is an NSERC-funded strategic project focused on lakes in Southwest Nova
Scotia that are stressed by mink farming operations, as well as
acidification, climate change, and land-use changes. This project involves
partners from Queen's University,
Mount Allison University, the
University of Ottawa,
and Acadia University.
overall research questions of this project include:
a) Are regional lakes becoming more eutrophic? If so, are mink farming
operations a probable cause?
b) Are mink farming operations causing hypolimnetic oxygen declines
(and therefore losses of fish habitat)?
c) Can we track the presence of mink farming operations to chemical
signatures in the sediment record?
d) Are contaminants (including metals and persistent organic pollutants)
present and/or increasing in the sediment record of regional lakes? Is
there a link to the presence of mink farming operations?
e) How are
multiple stressors (acidification, climate change) interacting to affect
biological assemblages in regional lakes?
f) Are gulls transporting pollutants
from mink farms (including nutrients, metals, and contaminants) to other