EEB Seminar – 15 October

This week EEB will host Queen’s own Dr. John Smol who will present:

Advice to Young Scientists: Some Personal Perspectives on Thriving in a Complex World

Science continues to play an increasingly important role in peoples’ lives. Furthermore, to be a scientist is an opportunity to lead an exciting, influential and fulfilling life. However, just as it is a career with many opportunities, it is also a life with many challenges. Especially after being named Canada’s Top Mid-Career Science Mentor by Nature a few years ago, John Smol has been invited to present talks at graduation events, undergraduate student workshops, and departmental seminars focussing on advice to young scientists. Over the last few years, he has presented similar talks on 5 different continents. This short presentation will provide a summary of some of his personal perspectives on possible ways to maximize your opportunities whilst living in an increasingly complex world.


JOHN P. SMOL, OC, PhD, FRSC is professor of biology (cross-appointed with the School of Environmental Studies) at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario), where he also holds the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change. Smol founded and co-directs the Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL), a group of ~30 students and other scientists dedicated to the study of long-term global environmental change, and especially as it relates to lake ecosystems. Smol has authored over 500 journal publications and chapters since 1980, as well as completed 21 books. Much of his research deals with the impacts of climatic change, acidification, eutrophication, contaminant transport, and other environmental stressors. Smol was the founding Editor of the international Journal of Paleolimnology (1987-2007) and is the current Editor of the journal Environmental Reviews. Since 1990 Smol has been awarded over 50 research and teaching awards and fellowships, including the 2004 NSERC Herzberg Gold Medal as Canada’s top scientist or engineer, and three medals from the Royal Society of Canada (the only scientist to win 3 individual medals from the RSC since its foundation in 1882). A 3M Teaching Fellow, he has won 11 teaching, mentoring and scientific outreach awards. He is currently Chair of the International Paleolimnology Association (IPA). In 2013, John was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

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