John Smol - Winner of the Brockhouse Award
Queen’s University scientist Dr. John P. Smol goes deep below the surface of our lakes and rivers to uncover the secrets of our environmental history, written in mud and silt. His collaborator and half-brother, Dr. Jules Blais, is a University of Ottawa environmental toxicologist who studies the effects of industrial pollutants on ecological systems. Dr. Blais’ toxicological work helps define past environmental stressors, while Dr. Smol’s ecological work characterizes the ecosystem responses to these stressors.
Their work is helping to solve the many environmental and conservation issues affecting our planet’s ecosystems, from climate change and air pollution to agricultural practices and protection of fish habitats.