Research | Queen’s University Canada

Nature’s van Gogh

Algal blooms appear as smears of green slime from the ground, but are beautiful pieces of abstract art from an aerial view, painted by wind and sunlight. My research takes me to lakes on the Canadian Shield affected by blooms, where I photograph them with a drone while assistants help me collect water samples. By uncovering when, where, and why they appear, we hope to restore some of Canada’s most beautiful lakes to their pristine states.
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Photographer's affiliation: 
Graduate student
Academic areas: 
Arts and Science
Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs
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Out in the field
[Aerial photography of algal blooms in South Frontenac County]
Grad student
Faculty of Arts and Science
Department of Biology
School of Graduate Studies
Sustainability, Environment and Resources
Protecting the Natural Environment
Location of photograph: 
South Frontenac County, Ontario, Canada
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Photographer's name: 
Hayden Wainwright
Display Photographers Affiltion + Faculty or Department: 
Graduate Student, Biology