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Queen's University

John P. Smol

Professor and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change

Contact Information

Office: Biosciences Complex, Room 4307a
Phone: 613.533.6147
Lab: 613.533.6193
Fax: 613.533.6617

Mailing Address: Department of Biology
Queen's University
Biosciences Complex
Kingston, Ontario,
                           Canada, K7L 3N6

Department & Associations

Department of Biology


Please direct inquiries to the contact information provided.

Academic Training

BSc (McGill University)
MSc (Brock University)
PhD (Queen's University).

General Academic and Research Interests

John Smol has held a cross-appointment in the School of Environmental Studies since April 2000. His lab's research focuses on the study of the complex interactions between a lake's biota and the environment by using paleolimnological techniques, that is, techniques that allow researchers to extend lake studies with the further dimension of geologic time. A central theme is often the close linkage between aquatic and terrestrial systems. Projects are underway throughout North America and Europe, and are evenly split between studies dealing with applied aspects of environmental degradation (and recovery) and studies dealing with more theoretical subjects related to long-term successional patterns in lake systems. Most projects can be divided into the following headings: (1) limnology and long-term environmental change in Arctic lakes; (2) environmental degradation and recovery in lake systems; (3) descriptions of new paleo-biomonitors.

Areas of Potential or Present Thesis/Project Supervision

Limnology; paleolimnology; paleo-biomonitors; environmental degradation and recovery in lake systems
Link to John's webpages:

Course Taught at Queen's

BIOL 335, BIOL 527, BIOL 822


For a list of publications by Dr. Smol, please go to:


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