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Queen's University

2013/14 Seminar Series

The SES seminars deal with a diverse range of environmental issues, with speakers from the humanities, social studies, arts, health sciences, engineering and natural sciences. The typical format is a 45 minute presentation by a speaker, followed by 15 minutes for audience questions, although there may be variations on this depending on the topic of the presentation. All are welcome to attend.

The seminars will take place twice a month on Thursdays from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm in BioSciences 1120 (unless otherwise indicated below).  Please see below for dates.

If you wish to host a speaker or give a seminar this coming term, please contact Dr. Brian Cumming

2013/2014 Seminars

Sept. 19/13
Dr. Stephen D. Murphy
Professor and Chair, Department of Environment and Resource Studies (ERS), University of Waterloo
"You Say Restoration and I Say Resilience: Let's Not Just Talk Our Heads Off"
Oct. 17/13 Daniel Shipp
Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator for the City of Kingston

"Are You Climate Ready?: A presentation on the latest IPCC models for shifting climate in Eastern Ontario and the hope for change through Kingston's Community Climate Action Plan and Adaptation Strategy"

Tuesday, Oct. 22/13 -  2:30pm

BioSciences Rm. 1102

(joint seminar with Department of Biology)

Tony Gaston Environment Canada "Arctic Ice...The Talk"
Oct. 24/13
Dr. Preston Schiller

Adjunct Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Queen's University

"Transportation v. Environment: Why 'Business as Usual' and Technology Can't Fix our Crisis"

Nov. 7/13 Dr. Andrew Bramburger
Research Scientist, St. Lawrence Institute of Environmental Sciences, Cornwall ON
"Paradise found.  Paradise lost. Paradise rehabilitated? Ecosystem restoration in the Florida Everglades"

Nov. 13/13, 7:00pm
Walter Light Auditorium



David Hughes, Post Carbon Institute and Global Sustainability Research


Chris Turner, Canadian Journalist and Author

"Canada's Energy Dilemma: How to Leap into the Future"
link to poster

David Hughes will speak about long-term energy realities from an energy supply and climate change perspective.

Chris Turner will speak about Germany's pursuit of a low carbon future, and outline key lessons and opportunities for Ontario in our own energy transition.
Nov. 23/13,
9:45AM - 6:00PM, BioSciences Atrium
WORLD FISHERIES DAY - SPECIAL EVENT This is a joint event sponsored by the Society for Conservation Biology and the School of Environmental Studies A special one-day event of presentations, demonstrations and activities.  Everyone is welcome and this is a free public event.  For more information, please contact Dr. Gabriela Ibarguchi ( or the Society for Conservation Biology Kingston Chapter (
Nov. 28/13

Gillian Mackey
PhD candidate, Department of Chemistry, Queen's University

"The Development of a New Biosensor for Pathogen Detection in Drinking Water"

Jan. 16/14


Frank Zeman
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Royal Military College of Canada

"Zero Emission Cement: Cradle to Grave Material Applications for Sustainable Manufacturing"
Jan. 30/14


Peter Hodson
Emeritus Professor, School of Environmental Studies/Biology, Queen's University
"Do Sediment Mercury Concentrations Predict the Hazards of Mercury in Fish"?
Feb. 20/14
Jonathan Connor Manager of Partner in Climate Protection (PCP) Program, Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 
"Advancing climate change mitigation at the local level: strategies and approaches from the local government toolbox"

Feb. 27/14


Evan Hall and Katriina O'Kane
Queen's Environmental Studies graduates
"Profiles from the Arctic: Stories and Science from the Polar Continental Shelf Program"

Feb. 28/14 

11:30am - 12:30pm

BioSciences Rm. 1102

Neil Maxwell Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development - Office of the Auditor General of Canada

"Challenges in Conserving Biodiversity"

March 5/14

10:30am - 11:30am

BioSciences Rm. 1102

(joint seminar with Department of Biology)


Paul Craig
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
"Epigenetic regulation of metabolism: Natural and anthropogenic influences"

March 12/14

10:30am - 11:30am

BioSciences Rm. 1102

(joint seminar with Department of Biology)

Steve Wiseman
Research Scientist, Toxicology Centre, University of Saskatchewan
"Chemical stressors in aquatic environments – adverse effects and critical mechanisms of toxicity"

March 19/14

10:30am - 11:30am

BioSciences Rm. 1102

(joint seminar with Department of Biology)

Kevin Brix
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia
"The hyper-sensitivity of freshwater snails to metals: implications for setting water quality guidelines"

March 27/14 Cassandra Kuyvenhoven and Alexander Zahara

School of Environmental Studies

PhD candidate and MES candidate

"Governing Waste: Case Studies in Kingston, Ontario and Iqaluit, Nunavut"
April 17/14 Haley Sanderson and Jerry Liu

School of Environmental Studies

MES candidates

"Microbial Ecology: Antibiotic Resistance Genes in the Environment & Nitrification in Integrated Fixed-Film Activated Sludge (IFFAS) System"
April 24/14 Gulaid Egeh

School of Environmental Studies

MES candidate

"Creating a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory for a Canadian Biosphere Reserve"

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