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September 4, 2015

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Biology Research Seminar


Mar 20/15

Date: Mar 20/15
Time: 15:30 - 16:30
Location: N1044
Cost: Free

Laurier Biology Seminar March 20, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Andrea Kirkwood
Title: Role of internal and external drivers of water quality in urban aquatic systems
Time: 3:30 4:30 p.m.
Location: N1044 with a reception to follow in N1046

With increasing urbanization of watersheds in the lower Great Lakes basin, there is an increased need to improve our understanding of urbanization impacts to aquatic ecosystem function. In particular, how internal vs. external drivers of water quality vary along urbanization and other land-use gradients. In Durham Region, ON, tributaries drain from headwaters in the Oak Ridges Morraine to the north-central shores of Lake Ontario. Watersheds in the region experience varying degrees of latitudinal and longitudinal agriculture-urbanization land-use gradients. Stormwater is primarily managed by stormwater management ponds or direct sewer drainage in older areas. Results from studies on urban wetlands, stormwater management ponds and local tributaries will be presented, including assessments of urbanization impacts to ecosystem diversity (bacteria, algae and zooplankton) and function, including the capacity for in situ biodegradation of organic contaminants.

All are welcome to attend this free event.

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Contact: Jennifer Baltzer
Email: jbaltzer@wlu.ca
Phone: 519-884-0710 x4188

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