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Available Expert - Queen’s experts available for analysis of flooding and mudslides in British Columbia

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Queen’s University has several experts available to comment on the natural disaster that has prompted British Columbia to declare a state of emergency. Unprecedented flooding has displaced residents, severed access to multiple highways and killed thousands of livestock.

  • Environmental contaminant analysis experts Stephen Brown (Chemistry) and Sarah Jane Payne (Civil Engineering) are available to comment on the shut down the wastewater treatment plant in Merritt, B.C.
  • PhD Candidate Korey Pasch (Political Studies) is available to comment on the underlying aspects of the disaster which created or exacerbated the vulnerability to flooding in this particular instance.
  • Geotechnical Engineering expert  Andy Take (Civil Engineering) and Master’s student Lisa Tauskela (Civil Engineering) can speak to what causes a mudslide, and what makes them so devastating. Tauskela spends her days triggering debris flow landslides at the Queen’s coastal Engineering lab near Richardson Stadium. She will be running her next test November 19 at 11am, as well as November 22, 23, 24.



To arrange an interview, please contact communications officers Julie Brown (julie.brown@queensu.ca) or Victoria Klassen (Victoria.klassen@queens.ca)  at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.   

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