertebrates assemblages and the implication for changes in water quality (projects on Trout lakes north of Kingston, as well as the Vermillion watershed in Sudbury);

2) Assessment of changes in the vulnerability of freshwater lakes in clay-belt region of northern Ontario over millennia;

3) studies on exploring the interaction of climate change and recovery from acidification in lakes from the Adirondack region of New York State.    

For more information on activities at PEARL (Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab), please visit our website (


    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000