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March 20, 2017
For Immediate Release

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Waterloo – March 22 marks World Water Day; this year’s theme “wastewater,” brings attention to the opportunity to reduce and reuse wastewater in homes, gardens and plots.

Laurier and the University of Waterloo will mark World Water Day with their eighth annual Graduate Research Fair and Water Celebration.

In addition, the following Laurier experts are available to comment on a variety of topics related to water:

Jim McGeer, professor in Laurier’s Department of Biology, is an expert in aquatic toxicology and environmental effects monitoring. Contact information:

Philip Marsh, professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and Canada Research chair in Cold Regions Water Science, is an expert on the effects of climate change on the freshwaters of arctic North America. He is the co-author of The changing cold regions network: Observation, diagnosis and prediction of environmental change in the Saskatchewan and Mackenzie River Basins, Canada. Contact information:

Janet McLaughlin, assistant professor in Laurier’s Health Studies program and research associate at Laurier’s International Migration Research Centre (IMRC), is an expert on migrant agricultural workers’ rights and health. She is available to comment on agricultural workers’ access to water and to sanitary conditions. Contact information:

Scott Smith, professor in Laurier’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is an expert in water treatment, environmental chemistry and metal toxicity. His research is driven by the need to establish safe and appropriate limits for metals and nutrients in aquatic systems. Contact information:

Mary-Louise Byrne, professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, focuses her research on processes of sediment transport in beach-dune systems and management of Great Lakes beaches and dunes, especially in protected areas. She is interested in working with local groups to develop sustainable management plans for the stewardship of beaches and dunes. Contact information:

Jason Venkiteswaran, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, focuses on carbon, nutrients, and eutrophication of lakes, streams, and rivers. Contact information:

Michael P. Wilkie, professor of biology at Laurier, is an expert in environmental physiology and the toxicology of waterborne pesticides and contaminants, such as metals and ammonia, to fish. His research combines whole animal techniques with biochemical, morphological, electrophysiological, and molecular approaches to determine how different species of fish respond, cope, adapt and live in unpredictable and extreme environments. Contact information:

Brent Wolfe, professor in Laurier’s Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, is an expert in characterizing the hydrology of lakes and identifying drivers of hydroecological change. His research focuses on assessing the impact of changing climatic conditions and industrial development on northern boreal-tundra freshwater landscapes in Canada. Contact information:

For more Laurier experts on water, visit the Laurier Institute for Water Science.

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Kevin Crowley, Director
Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University

T: 519.884.0710 x3070



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